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“Sarova Lion Hill - good location, service, views” 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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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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“Sarova Lion Hill - good location, service, views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Well located within the Lake Nakuru NP, the Sarova Lion Hill suffers the consequences of being situated relatively near Nairobi, therefore overrun with day visitors and conference groups.

I had emailed the reservation desk and asked for a 'good' room, not knowing what to expect. We were allotted Room #22, next to which is a Suite, the last room. So we probably got one of the best non-Suite rooms, far from the busy main block, The room overlooks the garden and Lake which seems to be only a stones throw away. The ceiling to floor mosquito net is spread out in the evening. The bathroom area is huge, as large as the room, perhaps larger.

The restaurant suddenly turns peaceful as soon as the conference groups head back to their meeting rooms, so it would be useful to time your lunch accordingly. The buffet spread is vast, with a reasonable choice of Kenyan cuisine, which I was keen on sampling.

Staff and services are very good, in spite of the crowds.

Tip: ignore the 'urban' atmosphere, with busy looking folks pacing up and down yelling into their cell phones, and avoid peak times at the restaurant.

My teenage son and I travelled in April. We did not encounter a single mosquito!

Room Tip: Room guests: ask for Room #22, farthest from the busy main block. Suite guests: ask for the Suite ne...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

There are 2 rooms per small cottage, which can be a bit strange given you can hear what is going on in the other room at night (snoring). Having said that the cottages are very spacious and comfortable.Before dinner there is a traditional music and dance show every night and a firepit to enjoy drinks.

Food is plentiful and good including live cooking stations in addition to the buffet. Restaurant staff are v.friendly but the reception staff could do with a lesson from their colleagues.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We stayed for two nights at the Lion hill lodge in April 2013. The lodge is beautifully situated and the connecting rooms were perfect. Our youngest daughter was sick when we arrived and we had to get her checked at Nakuru hospital. The staff at lion hill lodge was so nice and asked each time about how she was and even gave us a cake as special attention to sweeten our stay. People clearly make the difference and lion hill lodge has excellent staff. Many thanks!!!!!

A detailed report of our stay at Nakuru is in my photography blog http://www.withinafrica.com/blog/2013/4/kenya-april-7th-a-visit-to-nakuru-hospital-and-being-rescued-by-the-kenyan-military

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

This resort is a must while at Nakuru, you pretty much have a full safari just getting there from the park gate. We saw a wide range of animals on the tracks to the resort. Expect typical high quality Sarova quality buffet food and service. Would recommend getting a massage here as well due to reasonable prices.

Room Tip: All good rooms, but aim for something closer to reception.
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed here for one night while visiting Kenya. The rooms were too cute from the outside, I loved the look of them. On the inside they were just as nice. Very spacious and clean and the bathrooms as well. The staff was great as well as the food. We went on a drive thru the park and saw a good amount of animals including black and white rhinos!! And also a lion!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 April 8, 2013

We arrived her at the start of the Eastern weekend , this during our great safari trip with Africa Veterans Safaris. So it was very busy and the requested connecting lodges were already occupied....so the reception responsible promised to look for a solution while we were having dinner. When we returned they surprized us with an upgrade to 2 connecting suites :-) !
( maybe also due to the fact that we slept 6 nights in different Sarova hotels)
After the good news we were confronted with the fact that there was a problem with the water ...an underground connection was broken and we had bathrooms without water :-( . Again the whole Sarova team (reception, house keeper, ingeneer, manager) started to solve the problem by starting the repair works immediately and meanwhile offering us another lodge to have a shower.
At 23h40 they fixed the problem !
The client focus in this hotel is at a very high level !! ( including the attention to the children)
The Sarova staff/responsibles keep their promises ... Because during our last stay in the Masai Mara we received as well a special attention !
Happy to highly recommend Sarova !

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Lovely location away from Nakuru town. The rooms are cozy and I loved the fact that there were no TVs in the rooms. The food was excellent with a large selection. Staff members were very friendly and really helpful. Nice traditional dance show in the evening.

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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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