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Kampala, Uganda
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

I spent a couple of months (off and on) at the Karen Camp, Nairobi, and it is now under new ownership. Wonderful things are happening! The staff are always polite and never fail to offer their kind and willing service and the buildings and camp are getting a facelift! Amenities are being uplifted and generally there is a good, friendly... More 

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Thank Antheatorr
BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Thank you Antheatorr for choosing Karen Camp for your recent stay in Nairobi and your kind words about the happy atmosphere around the Camp and Hostel these days. The new management and staff are eager to further improve the service and product and looking forward to the future. Thanks again, and we hope you'll choose Karen Camp the next time... More 

Lakes Entrance, Australia
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58 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

I stayed here two nights prior to my overland safari. I was picked up from the airport by a lovely man who drove me to the camp site, it's a little bit far from the airport so I would recommend a transfer. Rooms are clean, beds are comfy and showers are warm. There is a bar that offers breakfast, lunch... More 

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Thank you PaulaLouise1991 for choosing Karen Camp for your recent stay in Nairobi before beginning your overland safari experience. We’d are grateful of your review of us on TripAdvisor. Our guests often tell us how helpful it is to read past guests' reviews before booking their own visits. And we're always eager to hear what you liked and how we... More 

Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

I stayed at Karen Camp for a few nights after arriving in Kenya from Europe. I found the place excellent to get used to the climate (getting to this hot place from European winter is quite the difference). Karen Camp offers different types of rooms, which are all relatively affordable. We had a private room on the upper floor. The... More 

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Thank you Gijl S for choosing Karen Camp for your recent stay in Nairobi. Our guests often tell us how helpful it is to read past guests' reviews before booking their own visits. And we're always eager to hear what you liked and how we can improve. Thanks again, and we hope you'll choose Karen Camp the next time you're... More 

Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Kind people and they helped us a lot. We were new to Kenya, but fellow visitors offered us great information about the country. There is a new owner though and prices have slightly changed (so I heard). Beds are okay, and showers are nice!

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your kind review Skip B. We the new management and staff are eager to further improve the service and product and look forward to your future visit when next you visit Nairobi. More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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110 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

Stayed here a couple of weeks in their upstairs rooms which are more expensive and better than the dorms. The location is close to Giraffe Manor, Sheldrick's elephant orphanage, Kazuri beads, both Airports, all without having to go through the center of Nairobi city which is to be avoided because of dreadful traffic congestion all the time. Many restaurants close... More 

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your kind review GerryGiraffe. The new management and staff are eager to further improve the service and product and look forward to your future visit when next you visit Kenya. More 

leeds, uk
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44 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

We stayed for two nights before and after our Mara trip. Our overland company use this place as the starting point for their trips. The rooms were really unclean, smelt foisty and of smoke (people were smoking in communal areas and therefore the smell heads up the open stairways) and the bedding and mozzie nets looked unclean. I slept in... More 

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Dear ilovetravelin. Karen Camp, Nairobi, and it is now under new ownership as from 1st February 2016 and the management and staff duly have acknowledge your disappointment in your stay when you last stayed at this establishment in 2015. We are, have and will continue to "overhaul" and renovate the camp and hostel. The staff are enjoying the lessons and... More 

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

Staff where fantastic! Super quiet relaxed place and i love the area. Over priced dorm rooms, its run down, no beding! The owner went around swearing at the staff for all to hear, not nice and made me very uncomfortable.

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Dear Christina W Karen Camp, Nairobi, and it is now under new ownership as from 1st February 2016 and the management and staff duly have acknowledge your disappointment in your stay when you last stayed at this establishment in 2015. We are, have and will continue to "overhaul" and renovate the camp and hostel. The staff are enjoying the lessons... More 

Los Angeles, California
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72 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This was our Nairobi base on a 5 month overlanding trip from Cairo to Cape Town. Nestled in a community of estates - it's walled-in with guards. When our truck pulled in, we were welcomed by the other trucks and their travelers. plenty of shaded space, tables and seating for lounging, friendly bar inside with great wifi. A couple of... More 

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Dear ChaeAmando, Karen Camp, Nairobi, and it is now under new ownership as from 1st February 2016 and the management and staff since when you last stayed at this establishment in 2015. We’d be grateful for your review of us on TripAdvisor. Our guests often tell us how helpful it is to read past guests' reviews before booking their own... More 

Berg
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99 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

...that was the answer we got after checking in the dormitory we booked online (U$15 per person). It was 11pm and we were quite surprised because it doesn't state on their homepage that nothing is included in the price. Very bad value for money compared to a average backpackers. Staff was rather unfriendly and not very welcoming, the location is... More 

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Dear doedae, Karen Camp, Nairobi, and it is now under new ownership as from 1st February 2016 and the management and staff duly have acknowledge your disappointment in your stay when you last stayed at this establishment in 2015. We are, have and will continue to "overhaul" and renovate the camp and hostel. The staff are enjoying the lessons in... More 

Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This place is pretty cheap and ideal for back packers and those that are not too fussy about their surroundings. It's got bandas and rooms and also area to pitch own tent. The bar food is a little boring and not always cooked to perfection, you get what you pay for. It has free wifi in the bar area. It's... More 

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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review

Dear travellingzebra, Karen Camp, Nairobi, and it is now under new ownership as from 1st February 2016 and the management and staff duly have acknowledge your disappointment in your stay when you last stayed at this establishment in 2015. We are, have and will continue to "overhaul" and renovate the camp and hostel. The staff are enjoying the lessons in... More 

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  • Free Internet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Free Internet
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Karen Camp and Hostel provides budget accommodation out of the hustle and bustle of Nairobi in the leafy suburb of Karen. The management and quite a few of the staff have been in the hospitality industry for over twenty years. We especially cater for the independent traveler as well as intrepid, expedition orientated safari folk. We have a small bar and restaurant and provide a variety of budget priced accommodation. Please consider us when planning your safari here in East Africa. We look forward to your stay with us. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Karen Camp

Address: Acacia Drive | Off Marula Ln, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Price Range: $21 - $1,242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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