This is a lovely old hotel, not terribly run down by Nairobi standards. There has been fairly recent renovation and upgrades to some parts. There are tall tall trees and mature plants in the courtyards of this hotel which are wonderful. You wake up to birdsong, go to sleep to frogs peeping and risk having your roll taken off your plate by a raptor at breakfast. Not bad for downtown westlands. Very safe and comfortable. We stayed here twice on our last trip to Kenya- once at night and once with day rooms. It is a cheap and cheerful Nairobi base so you can splurge elsewhere. Far from the airport is the main downside. There is construction next door which would not bother you at night, but during the day- when we had our dayrooms, it was really really annoying. A hotel should be mindful of noise since they advertise sleep. Breakfast is included and is very good. Restaurant by the pool has tasty Indian food, but be prepared to wait an hour for food. The Spur restaurant is awful. Salad bar is okay. I would definintely stay here again, but bring earplugs next time for day rooms.
- 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