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TravelPod Member ReviewsFairview Hotel Nairobi
We stayed at Fairview hotel for 3 nights and it was a good hotel, although a bit expensive. The rooms were neat. There were restaurants inside the hotel and you can get different kinds of food.
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Our first compound living experience in East Africa. Clean room, though basic. Breakfast very nice, pool being serviced (and too cold anyway), business facility with internet. Don't expect to walk out the front and check out the neighbourhood; hotel is in the suburbs, not much else around, not much to see, and guards would make you think it's not that safe. Would not recommend walking anywhere in Nairobi alone (especially as a foreign woman). But everyone in the hotel was courteous and professional. Would recommend this hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fairview Hotel Nairobi
Fantastic - highly recommended
My husband & I have just returned from a month long trip in Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania. We stayed at the Fairview twice during our travels & absolutley loved it & would highly recommend it to anyone.
Most African hotels are 'tired' & need a paint job or new fabric on the sofas, curtains, etc. Not the Fairview. It is in immaculate condition & spotlessly clean. I am a huge clean freak & hate seeing dust/dirt on window sills & in corners - there wasn't a speck to found in the rooms or common areas. We stayed in a 'business class' room & it was very spacious. The sheets were white without any stains & instead of the traditional hotel blankets/bedspread (which I won't touch), there was a crisp white covered duvet (no top sheet, so you KNOW it's clean!!) We loved our first room (I think it was #31) as it faced the main restaurant & we went to sleep to the pianist playing in the evening.
The food was excellent in all the restaurants. The Pango (high end restaurant) was suberb. The largest portions of food in a gourmet restaurant I have ever had.
The service was friendly & personable from front desk personel, restaurant staff & to the porters (who didn't stand around waiting for an expected tip, but gladly accepted when offered)
Nairobi is a city of chaos & noise, but the Fairview was a quiet haven & oasis in the middle of it. Beautiful gardens to wander in & a great pool to swim in & relax by. It truly felt safe as there is a check point on the street since it is across from the Israeli Embassy, as well as the hotel check point!
It felt like a North American standard of hotel, yet much friendlier & had lots of character. Excellent value as well!
Gutes Stopover Hotel
Wir hatten auf dem Rückweg nach England eine Übernachtung im Fairview, da es sehr günstig zum Flughafen liegt. Unser Zimmer war sehr ruhig, geräumig und bequem. Der Service war wie immer in Kenia gut und die Auswahl an Restaurants garantiert, dass für jeden Geschmack etwas dabei ist. In der Bar am Schwimmbad wurden Drinks und deftige Snacks ohne viel Drumherum, aber sehr freundlich serviert. Ich würde das Hotel auf jedem Fall empfehlen, besonders bei einem Stopover.
Würde hier jedesmal wieder übernachten
Ich hatte ein Übernachtung im Fairview auf dem Weg nach Kisumu. Nach einem langen Flug und da dies mein erstes Mal in Kenia war, hat mir das Fairview ein Gefühl von Sicherheit und Erholung vermittelt. Bei Reservierung des Hotels hatte ich mich nach einem Transfer vom/bis Flughafen erkundigt. Bei Ankunft stand dann ein Taxifahrer mit einem großen Schild des Hotels und meinem Namen und war sehr freundlich. Die Taxifahrt wurde dann einfach auf meine Hotelrechnung geschrieben. Die Hotelangestellten waren sehr nett und das Haus selbst war wunderschön - Parkettböden, koloniale Möbel, schöne Holzbrücken, die verschiedene Teile der Hotelanlage miteinander verbunden haben... also mit anderen Worten sehr schön und malerisch. Die Sicherheit in der Hotelanlage war ausgezeichnet und man konnte sich richtig entspannen. Ich würde auf jedem Fall bei meinen weiteren Besuchen in Kenia hier übernachten, vorausgesetzt, dass Zimmer frei sind, denn das Hotel scheint oft ausgebucht zu sein. Meine Erfahrungen im Fairview waren also bestens.
Will stay there every time
I spent one night at the Fairview on the way to Kisumu. After a long flight and being in Kenya for the first time, staying at Fairview gave me a sense of security and a restful night. When I made a reservation with Fairview staff, I asked about transport from/to airport. They sent a taxi driver, who had a big nice sign with Fairview logo and my name, and was very friendly. Taxi ride was charged on my hotel bill. Hotel staff was very nice, and the hotel itself was beautiful - parquet floors, colonial furniture, nice wooden bridges that connected different areas of the hotel... in other words, it was very charming and quaint. Security was another feature of the hotel that made it a very nice overnight stay.
I will stay there every time I go back to Kenya, if I can that is - as they are often fully booked.
I had the best experience at the Fairview hotel.
Good stopover hotel
We stopped over at the Fairview for one night before heading back to UK as it was very convenient for the airport. The room that we had was very quiet, spacious and comfortable. Service was good as always in Kenya and the choice of restaurants should provide whatever you want.
Used the poolside bar for casual drinks and fairly substantial snacks delivered without fuss but with plenty of friendliness. I would strongly recommend the hotel particularly for a stopover.
Stayed at the Fairview for two weeks on and off on a home visit. The Hotel is modern and well maintained, the rates are reasonable. Front desk staff is friendly and efficient. The beds are comfortable, clean but very small in all the rooms I stayed (I was moved around a bit). The towels were clean but a bit worn out. There is a nice outdoor pool. The guest lounge at the lobby is comfortable and has a nice fireplace - comes in handy in June-July. There are three restaurants on site, I tried both the poolside (all day dining) and Mukhtan (sandwich shop), the menu in both reads well but the food is so so. Internet connection at the business center is ok but over priced. Security in and out is good.
The security checks on Bishop Rd outside the Hotel by some embassy can be irritating, Once you are registered guest its much better using the rear entrance from 5th Ngong ave. There are some rude taxi operators at the front parking lot, on several occasions they (unsuccesfully) 'ordered' me to move my vehicle from the loading zone when I stopped to (un)load my luggage.
Overall Fairview is ok, would stay again.
My mom's or Fairview
I am a kenyan and frequently need to visit family. I love to unwind on arrival and before departure, I head for fairview. After trying a mixture of african and foreign dishes I am
ready for my mom's cooking. Travelling around the country I visit fairview for shower and beer and renew old friendships at the receiption and the most beutiful outside jama choma in the world. Their charges are real good value for their services and food and tuskers.
My only complaint is unless you book in advance they are likely to be full.
Pretty Good Hotel
As far as Africa hotels go, this is a pretty good choice. Excellent service, nice quiet location, and the price is reasonable too. Great food, and good Wi-Fi internet service.
Not that pleased
I am loathe to criticize anything in Kenya because it is a great country, full of people who need our tourist dollars, euros, etc. That said, I probably will not stay at the Fairview when I return.
The location of the Fairview is great in one regard -- airport access, but less than great in another. It is immediately across a narrow street from the Israeli embassy (which is right next door to a large Catholic high school).
My daughter and I made 3 separate one-night stays as we had to come and go from Nairobi. The hotel had a very difficult time getting clear on the fact that we required 2 beds. Only got it right the last stay. We had pre-paid as part of our "Safari," but twice the hotel tried to charge us for pre-paid things and it took some explaining to the front desk staff to get the charges off. The second and third times we were there, we were put in a room on a hallway in the part of the hotel being re-modeled, lots of wood re-varnishing. Last comment: the shower floors were like being in ice--slippery. I wondered how many people had taken a header or worse on the shower/bathroom floors.
Great! You are the guest!
Nice hotel with conserved old feeling near Nairobi centre. Good rooms with high standard. 3 very good restaurants in different styles. Big nice gardens. Super high security. First of all: Nice personal that really works hard to create a personal cosy feeling.
After my second visit I just long to come back!
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