We flew in from Tanzania and stayed overnight in this hotel as a result of having our flight back to London cancelled.
After the trouble at the beginning of the year, Kenya is not on the UK Foreign Office's love list and we were not quite sure what to expect. We booked this hotel because it was rated No1 by Trip Advisor and we were very glad that we did. It is a high class operation.
We pursued a cautious line in all matters pertaining to security and as a precaution, requested the hotel to send a driver to pick us up from the airport and drive us back in the morning. They have a list of about 20 approved drivers and so this was not a problem.
The overall atmosphere in the town feels normal but the Tanzanians still call it "Nairobbery" so be warned. The hotel driver took us on a trip around the town and there wasn't a white face to be seen. There were South Africans, Australasians and Americans in the hotel but very few Europeans. Everybody at the hotel was friendly and courteous but the police in the town seemed more heavily armed and more aggressive than anything we had experienced in Tanzania.
The hotel is situated in a very pleasant part of town where security is good. The very pleasant hotel gardens are quite extensive but at no point did we feel vulnerable. Security is tight but non-obtrusive being governed by staff and cameras both in the hotel and on all approaches.
We stayed in Rooms 53 and 56 which were very well appointed and gave us the benefits of access to the 1st class lounge with both free internet access and soft drinks. The food was good and there is a choice of different themed restaurants to try in the evening.
Would not stay anywhere else if I wash up in Nairobi at some future point.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Fairview Hotel Nairobi