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“A hotel for both Wazungu and normal people.”

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The Sportsman's Arms Hotel
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Nanyuki Town
Reviewed July 26, 2012

As a Mzungu (white Caucasian) you do not feel welcome all over Africa, for obvious reasons; but at the Sportsman's Arms you only meet discriminatory room rates (residents pay about 20% less for accommodation than non-residents). It is of course regrettable that this policy remains for many if not almost all hotels in East Africa, and for what reason?? are native people less worth than the Wazungu?? This was the second time I stayed at the Sportsman's Arms. It was just for one night but I har a good time enjoying both the restaurant and the bar, where British soldiers (not in uniform) were enjoying their off duty evening. In the morning the pool which has a sufficient size for proper swimming, was open at 7h30; the swim was a good start for the journey back to Nairobi.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

Sportsman's arms has remained to be the highlight of Nanyuki mid-range hotels(i.e. if not looking for the 5* facilities well offered by Mt Kenya safari club, sweetwaters etc))with its rich history and fame. Having stayed here severally, on work and holiday basis, I am of the opinion that the Hotel needs a thorough re-make especially in attitude,service and quality.
Being the only hotel of renown in the area has kept it going but there is need for competition to spur this fine hotel to a new level. The rooms and services are generally basic and ok. What keeps me coming back is their family cottages& grounds which are good for a family and the kids love the space.Food-ok. Service-generally ok. Had an experience once with the kitchen staff on what is a cappuccino and espresso.....he had no clue! Just kept on insisting......left the black coffee that he was calling cappuccino untouched. In the last occasion, we waited for milk for tea for the entire duration of dinner....our queries were all answered ...."5 more minutes!". It took over an hour! What irked me on this last stay there in June was the lack of telephone in the cottage and the TV channels (the hotel touts to have satellite TV!) which are all controlled from one decoder for a cluster of rooms! You have no control over what to watch-all at the mercy of the people with access to the decoder! I remember raising this up at a past visit and the word was that they were sorting it out....months later, NOTHING! even local channels are unavailable! In this age,WiFi is no longer a luxury but a basic amenity in an establishment of such caliber. and please....some extra blankets would be appreciated especially in the timber cottages! Nanyuki is never blistering even in the hottest season...at least at night.
This hotel continues to be a great place to be but they'd better up their game to current standards lest someone comes over and tips the scales....more so with the opening up of the Mt. Kenya circuit.

Room Tip: If you want the cottages,please ask for the stone ones(timber ones can be quite cold!). For those no...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Nush
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

I had a good time in town but the hotel needs serious managers the penth house had licks all over to my bed n no apologies when it rains u must move the bed to come off your room pool of water but u must pay to swim out of the room no sympathy thanks

Room Tip: Don't eat there for any meal apart from bf
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

I spent 2 nights with my family and will certainly go back. The setting is very nice for expeditions to Mt. Kenya and the nearby game reserves. It is also near the the town mall where you can shop and take delicious Dorman's coffee as you mingle with other tourists and the locals. The hotel has a swimming pool, well-equiped gym, lively disco and other activities for all ages. Very reasonable cost especially for a budget holiday. The service is exellent and the food is okay.

Room Tip: The rooms in the main block and the newer cottages are fine but the old cottages need some refurbish...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

The hotel is pretty basic, has a pool and restaurant area, pub and night life. I liked the fact that the night life was right there at the hotel. The rooms could do with an upgrade they are really old school and overall are average. Service is good. Food was average, as well the variety is nothing spectacular. The retaurant has a beautiful sitting area outside, which is reccently done and was nice. Available within is a small shop which was helpful in getting some toothpaaste :) Its within the town so very close to the Nanyuki mall where you can get all the stuff you need plus ATM services.

Room Tip: Obviously book in advance and state your requirements especially when it comes to the meals.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 14, 2011

This was booked on a buisness trip as our initial accommodation couldn't take us for 2 nights, so the last 5 nights of ourstay were to be in 'Sporties'. As soon as we could we booked accommodation back at the other place so were only here for 2 nights.

The rooms are in need of a complete makeover, or at the very least a deep clean. They smelt of smoke and were grimy, the bathroom had broken units, cracked tiles and was barely functional. The window and door locks were poor.

We ate in once it was OK, so OK I didn't bother with breakfast for the next two days and we ate out the next night.

There is internet access in the Cyber shop which was reasonable and reliable - about the best think in the hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled on business
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2  Thank Jamborock
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Reviewed December 10, 2011

I spent only one night at the Sportsman's Arms Hotel. I was participating in a conference and needed to arrive three days later than the other conference participants. For some unknown reason was given the cottage rather than a single room. The cottage was great - lots of space, two bedrooms and a fire place. The hotel staff assisted in making the fire and the rooms were warm and comfortable. The bathroom had a shower and it was very clean. My colleagues were not so well satisfied with their single rooms. They described it as "dingy", "not clean" and "very cold". The grounds were lovely and the food served in the restaurant was fine. The meals were all buffet style. All in all my experiences were good and I would return provided I could get the "cottage" again. The hotel could really benefit from an upgrade and more emphasis on housekeeping standards, especially in the single rooms.

Room Tip: Cottages are roomy and clean. If there is a choice select a cottage. Review from colleagues about t...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled on business
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5  Thank Adrienne999
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Address: P.O. Box 3, Nanyuki Town, Nanyuki Municipality 10400, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Laikipia County > Nanyuki Municipality > Nanyuki Town
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Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Nanyuki Town
Number of rooms: 23
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The Sportsman's Arms Hotel Kenya/Nanyuki Town

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