Fairview Hotel

, Nairobi, Kenya
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Fairview Hotel

, Nairobi
Bishops Rd - Nairobi - Kenya Hotel Website | 20/272/3211
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Confirmed Reservation Ignored
Submitted by: Gregory in 31/05/11
  • Age Group: 3140
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
despite a confirmed reservation, my wife was denied a room and told she could have one the next day. Having arrived at 10:00 PM and then being forced to seek accommodation elsewhere, it is clear Fairview is unreliable and too much of a risk to invest time and money.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Fairview Hotel

what a great place!

from Grec
I had a business meeting on the outskirts of Nairobi and was only staying for two days in the city. Therefore, I wasn't too keen to stay in the city centre and picked the Fairview Hotel. And what a great place it is! The staff is friendly, competent, and very helpful. The room was impressive: absolutely clean, nicely arranged, bright colours, and with all amenities (TV, desk, air condition, etc.). The windows have mosquito nets and so I had my windows open all night and the only sound I heard was the fountain in the garden. Several taxi drivers told me that the neighbourhood is absolutely safe due to security at the Israeli Embassy across the road. All in all: I can't think of a better place to stay in Nairobi.

wonderful bathrooms!

from dreamsNottingham
A real gem! Will definitely return one day for a romantic, relaxing, memorable holiday. A perfect base for exploring or a few days break before the coast or safari.

I stayed in 3 rooms over 8 nights - basic single, first class single and business. The basic single was as it says, perfect for budget or short overnight before moving on. High window, no real view. 1st class had a kingsize bed and was truly wonderful, a beautiful room with own front garden and door step! Only downside was no mirror in the bedroom, problem if you prefer your own hairdryer/ straighteners!
Business was equally romantic with a fantastic bathroom and windows overlooking the gardens, only downside, no fridge. Service friendly, excellent in every way. Breakfast - fantastic! A lovely country city hotel.

Very smart hotel - but not overly central

from 1968jaw
The Fairview is a very smart hotel. The breakfasts are excellent, the
restaurants serve good food, and the pool is great. My room had everything I needed, including mosquito nets, and was very quiet.

My only reservation is that it is not very central. Taxis are on hand
to take you into town, although we decided to walk (about 15 minutes), which wasn't too far, although definitely not to be recommended at night.

I wasn't too impressede with Nairobi - the guidebooks put me off a bit with their talk of "Nairobbery"! Lamu (on the coast - our final destination) was much nicer!

Best stay in Nairobi for the price

from dogonh
While the Norfolk has all the fame, this hotel is the best bargain in Nairobi. Stayed here many times in 1993/94 because it was just outside downtown and always green, quiet, lush, and wonderfully old architecture and great service. In a return in 2007 with my family we were amazed by the wonderful improvements including a pool and more on site restaurants. Service and warm feel still the same... half the price of the Norfolk and wonderfully relaxing

Quite Nice

from Twenty7east
we stayed at the fairview between our safari and our trip to zanzibar. all in all, we were pleased. the room (we stayed in an economy room) was small and no frills. however, it had a complimentary strong internet connection and even stronger water pressure - two gigantic pluses after coming from the mara.

the front desk staff was very helpful and even allowed us to store our excess luggage at the hotel for the time that we were on safari (had not even been hotel guests at this point.)

we also appreciated the lush and secure surroundings. prior to going on safari we stayed in downtown nairobi for one week - an experience never to be repeated - and returned the same day that two women from the us embassy were gunned down in a car jacking. it was reassuring to pass through so much security on the way in and then be in such a peaceful setting.

our only complaint was the food at the poolside cafe. it was way too expensive and not very good. as an example, we paid about US $7 for "authentic" nachos. what we got was, literally, 15 Cool Ranch Dorritos covered in pasta sauce with a few bits of shredded cheese. oh well, live and learn.

lovely and felt safe

from maziejane
This was a lovely suprise of a hotel and I cant believe that this hotel doesnt have greater star rating. We had first class rooms and the staff we friendly and very helpful. I felt very safe there as everwhere I seemed to look in Nairobi everyone had security guards with huge guns!!
This was part of our honeymoon and we used it as our base when going on safari and then off to Mombasa, they stored luggage/gifts that we didnt want to take to other places. We will return to this hotel.

Budget room is really budget!

from marjiVancouver
I booked a budget room at the beautiful Fairview, and it was really budget. There was no kleenex in the rooms or shampoo.

Other than that, the hotel was excellent! The restaurants and wine cellar are good.

Excellent Hotel

from kalele
The Fairview is an excellent hotel.The rooms are good, the food is good, the pool is excellent. I have stayed in many hotels in Nairobi and this is my favourite. I am going next month for my 7th visit.

At least four stars

from MistyLaw2
Can not believe what a low rating this hotel gets star wise.
I've stayed in some of the best and worst hotels around the world including two others in Nairobi which were both horrible.
The Fairview is a warm and friendly hotel offering nice accommodation for the price. Rooms were spacious, clean and nicely decorated with wooden floors, writing desks and a powerful shower in the bathroom.
There's a pool in the lovely gardens and the place has a nice feel to it.
The staff was also very helpful when KLM lost our bags and arranged to have them delivered to the hotel when they arrived.
While it's not a top-end luxury hotel, it's far better than anything else in the price range. It's also a bit of an oasis in a big, dusty, busy, scary at times city. Well worthy of four-stars.

Great Choice for many reasons

from Albatross37
The Fairview is a great, extreamly comfortable place to stay while in Nairobi. Located just minutes away from downtown it offers all the advantages of Nairobi but none of the pitfalls. Large clean rooms, Wi-Fi in many of the rooms, a great pool, amazing breakfast buffet included, three restaurants on the property, free luggage storage, and a helpful staff.

I have stayed at The Fairview about 7 times over the last 3 years. I store luggage there while on different "legs" of my safaris. Recently some birder's that where there with me identified 30 bird species on the grounds in the two days we were there.

You cannot go wrong with the Fairview, it will make you feel right at home no matter where you have come from, or how many times you have, or have not been to Kenya.

Very safe and secure, and extremely affordable for Nairobi.

Top Local Tips for Nairobi

Getting to/from the Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi Don't let your driver talk you into a special "excursion" to the Carnivore - by all means go there, but just take a taxi one way from the hotel and get another one coming back. We had a driver intimate that we had to have our own car to get to and from the Carnivore (about 15 minutes outside of town) - rubbish. There are dozens of Taxis waiting outside the Carnivore to take you home. Otherwise you will end up paying your driver to wait while you eat and he will charge you $20-30 to do so.

Giraffe Center, Langata Be sure to get the giraffe to get its lunch pellet from your own mouth! The giraffe are big, but gentle, and the experience will elicit squeals of laughter from the crowd and get you a wonderful photo opportunity.

Taxi is must Alawys use a taxi booked through the desk. Never walk around Nairobi at night.


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  • Address: Bishops Rd - Nairobi - Kenya
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