Out of the 4 hotels that I have stayed in/visited in Nairobi (Stanley, Panafric, Country Lodge are the others) this is by far the best. With fantastic facilities, 5 lovely restaurants set in the large gardens, beautiful nooks and crannies with colonial style sitting and gentle lighting that you discover hidden in the garden or under a winding staircase it s a hotel that is highly recommended. It is often fully booked so you will need to book as far in advance as possible. If like me, you find yourself on the waitlist, just book in the Country Lodge next door which is its sister hotel and very nice too.
The lobby area is extensive and beautiful with leather couches, comfy armchairs and tables with chess sets inviting you for a slow game while enjoying the surroundings.
I have not seen the rooms but if the rest of the hotel is anything to go by they will be superb.
There is a good size swimming pool and a ice water feature in the front of the hotel. Next to the water feature you will find a little cafe serving snack and pizzas but also the most delicious cakes and coffees (starbucks people should come here and learn the fantastic flavours they have here).
The hotel has its own travel office where you can book your safaris and also a souvenir shop.
There are well priced taxis available just outside. The hotel is located on “the safest street in Nairobi” and is very secure, including the surrounding areas; this could be due to the fact that Israeli Embassy is located opposite the hotel. You can safely walk between Country Lodge and Fairview even at night as the roads are guarded and monitored by CCTV.