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“Excellent lodge overlooking the lake Elementaita and close to Lake Nakuru/Naivasha” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sunbird Lodge
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent lodge overlooking the lake Elementaita and close to Lake Nakuru/Naivasha”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Very friendly staff, nice open fire place at the reception area and very nice and spacy rooms. The food was good but not excellent.
One of the highlight is definitely the location overlooking the lake and that the lodge is a perfect place to explore three different lakes without relocating the lodge.

Please be informed that you will hear road noise in the bungalows that are at the top of the hill. The ones that are further down the hill not.

A lodge to recommend.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

To celebrate my birthday I reserved a table for 5 at Sunbird Lodge which overlooks Lake Elementaita, 20 minute away from Nakuru. Although there are bedrooms at this lodge fortunately it is open to non residents too. Newly built, everywhere was lovely. The terrace overlooking the lake offered very special views and as it was Sunday evening the sound of distant church bells as we sat under an acacia tree watching the sunset was quite magical. Even my request for bread and wine for an inpromptu "Communion time" was honoured. When it grew dusky we went inside where a fire pit was lit in the bar and although a bit smoky, was a wonderfully convivial way to have our drinks and peruse the menu. The food was good and a procession by the staff bringing me a birthday cake surprise was a wondefully unexpected touch. A very special evening...thank you to my companions and the staff at Sunbird....PS We found the notice in the ladies toilets very funny ..requesting that we "remained seated for the entire performance"

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 Fiona M
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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

Good standard, kind and respectful treatment in every aspect, towards children as well as adults.
I also appreciated the beautiful birds coming along every morning by breakfast. Looks like paradise!
Hope we'll meet again!
Cecilia (grandmother of Max, "the African Boy")

Room Tip: If you are not in shape you might choose a room close to the reception/restaurant. Many steps from t...
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  • Stayed February 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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2 Thank Cianne_13
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Nairobi
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

What a great get away!!! We, family of four (2 young boys) had a lovely stay. The view was so calming and restful. We got there and felt that we were on holiday! An extra bed was put into our cottage so that the boys each had a bed, with Mosquitos nets, and the room wasn't cramped. The rooms are big, light and airy with great views. And hammocks!

The staff were very welcoming and accommodating. The kitchen was able to provide gluten free meals with no fuss and very tasty. Internet was limited to the common area but we never got round to using it as we were truely in holiday mode. The indoor open fire by the bar is a great place to hangout after dinner and chat with other guests. The pool and mini swim up bar were nice, with views of the lake.

We didn't see any flamingos, not the lodge's fault just too much water in the lake! Also in the dead of night you can hear the occasional truck in the distance.

Despite that we can't wait to go back!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Chansa K
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Geneva, Switzerland
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237 reviews
82 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights and really liked the lodge. We loved our spacious and clean cottage, with a good bed (great matress and pillows) fluffy towels, enormous bathroom and terrace.
We taook a toour to the Delamere conservancey / Elementeita hot springs and our Sunbird Lodge guide Francis was absolutely great: knowledgeable and friendly. Indeed, there is some background noise from the road, but we did not find it too disturbing.

For food, they only have a full board option for the lodge residents. It is a bit varying in quality, but overall needs improvement. Breakfast: the good thing was there was unsugared muesli, fruits, and eggs (no cooked eggs), but no fresh juice, and the bread was low quality ( I know it is difficlet inKenya but this was not good, close to stale bread). Our packed lunch was reasonable, the desserts other than fruit not good, buffet mediocre, one night chicken was OK, the other night my son asked for it again, but it was like rubber, the soup ok but nothing close to special. The waiter, Sila, was very friendly and professional.

The (duty?) manager was a bit desintersted and not too accomodating.

Overall, recommended, but there is some room for improvements.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

We stayed for four days with two kids (4 and 6) during the short rainy season. The service was excellent, the food delicious, the room cosy, spacious and clean, the view (over lake Elementaita) from the dining-room / reception as well as from the cottages magnificent. We booked two excursions (safari to nakuru NP and a hike to "sleeping warrior") both time we had a really competent and patient guide.
Apart from the distant traffic noise from the highway (500m away) it's a quite place with no tv and wifi in the cottages (which we really appreciated).

Room Tip: Rooms on the slope are quieter.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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1 Thank Veron_Bruno
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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

The property is very utilitarian which is something I was really looking for. It was such a nice (short) escape from Nairobi and so easy to get to. You can easily walk around the property and check out the lovely garden where the food is grown, also we happened upon a small herd of impala.
The pool is a nice size also and one of the few places where we noticed there were other guests. The property was so quite and relaxing and the staff were pleasant and helpful, not intrusive at all leaving us to enjoy the scenic views right on the lake and the many beautiful birds from our hammocks.
the breakfast buffet was one of the best I have ever had in East Africa!

Room Tip: the cottage on the top of the hill require less walking but also have a bit less privacy. as long as...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ehmjae
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Property: Sunbird Lodge
Address: Off Nairobi - Nakuru Highway | Nakuru, Lake Elementaita 20119, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Lake Elementaita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Lake Elementaita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sunbird Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunbird Lodge, an eco-friendly luxury lodge is located in the Great Rift Valley, one of the natural wonders of the world. We are less than 127 km (1 ½ hours) from Nairobi and a few minutes off the new and superb Nairobi – Nakuru highway on a very good, private access road at the shore of Lake Elementaita, bordering and overlooking Soysambu Conservancy. Located on private land there are no park or conservation fees in addition to our very competitive rates. On excellent roads it is only 20 minutes to the famous Nakuru National Park and only a few minutes to Soysambu Conservancy where you can experience a balloon safari every morning. ... more   less 
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Sunbird Hotel Lake Elementaita

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