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“Value for money oasis in the heart of Nairobi”
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Fairview Hotel
Ranked #3 of 167 Hotels in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 20, 2009

I booked the Fairview based on reviews here on Tripadvisor, and I wasn't disappointed. A lush, safe, friendly oasis in the middle of Nairobi.

Booking can be a minor hassle as they don't seem to be linked up to any of the international online booking systems, however a quick phone call told me there were rooms available on the date I wanted and an e-mail confirmed my reservation. The hotel is just northwest of downtown Nairobi but is a quick and cheap taxi ride away from both there and Upper Hill, Westlands, etc.

Reception was friendly and welcoming after a long flight, and the room was pleasantly decorated and clean. The bathroom fittings and tiling were perhaps a little aged, and I was slightly concerned to be on the ground floor given that the windows appeared to open, but security on the site appears to be good. Wireless internet access was available in the room and surprisingly speedy.

I had dinner in the poolside restaurant which was pleasant, and breakfast in the morning was a western-style buffet. The hotel has private gardens and pathways running between the various hotel blocks, this provides a peaceful oasis away from the crazy chaos that is Nairobi.

Compared to what you can pay to stay at the Hilton or the Intercontinental (an outrageous amount for not very much), the Fairview is excellent value for money for the service, location and setting of the hotel, and is my first choice of hotel when visiting Nairobi.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 11, 2009

I stayed there with my wife during our wedding night and the night after. We then went down to Mombasa for our honeymoon. The keycard was buggy and several times wouldn't allow us in but we didn't find this a big deal. There was also no ramp or lift to the reception area making it inconveniencing for people with luggage (everyone), wheelchairs, and prams. However, the hotel is so quiet and green despite being near the downtown. The prices are very reasonable for what you get and the breakfast is to die for. Absolutely worth it. FYI, I'm a local, not a foreigner.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2009

We began our 10 day safari with a two night stay at the Fairview Hotel. The room was clean and sufficient for our needs. The staff was helpful and polite. The hotel grounds were beautiful and the food was very good. It was our first time in Kenya and we immediately felt safe and relaxed at the Fairview. We would definitely stay there again and would highly recommend it to anyone traveling in Nairobi.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank turpski
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Reviewed December 1, 2009

Best hotel in Nairobi for a leisure traveler. Intercon is too central and Norfolk is too stuffy. Not a budget or a boutique hotel - those two categories don't apply here.

If you're going to use Internet at all, get the first class rooms as Internet is free with them. WiFi is free for everybody I believe.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank adamnelson
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FairviewNairobi, Owner at Fairview Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2009

Thank you very much for you feedback.
Just to clarify regarding the internet comment: All rooms enjoy free wifi (10MB connection). The “First Class” Rooms also enjoy free use of computers (and internet access) in the First Class Lounge.

Daniel
Director
Fairview Hotel

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Reviewed November 21, 2009

I really enjoyed staying here in October - the food was fantastic, the staff very friendly, and the room comfortable. The security was excellent which was comforting after the scary stories I have heard about Nairobi.

Make sure you get a first class room so you can use the Panga Lounge. 3 weeks in Nairobi on my own for work - hanging out in the Panga Lounge made it ok.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 20, 2009

Believe the hype - this is the best hotel in Nairobi. It really didn't feel like Nairobi - very peaceful which is just what you want when in Nairobi. The staff are very professional, friendly and helpful. I'd definitley stay here again. Breakfast was amazing!

ps - we stayed one night earlier in our trip at the Kenya Comfort Inn which was cheaper but Fairview is definitely worth the extra money if you can afford it!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2009

I spent one night here before going back to Europe. They upgraded me to a better room, but I did not have the impression that the original room would have been any worse, only a little bit smaller.
The hotel held a high standard, the staff was friendly and helpful and the surroundings were great. Breakfast was varied and good, the sushi bar and the garden cafe were of a high standard.
This is not a cheap hotel for my standard, I like to stay "economy class" and actually I pay about the same for hotels back home in Norway, but for a quality hotel in Nairobi the price was not bad, and I am sure this hotel beats or at least equals the more expensive ones.
I hope to be back at this hotel sometime in the future! It gave me a feeling of luxury for an affordable price.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Fairview Hotel

Address: Bishops Road, 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:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nairobi
#5 Business Hotel in Nairobi
#5 Family Hotel in Nairobi
#8 Romantic Hotel in Nairobi
Price Range: $193 - $227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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