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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

The service was poor, strike that, the service was terrible. Waited for breakfast for more than an hour, I had ordered tea and omelette, surely how much time do you need to prepare that. The manager and owner were also very rude when these issues were raised. Very dissapointing.

2 Thank Lorena S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

We visited Whistling Thorns one weekday late in the afternoon with five of our children. I found the staff very accommodating and friendly. There was a long wait for the food which was cooked fresh but the kids were having such a good time in the well kept swimming pool that it didn't matter. The food was very nice and... More 

1 Thank red_django
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

That's the equivalent of a round trip from Nairobi to Whistling Thorns! We were very surprised at the overall lack of service at the place as well as the nonchalance by the staff and management. It was unfortunately very frustrating to have to complain a number of times to get some decent service only to be met by blank looks.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

It is a shame I have to write such a negative review but our terrible experience has to be shared. The management and staff are just un-welcoming and make you feel like you should not have bothered coming. We were the only guests here and the staff made zero effort to make us feel welcome - in fact they did... More 

5 Thank Sir_Mitul
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Whistling Thorns is a very good, relaxing place to stay when in the Nairobi/Karen area of Kenya. We stayed in a cabin with a bathroom/shower, and our accommodations were very comfortable. Jacob, our driver for two days, was fantastic. He explained the history of the area, along with knowing exactly where to take us in the area on our free... More 

1 Thank JIM_OHouston_TX
Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Whistling thorns has always been a great gateway and i have been frequenting it since i was a child mostly for day trips on a self catering basis. Today i decided to order from the menu and down went the ratings. I go there at 12 and ordered for drinks which were served in a timely fashion then ordered for... More 

3 Thank deepskenya
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Stopped by Whistling Thorns en route from Namanga to Nairobi on Jamhuri day. It was a lovely stop on a very bumpy road! However was a bit disappointed with the service - there was only one women's toilet available to visitors - and it didn't have any toilet paper, even an hour after we informed the waiters. The food was... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Only an hour away from JKIA I've stayed at this little slice of paradice on several occasions and have never been disappointed...............nice ammenities, really freindly staff, good food what more could one ask for

Thank Lred4c
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

A small hotel 13Kms from Kiseriain on your way to Isinya. Alot of peace and quiet-good if you want to just have a sober conversation with your important other/ have a retreat or read books. The restaurant has no music. Went to this place with a few friends based on the reading on the website-A good place for families or... More 

Thank Sylvester-Korir
Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Went to Whistling Thorns for a quite afternoon with family. My son and sweet wife enjoyed their swimming to the fullest. The food was really tasty and like home made...an culinary experience I do remember till now. The entry to the facility is however bit hidden with poor signage to lead you. Especially, once you take the left turn at... More 

1 Thank DominicM969
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Whistling Thorns is one hour from Nairobi overlooking the Ngong Hills in an untouristy part of the country. It is a peaceful quiet place with swimming pool and splendid views and bar/restaurant with home cooked meals. There is a golf driving range, and you can go horse riding or walking. There are plenty of birds and you may see zebras and gazelles. It is a lovely place to relax before or after your safari. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Whistling Thorns

Address: Kiserian Isenya Pipeline Road | Kajiado, Nairobi 00206, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Price Range: $35 - $65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Whistling Thorns Hotel Nairobi
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