We stayed twice pre and post Safari at The Fairview Hotel in a first class double room. On their website they have these rooms both a short walk from reception & a long walk from reception, we had the latter. This meant walking out through their car park, opening a security gate with your room card then walking across a lane and opening another security gate to let yourself into a garden area where these rooms were. Knowing Nairobi's reputation, particularly after dark we found crossing this lane a little daunting but with the Israeli Embassy at one end of the lane we figured the security in the area would be pretty tight. Funnily enough in all our arriving & leaving and driving across Nairobi several times we didn't see a single thing that concerned us and we wondered if the city's reputation was somewhat exaggerated. The room we stayed in was large, clean & comfortable. These are the only rooms the Fairview has that are Air conditioned but the Air conditioners are of the portable variety and whilst surprisingly effective they are incredibly noisy with all manner of water squelching & glugging noises. On our first visit we left the unit on all night but on our second we turned it off & found the ceiling fan to be sufficient. These rooms have a large desk just inside the door and we found it a great workspace to sit & use the ipad with their free wi - fi which worked very well & was quite fast. You have to phone up reception for a username & password which you use for the duration of your stay. There was a safe in the room and a wardrobe with plenty of hangers supplied. The bathroom was huge and had a step down bath with a rain water shower overhead. This was a little tricky to step down into, just make sure you hang on tightly to the handrail. They provide liquid soap & shampoo in dispensers over the bath. We always travel with our own bars of soap, I am not a big fan of liquid soaps or body washes. The security lock on the room door is interesting. It is similar to a bank vault and has 4 bolts that electrically slide into striker plates. To leave the room you push a button & wait for it to do its thing. This is one door that will definitely keep out would be burglars, however there is a window hinged at the bottom next to the door that it would be possible to force your hand into, through the mesh fly screen & push the opening button. Just make sure you close this window when leaving the room or retiring for the night. On our first visit we dined at the pool restaurant and found the food good although not excellent. On the second visit here we were very tired and opted for the room service which was actually very good and arrived quickly. We also had one lunch in their garden cafe near the entrance to the hotel and the Tuna sandwiches we both had were absolutely delicious. Both breakfasts we had were also delicious with a big choice of food and excellent service. We arranged with the hotel for a taxi to take us to the David Sheldrick Wildlife centre to meet our two Elephant adoptees when they returned to the stockade for the evening. They quoted us a price for the taxi which was fine, however we didn't realize we had to pay the driver direct having assumed it would be added to our bill. We were running very low on Kenya Shillings by this time but we were OK, just! The rate the driver asked us for was higher than quoted, he explained it as the time he spent waiting for us at Sheldricks. Whether this was right or not, who knows; we just payed what he wanted. The hotel use a slogan, " The country hotel in town" and this is very apt. The entire property is a haven of relaxation and very quiet indeed especially if you consider just how close you are to downtown Nairobi which is only 15 minutes away by car. It is a sprawling property and the grounds are magnificent, especially the gardens near the hotels main entrance. If you stay in their first class rooms you are able to use their first class lounge. We visited it and found a large room with lots of comfy places to sit, refreshments (limited) available and a laptop with printer you could use free of charge. There is also an extensive business centre but the services here are chargeable. The taxi driver told us it is never more than 30 minutes drive from here to the Airport but can take considerably longer depending on the traffic for the return journey. The Fairview is a refreshing break from a big chain hotel and as such unlikely to be targeted by any terrorist groups. Stay here and you will not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nairobi's most popular and only family-run 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, away from the noise of Nairobi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairview Hotel Nairobi