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“well kept country house with jungle in the city” 5 of 5 stars
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Fairview Hotel
Bishops Road | P.O Box 40842, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #8 of 111 Hotels in Nairobi
Budapest, Hungary
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“well kept country house with jungle in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I stayed 4 nights on business. It felt as if I was a guest of an old country home with a very well maintained jungle-like park. The hotel is right across the Israeli embassy - I am not sure if I feel safer or more at risk when security is so tight... but once you are on the premises it is an idyllic place, way different from the impersonal modern hotels - and I prefer this. I stayed in the main building. I loved the doors, bed, the desk, the armchairs - all made of beautiful wood and leather, combining traditions with modernity. The staff is lovely, everyone is very helpful and always smiling. Our meeting went without a flaw. Breakfast is very nice, lunch is also ok, with spice added to the traditional dishes by the guest chefs who were there at the time of my stay.
The main building rooms seem to be the oldest, which of course shows on the tiles, etc. but all very well maintained. I visited a colleague in her pool-side room where everything is much more modern. I discovered that I could get freshly brewed coffee from the breakfast bar long before I wanted t have breakfast so I chose that over the nescafe which comes with your room (so does tea of course). The park is actually not that big but the way it made up gives you the feeling that it is much bigger. It has nice sitting area, pool, restaurants. I did not try the gym but a colleague went and said it was absolutely fine. A few colleagues stayed in the apartment buildings surrounding the main area. It seemed a bit further - like a 2-min walk and plus 2 security gates - but they did not complain about anything else.

Room Tip: main building is very fine, poolside is more modern but you'll have less privacy.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

We had an enjoyable stay at the Fairview.

My only complaint is that they are very frugal with certain basic amenities. For example, they don't have tissues in the room.

They have wonderful dining options, so overall, it is a great value.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights per Kenya safari in a first class room near the pool. Nice, comfortable room with all you would need. 1 night pre Rwanda and upgraded to a suite in the new area through 2 gates which you used your room key to go through. Nice room but very impersonal, kitchenette, A/C etc but we felt more suited to business travellers and we didn't like being away from the main hotel reception and resturaunts. 1 night in the old building above reception and we liked this room the best.
First class lounge very good. Can use computer, print out boarding passes and get coffee etc ( including specialty coffees) Mary the hostess when we were there was excellent.
fantastic breakfast buffet and pool bar and food there very good. Can reccomend the Samosa.
Excellent staff throughout. Remembered us from visit to visit.

Room Tip: get a first class room in old building.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

I find it hard to understand the negative reviews. We travelled to Kenya on a family holiday and stayed at the Fairview for four nights. The grounds are amazing, the staff are wonderful and the food was awesome. The embassy over the road is not a concern. Free wifi in the room is great. Easy access to transport. At no point did I ever feel unsafe and with a young family, that was a concern. Kenya is the most amazing place and we will visit again and stay at the Fairview.

Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We thought the care and help were excellent at this hotel, the dining room, the food was lovely and presented beautifully. Every thing was lovely and clean beds comfortable.
The staff were very attentive and couldn't do enough for you, the lady who has been with the hotel for many many year was a gem. I do think water could be an asset for the rooms.

My only complaint which has nothing to do with the hotel was the noise coming from the construction next door at 5am in the morning. We as a family had not encountered prayer time on loud speaker before, now we understand, we didn't feel comfortable but, when in Rome do as Rome does.

OUr family trip to East Africa was a wonderful experience and we will be back again

Williams family

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

We really enjoyed our 2 night stay at the hotel. Food was excellent. The room was spacious and clean. The shower was excellent. Service was good and the grounds of the hotel are lovely. Nothing to fault.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Spent 2 nights here at the end of our 7 night safari with Glorious safaris and felt very safe due to all the security on the road outside due to the Israeli embassy being on the same road. We had booked 2 connecting rooms or rooms next to each other as we have 2 teenage children. When we arrived we were told the hotel did not have connecting rooms so I said it was ok as long as we had rooms next to each other. They could not do this, the best they could do was room 30 a double and room 109 a twin. They weren't even on the same floor !!! so I had the double with our daughter and my husband had the double with our son. Not ideal. The hotel grounds were lovely with a waterfall feature. The rooms were spacious although the double was more modern than the twin. It had a flat screen TV whereas the twin had an old style box TV. The shower was good, lots of hot water that took a while to stabilize the temperature. This hotel caters more for business people than tourists.The kids liked the free internet although did have trouble at times connecting and the TV as they had not been able to see any of the Olympics due to being on safari. I did suggest to the hotel on their questionnaire that they should make sure that families have rooms next to each other. Lets hope they take notice.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#1 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#2 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#6 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 127
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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