It was a nice surprise to find a place that costed as much as it worthed. Ksh 1000 for a big room, almost broken sofa (wonder what the story of the sofa is) clean bathroom, towels, big mosquito net without holes etc. Decent. Unlike other places that offered those things or even less and charged four times the price. Ok, the stuff there isn't exactly welcoming, but who cares? Matatu stand, supermarkets and a cafe called safari too are all nearby.
This hotel is one of the best we have stayed at room wise. First up the staff are terrible but the room makes up for it. 700ksh gets you a huge huge huge room with double bed en suite and couch. It's clean and there are no bugs. We were totally surprised but we had a great night here. Pay when you check in to avoid someone coming to your room to ask for money. No food so you have to leave. Do not eat at the lonely planet recommend savanna green hotel, this was the worst meal we have head in Africa.
Another objective review from FattM. As usual, your results may vary. Nyahururu is an remarkably unremarkable Kenyan town on the south western slope of Mount Kenya. There is a lovely waterfall there (Thomson Falls) with an expensive hotel to have a relatively expensive beer at. But aside from that, there's not a lot going on in Nyahururu unless you're a Kenya marathon runner. Because more than a few of them come from here. Anyway, The Safari Lodge is almost exactly across the street and down a block or two from the matatu stage.. So it's easy to find. Why waste time looking for a hotel? When I was there, there were a few Kenyan businesses guys checking in ahead of me that ended up being quite loud later on. But that's okay- it happens. The shower was warmish, the bedding was clean although the mattress was a bit squishy. But no bugs and no issues. And enough outlets to charge my electronic stuff. But the bars on the stairwell. They're there for two reasons. The first is so people don't get robbed in their sleep. The second is so people staying in the hotel don't rip the hotel off for towels, sheets, the TV, the mattress. Or whatever. Just hope there's never a fire there. In any event, at $4 a night, if you need to stop in Nyahururu, you may as well stop here if only because it's so close to the matatu stage. If you want to walk to the waterfall, it's up the main road and then a right and then a left. In the hot season, you may want to get a cab. Otherwise, just walk it- it should take you an hour or so.…
For the price (500KS for a single) what more could you want? Electricity in the rooms, hot water showers (the best I'd had in two weeks, though I travel cheap), clean bedding. The TVs seem to operate on a central unit over which you have no control. And noise was an issue, people coming and going late and early, but you get what you pay for - secure, warm, reasonably clean, fairly nice people. Just below is a decent little restaurant (not connected to the hotel but in the same building) AND it is only 50 meters to the taxi stage - perfect for those traveling through by public transport (i.e. backpackers on a budget, like me). Water seemed to be turned off at some point in the evening, unannounced... but was on early the next morning.
We were on transit and stayed at the hotel for one night. We arrived at 8pm, were tired and hungry. The hotel does not provide any food and we had to leave to find dinner and breakfast. There was no electricity, hence no hot water. No socket to charge our phones and we were literally locked in the hotel till the security guards checked the rooms were intact when we're were checking out in the morning.