Kerio View was without a doubt the best hotel we spent our night in during the unexpected Kenya journey. Though I did not get to spend a lot of time at the hotel, in that most of our days  were spent on the road, it made enough of an impact for me to want to write about.

Located near Iten (a town famous for churning out many of Kenya’s world beating long distance athletes), Kerio View Hotel is perched on the edge of the Kerio Valley escarpment with a marvelous view of the Kerio Valley, 1000m below and the Tugen Hills to the east.

Kerio View Hotel_the restaurantThe Restaurant (image source)

Our stay in Kerio View was very well timed, exactly what I needed given the disaster we had had the previous day.

Kerio View Hotel is very rustic. The buildings are low-rise and the finishing is very well done.

Kerio View Hotel_rooms

 

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The hotel is constructed on a slope. From the rooms, you will walk down along a paved path to the dining area.

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Kerio View Hotel_wall

 

Once you get to the restaurant you will be greeted by one of the most amazing views – a lively panoramic view of the Kerio valley. A recently constructed boardwalk offers even lovelier views.

Kerio View Hotel_sunriseI took this on the first morning we spent there. We had a sunrise shoot and the view was too amazing for me to pass up the opportunity to share

 

Kerio View Hotel_walkway

 

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If you want to enjoy the sunshine, there is lovely spot right outside the restaurant entrance where you can have your meal

Kerio View Hotel_outside seating

 

The décor inside the restaurant really brings it to life. There are two levels, the upper level being better because of the view however we spent most of the time downstairs by the fireplace.

Kerio View Hotel_reception desk

The reception desk

 

Kerio View Hotel_Fireplace

 

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On the first night for  dinner I had some mutton ribs, rice , salad and a soup on the side. I wanted to have lasagna but it was late and the chef would not have time to prepare it. I did not enjoy the meal very much, the meat was too tough and I gave up on it after a rib or two. I ended up having the rice, salad and soup.

Kerio View Hotel_meal

 

I’d like to say that was the last meal I was not happy with but the next day for dinner I ordered lasagna, which ended up being a huge disappointment. It was very bland and I ended up eating only a small portion.

Kerio View Hotel_Lasagna

 

 

The breakfast

Kerio View Hotel_Breakfast

 

Kerio View Hotel_Breakfast layout

 

What I loved about the menu is that it was very varied. It was a good mix of local meals and international ones. The second day, Chela ordered a salad. Trust me it tasted as good as it looks.

Kerio View Hotel_Salad

 

 

Apart from having to wait for ages for our meals I really have no other complaints about the service and despite the 2 disappointing dinners the other meals were enjoyable. My advice would be to call the restaurant and give them your order an hour or 2 in advance.

Every single member of the staff I interacted with had a warm manner and was helpful. The proprietor is a very jolly man. Chela had stayed at the Kerio View before, so once he found out our mission he was quite helpful and provided us several suggestions on great locations to shoot.

A lot of thought has been put into the décor in the hotel.

Kerio View Hotel_Dining area

 

Kerio View Hotel_Fireplace1

The fireplace was definitely my favorite spot. Iten does get very chilly at night and it was the perfect spot to sit while having dinner or working.

 

Kerio View Hotel_Dining area2

 

Kerio View Hotel_Upstairs dining

 

So, onto the rooms.

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My room was on the 1st  floor

 

The room I stayed in was plain. I’d describe the décor as clean, fresh and  simple. The room contained a desk, chair and a closet.

Kerio View Hotel_corridor

 

Kerio View Hotel_Curtains

 

Kerio View Hotel_bed

 

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Kerio View Hotel_bathroom

 

The bathroom contained both a shower and bathtub. My biggest pet peeve about showers is those that only have 2 extremes, scalding hot or freezing cold. I had no such problems in Kerio view.

There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel which was very convenient as I had to blog every day for the Unexpected Kenya series.

Iten town is notable as the training ground of Kenya’s famous athletes, and is also a popular destination for athletes from all over the world who are attracted to it’s high altitude. Some of the athletes stay at Kerio View and to cater for them there is a very well equipped gym.

Kerio View Hotel_gym

 

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I had no time to work out (I never do anyway) so all I used was the weighing scale.

Despite not spending much time at the hotel I did enjoy my stay. If you’re planning on staying in Iten I would definitely recommend it and if you’re simply passing by you can stop by the restaurant for a meal. Other activities include hiking, paragliding, bird watching, biking and training with or watching the country’s famous long distance runners.

For more information about Kerio View Hotel you can check out their website

What do you think of Kerio View Hotel ? Is it a place that you would add to your itinerary?

 

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17 Comments

  1. November 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    Rachel, What a lovely place to stay. I would love a sunrise stroll along the boardwalk. Thanks again for linking up with Weekend Travel Inspiration.

    • November 25, 2014 at 11:49 pm — Reply

      It definitely is.

  2. November 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm — Reply

    How rustic and beautiful, especially the views. That salad looks heavenly and mouthwatering . Too bad about the ribs and lasagna. Is plantain available in Kenya?

    • November 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm — Reply

      It is but it is not very common.What we do have is green bananas (also known as matoke) and we make this with potatoes. I have actually been looking for some as I really miss fried plantain.

  3. November 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm — Reply

    This looks like such a nice, peaceful place to stay. The sunrise from the boardwalk is amazing! Too bad your dinners weren’t that good though.

    • November 25, 2014 at 11:51 pm — Reply

      It is very peaceful. I was wishing we could stay longer but we had to go on with our journey.

  4. November 25, 2014 at 5:46 am — Reply

    Oh my gosh it is sooooo beautiful and green there! I absolutely LOVE that wood work inside. And that fireplace is incredible! That view is gorgeous into the valley – is that just a haze or smoke or neither below? You and I will be get along famously for eating partners, Rachael! I too would have ordered the mutton and also the lasagna as a back up. But dang, you’ve had some back luck with meals recently. Why does it take so long that you have to order your meal ahead of time? LOVE your post and pictures as always! 🙂

    • November 25, 2014 at 11:48 pm — Reply

      It’s a mixture of haze and smoke (from burning charcoal). I had no idea why the meals took so long, there weren’t many guests at the hotel. I do agree with you, we would definitely get along when it comes to food.

  5. keniamoja
    November 25, 2014 at 8:00 am — Reply

    Kerio view is a great location! The view is absolutely stunning and the restaurant is also really nicely decorated with a wonderful big fire for chilly evenings. Went on a hike down the escarpment was given directions by the hotel staff. I hear they also offer paragliding.
    The rooms are ok with more great views. Overall a wonderful place which I will visit again!

    • November 25, 2014 at 11:43 pm — Reply

      I would definitely love to go back too. The paragliding is on my bucket list.

  6. Hakquim
    November 25, 2014 at 8:02 am — Reply

    Kerio View looks beautiful and serene. That sunrise is majestic.

  7. November 25, 2014 at 9:30 am — Reply

    What a lovely place! I really like that boardwalk.

  8. November 25, 2014 at 11:29 pm — Reply

    Looks like a lovely place to stay. That view is stunning.

  9. December 5, 2014 at 11:30 pm — Reply

    This place is absolutely amazing! After seeing your pictures I feel like packing my little backpack and going there! Definitely adding it to my bucket list. How about the food there? How did you enjoy it?

  10. February 2, 2015 at 10:46 pm — Reply

    Absolutely breathtaking views alongside some of the most freshest and tasty looking food! I need to find myself there…

  11. August 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm — Reply

    Hi, It looks extremely beautiful. what month did you visit my friends went in end of June and the weather was horrid. I want to visit the place but I need some good weather 🙂
    Great review!

    • October 10, 2016 at 2:18 pm — Reply

      Hi Lea, we visited towards the end of October. The mornings were definitely chilly but during the day the weather was lovely.

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