Security is taken seriously here. The hotel is opposite the Israeli Embassy and on occasion I had to show my passport just to get access to the hotel security where my taxi was searched with reflective mirrors and my luggage was again checked only to have to have my luggage and person go through an airport security screening machine to get access from the parking lot to the hotel lobby.
But it is worth it as the hotel is surrounded by a wonderful garden with a pool and several restaurants and is a haven in bustling Nairobi. Service is friendly and welcoming too. You can tell this hotel is well managed (it’s family owned so has a welcomingly different feel than a chain hotel) and that staff are happy here.
I had a standard single room and while it was small and simple it had all I needed: spotlessly clean; wooden floor, desk with multi-plugs, small plasma TV and cupboard. The room had no air-conditioning (other room categories do) but you don’t need it in Nairobi because of altitude. The entire hotel has an excellent WIFI system compared to the rest of Kenya. There is a business center where you can pay to use a computer and print out boarding passes for free. There is also a small but well equipped gym—sadly it is only open until 9:30 PM. Someone comes to clean on the dot at 9:25 PM. Since the gym is unattended and you get access with your keycard I don’t understand why they can’t keep the gym open later—this is a minor irritant though.
Food wise there is something for everyone: Mexican, pasta, sushi, good salads and even a café with great smoothies and cakes. The breakfast buffet included in the rate is also good although I was surprised they had no porridge. They open at 6:00 AM and many flights require you to leave earlier than that. You may be able to grab a toast before you go but no packed breakfasts are available.
A taxi from the airport officially costs 1700 shillings but you may be able to pay 1500 if you bargain. When you first arrive it may be best to pay the official rate at the official yellow taxi stand after collecting your luggage. Once you have your bearings, you can just exit the airport and negotiate with the drivers directly. The hotel offers an airport shuttle from the hotel to the airport only (waiting time makes picking up passengers from the airport impractical) for 800 shillings. The hotel has set taxi rates but negotiate hard with the hotel taxi drivers as some will try and charge you not just the stated rate but waiting time for the same ride!
A very good address. This is now my port of call when staying in Nairobi.
- 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