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Fairview Hotel
Ranked #6 of 156 Hotels in Nairobi
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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80 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
“beautiful hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

beautiful complex, quiet hotel with nice tasty rooms, bathroom a little old fashioned but fits to the overall setup. helpful service with friendly staff........ breakfast and dining could be better - the only not being real 5 star

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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5 Thank Miles-nd-More
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Gunnison, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Ahhhh....once you make your way through the tight security outside, the wait is worth it as soon as you enter the grounds and garden area of the Fairview. An inviting lobby area compliments the Fairview staff (security guards, bellman, registration who greet you with a sincere "Karibu" (Swahili for Welcome). Once you have been made comfortable in your modest, clean, and comfortable room, you can then enjoy all of what the Fairview offers - many choices of great dining settings (by the pool, in the garden, or the beautiful indoor restaurant), a small but well stocked gift shop, an excellent travel agency, a well maintained and beautiful pool area, waterfalls, birds, etc. Intimate and well kept setting, the friendly staff, excellent food make Fairview a perfect place to relax, recharge, and ready yourself for the rest of your time in Kenya.

Room Tip: Take advantage of lunch on the upper swimming pool lounge area!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Pvirden
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Chicago, Illinois
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37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

First and foremost, I had an amazing experience at this hotel and I would most definitely return and recommend. I loved the grounds, the restaurants, the staff and thought my room (while basic) was very comfortable. I work in corporate security and this hotel was recommended by several of my local vendors as being the safest hotel in Nairobi. And based on my 5 day stay there, I would completely agree. It's not as high profile as the Serena, Intercon or Sankara. It's located directly across from the Israeli embassy so it's already in a highly secured neighborhood. And their security officers were very professional, thorough, but not rude (I hear they are trained by Israeli embassy security personnel). The food was amazing, especially their fine dining venue Pango (it's a must visit). I think it's worth upgrading to a first class room just for the AC and larger space, but my colleague stayed in Economy room and found it very comfortable. I loved this hotel. However, if you are expecting the Ritz or Four Seasons type of experience in terms of spa showers, limo service and concierge service, this may not be the place for you. This is definitely more of an "old school charm" type of place, and that might not appeal to some travelers. But I loved it, and if you're a bit more laid back and want an amazing experience, I would highly recommend the Fairview.

Room Tip: Worth the extra money for a First Class room.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank VivaPamplona
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Pretoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This place is really fantastic. Service is great. Rooms are good. The gardens outside are phenomenal. You feel like the place is secure - especially in a place like Nairobi where there has been some violent as of late. It's a fabulous place to stay in Nairobi.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Thank agrinshtein
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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Although I had stayed many times at the Intercontinental Hotel, due to favorable reviews, I decided to try the Fairview Hotel, a very wise decision. The hotel is an oasis in the bustle of downtown Nairobi. Located near the Israel Embassy, the security is top of the line. Not only are the staff are very friendly but there was also an enjoyable chorus of tree frogs to welcome us.

Initially, I was a little concerned that our room, which was supposed to have two double beds, had one bed plus a sofa bed. The check in person said we could be moved for the second night if the sofa bed was uncomfortable. It was wonderful! No issues at all and no need to relocate. Wi fi is available in the room and quite fast once I figured out that I needed to go to the hotel’s website to connect (this is common now at many of the locations). The room had a separate bathtub and stall shower, good water pressure and plenty of hot water. There was also a desk fan to help circulate the air.

The breakfast buffet was enjoyable with a huge selection of fresh fruits, cereals, pastries and eggs cooked to one’s liking. Dinner at the poolside cafe was excellent and prices reasonable.

The gift shop near the entrance had a very nice selection of items. They also sell postage stamps

Room Tip: Corner rooms have great cross breeze
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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43 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This was my third time staying at the Fairview. I travel for work and most of my meetings are in Westlands or Parklands and I am constantly being advised that there are good hotels that are more convenient. However, the Fairview is a welcome break from the corporate hotels I spend most of my time staying in.
The rooms are spacious and clean and every room appears to be different. The staff are always willing to help. The breakfast is good and you always feels safe. The food in the different restaurants is alway good.
Getting around is easy if you use one of the 'authorised' taxi drivers, who are always reliable and charge a reasonable fair.
I look forward to my next trip to Nairobi and my stay at the Fairview.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Steve M
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soggsdale
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39 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Stayed last w/e at the Fairview. Pool room was very comfortable but needed updating a little - comfy and clean but a little dull. However the gardens and ambience made up for that - a green oasis in the city.....Food was just amazing my Kenyan Rack of Lamb in Pango - the fine dining restaurant - was exceptional. Steaks the next evening exactly as ordered and Short Ribs - wow! Chef Korich making a real name here for their cuisine.Wine well priced for a city hotel. Staff exceedingly polite and helpful - especially Grace in reception and the delightful lady QA Manager (sorry forgotten your name!) ....Will return for sure. Great for business people or holidaymakers alike.

Room Tip: The ground floor pool room was a good choice for us - not too big and not too small. Needed a bit o...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank deborah r
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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 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#5 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#6 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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