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“Mayfield is a retreat, a safe haven, a home away from home mixed with loving care.” 5 of 5 stars
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Mayfield Guest House
Ngong Road, Nairobi 00200, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #31 of 146 Nairobi B&B and Inns
Corning, New York
1 review
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“Mayfield is a retreat, a safe haven, a home away from home mixed with loving care.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2010

I thank G'd often for the treatment, the rest and care I had there. I was welcomed and taken care of after my mission trip to Tanzania. The food was wonderfully prepared and there was ample supply. There was protein sources, which lacked in the "bush". It was comfort food leaving out the "junk". I needed to get there to recover from the "bush". A friend needed to recover from working in the Kibera slum, full time. She came for a weekend respite. Hot showers are there, friendly co mission people, praying and conversing, sharing experiences.
This is like a youth hostile, except that born-again beleivers come with service to Jesus in mind and a mission work to do. Doing mission work is taxing on the body, so I wholly recommend Mayfield for the retreat it is especially after or during service to the 'least of these". There is no lack of work to do, only the caring amenities available at Mayfield. CK

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Korr, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2010

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.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, IL USA
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2010

We stayed here for two nights. This was the first night of our Missionary trip to Kenya. Our second night here was on our return, the evening before our flight back.

The first night was admittedly a bit of a culture shock. Fresh from America, the bathrooms seemed a old/outdated. The beds were comfortable. Some in our group shared bunk beds. Others had twin beds. Rooms slept 2-4 people, each room had a sink and mosquito netting. Bar soap was provided. All water from the taps was filtered. The hosts were very friendly. The food was hot and very good. Prices included breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Eating is family style: dishes are shared. There is no ordering off of a menu. No one in the group complained about the food. The lobby has snacks and water/soda/juice. There is internet access. Many others there used their laptops wirelessly. For those without a laptop, there are two Dell desktops in the basement. In addition, in the basement, there is satellite TV, a VHS player, and a DVD player. Guests can sit on the couches to share a movie or read from their extensive library. There is a craft room which we did not utilize. The guest house is fenced in and security guards were present. The group felt safe. The guest house is well maintained.

Depending on what part of the Guest house you are staying, the accommodations seemed different. In some of the bathrooms, there are bathtubs with hand held shower heads. In other bathrooms, there are showers. Of note, the showers had plenty of hot water and great water pressure. All of the bathrooms are tiled and all of the toilets are regular toilets, no "pit" toilets.

Most, if not all, of the guests are missionaries. This is not a resort, this is not a hotel. The accommodations are basic and simple. You can feel safe here, well fed, and can clean off nicely. For our group, the Mayfield Guest House was perfect. Staying here at the tail end of our missionary trip, the place seemed like heaven on earth. We highly recommend the Mayfield Guest House.

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2010

I stayed in Mayfield Guesthouse with a mission group in April 2010. We were stuck there because of the volcanic ashes. I find the staffs warm, friendly, and helpful. The hosts allow the freedom of hospitality flow around. I find strength and comfort when praying with many missionaries during meal time. I appreciate to have the access to computers and tv room, which helped me to connect to home front during such a critical time. I will certainly recommond this facility to friends and relatives.

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kisumu, Kenya
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2008

I have stayed here a few times. For a guest house it's pretty nice. Breakfast is hot, showers are hot and they have a nice courtyard in the front. The courtyard is restful.

Bottled water, sodas and snacks on hand near the front desk. Be sure to ask for specific bed types when staying here. They have singles and bunks and doubles. Most rooms share a bathrooms and showers but there are plenty to go around.

Taxi's hang out in the front so it's easy to find a safe ride to the mall or the open market (under 10 minutes away). Staff is friendly, very helpful and can arrange for pick up and drop off at the airport.

Not a super fancy place but nice, clean and pleasant for Nairobi.

  • Liked — Taxi service
  • Disliked — It was all good for nairobi
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Also Known As:
Mayfield Guest House Hotel
Mayfield Guest House Hotel Nairobi
Address: Ngong Road, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
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Ranked #31 of 146 B&Bs / Inns in Nairobi

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