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Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
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Redlands, California
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“Surpringly Wonderful Park and a Great Lodge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

I was surprised to drive through Nakuru and see such a large city next to this national park. Then the park itself was surrounded by nearby homes. But it was an amazing treasure with rhinos, Rothschild giraffes, flamingos and we even saw a hippo in Lake Nakuru.

The food at the lodge was fantastic, some of the best of our trip. Our cabin was quite a distance from the lodge, but we had a wonderful view of Lake Nakuru. The grounds had trees with labels and a list of commonly seen birds. We saw a short African dance and singing provided by the lodge and had a very nice sleep in a great room.

I loved it and would have no reservations about going back again. In fact, I would jump at the chance.

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Korirk, General Manager at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Esteemed Guest
Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Lake Nakuru National Park and also taking time to review your stay with us.
We are gratified to know that you you had a wonderful experience in particular that you found our food the best in your Kenyan trip
We all look forward to your next visit
Asante sana

Ken Korir
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

I stayed at the lodge as part of a Globus tour. We had come from two excellent lodges so I was hoping the service and accommodations would continue, but there was much to be desired at this lodge.

The rooms are were decent sized but needed some TLC. The beds were fine, but I discovered stained sheets on the bed I wanted to sleep in away from the door, so I just slept in the other bed. It was very noisy with people walking past so I slept very poorly. The bathroom was extremely lacking. The sink was very clogged and would not drain. The toilet took several attempts before a flush would occur. The window could not be closed completely and noise carried in through the bathroom. It was also very cold to shower in the morning from the draft. In the morning, our wakeup call came 40 minutes early. I was quite tired at this point and irritated that I lost that time to sleep.

The food was just OK at this lodge. There was not a great variety and most food was already soaked in sauces and extras. There was not a lot of opportunity to personalize your meals. I ate a lot of bread here. We also noted mice outside the glass door trying to get in while we were eating dinner. They never made it in, but unsettling nonetheless.

There is a nighttime show offered. I found it to be poorly organized. It did not start on time. The waiter would walk in front of both the guests and the actual elevated stage, blocking the view. We eventually left because it was that disruptive to have someone walk past you continuously.

Overall, I did not care for this lodge and would try the other option in the area over returning here.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Korirk, General Manager at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Esteemed Guest
Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Lake Nakuru National Park and also taking time to review your stay with us.
We value constructive feedback as it enables us to continously monitor and improve our services and product and to forever exceed guests expectations

I note with regret that various aspects of our services and product did not meet your expectations; We are doing everything possible to ensure corrective measures are taken.
Feel free to share any further thoughts with me on ken.korir@sarovahotels.com

Asante sana and we truly appreciate your feedback

Ken Korir
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Loved everything about Lion Hill.
Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, AWESOME food!
Went there for a weekend break and lets just say it was A.W.E.S.O.M.E

Only down side...park fees :(( even when you are just going in to lie around!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Korirk, General Manager at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Esteemed Guest
Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Lake Nakuru National Park and also taking time to review your stay with us.
We are gratified to know that you you had a wonderful experience; We all look forward to your next visit
Asante sana
NB - Our President recently announced the reduction of Conservation Fees effective 1st of July 2014, I agree with you it was quite high

Ken Korir
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

We had a suite at the hotel and it was really nice. Very large and very comfortable. The food in the restaurant was very good with lots of vegetarian options. The pool was really nice too. The staff even washed my car early in the morning before we left for our game drive - nice touch. We drove less than 5 minutes when we saw our first of many rhinos. Had a great time and only about a 3 hour drive from Nairobi.

Room Tip: Suites are great, didn't get a chance to see the regular rooms.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Korirk, General Manager at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Esteemed Guest
Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Lake Nakuru National Park and also taking time to review your stay with us.
We are gratified to know that you you had a wonderful experience; We all look forward to your next visit
There is a resident black Rhino called "Rossie" on whose territory starts from our western fence, she could easily be spotted from the rooms
Asante sana

Ken Korir
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

My first time here, without any expectations other than knowing it was a sarova. Security check at the gate was very strict but polite guards.
We were received with a hot towel and juice and smiles all around. There was entertainment and tea before dinner.the food was really the highlight of this place.. great variety. . Bfast was awesome.. rooms were meticulous and clean..
Definitely coming back however its a bit pricey for us local tourists. .

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Korirk, General Manager at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Esteemed Guest
Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Lake Nakuru National Park and also taking time to review your stay with us.
We are gratified to know that you you had a wonderful experience; We all look forward to your next visit
Asante sana

Ken Korir
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

We stayed at Sarova Lionhill last week for 3 Nights. We really enjoyed our stay. Hmmm everything were perfect excellent location, rich food, excellent staff, good veg. selection for vegetarians, freshly squeezed fruit juices, salads counter, desserts, fresh fruits etc.etc .

We went there with our 6 months old baby she also enjoyed BIG. All the staff is very friendly they are asset to the owners. Infact they made a very beautiful surprise cake for our baby as she was a youngest guest ever.

We can’t wait to go back there soon and will not think twice to recommend to our friends & relatives.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Korirk, General Manager at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Esteemed Guest
Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Lake Nakuru National Park and also taking time to review your stay with us.
We are gratified to know that you you had a wonderful experience; In particular that our YOUNGEST guest for the 3 nights also enjoyed the experience
We all look forward to your next visit
Asante sana

Ken Korir
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

Well I have been lucky enough to work and live on and off few hours drive from Nakuru national park, so yes I have been there few times and I found that lodge by far the best accommodation inside the park, service food and room in high standard (for Africa).

Room Tip: Wake up super early the name " Lion hill" is not just for attracting tourist but really is...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Korirk, General Manager at Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Esteemed Guest
Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Lake Nakuru National Park and also taking time to review your stay with us.
We are gratified to know that you you had a wonderful experience; We all look forward to your next visit
Asante sana

Ken Korir
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Property: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
Address: Lake Nakuru National Park | City Square, Lake Nakuru National Park 72493 - 00200, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Lake Nakuru National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Lake Nakuru National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at the heart of the Rift Valley, the Lake Nakuru national park is home to one of the most amazing ornithological spectacles in the world - the flight of the flamingos! Aside from the flamingos, the park has over 450 species of birds - a heaven for any avid bird watchers. The park is also a sanctuary to the highly-endangered black Rhino and abounds with other game such as buffalos, lions and the elusive leopard. Just two hour's drive from Nairobi; Sarova Lion Hill is one of only two lodges situated within the premises of the park. Each of the 67 recently refurbished chalets are equipped with modern conveniences and have an astounding view of the pink rimmed lake and the silhouetted hills beyond. Guests can enjoy country-style dining at the flamingo restaurant or if you like, the chef can set up something special under one of the beautiful acacia trees where one can enjoy lunch with an unobstructed view of the lake. The rift valley bar is just the right spot for that magical sundowner. Cultural dancers delight visitors with their enchanting dancing every night. An inviting swimming pool & sauna facilities are available. Guests can also enjoy outdoor massage treatments with the calming sounds of chirping birds. Outside catering facilities complement the "meals served in the bush", provided as premium add-ons, including cocktails at Baboon Cliff. The Lodge also offers conferencing facilities. The Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is one of the most sought after Rift Valley Lodges in Kenya, best known for offering finest quality services. A fabulous outdoor swimming pool to a business conference room, the hotel has almost everything that's required to make your stay a memorable one. ... more   less 
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