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“Daily NYT Digest for breakfast!” 5 of 5 stars
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Fairview Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bishops Road | P.O Box 40842, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #13 of 145 Hotels in Nairobi
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“Daily NYT Digest for breakfast!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

Don’t even consider staying at another hotel when in Nairobi! Rose Muya of Timeless Tours in Nairobi organized the trip for our party of six to the Aberdare Rhino Retreat and the Maasai Mara, with stays at The Fairview when passing through Nairobi. The Fairview is a welcome oasis in a noisy, traffic-clogged city. The location couldn’t be safer, even for women traveling alone (across from the Israeli Embassy; The Fairview compound is enclosed behind a secure wrought-iron fence w/ security checkpoints on the street). The entire Fairview family – Reception, First Class lounge, restaurant, and housekeeping staff - is gracious and accommodating. The elegant and always-present Vicki, one of the senior managers, ensures the operation runs flawlessly. The First Class lounge offers free Internet access and tea with cookies until 11pm. The breakfast buffet includes food to please every taste and the staff will make omelets at your request. And a real treat: the daily New York Times Digest is available every morning in the breakfast restaurant! Our rooms had a/c, a ceiling fan, and – a rarity in modern hotels – windows that we could open so we weren’t hermetically sealed at night. The Fairview is modern while retaining its old world charm. Timeless Tours will make sure your journey goes off without a hitch. Don’t settle for anything less.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Ringoes, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

Family of four enjoyed the stay as we began (15/7/11) and concluded (24/7/11) our safari in Tanzania. Checked in at 2 am, and they had upgraded us to a two bedroom, two bath suite. Very much appreciated! Gave us an upgraded room poolside when we came back through since we were there in the daylight hours. Again, very much appreciated. Free wifi that the teenagers really appreciated. Breakfast buffet was good, and the pizzas from the Pawana restaurant hit the spot. Great old word design, and sits next to the Israeli embassy. So, this is either the most secure or most vulnerable hotel in town. Perfect place to stay when you transition between NBO airport and Wilson Airport, it is close to the center of Narobii. It is a colonial style with all the facilities including a pool. There is a good brasserie next to the pool for snacks and drinks, a formal restaurant and a great breakfast buffet.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

Overall this is a good hotel representing good value for money. The location is excellent.
Unfortunately on our second stay a downgraded room without explanation or apology was allocated. This was eventually remedied and the booking of a First Class room was honoured. It did however leave a nasty taste in the mouth.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Whitby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

We stay only one night before our safari, wonderful hotel wished we had more time to spend there.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

Currently staying at the fairview as I write this review. The hotel is gorgeous and a welcome escape from many of the over commercialized hotel chains. The rooms are simple but have everything you would need. The free wifi is quick and easy to access and the free breakfast is fantastic. The hotel grounds are beautifully kept. I would definitely recommend booking this very affordable hotel.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Kisumu, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

Over the past couple of years, several great hotels have opened in Nairobi (Tribe, sankara, ole sereni), but Fairview remains my favorite. The rooms (first class room) are very comfortable and spacious. What really makes the hotel special, though, is the setting. Here in the middle of bustling, somewhat chaotic Nairobi, is a nice oasis of green grass, trees, and quiet. It is centrally located (taxis needed wherever you go), has a nice breakfast buffet, and a great little outdoor lunch spot. The prices are very reasonable for what you get. They are often fully booked (as I write this from a different hotel in Nairobi because Fairview was full), so plan ahead! The only reasons I would consider staying elsewhere would be if business is taking you to another par of the city, if you want to be by village market (stay at tribe), or if you are on a quick overnight stopover from the airport and don't want to deal with Nairoi's traffic. Service is also superb - very friendly, helpful staff.

  • Stayed September 2010
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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

Was there 20 years ago, and loved it for it's charming gardens and quality. Spent a few days there in June 2011 and was thrilled to see it has improved to become even more special, with superb dining options, gracious staff, wonderful outdoor cafe with little braziers for the evening chill, and a sense of care and concern that is evident throughout. Love it, and highly suggest any traveler to Nairobi, for whatever purpose be it holiday or business, stay at the Fairview. It's beautiful but not stiff and formal, with a great location that is safe and convenient and a quick taxi ride to town.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about Fairview Hotel

Address: Bishops Road | P.O Box 40842, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#5 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#8 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
#13 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Hotel Class:4 star — Fairview Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 127
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairview Hotel is owned and operated by the City Lodge Hotel Group. It is Nairobi's most popular four star hotel comprising of 127 rooms (with some five star rooms!). Our product offering is designed for the business traveller with various room types set in five acres of beautiful gardens. Our room rates include bed, breakfast, wifi and all taxes. We are situated 2 kilometers out of the Nairobi central business district on Upper hill. ... more   less 
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