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“Nice gardens” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi

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Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
Ranked #10 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
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“Nice gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

First time I visited this hotel, reception area modern with friendly staff. The gardens are lovely an oasis in a busy city, rooms are a good size but found mine a bit outdated (bathroom needs tiling properly and toiletries replaced) rooms have been refreshed apparently but not sure if mine was missed out. I found it difficult to navigate around the gardens at night as quite dark in the walk ways and the signs are not lit up. There are plenty of security staff on all the floors so quite secure. Try to attend the managers cocktail party on Wednesday night as a chance to meet new people and enjoy free drinks and light snacks. A good selection of food hot /cold for breakfast and there is a spur restaurant on the premises so a good choice of steaks/ribs etc... The frogs in the garden at first are quaint but when you are trying to sleep are annoying (as they are very loud)The other fly in the ointment for me was the location, it seems to be surrounded by traffic jams, worse than other hotels I have visited in the area regardless of the time...but maybe it was just me.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Great breakfasts
Awesome & efficient business centre
Friendly Staff
Attached Spur (always a standard winner)
nearby Gipsy's pub/bar (the best cosmopolitan space in Nairobi)
and not far from several decent restaurants
45 minutes - 60 minutes from the airport without traffic though.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Hamilton, Bermuda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Although a bit tired feeling, my experience was on the whole a very good one. The staff are attentive and the breakfast was surprisingly high standard. The same could not be said of the resaurant chain that the hotel has outsourced its lunch and dinners to. The food was unappetizing and the hookers in the bar offputting. That said, I will gladlystay there again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Hedger123
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Carcavelos, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Very good facilities. Friendly people, security personnel watchful but discreet. Snack-bar opened until late at night. Restaurant by the pool [one of two]. Quiet atmosphere during night time. Some shops indoor selling a variety of items, from clothing to toothpaste, postcards and native art, paintings and wood-carving sculpture.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

An older style hotel, and the better for it. Efficient and pleasant staff, a choice of to eateries, and the wi-fi is good. Great for either business or a break ... with two pools and always the lovely sound of chirrupping frogs at night. Recommended - as not large, modern and anonymous.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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2 Thank BWHU
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Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Strategically situated in Westlands, close to almost anything you require (business related), if you choose to ignore the traffic factor.

great structure, clean rooms and beautiful garden, you can forget you're in urban area for a short while.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Mayfair Nairobi has a lovely meat ranch. We enjoyed the steaks with friends over the Easter holidays. The service was exemplary and the steaks so juicy and mouthwatering.
The place also has a lovely casino and serene gardens. A good place for a family or friends day out. It is located in a very safe part of town, in Westlands.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
Address: Cnr. Parklands Road & Msapo Close, Parklands, Nairobi 00800, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in Nairobi
#4 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#8 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#10 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#14 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi 4*
Number of rooms: 171
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SOUTHERN SUN MAYFAIR IS ONE OF NAIROBI'S BEST KNOWN LANDMARKS THAT FIRST ENJOYED ITS HEYDAY IN 1940'S COLONIAL KENYA. IT HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY REFURBISHED TO PROVIDE MODERN FACILITIES, YET RETAINS THE UNDERSTATED CHARM AND ELEGANCE OF YESTERYEAR. THE HOTEL IS SITUATED CLOSE TO THE CITY CENTRE AND ONLY 20KM FROM JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. WE WELCOME GUESTS TO EXPERIENCE THE TRADITIONAL WARMTH AND HOSPITALITY FOR WHICH BOTH KENYA AND SOUTHERN SUN ARE RENOWNED. ... more   less 
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Holiday Inn Nairobi
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