Lion Hill Lodge: "Tranquility at it's best" Lake Nakuru National Park Hotel Tip by Homanded
Lake Nakuru National Park Hotels: 30 reviews and 43 photos
Another member of the Sarova group, these people just seem to get it right in Kenya.
Upon arrival at the Lion Hill Lodge, after a long and dusty drive from the Masai Mara it was nice to be greeted at the informal yet beautiful front reception area by an eager staff holding cool, rolled towels dipped in water and eucalyptus with which to freshen up with.
This is accompanied by a tall glass of refreshing lemonaide which we thirstly drank down.
After a quick prelimanary handing out of the passports, verification of our reservations, etc. we were assigned room numbers and shown to the dining room; being assured our luggage would be in our rooms when we were through with lunch.
Lunch is an impressively formal affair and we almost felt underdressed! We soon realized we were not the only ones in shorts and T's and that the other tourists in the room were also showing the dusty look of safari worn travelers. We were soon able to relax, partly due to the friendly smiles and greeting of "JUMBO" from our waiter and the cold "Tuska" beer which we needed after the long drive.
Lunch was spectacular. Various salads, vegetable dishes, pasta dishes, roasted meats and stews followed by fresh fruit. (Kenya as a whole is not known for their desserts and we chose to skip sweets).
We took coffee in the outdoor terrace which overlooks Lake Nakuru and where you see endless flocks of flamingos moving, as in unison, performing a water ballet in the distance.
As promised, when we'd finished lunch, our luggage was awaiting for us in the room.
A beautiful, clean, spacious room with comfortable bed and a wrap around terrace with unobstructed views of Nakuru and sunsets/sunrises. Ask for one of the "In-Between rooms" with names rather than numbers assigned to them for additional space.
Unique Qualities: The hotel is set on a hillside, amongst lush forest and overlooking famous Lake Nakuru.
The sweeping views, only ocassionally interrupted by acacias or Candelabra trees are unparaled.
Peace and quiet is the theme here! We believe this is why it makes for such a good stopping point in between other points of interest such as Masai mara, Samburu and Amboseli.
Rooms are spacious! Ask for one of the "named suites or rooms" rather than the numbered ones. They come with a fireplace (it can get chilly at nights), a huge king sized bed with mosquito netting, living room, sitting area and larger, wrap around porches.
Walk in showers and/or bathtubs are also available.
Restaurant provides nightly enteratinment varying from Masai to African Rythm and music.
Audience is invited to join in and Eddie was quite good at "breaking it down" with the African ladies!
Tables and seating are arranged in tiers making audience visibility good.
Sunsets/Sunrises are particularly stunning from the end of the property, where the last rooms are located as they "jut out" overlooking Nakuru with unobstructed views. This is where our room was. Just wonderful!
Finally, although we did not utilize it, a beautiful courtyard swimming pool which was amazingly clean and serene. When we walked up to it, after dinner (around 10:00pm), an ever ready to do our bidding pool attendant, quickly ran to turn on it's lights thinking we were intending to take a late night dip!
Address: Located in the heart of the Rift Valley, famous for it's flamingos
Comparison: about average
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