Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
What a wonderful place!
"We stayed here for 1 night as part of a safari across Kenya.
Despite undergoing refurbishment, the hotel us a fabulous place! The rooms are huge with a log fire which (can be lit on request) and a bathroom with a sunken bath as well as a shower, twin washbasins, toilet and bidet.
The extensive grounds are very well maintained, the food is excellent and the staff attentive.
One slight disappointment was that the hotel is not set within a safari park although there are trips to Sweetwaters but these are very expensive. However, the hotel does have an animal orphanage which is very well managed. The staff here are very knowledgeable and besides looking after the animals they also offer free educational visits to local schools and other groups to help build awareness of the plight of some of the local wildlife.
As well as visiting this orphanage we went an a one and half hour bird walk with a local ranger which took us to parts of the grounds we would not normally have seen.
We would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to be spoilt whilst on safari!"
- Travel date: Thu 27th of September 2007
"I'm Kenyan. I and family visited the famous Mount Kenya Safari Club in October 2006 for a couple of days. The hotel is built like a romantic chateau and has the best gardens in East Africa. It is particularly great for kids. The golf course is not demanding but allows the addicts to get their fix. the food is not great. I stayed in a cottage facing mount kenya. a fantastic view. we saw a mountain antelope one morning grazing by the fence. the cottages were a bit run down and should be refurbished soon. my wife really liked the large bath. the fire at night enhanced the warmth of the room. oddly despite the altitude it is not much cooler than nairobi. the animal orphanage is not worth the gate fees. the maze is wonderful and the horses are great. we intend to go back."
- Travel date: Tue 20th of February 2007
"The whole place was stunning. I stayed in a riverside lodge with a bathroom out of Dallas or Dynasty and an open fire that was lit every night. The golf course is very special too. But I would echo others' complaints about the food. They serve exactly the same menu every other night. In other words, you eat exactly the same on night three and five as you ate on night one. Not what you'd expect for the money at all. And the band playing at dinner got very tiresome after a while."
- Travel date: Thu 23rd of November 2006
A throwback to the days of luxury and fun!
"We stayed at the Safari Club for one night while on safari with Micato tours. The Club was once owned by the late actor William Holden during which time it was a prime destination for celbrities and the ultra-rich. The property still has a feel of the '60's and the jet-set from that era even though now it is patronized by the average tourist. The buildings have a very "clubby" feel, like a men's club- paneled walls, stuff animal heads on the walls, big comfortable leather couches and lots of huge stone fireplaces. Every room has a fireplace which is lit by the staff at 6pm daily. Our room was down by the river and had a two story stone fireplace, sunken in bathtub, porch with lounge chairs- fabulous! There aren't game drives from this property but there is an animal orphanage that can be visited and horseback riding. The purpose of the property is to pamper and provide a relaxing respite for guests which it does very easily. The food here was the best we had at all of the 6 properties in which we stayed while in Kenya. A truly gorgeous property, with a view of Mt. Kenya that will remain with the guests for a lifetime!"
- Travel date: Fri 29th of September 2006
Will Not Return
"The much storied Mount Kenya Safari Club proved a huge disappointment for our family. The river lodges are superb - enormous with fantastic verandas, fireplaces (that keep you warm all night), and bathrooms. Unfortunately, the cuisine is awful - even by African standards. I mean it - that bad! Don't bother to dress per the hotel's dress codes - anything goes - sneakers, baseball caps, etc. are ok. Although it is written up in the New York Times bestseller book: "1000 Places To See Before You Die"; we would rather die 1000 deaths before we return to this overrated (average at best) hotel. What more can I say? A redeeming side visit - the William Holden animal orphanage is a wonderful diversion for children and adults alike to view endangered animals up close."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of August 2006
"It's always been our dream to visit Mount Kenya Safari Club and our wish came true last month. The hotel setting was truly amazing, we managed to see the peak on Mount Kenya only 3 times but it was worth the wait!
The grounds themselves are a sight to behold and one never get tired of the immaculate lawns. We took our daughter who was 20 months at the time and she was crazy about the birds and monkeys that roam the grounds.
The main bar was well presented and cosy and it also provides great views of the mountain and grounds especially if it's raining!
The only downside was the Riverside cotage we stayed in, the bathroom was showing it's age and it was not what we expected of a 5* start resort. The log fire in our cottage went off a few time and we had to contact reception a few times for them to send someone round. However i understand that the new owners (Fairmont Hotels) will be carrying out extensive rennovations later in the year. We will definately be going back and this could easily become a regular haunt for us.We only stayed for 3 days/2nights which wasn't enough! If you are travelling with young kids, i would recommend you stay closer to the main building rather than go for the Riverside cottages as i thought they were too far especially if you need to keep an eye on your kids at night. All in all can't wait to go back!"
- Travel date: Mon 8th of May 2006
old hollywood at it's best
"This hotel is a 5 star at the US standards. I had a riverview cottage. Queen bed with a sitting area plus a fireplace that the staff came and lit every night about 6 PM. Huge bathroom with a soke tub and a shower. All marble double sink. hot water bottles in the bed during turn down service. This hotel reeks of the golden age of Hollywood. You could hear Clark Gable John Wayne, William Holden talking about their day in the dinning room or sitting in one of the many lounges in the bar area. The grounds are breath taking they offer every kind of activities golf, tennis, croquet, horse back riding, The have a maze. The pool area is so beautiful. The do have spa services. For the full treatment 30 minute massage 30 minute manicure 30 minute pedicure, 30 minute facial all for the price of 80.00 USD. NO ATM they like USD or credit cards over travelers checks. They will take travelers checks. Food was wonderful. Most everyone that comes to Kenya will stay at this hotel even our US presidents. If it bothers you to see game trophies and tusks on display This isn't the palce for you. All the trophies are from the club members when it was a hunt club way back when. Hunting safari were all the rage. If your lucky you can see Mt Kenya when the clouds are around it."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of May 2006
The best. don't miss it
"The best resort in Kenya, maybe in the world, we stayed only for a night as it was part of a long trip we bought, and at first we thought it was a waste of time because our trip was safari oriented. But as soon as we got there we fell in love with the place. The service and people are the greatest we met in Kenya, the rooms are beatifull and big with a fire place lit at night, the bathroom was as big as the room with bidet, bath, shower double washbins. The food and the restaurants are incredible with a seven course dinner and buffet breakfast and lunch. We did some horseback riding among the trails of the mountaint with two guides. they have an incredible animal orphanage. we don't play golf but the people we met there told us that it is one of the most beutiful golf courses in the world, also they have a heated pool, great views of Mt. Kenya, etc. If you are going to Kenya don't miss this place."
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of November 2005
"mt kenya safari club is a beautiful place. its very peaceful, the staff there are friendly and always there to help. especially ideal for a family vacation."
- Travel date: Fri 25th of February 2005