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“Lovely room views” 4 of 5 stars
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Mara Serena Safari Lodge
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Lovely room views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

The hotel decoration is very nice  specially the bangalows have a stunning view overlooking the Mara.

The room decoration is great, but there is no ventilation except if you open the window. And we were advised to keep it closed cause the baboons can come in. The room has no Ac or ceiling fan and can get quite stuffy on hot days. However a portable fan was provided to us on request.


Food is ok and staff are friendly. Best thing about the hotel is the room views and deco.

Room Tip: All the rooms have a good view. For people that have problem with walking you might want to ask for...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

An amazing property in the center of the reserve and worth every penny spent. Staff is very polite and eager to help and they really go out of the way to assist you. A perfect Hakuna Matata attitude. We stayed in Mara for 3 nights and enjoyed every bit of it.

When in Mara visit Mara Sarena.

Room Tip: all room as good.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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nairobi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

What a location. On a cliff overlooking the Maasai Mara and the Mara River and the Great Migration. The pool area very nice with beautiful views. Loved their food and drinks poolside. The rooms kind of unique. But what is the creme de la creme were the game drives. Amazing wildlife. You can see the \herds of migration assembling near the river. That is to the time to gho down the mountain and enjoy the spectacle. One of the best of the natural world. Plan to come back again some day. Overall a once in a lifetime experience.

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

The lodge is really good. The bungalows are very nice decorated and you have a beautiful view. There is also a swimming pool. Staff is very friendly and helpful. It was the best lodge during our Safari.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This hotel, situated in the best place for a safari, had fantastic accommodations. The rooms were very nice and comfortable, the pool was a fantastic place to relax and see the animals and I loved hearing the wild life come by the room at night (on the other side of a wall so you are safe.)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Here at the Mara Serena there are incomparable views. Honestly, it was quite breathtaking! And not only that, every room has a great view as well. This was my first visit to the Masia Mara, and my first time on Safari, so maybe I'm just in overall awe, but I really liked the place. There was decent service, clean rooms, nice paths to walk around on, and the safari was great! Saw about 10 lions! I also indulged in their Hippo Breakfast, which was just amazing! You sit by the river, have a gourmet meal, and watch the crocodiles and hippos hang around the river just 10 meters from you!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I have been twice, once driving in without kids and once flying in with kids. The rooms are a little on the small side but very clean with excellent views. Food is so-so but we didn't go hungry! The pool is virtually useless as it is simply too cold to enjoy but sitting poolside is a beautiful sight regardless. WiFi worked ok but you are charged for it. Can not attest to the hotel drivers as we had our own, we also brought our Ayah who was treated well and enjoyed her room (only 1,500ksh a night including food!) Walls are thin, you can hear your neighbors quite well. Overall, I would go back-it is perfect for those traveling with kids.

Room Tip: Try to get as close to reception as you can-hotel is on a steep(ish) hill with steps (no ramps)
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Address: C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 109 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mara Serena Safari Lodge 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mara Serena Safari Lodge, set on a saddle of a hill, overlooks the 1,800 square km of rolling plains at an altitude of 1625 meters at the Masai Mara Triangle, one of the world's richest wildlife sanctuaries. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Mara Serena Safari Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Mara Serena Safari Lodge Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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