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Lake Bogoria Spa Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Marigat
Nairobi, Kenya
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“Best hotel in the area”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

Been to this hotel twice and would rate it as the best in the area, the drive takes about 4 hours and the last stretch is a bit gruelling due to the state of the road. The main attraction is the flamingo and hot springs but floods seem to be interfering with the hot springs and flamingoes. Some flamingo carcass can be seen hanging on submerged trees in the lake. Wake up early and drive out to the park to view the sunrise. (There are park charges).The spa pool isn't as hot but it's still okay for a dip and there is another swimming pool. The food is ok, it's mainly local delicacies served and the local bone soup mixed with the marobaini plant is quite nice. We attempted to drive to the beautiful Baringo lake but be warned the road is in bad shape and you need to get there before 4pm to do any activities as the lake current is too strong there after. Charges also apply to get into Baringo but they are not as high as for Bogoria reserve.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

we stayed one night at this hotel because it is close to lake bogoria. After checkin and a long drive on dusty roads we wanted to take a shower. Unfortunately there was no hot water even after a long try. So we had to change room - this time with hot water. Both rooms have been a little muggy / moldy - but after opening the windows for some times it was gone.. It looks there are not so many guest in April.

The buffet dinner was simple but good. The bar was ok but not great. We die not use the spa and the pool. The garden is quite big and it is fun to watch the monkeys.

For one night it is ok but the hotel has no charme and spirit.

FYI - the lake bogoria is (permanentely) flooded - so a lot of roads are under water and you can't see the flamingos. Not the hotels fault but this was the main reason we went there.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

Lake Bogoria is a beautiful environment and thus the perfect venue for a hotel. The Hotel itself has been there quite a while and is in need of a sprucing. The rooms are currently undergoing renovation and are very nice. The spa is worth a visit and the hotel is quite famous for its "Mwarobaini" soup. (too much for my palette though) :)

In-spite of all the renovation going on, I admit we had a pleasant time and the staff were very helpful. I'd love to return to the hotel once everything is complete.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2014

This place is great for visiting Lake Bogoria, but I wish I knew the lake is flooded with fresh water and the flamingos are gone. This might explain why there were not many guests besides Chinese tour groups. The rooms are decent, but very basic and no charm. There is a warm pool which is fed by natural hot spring water, but the pool area is in need of a renovation (think crooked tiles and ugly grout). Friendly staff and a decent food, but nothing spectacular. After the long bumpy road up here it was a good place to relax for half a day and an evening, but there is no real reason to stay longer.

  • Stayed February 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in Lake Bogoria SPa Resort in the early days of November, 2013. The staff is very professional and friendly. Wifi is free and fast. Food is good.

The hotel is far way from distractions - bustle and huddles typical with hotels located in urban centres...

Crown on the jewel was the natural spa...just as the name suggests - the pool is naturally heated from the geothermal activities happening below the Rift Valley.

There's entertainment by Kalenjin traditional dancers in the evenings. The traditional Kalenjin milk, "mursik" is served.

Lake Bogoria, with its geysers and flamingoes is a stone throw away from the hotel.

This place is ideal for family get-away ...or group excursion.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Guangzhou, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

this is the only choice in lake bogoris if you want to see Flamingo at early morning. Garden is large and beautiful. WIFI available in reception and dinner room. but it's long dark way when back room after dinner. Room is beatuiful when look from outside, but inside is average.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Bozeman, MT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

The last place we stayed in Kenya was not our favorite but was certainly good enough. The setting was very nice (although there was construction going on while we were there) and you could walk around the beautiful grounds watching birds and critters. The pool was wonderful. The cottage needed improvements in decor; it seemed worn to me. Service was spotty. The main lodge was fine but the food was not very tasty and choices weren't great.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lake Bogoria Spa Resort
Address: Marigat 30403, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Baringo District > Marigat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Marigat
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Bogoria Spa Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Bogoria Spa Resort is the only Resort in Kenya with a natural heated Spa Pool- known as 'the healing place' because of its therapeutic values. Guests can unwind with a soothing massage, a swim at our half Olympic size cold water pool. The key facilities include: - accommodation, conference facilities, swimming pool, natural heated spa pool, 4 bars, 2 restaurants, Massage Parlor, Salon & a curio shop. In addition to showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region, the resort organizes guided bird watching tours within the Kesubo natural trail,day trips to Tugen hills & the Kipsaraman historic site. A five minutes' drive takes you to Lake Bogoria National Reserve, a home to the shy greater kudu & to over 450 bird species including the pink flamingoes, crested crane, black-headed weaver among others. ... more   less 
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