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“A pleasant spot after a long slow and frustrating drive from the airport” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hogmead

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Hogmead
Ranked #47 of 190 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Perth
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101 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A pleasant spot after a long slow and frustrating drive from the airport”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

We stayed for one night and our rooms were clean and roomy with a comfortable bed. The lodge is staffed by very pleasant folk in what seemed like a remnant of colonial Africa. The lodging is not that far out of town, but the 20km from the airport took our driver 3 hours to traverse with the bad traffic and chaotic state of the roads. What a pity! Bar service was great as was the meal. Look out for the warthogs feeding in the morning close to the patio. Oh - beware of the step on the patio which is unmarked and a death trap in the evening light. Looking on the bright side the local hospital/clinic is nearby and the staff are sympathetic and efficient. Remember to take out travel insurance.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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136 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

We stayed here on our one night in Nairobi on our way to Masai Mara. We had crammed in a visit to the elephant orphanage which is very close. The hotel/house was very pleasant with a lovely garden, lovely rooms and bathroom. The food is a set menu - easily accommodated my non fish preference at the last minute and it was all very tasty. The drinks at the bar were great and service was very good. Limited atmosphere though with no music...there were speakers, but no ability to play music which was a shame. The only downside was the shop which had some lovely items at RIDICULOUS prices. A good stop over point.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank maxtedandlily
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Rooms in the main building look good on the website although we did not see them. However, I would...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dmilner
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minneapolis
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98 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

with horses grazing, warthogs running around and giraffes in the back ground!!!
Staying at Hog mead is like staying at a private estate lodge, surrounded by wonderful grounds The main house is full of wonderful African art, you are surrounded with warmth and you feel like you are staying in a home with friends. Great bar and lounge, and wonderful service and food.
It was a great last night before flying back home.

Room Tip: We had a corner room with a terrace overlooking the grounds!!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bortonoverseas
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KaraLinck, Manager at Hogmead, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Dear bortonoverseas,

Firstly, thank you very much for your positive and informative review!

We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that it was a 'home away from home' experience. We like to think that all our clients arrive as guests and leave and friends. We are happy to hear that you felt the same!

The giraffes, warthogs and most of all the Hogmead team look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

we had an excellent experience at the Hogmead. The manager and owner were very accomadating and helpful. we had just finished a month of traveling and we needed a couple days of downtime, and some last minute shopping before heading back to the States. They were great in reccomations of what to do in Niarobi, and where to do some last minute shopping. The staff was great and saved the day when our ride to the airport failed us. I would highly recommend the Hogmead!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank michelleavery
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KaraLinck, Manager at Hogmead, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Dear michelleavery,

Thank you for posting your review of Hogmead on Tripadvisor.

We are very glad to hear that your stay was comfortable and accommodating, that you managed to relax before your journey back home. We do stive to make our guests feel at home.
We are also happy to hear that you enjoyed our recommandations of places to visit in Nairobi - especially the shops and restaurants in the vicinity.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Hogmead in the near future!

Warm regards,
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We had a wonderful welcome having had a long journey before our flight back to the UK. Our flights were confirmed for us (thank you Cara), beautiful rooms were made available for us to change and freshen up before dinner. Harry Dyer took the trouble to introduce himself to us and ask after our safari. We had booked a set meal which was delicious. The warthogs on the lawn were entrancing to watch and all in all the transition back to the UK was made easier by our wonderful send off from Kenya. I would recommend any one who needs a short stay in Nairobi to book into Hogmead.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Fiona D
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KaraLinck, Manager at Hogmead, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Fiona D,

Thank you very much for your positive feedback!

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us at Hogmead before your transition and flight back home. We are also happy to hear that the management and our warthogs were attentive (and entrancing)!

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future, especially to spend more time with us and to see Hogmead by day.

All the best,
Hogmead Management
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New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

We had the most amazing time at Hogmead, especially after such a long safari throughout Kenya. My husband and I have had the privilege to of been able to travel extensively across the world, and I must say that there is no place like Hogmead.
We were exhausted from the constant on-the-move holiday that just sitting at the Bar, watching the sun set behind the Ngong Hills and enjoying the Warthogs company was pure bliss.
The management and staff were beyond fantastic, always looking after us and making us feel more than at home! What a delight it was being welcomed into such a beautiful and relaxing 'home'. The food was to die for, as if we didn't eat enough during our safari! But we certainly couldn't pass on what they served us.
Hogmead was a great transition back to the 'city life' - but I can tell you that it is far from being a city hotel! It boarders a Giraffe Sanctuary, and the hotel garden is HUGE! You hear lions at night from the National Park not far away, and there are the most amazing species of birds that live in the garden.
Is is a must to stay here in Nairobi, its certainly the best part of the city!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Mara room - it is huge! And the view of the Ngong Hills was the cherry on top.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Raina S
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KaraLinck, Manager at Hogmead, responded to this review, January 21, 2013
Dear Raina,

Thank you very much for your positive and informative review! We are very glad to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay at Hogmead and that it was a relaxing transition on your journey back home.

We look forward to welcoming you back again, soon we hope!

All the best,
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Additional Information about Hogmead

Property: Hogmead
Address: Kikenni Road, Nairobi 00509, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi > Nairobi Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 190 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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