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Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
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Reviewed June 24, 2010

This was our first day or the safari trip and it was really a pleasure realxing stay. The food was excelent and service was also excelnt. I cant think of any thing negetive.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 16, 2010

The Location is great, especially since there was a lioness who had given birth to three cubs inside the Lodge premises! Makes you wonder about the security, but goes to show how in-the-middle-of-the-action you get to be!

The rooms are spartan but comfortable. The staff try their best to save you from the mosquitoes. It's not the best of the Serena lot but it is a wonderful place to stay. As all the Serena Hotels, they are very accommodating - be it with packed lunches or vegetarian food.

I'd say stick to the Serena Lodges for your Safaris - they are great Value for Money!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 21, 2010

I stayed there one night mid-may 2010. This is the 'green season' Arpil-May and prices are low, rooms are respectively 95$ for single and 185$ for double/twin... may not be the best for animals at that period.

On arrival, you are given wet towels to clean up slightly from the dust, as well as drinks. Staff is prompt to take baggages to your room and our key was handled to us swiftly after filling a form.

Room was spotless, nicely decorated and functional. Beds was comfortable, bathroom was also spotless and shower having very good pressure.

In the evening the room is prepared by the staff, lights will be switched on, mosquito net down, etc... There are a lot of insects around at that period, so this is necessary to avoid your bed crawling with crickets, grasshopers or similar.

Buffet food for lunch was really excellent. A lot of choice, very tasty and you have an indian corner with spicy food in addition of the 'classic' selection. The desserts were very much appreciated too: ginger pudding, flan, coconut pastries, chocolate cake, etc .. with a choice of whipped cream, chocolate sauce, custard, toffee, ...

Dinner was somewhat similar (with different choice of food and complete new set of desserts) but you had to choose your main meal a la carte. Food was good, but I was less impressed here as meals were barely warm. That said it feeds you well.

Drinks are complimentary and soft drinks charged 120Ksh (1.5$). There is always free coffee and tea available nearby the bar area.

The dining room maybe lack a bit of character as well and could maybe be better looked after, the small rooms on the side makes you feel a bit enclosed.

When you're paying 95$ a night for single and considering this is full board, I find it very good value. However, I would be hard pressed to pay the 300$ full price during high season as I find it a bit steep for Kenya, but you won't have much choice in the area.

Internet wifi is available for 300Ksh (~3.5$)/ hour...this is very slow, so don't expect to do a lot of work over it and download files/upload pictures without spending a considerable amount of time. One is supposed to have signal in your room, but it was too weak and dropping despite having a powerful wifi card, I had to move to the reception to get stable signal.

You have a nice view of the Kilimanjaro at the back of the hotel. The hotel was actually built to mostly face the opposite way where you could potentially see some game during the evening if you're lucky.

During the night even though there were only a few guests at the hotel there was music going on until at least 2am and it was largely audible in my room despite me being a good 200m away from it.

Lunch pack provided on game drive or for the drive is OK but not terribly good value when you consider the lunch buffet. I cannot comment on breakfast since we skipped it due to an orgy of dessert at lunch and dinner the previous day.

Related to Amboseli National Park, I would probably say that this park is appropriate for birding, elephants and the landscape with the vast plains and the Kilimanjaro in the background. During the green season the game might be scattered far away in the bush, so your chance to see big cats might be extremely limited. I would tend to think that a maximum of 2 days here is enough and focusing on Masai Mara might be a better idea.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 22, 2010

We stayed for one night at the Amboseli Serena Lodge as part of a safari tour that we did with Kenyan Adventures and Beyond.

Of all the safari lodges that we've stayed in this is probably our least favourite. Not that it's a bad place to stay. . . It's just not as good as the others.

The communal areas of the hotel (reception, bar, restaurant and pool) are nicely designed but it's a real shame that they don't make more of the view out into the park and the surrounding savanna (in fact there is no view at all from the restaurant).

The bedrooms are pleasantly designed and furnished and are probably bigger than you usually get in a safari lodge. However; half of the rooms have no view and look out into a small walled garden. The poor layout of the complex spoils what should be great views of Amboseli National Park.

When we were there all the meals were served buffet style with the evening meal being a buffet BBQ. The BBQ was a nice idea but the food, although perfectly edible, wasn't particularly good.

Having read back through this review it sounds a bit negative. It's not a bad place to stay but it could be so much better if it made more of its surroundings.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2010

The Serena Amboseli is a good hotel in a nice position though there are no direct views of Mount Kilimanjaro or the African Plain from the grounds, a great pity. Rooms are fine with small terraces and good shower rooms and the pool area is lovely with plenty of shade and sunbeds. There are comfortable seating areas both inside and out in attractive grounds and the staff are lovely though the food was no more than adequate, especially at dinner time. We stayed 2 nights and were rewarded with wonderful views of the mountain on the 3rd day but a shorter stay could leave you very frustrated.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2010

We went to Amboseli last week for our honeymoon and the Serena lodge was so amazing. The staff are great and the surroundings are to die for! We saw all sorts of animals including lions, elephants, and tons of monkeys (keep your hotel doors shut!).

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2010

We just returned from two weeks on safari and Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge is at the top of our list of safari lodges for ambience, luxury and comfort. We loved the Maasai inspired decor of our room. The beds were comfortable. The room was larger than we expected and the shower was awesome! This lodge is one of the few that we stayed at that did not turn off the hot water 18 hours in a day which we really appreciated. Our room featured a lovely porch with a view of the game park and we were entertained by a troupe of Vervet monkeys as we sat out and enjoyed the balmy weather one afternoon. The lodge has internet and cell phone service. The staff is quite friendly and very accommodating and the food was delicious - especially the freshly made omelets served at breakfast. And Amboseli National Park is amazing. We saw nearly every animal we could think of on our first day of safari from elephants to cheetahs! Truly an amazing and unforgettable experience. Kudos to Micato Safaris for including this incredible park and lovely lodge in our itinerary!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system > Amboseli National Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Amboseli National Park
Price Range: $328 - $511 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 95
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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