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“The best in Nairobi overall” 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 100 hotels in Nairobi
London, United Kingdom
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“The best in Nairobi overall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

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.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

I came to The Fairview often in the 1950s and 60s when I was at school in Nairobi. 50 years on it still retaines its unique ambience from those days and has now grown to be an outstanding oasis of "Old Africa" style and comfort, now combined with modern conveniences and above all exceptional well trained and attentive staff and highly professional service. Eamons kitchen's provide a variety of well prepared and diverse menus. The Fairview's garden setting is magnificent and as an important consideration of modern day international travel the location is very secure. The hotel is well placed for both business meetings at the hotel or in the city and as a base for safari trips. The hotel based taxis are well manitained, safe and efficient. I travel extensively each year around the world and The Fairview matches and well exceeds any other in and in some cases above, this category of hotel. Iain Logan, Partner The Global Emergency Group, USA and UK. (iain.logan@globalemergencygroup.com)

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2009

The Fairview is a nice hotel. Rooms are simple, very clean and comfortable. The several restaurants serve a wide variety of food that is very good. A drink from the bar on the lawn in the afternoon is a must.

We had an early check out one day and it was seamless. Security is impeccable, it is close to town and they can arrange airport pickups. We would definitely stay at the Fairview again if we had to go to Nairobi again.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2009

I have stayed in this hotel three times in the last 9 months. As the title states, it is a haven of peace and tranquility in Nairobi. Good value rooms, several restaurants for food. Early breakfast available when catching an early flight. Wireless internet all over the hotel, inside and out.

Staff really welcoming at the front desk and there is a travel agency at the attached shop that can arrange trips, even for solo travellers. Taxis availabe at the front and the hotel will arrange a pickup at the airport.

Overall it was a great place for a lone traveller to do their business in the city and then relax and continue working in the hotel and grounds.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2009

The Fairview is a charming hotel. They have all the amenities you could need and very friendly staff. The food is excellent, with 2 or 3 restaurants to choose from, and breakfast buffet. I have stayed there twice, and will be returning in a month. Would recommend this hotel to anyone!

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2009

My colleague and I went to Nairobi for a business meeting. We could have stayed downtown in a Hilton or other large chain hotel but chose to stay at the Fairview Hotel. It was more than we expected. Incredible gardens surround the inside perimeter of the hotel and you are always met by friendly staff. Both my colleague and I found the food to be excellent, whether is was just ordering appetizers or a full couse meal. It was easy to relax in one of serveral areas, enjoy a beer or fine wine and socialize with others staying at the hotel. As a person who travels every week to some part of the world, I found the Fairview to rank at the top of hotels that I have stayed in. If you choose this hotel, you won't go wrong for cost, comfort and friendliness of staff.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2009

An oasis in the heart of the city. The staff are friebndly an can not do enough to help you..
The rooms are spacoius and clean, we even had an iron and board in the room.
An excllent choice fo dining from grill to poolside bar, food and presentation were excellent.
We would advise to use the |Hotel Taxi service, we hired a car and the driving in Nairobi was a nightmare.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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:
#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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