We need to get our frame of reference organised first. This is a middle range hotel in Lusaka. We're not in Kansas.
Lusaka has a few very decent hotels...and a few very indecent hotels. The price tends to give you the clue. The Pamodzi, Intercon, Ridgeway, Protea are at the top and the Lusaka Hotel and Andrews Motel down the list a bit.
The Fairview sits somewhere in the middle and if you don't have the cash to splurge on the Pamodzi then I guess this is where you stay if you want to be in town...it's got a good location...and you want to be safe with good car parking if you're driving.
The trouble with middle range hotels is that they aren't particularly cheap nor are they particularly good. The Fairview is a teaching hotel for the Zamian catering college and many of the staff are students who are keen to please...and they do their best.
So why aren't I more positive about this place? Here's the list:
There's no lift...you get used to stairs during your stay here.
Breakfast is hit and miss. Food looked less than fresh...so get there early.
The restaurant is a spill over from the bar and has a lively feel to it. A bit too lively.
It has internet...but the cost is laughable when you only get 30megs for a 24 hour ticket. Use it to check your email but don't do any downloading. I killed the daily cap in less than 30 minutes with an automatic podcast download.
Hotel systems are paper driven...lots of carbon paper...very old fashioned and SLOW.
The hotel is shabby...it hasn't had any money spent on it in a very long time.
Rooms are small and old fashioned and need refurbing.
On the plus side the place is safe and the car park is OK and the location is good to get to other places.
If the place were 20 dollars cheaper per night I'd be recommending it. So...I'll recommend it for staying there if you're used to African hotels but if you're fresh off the plane stay elsewhere.