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“Clean and Serene” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Boston MA
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Clean and Serene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2009

We stayed at the Country Lodge for a couple of nights during a brief visit to Nairobi. We were recommended this hotel by a Nairobi native who goes home to do academic research. When she returns to Kenya, her co-authors stay here.

It is not as luxe in look or feel as its sister hotel, the Fairview, which sits right next door, but its decor is clean and modern, and the rooms and common areas are spotless.

This is a hotel for business travelers, so it focuses mostly on providing services that a business traveler would need - a business center (which costs extra, although it is not expensive), included breakfast (with egg station for fresh-cooked eggs), a nice-looking gym (that we didn't use), and a small, well-kept garden in the back for looks and relaxation.

We had sort of a bizarre schedule- arriving at 5 AM and promptly going to sleep until our driver picked us up at 9 for our day in Nairobi, then coming back and sleeping until 2 AM, when we had to get up and catch our flight. As a result of arriving so early, we overslept (the ONLY negative was that we didn't get our wake-up call the first morning - it is an automated system, so we think the front desk person keyed our room number in wrong). They actually held breakfast for us, and even though the lady cooking the eggs had already cleaned her pan, she put it right back on the stove and made us eggs without complaints.

We ate dinner at the Fairview next door; the food was okay, but not amazing, but it served our purposes, as we just needed to grab a relatively quick bite. Eating at the pool was very pleasant and enjoyable. We walked to the Fairview after being assured by the front desk person at Country Lodge that this was a safe walk with no problems, even in the dark, and he was right. The access road has a couple of guards on it, and security is tight.

I will say that this is not a great hotel if you have kids or physical issues- I don't think there is an elevator (not that we knew of), so we climbed a lot of stairs, which is fine for 2 fit young adults without a lot of luggage, but for travelers who are disabled or who would have issues with stairs, you might consider the Fairview next door instead.

  • Liked — Complete cleanliness
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2009

The Country Lodge and its cousin the Fairview may be an okay choice if you are a caucasian and don't mind seeing Africans mistreated by foreigners. I was appalled.

The prices are reasonable, the accommodations are okay, but the service is sub-standard, however. I have stayed on two occasions (I thought the first time was an anomaly) but will never do so again.

  • Liked — hard working staff
  • Disliked — management policies
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2009

We stayed at Country Lodge Hotel for one week (December 27, 2008-Jan.2, 2009). We were incredibly impressed with the professional, friendly and helpful service each and every staff member provided. I felt safe, comfortable and at ease at the hotel. The rooms were impeccable - new, clean and great size. (I stayed in a single economy for 6900ksh - $87USD).

I highly recommend this hotel to others. I expect to be back in Nairobi sometime and would definitely stay here again!

  • Liked — Amazing staff!!!!
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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 
Also Known As:
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