In a city with many tired and overpriced hotels, the Country Lodge is a real gem with rooms around $100 / night. Located in Upper Hill amidst many of the embassies it feels very secure with guards in all the surrounding streets and corners. The hotel offers airport pickups if you pre-book for 1200 KS which I used (warning - rush traffic is bad!).
The place has a new, fresh and clean feel while being relateively small, quiet and functional. I stayed here on a brief business trip in Rm 632, the room it had 2 beds, shower & loo, TV, and free WiFi (why don't all hotels give you this?). A basic buffet style breakfast is included in the room rate (omelettes, fruit, yogurt, rolls, coffee etc) and available until mid morning. No other meals are served in the hotel but you can order take out for delivery (I didn't) or there are snacks and cold drinks in vending machines. We chose to walk 50 metres down the street to the adjoining Fairview Lodge hotel that is owned by the same company. As there are guards 24 x 7 patrolling outside I would say even lone female travellers should feel safe doing this, even after dark. The Fairview has a choice of garden and indoor reataurants and was mostly poulated by Europeans when I was there.
In summary, if you want full room service, swimming pool, mini bar, laundry etc then Country Lodge is probably not for you but if you just want a safe, clean, reasonably priced hotel room with free wifi and breakfast you probably won't find better in Nairobi.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Town 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