As with all the 10 properties we used on a tour of E. Africa, we are torn between evaluating them campared to other E. African properties (where this one fares very well) or compared to American/European/Asian hotels, where the comparison is poor. The Amboseli Serena is almost the opposite of other Serena properties we used (Manyara, Serengeti, Ngoro) in some respects - the rooms here had NO view (while the bar/restaurant had great views of the water hole - elephant, gazelle, etc frequent), but the rooms were more comfortable and had better lighting for reading. amboseli is noted for views of Kilamanjaro, which are spectacular, esp with the elephant and hippo, etc, presence. Unfortunately, the great mtn cannot be seen from the lodge. Our buffet dinner was perhaps the best of the trip, though breakfast average. Staff friendly and helpful - unlike other Serena lodges in Tanzania we used, Amboseli was willing to leave room/bar charges in Kenyan shillings for our charge card, instead of converting to dollars at unfavorable exchange rates as was done in Tanzania.
There is no safe in the room; the bed was very comfortable for us, and the room was very quiet, and clean. Bar prices seemed higher than other Kenyan hotels. Road out to west (on way to Tanzania) awful. If solely comparing to other Kenyan properties, would give 4* easily.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest Mountain; beside a copse of giant Acacia trees and gently flowing natural spring. In the clean, crisp air of an Amboseli dawn, the snowcapped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro shimmering in the southern sky, you can sit atop a volcanic throne in the middle of the Masai plains and see the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amboseli Serena Safari Hotel Amboseli National Park