Kilima was the only place with vacancy around Amboseli when we booked our trip on rather short notice. I am trying to review objectively, but it really just wasn't our kind of place and we wouldn't return if other choices were available.
+ Good service standard throughout: at reception, restaurant, bar and on the grounds, we were always made to feel welcome
+ Hair dryer available upon request at the desk -- my companion was thrilled about this!
+ Good variety of food, though all meals are served buffet style. They seem to have lots of Indian and Chinese guests and we were grateful to see great Indian and Chinese choices on the spread.
+ Huge (and frankly, kind of ridiculous) outdoor pool complex. It's set off a bit from the main lodge, but we were amazed to see a true resort-style pool setup here. It wasn't getting much use though and I had a hard time imagining zoning out by the pool when you've come all the way to Amboseli.
+ The restaurant has an observation deck. It's a treat to head up there with a drink at sunset or get up early to watch sunrise
- The complex is huge, sprawling and without much character. It's clearly catering to very large package tours with a mostly older clientele.
- It was lacking the outdoor common areas that other properties seemed to have. It was the only place we stayed on our entire trip where we saw zero wildlife on the grounds or from the grounds.
- The tent was what I'd call faux-luxury, much like you can see in newer hotels across China. The shower door is frosted glass, but it doesn't close correctly so water spills out onto the floor. The toilet is in its own closet, but the door doesn’t close all the way -- not so private after all. At first glance, the shower stall appears to be tiled, but when you look closely it's actually large panels of plastic sheeting made to appear as tile. The list goes on and on.
- Location is nice, right at gate into Amboseli, but it's also surrounded by Masai villages. Every time we exited in our vehicle, we had groups of Masai women surround us in attempt to sell trinkets.
Generally, this place is certainly serviceable, but we would have been happier to spend much less money and stay at a place with more character.
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- Also Known As:
- Kilima Safari Camp Hotel Amboseli Eco-System