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“Absolutely lovely stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Fairview Hotel
Bishops Road | P.O Box 40842, Nairobi 00100, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #7 of 110 Hotels in Nairobi
New York City, New York
1 review
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“Absolutely lovely stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I was here for a short business trip and thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Fairview. The hotel has high security and feels very, very safe and the staff are all friendly. The grounds are super lush and the food is fantastic. I took most of my meals there and was very happy with the variety (currently pining for the fresh mango juice at breakfast and the tomatoes). It was great to sit out at one of the outdoor restaurants and listen to birds and look at the cute cats that hang out outside (one slept on my front deck area one night). The hotel feels very personal and really is "the country hotel in town." Can't wait to go back!

Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Stayed again in Fairview Hotel for business trip. Exactly what you need, complete rooms without unnecessary frills, free wireless internet, nice gardens, good food. An oasis in the middle of the city. Very friendly staff. Only disadvantage is that the bars close early, but that could also be an advantage when travelling for business.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 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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Mombasa, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

A nice place to stay although a bit expensive and booking system needs to be upgraded. Nice rooms and nice surroundings.
The food in the various eating areas was very good although the staff struggle during busy periods. I enjoyed my meals though.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I stayed here on a short work trip to NBO in December and many times previously. It's well located - close to the World bank and African bank offices ( and opposite the Israeli embassy - so supposedly secure) The staff are friendly and the breakfast is delicious. The rooms are clean and work well but are not luxurious. The vibe is lovely - half Surrey and half 'I had a farm in Africa' but it's a hang out for aid workers and academics nostalgic for the Raj so watch out they don't ask 100's of questions about what you are doing in Kenya.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

beautiful complex, quiet hotel with nice tasty rooms, bathroom a little old fashioned but fits to the overall setup. helpful service with friendly staff........ breakfast and dining could be better - the only not being real 5 star

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Ahhhh....once you make your way through the tight security outside, the wait is worth it as soon as you enter the grounds and garden area of the Fairview. An inviting lobby area compliments the Fairview staff (security guards, bellman, registration who greet you with a sincere "Karibu" (Swahili for Welcome). Once you have been made comfortable in your modest, clean, and comfortable room, you can then enjoy all of what the Fairview offers - many choices of great dining settings (by the pool, in the garden, or the beautiful indoor restaurant), a small but well stocked gift shop, an excellent travel agency, a well maintained and beautiful pool area, waterfalls, birds, etc. Intimate and well kept setting, the friendly staff, excellent food make Fairview a perfect place to relax, recharge, and ready yourself for the rest of your time in Kenya.

Room Tip: Take advantage of lunch on the upper swimming pool lounge area!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

First and foremost, I had an amazing experience at this hotel and I would most definitely return and recommend. I loved the grounds, the restaurants, the staff and thought my room (while basic) was very comfortable. I work in corporate security and this hotel was recommended by several of my local vendors as being the safest hotel in Nairobi. And based on my 5 day stay there, I would completely agree. It's not as high profile as the Serena, Intercon or Sankara. It's located directly across from the Israeli embassy so it's already in a highly secured neighborhood. And their security officers were very professional, thorough, but not rude (I hear they are trained by Israeli embassy security personnel). The food was amazing, especially their fine dining venue Pango (it's a must visit). I think it's worth upgrading to a first class room just for the AC and larger space, but my colleague stayed in Economy room and found it very comfortable. I loved this hotel. However, if you are expecting the Ritz or Four Seasons type of experience in terms of spa showers, limo service and concierge service, this may not be the place for you. This is definitely more of an "old school charm" type of place, and that might not appeal to some travelers. But I loved it, and if you're a bit more laid back and want an amazing experience, I would highly recommend the Fairview.

Room Tip: Worth the extra money for a First Class room.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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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
#6 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 127
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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