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Fairview Hotel
Bishops Road | P.O Box 40842, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #7 of 100 hotels in Nairobi
Espoo, Finland
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“Elegant and functional, oasis in a chaotic city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Stayed couple of in the hotel, once waiting for my next connecting flight and a second time taking part on a seminaire. The place is conveniently located 15 mins away from the airport (without traffic) and once there, the guests enjoy a relaxed athmosphere with plenty of gardens, restaurants, private swiming pool, confortable rooms and a feeling of safety.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

The Fairview is not cheap, but neither are most hotels in Nairobi that cater to foreigners. Here is what sets the Fairview apart, in my book: huge lush gardens including a mini football pitch that's perfect for frisbee, really good security (the Israeli embassy is opposite), and good service. I wish the restaurant also featured Kenyan cuisine, but that's a small complaint in the grand scheme of things. The WiFi has also been tricky since they changed systems (especially in the economy rooms across the lane from the main hotel building) but I carry a data SIM and USB modem with me, so I don't mind (though lack of connectivity in hotels they claim to have Internet usually drive me bonkers).

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Fairview Hotel is truly an oasis in the city of Nairobi. The staff are wonderful and friendly. The grounds are remarkable. Internet is fast and the breakfast buffet has been dubbed the "best in the world" by my husband. The energy here is the truly remarkable.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Pros:
- Safe location in Nairobi. Located adjacent to the Israeli Embassy, security around the entire premises was tight & armed guards checking every arriving vehicle
- Warm smiles greeting you on arrival. Competent & helpful front desk staff
- Amazing breakfast selection and quality. Great coffee too!
- free wifi
- reasonable sized rooms with comfy beds

Cons:
- V expensive hotel! Paid nearly US$200 for a business 'deluxe' room which is really a standard room in any other hotels. Didnt even have a mini-bar.
- Mixed quality rooms. We stayed on two different occasions and the room on the first night (second floor on the main building) had a much better decor and design.

Overall, we were pleased with our stay in Fairview and would return again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights after arriving from the UK, and prior to embarking on a safari to the Masai Mara. Nairobi was constantly gridlocked, noisy and not very clean, but once at the Fairview peace and tranquility broke out! As mentioned in previous reviews, the gardens are delightful, and the pool area very nice. We had first class rooms, which were spacious and well appointed. We were entitled to use the first class lounge, and we found this to be an added bonus, with complimentary tea/coffee, fruit, biscuits & nuts, and local newspapers.
The food was good, and plenty of different options. Breakfast was also above average, with cooked options (eggs cooked at live station) fresh fruit and even sushi!
If we are staying in Nairobi in the future we would certainly choose the Fairview again.

Room Tip: Worth paying a little extra for first class rooms
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

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.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

If like me you generally stay on business in modern boxes, the Fairview comes as a great relief. A lovely old hotel in beautiful grounds in the middle of Nairobi. Four restaurants, very good food, a lovely pool and all the facilities you expect with excellent service. After the trauma
of the Nairobi traffic this is a great place to get back to and unwind.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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:
#2 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#3 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#6 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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