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Country Lodge
2nd Ngong Avenue | Upper Hill, PO Box 40842, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #15 of 96 hotels in Nairobi
Phoenix, Arizona
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14 hotel reviews
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“Great hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I've stayed here twice. It is very secure, rooms very modern, wi-fi works great in the room, has a safe in your room, breakfast is delicious and plentiful, and the staff is very nice. There is a fitness center or you can climb the six flights of stairs. No restaurant for lunch or dinner but you can walk next door to the Fairview Hotel. Shower is always hot!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Country Lodge is located outside of the Nairobi city center in an upscale area. Security in the surrounding area is high due to the nearby presence of high profile foreign embassies and Kenyan VIPs. Outside photography is not permitted in the area.

The hotel has a modern if spartan look (white background, tubular steel, touches of blond wood). The rooms are similar. You get one small (500 ml) bottle of water a day.The beds are about the size of double bed -small for 2 American adults. Single or double rooms no triples. They do not include a top sheet as would be standard in the USA instead a puffy type comforter with a cover which is too warm in the humid climate. The rooms area adequate size. You get one bath towel, one Hand towel but no wash cloth. Hair dryer available at the front desk. There are two small "gyms" each with a treadmil, bicycle, step/stair climber, no free weights.

The rooms are not air conditioned ( I saw no visible vent in the room itself) there is a big somewhat noisy fan in the room - not sure about the lobby.

The breakfast includes coffee, tea, juices, pieces of fruit, processed meat/cheese, cereal, one type of yogurt, breads, pasteries and eggs cooked to order. Water is not included.
Vending machine sells water and a few snacks (was half empty).The vending machine only takes Kenyan coins and you need a lot of them.

Nearby Fairview Hotel has restaurants for lunch and dinner it is about 200 ft down the street.

If you are going to the three most commonly visited tourist attractions Karen Bixby House, Giraffe center and Sheldrige Elephant Orphange this is a good jumping off point outside the worst of Nairobi's notorious traffic.

This area is safe as are the routes to the common attractions. One could drive oneself if very good with directions and with the aggressive nature of Kenyan driving. However, most travellers will be better off with a driver.

Would stay here again no problem.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Country Lodge has got a good package for business stays in Nairobi, Everything works well, staff are friendly and on the ball.
It doesnt have lunch/dinner menu but you can use the co-owned fairview next door (would be a real good move if you could charge from Fairview to your CL room tab but afraid you cant do that).

Rooms are elegantly simple, pleasing and all the important things are there - a kettle and plenty of sockets, including a mix of UK nad continental sockets by the desk.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

I stayed in the country lodge for 3 nights for a business meeting last week. The hotel was very comfortable, good breakfast, friendly staff, clean rooms and all normal amenities (practical gym!). Well priced too. I'd certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

I have stayed at the Country Lodge about half a dozen times in the past three years. So long as the price doesn't increase it will remain my preferred choice in Nairobi. The Country Lodge is pretty simple but solid.

I like the rooms, especially the good-sized desks.

The gym is good although they should get rid of the automatic air fresher - I don't think breathing in those chemicals is good for my lungs (I don't care if the gym smells a little like a gym).

Breakfast: very fine.

Dinner: they don't offer this but I go for sushi at The Fairview next door.

So long as they don't increase the price (at least not very much) and I will keep returning.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is a simple, clean hotel with sparing amenities. There is no restaurant, although they do serve breakfast. The room was nice, but nothing remarkable. The location is great - in a very safe area.

The reason I can't give it 4 or 5 stars is mostly because the hotel is cheap in ways that are surprising. There is no tissue box in the room. There is no hair dryer in the room. There is no shower gel, just a tiny bar of soap presumably meant to be used both for the sink and the shower. I had to go down to the front desk for more soap, and to borrow the hair dryer. Also, even though there were two of us staying, they only gave us one key card, so I had to ask for another. If they just fixed these things, this hotel would get my 4 star rating.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I recently spent three separate one-night stays at the Country Lodge and was very happy with the accomodations. The rooms and decor are basic, with clean lines and blond wood. The showers are excellent with hot water and plentiful pressure. My rooms were all on courtyard side so it was quiet even with the windows wide open for ventilation. Cleanliness is excellent. The breakfast is plentiful and served in a very nice dining area. Having the Fairview's restaurants right next door is very convenient. Service was kind, though perhaps not as outgoing as it could be. Returning for my second and third stays I was offered a warm welcome back, however. And I was thoroughly surprised on my third stay, which happened to be my birthday, to be presented with cake and a card. This was a very unexpected and thoughtful touch and really made my day.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Country Lodge

Address: 2nd Ngong Avenue | Upper Hill, PO Box 40842, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Business Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Country lodge- Nairobi's most popular limited service hotel(bed and breakfast). It has eighty four rooms designed for the business traveller with unbeatable rates that offers true value for money without compromising on service delivery and comfort. Our room rates include bed, breakfast, wifi and all taxes. Located in Nairobi's upper hill, the hotel provides a peaceful, quiet and safe environment. ... more   less 
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