Stayed here for 10 days in May 2011. Will start off with the negative points. At $215 B&B is a bit expensive. The room I had was fairly small and basic. No air conditioning, only a noisy ceiling fan. No mini-bar either. TV was small and the picture on some of the stations wasn't the best.
On the positive side of things, staff friendly and helpful. Security very good. Nice area next to the pool where you can sit and enjoy a coffee or a beer. The main hotel restaurant does an excellent breakfast, lots of choice and staff are great. Free wireless internet throughout the hotel, speed pretty good and reliable. Taxi's available outside the hotel throughout the day and night.
Adjoining the hotel is a Spur steakhouse where you can sign meals and drinks to your room. Food is good but the place is infested with hookers who can be a real pain. It is fairly obvious that the girls give the Spur staff a few KSH as they come and go as they please at all hours of the day. The hotel needs to do something about this as eventually it put me off going into the Spur for a beer or a bite to eat.
So if they can get rid of the girls, I would recommend the hotel as it isn't bad at all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SOUTHERN SUN MAYFAIR IS ONE OF NAIROBI'S BEST KNOWN LANDMARKS THAT FIRST ENJOYED ITS HEYDAY IN 1940'S COLONIAL KENYA. IT HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY REFURBISHED TO PROVIDE MODERN FACILITIES, YET RETAINS THE UNDERSTATED CHARM AND ELEGANCE OF YESTERYEAR. THE HOTEL IS SITUATED CLOSE TO THE CITY CENTRE AND ONLY 20KM FROM JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. WE WELCOME GUESTS TO EXPERIENCE THE TRADITIONAL WARMTH AND HOSPITALITY FOR WHICH BOTH KENYA AND SOUTHERN SUN ARE RENOWNED. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi Hotel Nairobi
- Holiday Inn Nairobi
- Nairobi Holiday Inn