We loved our stay at the Fairview. We had a full day in Nairobi and this was an excellent place to spend some time and unwind.
The buildings on the property are beautiful and the setting is lush, serene and inviting.
We arrived very early in the morning and the wonderful staff arranged for us to check in early, but asked if we could wait an hour or so, so that they could get our room ready.
We had no problem with that, as the lobby is a beautiful place to sit and relax and the hotels offers free wi-fi, so we were able to plug in our computer and get comfortable in one of the many seating areas. They had our room ready in about 45 minutes.
The staff at the front desk is very professional, friendly and they were immensely helpful in assisting us with planning our day. They have taxi drivers on the premises and they arranged a trip to the Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Center with one of their drivers, Jimmy.
We were very pleased with his services as well, as he took us to a large supermarket with an ATM, then the orphanage. He waited outside while we spent the one hour you're allowed with the elephants. Then he took us to the Giraffe center and waited outside for us (we spent about 25 minutes here). Then he brought us to a pizza place so we could have lunch and again he waited for us. Then he brought us back to the hotel.
His charge for all of this was 4000 Kenyan shillings (about $55 US) plus tip.
We thought this was a great deal and were very pleased with him! (He's a wonderfully friendly man and if you need a driver, you should ask for him!)
Also, don't miss the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage...it's a great experience!
We were also very pleased with our business class room. It had two twin beds pushed together, a desk, safe and fan. There was no air conditioning, but it was not really needed, especially with the fan. And being on the second floor, we felt comfortable having the windows open.
They did not provide bottled water, but the staff told us that the water from the tap was safe.
The beds were a bit on the firm side, but comfortable with nice blankets and pillows. There was also a pot for making hot water for instant coffee.
The bathroom was clean and large with plenty of counter space and a large shower with plenty of hot water and good water pressure.
There was free wi-fi in the rooms and the speed was pretty fast.
There was a TV with a lot of channels, many in English.
The hotel had many different restaurants to choose from. We had dinner at the restaurant by the pool. The food was very good and it was wonderful to sit outside and enjoy the surroundings. Beer was $3 and wine was around $8 or $9.
The breakfast buffet, which was included in our package, was large but we found the food to be only OK.
This hotel has many little enclaves outside for you to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet.
It is located right across the street from the Israeli Embassy. There are guards all over the place so we felt very safe.
The drive from the Nairobi airport to the hotel took us 20 minutes, however this was on a holiday, so expect more with normal traffic.
It took us 15 minutes to get to the Wilson airport with normal morning traffic.
We were so pleased with this lovely hotel! It was a great place to spend some down time in between safaris and it was nice to be able to use high speed internet anywhere on the property to catch up with some news.
We would highly recommend this hotel for anyone spending time 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