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“Good but could be better” 3 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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20 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good but could be better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2011

We spent one night at the Lion Hill lodge as part of our trip across Kenya. Lake Nakuru is a must see. The lake and the surroundings are beautiful and there are plenty of animals to be seen.
The Lion Hill lodge has a great location and view. In fact only a handful of hotels/lodges are located inside the reserve. The first room we were given was small and very run down. We insisted that we were given another one. Luckily, we did get a change of room. The second one was much better, but overall the rooms need to be refurbished.
The restaurant is nice, wih a great view and good food. The evening entertainment outside the bar is good too.
Go to this lodge just for its location and view. Don't expect luxury and you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Istanbul, Turkey
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137 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2010

I stayed in this lodge for one night in November 2010, I can highly recommend it. First of all the location within the Nakuru Park and the staff were great. I was coming from Amboselli so I was very late for lunch on arrival around 3pm, but the staff didn't just say "sorry, you've missed the lunch", but instead they re-opened the buffet and prepared the food for me. I was impressed because normally lunch time was over around 2pm and I was late for about an hour so wasn't expecting this warm welcome.

The location, the rooms, the bar was very nice. At night they even brought hot water bag into the bed to warm it up before I went to sleep, because since it was Nov-Dec in the evenings the weather so the rooms were a little bit cool.

There is a free wifi in the bar area, if you have your laptop you can easily connect and check your mails etc. I loved it since it was free of charge, a great value for the guests in my opinion.

The quality of the food, both for dinner & lunch and also for breakfast was great, lots of choices and very fresh. In the evening during dinner there was a gitarist with live songs, great..

They also have a spa but didn't have a chance to try it.

Overall, I was very satisfied with this lodge, great service, great staff, great location.

Burak from Istanbul

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Australia
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38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2010

This is a top class lodge, but is starting to show its age.
Accomodation is in stone motel type units up the hillside, most with glimpses of the lake through the trees. Some units can be quite a walk uphill from the main reception area. Rooms are on the small side, but bathrooms are a good size. Shower over bath. Noise from adjoining rooms can be a problem as internal walls are thin. Tea and coffee making facilities, but no bar fridge. Complementary bottled water in room. Mosquito nets are provided over the bed, as mosquitoes were quite bad, although we were assured they were not the type that carry malaria. In the main complex there is a large bar area with a patio where local staff perform traditional dances in the evenings. The dining area is large and meals are serve-your-self buffet style. There is a wide selection of dishes and the quality is good. Many dishes such as grilled meat are cooked while you wait.
No wi-fi in rooms, but cheap use of an internet connected computer at the reception office is available. Mobile phones work here.
Staff are keen to please and service is good. Great location in the park. Recommended.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2010

I was at the Lion hill lodge one night and the location is ideal for early start safari.
Meals are at buffet and food is fresh and good. Rooms are very clean and no bugs can be find inside because moschito's net are on all the windows.
Staff is friendly and always willing to help.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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, Manager at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, responded to this review, October 19, 2010
May I thank you for finding time to write this review.
My team and I are gratified to note that you enjoyed you stay with us and indeed that you will recommend it to a friend.
Again as we say in Kenya "Asante Sana"
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Kettering, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

The rooms are spacious, clean, and very comfortable. Complimentary coffee, tea and bottled water was provided. The grounds are well manicured and offer a wide range of flora and fauna to examine. The view of Lake Nakuru from the lodge is incredible. The meals were served buffet style. The food was amazing in both it's presentation and taste. The staff was very friendly and attended to our every need.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

Accommodation in small (stone built) units is acceptable and of 3 star level. However location at edge of the city via a long track road is unappealing. Game around the lodge was limited to flamingoes, rhinos, lions, antelopes etc. Food is of good quality and staff attention at table can be slow at times. The place was crowded with tourists.

Locationwise we did not find this spot exciting or picturesque to our expectations.

Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Luanda, Angola
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41 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

We spent a night at Lion Hill and were taken aback when at 9pm on 3rd Oct we arrived for dinner at the Flamingo Resteraunt - we found a few staff around.A chef materialised from somewhere and began "grilling" beef brochettes.We were served some and found that they were cold just out of a fridge and the grilling was a charade ! the brochettes were just being reheated - not even reheated properly and served to us - Chef Nicolas accepted his mistake and apologised but when we took up the matter with the Lodge manager Ken - we were informed - "perhaps the brochettes got cold while we walked to our table !!! "

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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, General Manager at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, responded to this review, November 23, 2010
I thank you most sincerely for finding time to write and post this review.
I wish to assure you that we have grown and indeed improved the product and service from our discussions and indeed your invaluable comments.
I am positive you will find a great improvement in your next visit.
I thank you for choosing to stay with us
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Address: Lake Nakuru National Park | City Square, Lake Nakuru National Park 72493 - 00200, Kenya
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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
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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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