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“If you have to stay in Nairobi, Fairview is hard to beat” 4 of 5 stars
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Fairview Hotel
Ranked #8 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
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Austin, TX
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“If you have to stay in Nairobi, Fairview is hard to beat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

The Fairview is a bit of a throwback, but in a good way. It has something of an English country inn feel, even though it's in the heart of a bustling, chaotic city. In that sense, it'a a little bit of an oasis, quiet with very nice grounds. It's a quirky place, to be sure, in that unique colonial Africa way. The rooms are nothing fancy - in fact they're in need of refurbishing - but they're very comfortable and secure. the restaurant is very good, especially the breakfast buffet. The real standout at Fairview is the service. You don't run into anyone who works there who doesn't treat you like you're their best guest.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

I was a little unsure of trusting the TripAdvisor review for the Fairview over going with a large chain where you supposedly know what you're getting. The Fairview has earned it's spot! The hotel has the charm of its age (built in 1909ish), but has been updated very carefully and cleanly to include all the modern amenities you need. It was clean and comfortable, and the food was great. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

We arrived late in the evening from the airport and left the following morning for our trip to the Masai Mara. As far as we can judge from our short stay, the hotel grounds seemed very well kept. I loved all the flowers and the small waterfall in the garden. We even saw two lovebirds when coming back to the room after breakfast!
Our room was clean and the free WLAN appreciated.
There was a wide choice at breakfast. We were too late for dinner though, but the menu seemed nice enough.
The hotel was perfect for an overnight stay in Nairobi and we did not feel that we lost time on the transfer between hotel and the two airports.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

Beautiful surroundings, an oasis in the midst of chaotic Nairobi, wonderful location, service, rooms, etc. Highly recommended in every way. Have no doubts, it is well worth it!

  • Stayed October 2011
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2011

This hotel was an amazing surprise. I had booked it based off the TripAdvisor reviews and it did not disappoint. The beautiful garden settings, charming architecture and good quality restaurants meant an entire holiday could be spent within its grounds if desired (and we so desired, as it was a one night stop on our way back from safari). The room we were in, while perfectly adequate, seemed a bit sterile given the unique exteriors but that is truly nit picking to find something other than effusive praise from our stay here.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Thank dlanods
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

Some of the best food available in a hotel in Nairobi. Smart, comfortable and functional rooms convenient for city work, i wish every city in the world had a Fariview.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

We stayed at the Fairview for just one night. We flew in late to Nairobi and left the next morning for Maasi Mara, so we did not really take advantage of the hotel amenities. Our room (on the first floor across from the breakfast area) was quite large, as was the bathroom, with a separate tub and shower. It was quiet, there were only a few rooms on this side and there was a good ceiling fan.

The hotel grounds are lovely, with a swimming pool and fitness center. My wife appreciated the free wifi. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

The breakfast buffet is extensive with a varied choice and good quality foods and drinks.

Note: the hotel is opposite the Israeli Embassy, so security is very tight and do not take any photographs out front or in the street (in case you miss the sign). We were quickly stopped and surrounded when one of our group turned around to take a picture of the hotel entrance when we were leaving.

I would definitely recommend this hotel for single or multi-night stay,

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Fairview Hotel

Property: 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:
#5 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#5 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#8 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#8 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fairview Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 127
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairview Hotel is owned and operated by the City Lodge Hotel Group. It is Nairobi's most popular 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. ... more   less 
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