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“cheap, cheerful, clean and tidy!”
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Karen Camp
Ranked #15 of 211 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“cheap, cheerful, clean and tidy!”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

We stayed here for two nights - one night in a double inside room, and the second night camping in the grounds with the overlanding tour we joined.
The camp helpfully arranged a taxi to collect us from the airport, for a resonable price and everything went smoothly. We also made arrangements with the same taxi driver to visit the local Elephant orphanage and giraffe centre.
We arrived a lot earlier than check in time, but after a short wait the friendly staff allowed us to check in anyway, which was brilliant cause we were tired from travelling, and wanted to change our clothes etc.
The room was basic ( a double bed, lamp, open shelves and an ensuite), but very clean and everything you need for a room for the night.
The public areas down stairs, and the bar was also clean and tidy - bar staff friendly and informative, and we ate a few times and found it to be good value for hostel food.
On the second night, a local (extremly drunk) started talking to me at the bar, and then made some very rude comments. Obviosuly, this was not a reflection of my views of Camp Karen as they can not be accountable for the things their customers said - but I was very pleased to note that a bar staff member noticed that the man was being rude and made a point of 'rescuing me', and then finding me in the bar a short while later to apologise for the mans comments and ensure I was ok - I thought that was lovely, and beyond his role as staff member.
Should we return to Nairobi, I would stay here again without hesitation :)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2013

This was my 4th stay at Karen Camp and I have to say to say I really enjoy it here. The staff make the place warm and welcoming so you are happy to put up with a few rough edges. Smiley the taxi driver is great craic and lives up to his name. The only uncomfortable moments came with the way white Kenyans that frequent the place on a social capacity speak to the staff and are, as rule fairly obnoxious to everyone.

Room Tip: Avoid triple, number 11. Next door to resident snorer...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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22 reviews
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Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

Basic place, 3 bunkbeds in a dorm with bathroom, warm shower, proper toilet, mosquito nets. Own safe in room. Good for backpackers. Breakfast not included.
Lounge good, comefey, free snooker table, tv, plug sockets (UK), have to pay for WiFi.
Bus stop, large supermarket and some shops 5 minute walk away.
Friendly staff.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I stayed here with a large group (115 people). We bought the place out. Douglas (the owner) is great and very accommodating. He made sure we were happy and content. He even organized tent and chair rental for us. The staff is wonderful. They have a taxi driver on call, Smiley, who is wonderful. They also have a van driven by Fred if you have a decent size group. Overall a great place that is welcoming and clean. The restaurant serves basic, but good, food and beverages for a reasonable price.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Always a pleasant place to stay, food is basic but good, rooms are simple and a bit dated but that adds to the charm, would have given a better rating but the prices seem to continue to go up and nothing really seems to change. You don't always get a towel in your room and some beds don't have great fitting mozzie nets. Would always stay there as feels like home away from home but don't come here if you aren't used to roughing it a little bit!

Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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BrendanBlack, Owner at Karen Camp, responded to this review, September 23, 2016
Dear Guest,
The place is under new ownership as of February 1st 2016 and we pride ourselves in having ended all of the misgivings the place has suffered from in the past. Do please try us again if ever heading our way ever again.
Thanks,
Brendan
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Great little place, basic but for Africa to have shower n power at the same time is a luxury! The staff are great, the breakfast is very douable! Even the Kenyan Cowboys are a lot of fun n the drinks just flow! Smiley is a asset to the place always there to take you were ever you need to go, n at any time, n any place for a very reasonable price! Will love to go back there in a heartbeat! It's a easy walk to the shops, just cut across the paddocks ask a local, but don't do at night!

Room Tip: Pay the extra n get a ensuite room, there better than the share bathrooms!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2013

I often use the Karen Camp when I pass through Nairobi; its cheap and comfortable. Always easy to sit out in the front and chat to people passing through. Its not 4 star but then again nor are the prices

Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Karen Camp
Address: Acacia Drive | Off Marula Ln, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 211 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
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 
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