I should start by saying that my favorite place to stay in Nairobi is the higher-priced Fairview, next door to the Country Lodge. But having been booked here by my company, I was reasonably happy, if not thrilled, by the cheaper alternative. Country Lodge has a fairly good breakfast buffet with eggs to order (if you can get the attention of the less than friendly cook). No other food service is provided, although there are a few room service items that can be ordered from the restaurants of the Fairview next door. It's also just a short walk down a secured road to the Fairview entrance, where I and a colleague went for other meals.
The Country Lodge is fairly new, clean and shiny, and it looks like further expansion is planned. Rooms are spartan without AC, but with a ceiling fan for air circulation. Regretfully the over-the-bed fan's lowest setting was still too high to keep it on at night while sleeping. The bed itself had the hardest mattress I've experienced this side of China. There is a small TV with many cable channels and a large desk top but with a fairly uncomfortable office chair... the only other seating option in the room other than the bed.
The shower is large with ample hot water and reliable pressure. And the free internet wifi is a positive perk for a hotel in this price range. The hotel is four stories withOUT elevator and narrow hallways, which was a hassle for me, checking in twice with lots of video equipment. A porter is sometimes available. Also, during both of my stays the vending machines off the lobby were out of order, and I lost 60-bob just trying to get bottled water or a soda.
Aside from the indifferent cook, the staff was friendly and accommodating.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Country Hotel Nairobi