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Fairview Hotel
Bishops Road | P.O Box 40842, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #7 of 102 Hotels in Nairobi
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“What a beautiful hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This was my first visit to Nairobi and it was made even more special by staying in such a lovely hotel.The friendliness of the staff was outstanding and service was superb. I have stayed in many hotels around the world and this wonderful hotel gets top marks.

Thank you very much and I look forward to returning soon.

  • Stayed December 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

This was my second stay at fair view hotel and I throughly enjoyed it.The architecture is great and the hotel has nice local artwork.The rooms are small but comfortable.Restaurant was great and I specifically enjoyed the breakfast buffet daily,kenya coffee to die for.Some of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in and a really nice gym

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

This was my 4th stay at the Fairview since 2005, I've never stayed anywhere else in Nairobi in spite of the fact that it can sometimes be difficult getting a room as it's often full.
On this visit, I thought the hotel was even better than before, they're continually improving it. Reasons why I like it so much are:
- the beautiful grounds, 5 acres I think. Since my previous visit, they've put in a lovely water feature in the front garden - sounds naff but it looks very natural and has been well designed. Stepping into the hotel after a busy day in Nairobi & often dreadful traffic is magic! And all the paths throughout the hotel & grounds have been nicely designed with good stonework;
- the staff, they're unfailingly friendly & helpful;
- the food, the hotel now has 4 or 5 different places to eat but I always prefer the restaurant beside the pool - good choice of dishes at reasonable prices. Excellent breakfasts;
- the rooms, I was in an economy room on this trip (for 2 weeks) and it was fine. Not large but it had everything I needed - comfortable bed, free wifi, good shower, bottled water, good TV (with BBC), plenty of power points.
- security, very tight security to get into the hotel & good security throughout;
- lovely pool and a small but adequate gym.

I've stayed in many hotels throughout the world (admittedly not in hotels like The Savoy or Claridges) but the Fairview is my favourite because of the way in which everything harmonizes together to a very high standard.

  • Stayed November 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 December 19, 2012

The Fairview is a comfortable hotel on the edge of luxurious in a secure, manicured campus of restaurants, bars, a shop and a large pool. Built in the British style, it has various corners with large leather chairs which helps it serve as an ideal meeting place when on business - everyone knows the Fairview. The restaurants are excellent, ranging from formal to poolside. Security is very good, parking is available, wifi throughout. An excellent business hotel that is out of the congestion of the city centre, yet a short taxi ride, where you can relax at the end of the day and talk with the many safari groups that pass through.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We used this hotel as an overnighter between flights. We arrived into NBO at 21.40 and got to the Fairview about 22.30 and the first problem was getting into the hotel as the gate was locked and no one was answering the door. Not a good start.
We were leaving the next morning at 06.40 and so a good nights sleep would have been nice. We were in room 24 (business class room) which faces the road/car park and there was quite a bit of noise from there, but this was nothing to the sound of scrapping tables and staff chat at about 4.30am as they were setting up for breakfast, the management need to get the noisy staff to shut up as it is disturbing guests that are paying £145 for a sub-standard, old and tired room. Surely the basic entitlement when staying in a hotel is to be afforded a bit of peace and quiet so as to enable sleep?
The breakfast was excellent and indeed was one of the best I have had.

We are returning to Nairobi in February and shall be staying elsewhere. This is the first time I have been let down by a hotel that was in the No1 spot on TA!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

We used this hotel for our transit in Nairobi. Safe, secure reasonably priced.
The traffic in the center of town is prohibitive this really works if using Wilson airport and JKIA.
Garden restaurant, friendly & helpful staff

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The location is great if you need to work in Upper Hill (World Bank/IFC offices - walking distance); the restaurants are good as is the service. I would not recommend the economy rooms as they have a single bed, are very small and are right above the hotel area with a piano. The other rooms (stayed there before) are way nicer.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 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
    • 4 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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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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