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Fairview Hotel
Bishops Road | P.O Box 40842, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #6 of 96 hotels in Nairobi
Perth, Australia
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“Get the right room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We stayed here twice, once when we arrived in Kenya and for a few days before we left. On the first occasion we had a very average room. No air conditioning and room felt like it needed urgent upgrading. We were so disappointed that we asked our travel agent to arrange for a different hotel for our return visit. This was not possible. When we returned however, we were in a beautiful room, fresh, spacious, super comfortable bed, with lovely views over the gardens. If you use this hotel make sure you get a decent room.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

I spent one night in Nairobi and stayed at the Fairview. It is in an ideal location and very safe. The rooms are well equipped with satellite TV and wifi which is fast. The restaurant food is good and not too expensive and breakfast is extensive.
I was given a room which overlooked the bar and restaurant. This ruined my stay as I was kept up until around midnight and then at 4:30 am the kitchen staff started shouting across the dining hall waking me up.
Overall a nice hotel as long as you are not in room 17!!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

First stay in Nairobi and was pleasantly surprised. Good value. Lovely gardens and plenty of options for eating inside the hotel. Wireless everywhere so great for working wherever you are. Particularly liked the pool area. Stayed in a Business Class room which was good enough. Staff friendly. Great value 4 star. Will be coming back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I was in Nairobi for work and my Kenyan colleagues had recommended the Fairview Hotel.
I loved the site with greenery, flowers, trees and waterfalls. Inside the dark wood and decoration add warmth and are very charming. I had a business-size room which was very comfortable and clean. All staff were smiling and pleasant. The hotel has five restaurants onsite; the food and portions are very good.

Room Tip: Business-size rooms are good. However, if you require a fridge and A/C, you will need to upgrade to...
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  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This was my first visit to Nairobi and I wasnt sure what I would find. What a lovely surprise and what a delightful place. I had a room in the section "over the road" from the main hotel and it was so nice, quiet, just like being in a lovely apartment complex with beautiful gardens and peace and quiet.

The amenities in the main part of the hotel were fantastic with something to please everyone. the gardens were divine.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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 October 26, 2012

We stayed at the Fairview on and off for more than two weeks. We began and finished a series of safaris at the hotel. We were offered the same room on each return, which we felt was thoughtful. Our room, by the pool, was smallish but it was perfect for our needs. Clean and smart. The bathroom was large with bath and separate shower. The water takes some time to run hot but that's all right.

The hotel is located next to the Israeli Embassy and so is in a highly secure location which some people think is important in Nairobi. The gardens are beautifully kept and so is the pool.

We liked the international food served by the pool but would have liked to try some African dishes but none were available. We didn't try the smart dining room as we didn't have the right clothes with us but appreciated the First Class Lounge The extensive breakfast was terrific.

There's always a warm welcome at the Fairview. The staff are all very helpful. Nothing is too much trouble. Everything is done with a smile and at speed. In true old style, if your are going on safari, you can leave luggage that you don't need and pick it up later for the next leg of your trip. That applies to laundry too.

We liked the Fairview a great deal.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

nice hotel from about 1930 with a lot of style and a nice garden- unfortunatley my room was stuffy and smelly -the furniture worn down . Food (pizza) was at best average but the breakfast was great on the plus side the serrvice was excellent . in summary -someone who wants to spent 160+ US per night for a lot of style is at the right place -someone who wants to have value for money maybe not.

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