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“Bird watchers paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lake Nakuru National Park | City Square, Lake Nakuru National Park 72493 - 00200, Kenya   |  
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“Bird watchers paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

Very well laid out rooms. Each pair of rooms are interconnected with a door. Dining area is spacious, napkins are creatively folded to resemble flamingo. Food is delicious. Tribal dance was entertaining. Hot water bags warmed the bed at night!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

I was in a party of 6 persons who stayed at this excellent place at the end of September this year. The check in formalities were quick and the rooms well furnished and laid out. The mosquito net arrangement on rollers running on a monorail was a novelty and was effective.Food was vert good and a great choice was available. An interesting dance performance by a local group was an additional arreaction. The greatest thing about the place was that it is located within the lake Nakuru game reserve and so one can utilise the maximum time for visiting the reserve. The pathway lighting to the rooms could do with some improvement.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

The resort is nice but the rooms are very small. The bathrooms/showers are probably a little bit old and you can tell. The food was good and the restaurant staff are very nice. They have traditional dances in the evening.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Stayed here for two nights in September 2012 and absolutely enjoyed it. The lodge is located inside the lake nakuru national park and forms a great base to explore the park and its wildlife. The road from the gates of the national park to the lodge are in an atrocious condition at the moment but that's not a reflection on the lodge. The lodge is spotlessly clean and the rooms are well appointed. My highlight was to return every night to my room to find a hot water bottle warming up my bed. The staff at the lodge are polite, courteous and extremely helpful especially the staff at the restaurant. The food at the lodge is of outstanding quality and I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

As with all the 10 properties we used in e. Africa, we are conflicted about whether to compare to other E. Africa hotels or to those in America/Europe/Asia, which are far better. Lion Hill has the advantage of easy access on reasonable roads, a great park (even if the flamingos are almost gone from the lake), and a lovely property. The restaurant (buffet) is decent, though seeing birds rummage thru some items is unsettling; the bar is excellent if small - Masaai dancing many nights is a nice touch before dinner; pool is ok but not warm or large. The rooms are good size, and would have nice views of the lake if lthe trees had not grown up on the property. Our room was at the far end and very quiet, tho since shared with another couple could have been noisier. the grounds are very well maintained and the gardener was helpful identifying the flora and fauna on the property. If solely comparing to other E. Africa properties, this would be and easy 4*, but the hard bed and average food don't compare well to American or European standards. (Note, flamingoes no longer viewed from the hotel, but thousands of pelicans can still be seen in Lake from the property).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ilford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

The lodge itself is very nice although the restaurant area is a bit cattle market-when busy and at night the lighting is ambient but inadequate to see what you're eating. We arrived in time for lunch which started very nicely unfortunately as the main rush started so the extractor fan over the live cooking stations kicked in noisily :( The room was nice though and as with all the Sarova lodges the housekeeping team do an excellent job and the food is presented beautifully
As for the park itself we saw black & white rhino however Nakuru is famous for its flamingo which because of the "flooding" are not there in the numbers seen previously as the water is too deep for them now:( however we did see a young male lion sleeping up in a tree which was an amazing sight :)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Holland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We spent there only one night. The room was very good. The food and the staff were good and we had nothing to complain.
With our game-drive we saw: Rhino's, lions (male and female) and almost the big 5 within 3 hours.
We only missed the leopard. It is a beautiful place full with flamingo's en pelicans.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: Lake Nakuru National Park | City Square, Lake Nakuru National Park 72493 - 00200, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Lake Nakuru National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Lake Nakuru National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at the heart of the Rift Valley, the Lake Nakuru national park is home to one of the most amazing ornithological spectacles in the world - the flight of the flamingos! Aside from the flamingos, the park has over 450 species of birds - a heaven for any avid bird watchers. The park is also a sanctuary to the highly-endangered black Rhino and abounds with other game such as buffalos, lions and the elusive leopard. Just two hour's drive from Nairobi; Sarova Lion Hill is one of only two lodges situated within the premises of the park. Each of the 67 recently refurbished chalets are equipped with modern conveniences and have an astounding view of the pink rimmed lake and the silhouetted hills beyond. Guests can enjoy country-style dining at the flamingo restaurant or if you like, the chef can set up something special under one of the beautiful acacia trees where one can enjoy lunch with an unobstructed view of the lake. The rift valley bar is just the right spot for that magical sundowner. Cultural dancers delight visitors with their enchanting dancing every night. An inviting swimming pool & sauna facilities are available. Guests can also enjoy outdoor massage treatments with the calming sounds of chirping birds. Outside catering facilities complement the "meals served in the bush", provided as premium add-ons, including cocktails at Baboon Cliff. The Lodge also offers conferencing facilities. The Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is one of the most sought after Rift Valley Lodges in Kenya, best known for offering finest quality services. A fabulous outdoor swimming pool to a business conference room, the hotel has almost everything that's required to make your stay a memorable one. ... more   less 
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