Mayfield is a wonderful place to stay with friends or as a single traveler. With friends you can enjoy communal or single rooms with a central, homey living room for chatting and even a home-theater for watching movies and television. As a single, you can also take advantage of the friendly atmosphere to meet many fellow travelers around the dining table or relaxing on the compound. Meeting new friends and spending time with old ones is easy in Mayfield. (And if you like solitude, there's a nice, green garden with chairs all around for reading, writing in your journal, or meditating.)
It's in a safe and central part of Nairobi, with malls and superstores within walking distance. The shops are close and easy to find which provides a convenient way of exercising, avoiding cabin fever, and getting shopping done while in town. Only a 20 minute walk away, there is also the Maasai Market on Sundays which is a fun, but very touristy, way of finding souvenirs.
Mayfield's food is great! It’s always hot, served family style, and familiar to the western palate. They also provide complimentary tea at 10 and 4 (traditional Kenyan tea time) with PB&J fixings available all day long.
The staff are gems. They are invaluable in helping you find your way around Nairobi, are quite fond of chatting with visitors, and honest and helpful in sorting your travel plans out. They also provide their own taxi service especially between airports and even to shopping centers if you would rather add these expenses onto your bill instead of using other transport.
The beds, showers, living areas, and toilets are all clean and private. There is also free internet, and while it's slow, Mayfield isn't to blame, as it's like that anywhere you go in Kenya.
I've stayed at Mayfield every time I come into Nairobi (4 times and counting) and have yet to have a bad experience with them. You won't be disappointed.
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