We ended a 10 day safari in Kenya with a day room at the Hogmead Hotel in Karen, Nairobi whilst we waited for our evening flight home. The publicity offers great hospitality in an ideal setting but we hardly recognise the hotel from some of the reviews on this site. The main hotel and lounge area were spacious and beautifully furnished. The hospitality, however, was virtually non- existent and a notable contrast to that we had enjoyed at three Governors' Camp locations we had visited on the trip. We were greeted on arrival and offered tea and that was it. Nobody subsequently spoke to us or asked if we had everything we needed or if everything was OK. The day rooms were small, bare, cell-like rooms with thin walls that did not keep out the noise and no AC, so sleep was not easy. The garden was dry and devoid of colour - not what we had expected from the blurb. Dinner was good although, with a set menu, we were not offered a choice of food or even asked if we had food allergies or were vegetarians - we were not subsequently asked if we liked it or not.
Although priced within our overall trip their website quoted rates are $150 per person for the day room with dinner (wine and alcoholic drinks extra) - this really is poor value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hogmead is a boutique 'home from home' in Nairobi, situated in the peaceful outskirts of the city, with easy access from both the International and Domestic airports. Hosted by Jay Macleod and Richard Muhehe, this is a highly personalized retreat from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi. Come and enjoy Nairobi the way it is meant to be: with lovely views of the Ngongs, peaceful surroundings and great hosting. ... more less