Southern Sun is a friendly and spacious hotel but I sadly can't recommend it. At a rate of $299 per night (inc breakfast) it does not compare favourably with similar hotels in Nairobi. Rooms are OK (unless like me you are unlucky enough to have a twin room) although they lack plug sockets meaning charging anything (except on the desk IF they sockets work, one of my two didn't) means moving furniture and unplugging either lights or the TV. The floor was a slippery varnished wooden deathtrap, there was no minibar, no iron or ironing board (although after the third time of asking one of each was eventually supplied - the iron did mark one of my shirts though) and the wardrobe did not have doors - nor were there quite basic amenities such as robes. Probably the biggest let down of the stay was being situated a few feet from the bar (which is the case for quite a few rooms) where breakfast is served and fairly rowdy drinking goes on until the early hours meaning that I was woken up by poeple making a racket and kept awake by the self same. I moved out after a few nights into a much longer stay in Nairobi.
- 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