We stayed here in August before and after our safari. This is an old-world style hotel that takes you back to a colonial time, yet modern and convenient. The location was great to visit friends and family close by - also close to the shopping areas, not too far from Karen, the Elephant Orpanage, Giraffe Center, Railway Museum, Nairobi National Museum and other places. The tourist office was helpful in organizing day trips. Cheaper than what our travel agent in the US was offering, but quite an expensive taxi given the local rates. Anyway we had a trusted driver, so I guess that's the price you have to pay for that.
Service was excellent and the breakfast buffet fabulous with in a very elegant setting. The outdoor Mukutan restaurant was great with Pizza, pasta and sushi and lots of options for vegetarians. btw Dining in Talisman, a restaurant in Karen was an experience to remember! Really different cuisine and tasty.
The only negative was the first set of rooms we stayed in the back enclosure in a separate building were a little dated. It had a strange configuration with a closet separating the bedroom area and a bathroom with sliding doors that didn't close properly. So if you wanted privacy, it could be a problem. The second set of rooms in the main building were much better. All rooms were spacious though with plenty of room for sitting and eating in or working on a desk.
What we appreciated most was getting a doctor on call when our son was sick. He came to the room promptly and took care of him even dispensing medication.
The security around the hotel with armed guards and the road block outside (it's opposite the Israeli embassy) was a little intimidating and now after the Mall terrorist attack, one would think twice perhaps to stay in an area popular with tourists an expatriates.
We really liked our stay and despite the turmoil in Nairobi, we hope to go back there again. We sincerely hope the situation is resolved and Nairobi becomes a peaceful place to visit. Staying at Fairview and visiting Nairobi was one of the most amazing trips we have ever had, and we have traveled all over the world.
Tip for travelers: Nairobi can be very cold, especially in August. Bring Fleecewear and Jackets, maybe even rain gear and don't plan on spending a lot of time sunning by the pool!