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“Old Expensive hotel but a resort like feel in the heart of city” 3 of 5 stars
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Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Cnr. Parklands Road & Msapo Close, Parklands | PO Box 66807, Nairobi 00800, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #21 of 91 hotels in Nairobi
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Old Expensive hotel but a resort like feel in the heart of city”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

To start with, this hotel is very expensive, they may say they have renovated the rooms however they left few things to renovate. The bathroom fittings are very old and you will struggle to get water from the shower.
They provide the tea maker in the room however looking inside the same you would never want to make tea in that.
Rooms are very small when compared to the prices they charge.

Taxis are easliy available outside the hotel, there is a taxi stand opposite and if you want hotel can pay on your behalf and charge you on your room.

Hotel is otherwise very green and not like any big building but only 2 floors in an expanse with gardens around.
Gym has 3 treadmills and similar no. of cycles so I would say well equipped.
Breakfast is okay, they can make eggs the way you like and has pan cakes as well if you like the way they make it. pastries and croissants are not of very good quality.

As for location, it is quite good if your work is around westland area of Nairobi. It takes around 25 mins to reach hotel from the airport.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

The hotel has good grounds and service. Rooms are standard, with no-frills but clean and good beds. The room I had though had terrible sound insulation. The rooms is next to service door that was being used all night long and making really loud sounds. It was really hard to sleep. I would recommend the hotel but not that room (333). Stay away from it.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paris
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13 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

Very pleasant and quiet place. Old victorian style lodge but modern, clean and simple rooms. Good food especially for breakfast at the Oasis Pool, by the swimming-pool in a large tropical garden. Good location not so far from city center and international airport. Nice service, fair prices.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

First time I visited this hotel, reception area modern with friendly staff. The gardens are lovely an oasis in a busy city, rooms are a good size but found mine a bit outdated (bathroom needs tiling properly and toiletries replaced) rooms have been refreshed apparently but not sure if mine was missed out. I found it difficult to navigate around the gardens at night as quite dark in the walk ways and the signs are not lit up. There are plenty of security staff on all the floors so quite secure. Try to attend the managers cocktail party on Wednesday night as a chance to meet new people and enjoy free drinks and light snacks. A good selection of food hot /cold for breakfast and there is a spur restaurant on the premises so a good choice of steaks/ribs etc... The frogs in the garden at first are quaint but when you are trying to sleep are annoying (as they are very loud)The other fly in the ointment for me was the location, it seems to be surrounded by traffic jams, worse than other hotels I have visited in the area regardless of the time...but maybe it was just me.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Great breakfasts
Awesome & efficient business centre
Friendly Staff
Attached Spur (always a standard winner)
nearby Gipsy's pub/bar (the best cosmopolitan space in Nairobi)
and not far from several decent restaurants
45 minutes - 60 minutes from the airport without traffic though.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Bermuda
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Although a bit tired feeling, my experience was on the whole a very good one. The staff are attentive and the breakfast was surprisingly high standard. The same could not be said of the resaurant chain that the hotel has outsourced its lunch and dinners to. The food was unappetizing and the hookers in the bar offputting. That said, I will gladlystay there again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Carcavelos, Portugal
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Very good facilities. Friendly people, security personnel watchful but discreet. Snack-bar opened until late at night. Restaurant by the pool [one of two]. Quiet atmosphere during night time. Some shops indoor selling a variety of items, from clothing to toothpaste, postcards and native art, paintings and wood-carving sculpture.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Additional Information about Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi

Also Known As:
Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi Hotel
Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi Hotel Nairobi
Holiday Inn Nairobi
Nairobi Holiday Inn
Address: Cnr. Parklands Road & Msapo Close, Parklands | PO Box 66807, Nairobi 00800, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#14 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#18 Business Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi 4*
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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