Well, i must say that after the very good facilities of the Fairmont group; the stay at this hotel was disappointing. It could be that we expected too much, but then one would expect it from a 5 start rated property. we stayed there after we returned from the Mara and after we returned from Amboseli )
The check in took ages. we were quite tired after the trip from Mara. The reception clerk took quite a long time checking our reservation and allotting us rooms. we had requested for two rooms, one with a king or queen size bed and the other with twin beds. The clerk found that to be an issue, till we told him that we would not mind if the rooms were far away from each other. The rooms were very poorly furnished. The view was the side road opposite the casino entrance. Half the view consisted of the terracotta roof of the loading foyer. It was a huge disappointment after the splendid properties at Sweetwaters, Mara and Amboseli.
On the second time we stayed there ( we had no choice since we had pre booked ) on our return from Amboseli; we requested for rooms overlooking the garden. This was a better view, but horrors!- the room had been freshly painted, and that too with the old technology solvent based paint and the fumes gave us a headache. we stayed out most of the time but had to sleep there in the night. Not a pleasant experience by any yardstick.
But all was not bad. At breakfast, we rather enjoyed the unique way the chef cooked an omelette and his crepes were also divine. we did not try any of the restaurants at the hotel since we preferred to eat outside.
All in all, we would hesitate to stay there again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi Hotel Nairobi
- Holiday Inn Nairobi
- Nairobi Holiday Inn