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“great value, but could use some sprucing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hartebeest Camp and Guest House

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Hartebeest Camp and Guest House
Ranked #75 of 181 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Somerville, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
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“great value, but could use some sprucing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I've stayed at Hartebeest 4 or 5 times now, alone and with my boyfriend, and I will definitely go back again! I mostly stay in the dorm room (it's typically empty), though I've also camped out in my tent a couple times. Despite being on a very quiet street, it's incredibly convenient: close enough to walk downtown if you like walking, and close to Yaya, Prestige, and the restaurants that I frequent. The food is quite good (breakfast is included), though I agree with the previous reviewer that calling ahead is a good idea. I don't eat much meat, but they make a mean veggie curry with ugali (not on the menu). The rooms are clean, the bathrooms flush, and the garden is great for yoga. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. If you are on any sort of budget, GO HERE!

That said, a few small things could make this place so much better. The toilet seat was broken on 3 consecutive visits, the bedspreads are incredibly ugly, they only have white bread, when I ask for breakfast at 6am it is invariably a half hour late, they've let the landscaping and outdoor bar deteriorate since taking over the property, etc. Small complaints for the price, however.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This place really needs to be commended. it is great value, has clean rooms, a filling breakfast, and fine cooking. the beds are clean and come with mosquito nets. the chef is also great and can whip up a great curry fish. he can be slow though so try to order ahead of time. the location is also much more convenient to Nairobi than the Wildebeest Camp which is out in Karen. the hot water is spotty, but there is a downstairs shower that you can also use. stayed in the dorm and the whole place to myself most nights. Take the 111 matatu into town and at the Railway station change to 125 or 126 to get to the david sheldrick elephant sanctuary or nairobi national park.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about Hartebeest Camp and Guest House

Property: Hartebeest Camp and Guest House
Address: Kibera Road, off Ngongad, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 181 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hartebeest Camp and Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience real African adventure. There is a reason that a stroll into the nature filled Hartebeest Camp and Guest House brings to a leisure and business traveler, romantic pairs, friends and families looking for the best place for a holiday in Nairobi. A quiet moment off-town city life reflection creates such a profound sense of well-being: nature is the great comforter. Embracing this philosophy, we have infused the aesthetics of our old town house with graceful, gentle sensibilities inspired by our very own Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Featuring an ultramodern cottages and tended luxury tents, and stone house accommodation facilities in our guest house. We offer affordable accommodation that exceeds your expectations. At this half an acre piece of land in suburbs of the Nairobi city, our lavish rooms have been completed with modern technologies and conveniences, and the result is an immersion in luxurious, plush comfort naturally. We are simply the Hartebeest Camp. Located on Kibera Rd, Off Ngong Rd, about 5 km from the CBD and 5 minutes drive on a free flowing traffic from the city center. The camp is located about 23km from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and 8km from the Wilson Airport. ... more   less 
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