Wow. We've stayed in a lot of hotels in our 50+ years but the Fairview stands like a beacon in the night.
As soon as we pulled up in our taxi we could sense a feeling of days gone by. Like something from an old Johnny Wiesmuller (Jungle Jim) movie the ivy covered block construction reminded us of the 'olde english lodge'.
The grounds are a delight to behold. "Garden Rooms" they are called and each has a feeling to it of peace and tranquility that makes you forget you are in a city. Despite having a room with a balcony we spent most of our hotel time in and around the gardens.
In our two stays we had 4 rooms (2 for our adult children, 2 for us) and each was of high standard. Don't be fooled. This is not a shiny new 5 star affair built of modern marble, silver and glass but this 70+ year old hotel is well maintained and classy.
Breakfast is a feast fit for a king with selections to satisfy the most finicky eater and with 4 or 5 restaurants (can't remember exactly how many) in the hotel you can always get a great feed. (We fell in love with the quesadillas from Mukatana - the front cafe).
My daughter is a gym junkie and she loved the gym. My son lives on a PC and was more than happy in the business centre on the net. The pool was good and sitting in the adjacent restaurant became a favourite haunt for us.
But to be honest what really made this place is the staff. Gee I miss Dan cooking my omelettes in the morning. When we returned from our 2 week safari he wanted to know all we saw, what happened, how we felt. These genuine enquiries make you feel right at home. Pauline, one of the reception staff, took my daughter to a local hairdresser on her day off so she could get her hair braided African cornrow style at a good price. All the staff had this same attitude that made you feel a part of the fairview family.
My only negative was that we had to leave and I couldn't pick up the whole hotel and staff and bring them home to Oz with me.
The Fairview is not in the CBD but on the edge next to the Isreali Embassy (which means extra security to the area) so it's not for you if you want to be in the (noisy) city but I would not stay anywhere else in Nairobi. My fear now is that I've been spoilt for future holidays.