1. Holiday inn Mayfair court Hotel Nairobi
Near the entrance of the busy Westlands suburbs, the newly refurbished Holiday Inn Mayfair Court Nairobi hotel bustles with activity and captures the charm and crisp service of an English country inn.
The hotel in Nairobi Kenya has a quaint charm and the lobby and reception glow with brass figures, wood paneling and Kenyan marble underfoot. Light flows into the hotel through the louver windows which allow views of the gardens. In the courtyard tall bay windows light the paneled stairway leading to the second floor, and flowing plants accent the deep window ledges.
The hotel has 171 rooms and is built in several wings rambling under mature trees. The central garden areas are traversed by pathways. The newly landscaped gardens feature fish ponds, fountains and two swimming pools. Breakfast and dinner are served in the Oasis Restaurant. The popular mischief Bar and Grill has an extensive snack menu, and is open from 11 a. m. to midnight. Room service is also available.
Accommodations and rooms in Holiday inn Nairobi
Rooms are spacious with ensuite bath and shower. Each room has a telephone, satellite TV and tea and coffee-making facilities.
Facilities at the Holiday inn Nairobi
Health club with Sauna, hair salon, safari boutique, casino, business center, courtesy shuttle bus to the city center and three conference centers for up to 450 delegates.
2. Fairview Hotel in Nairobi
The Fairview bills itself as “the country hotel in town. ” This family owned hotel, which has been operating since 1930’s, offers good value to guests. The hotel is a huge rambling old stone house with two garden cottages on two hectares of grounds. There are big trees, wide lawns, flower beds, and the sound of birds. Although it is just over a kilometer from the city center, the hotel feels like a calm oasis after the hustle and bustle of downtown Nairobi. It has a sense of history and individuality.
The Fairview attracts a wide range of clientele, from international consultants to up-country Kenyan residents. Many guests stay several days. Large tour groups are unlikely to be there. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed-continuing the image of a traditional English country hotel in the African Kenya capital Nairobi.
New additions and some upgrading were completed recently to give the hotel entrance an elegant appearance with gleaming stone floors, curved stairway and sky light. There is a rather clubby lounge with central fireplace and a small, hideaway bar with character and attractive décor. The sunny and spacious dining room has lovely Palladian windows and opens out onto the garden.
At the front of the hotel is a newly built outdoor dining terrace which serves a’ la carte meals. The main dining rooms serve both set/buffet and la carte meals and is popular lunsh spot for Nairobi businessmen. A traditional African lunch buffet is served two days a week with the food attractively presented in ethnic clay pots.
There is a large bright room which can be booked for conferences or receptions. There is no swimming pool or health spa. Guests have free access to the pool at the nearby Panafric hotel. The Fairview has its own generator and borehole to ride out the vagaries of Nairobi’s water and power supplies.
The Nairobi hotel can house almost 200 guests in a wide variety of room ranging from singles to family units. They say “the hotel is not standardized anywhere. ” Each of the rooms has an individual character.
The tariffs at the Fairview include bed and breakfast. There is quite a variation in rates to match the range of room types and sizes. The Fairview is known for being good value for money.
Accommodation rooms at the Fairview Hotel Nairobi
In general, the décor is rather old fashioned and functional. Some rooms have nice oriental-style rugs and unusual chandeliers. Although the rooms do not feel updates, they do have an appearance of being well kept and maintained. In general, they are bright, clean, spacious, and comfortable. Most of the rooms have bathrooms ensuite-some with tub and shower and others with shower only. There are televisions (including a video channel), telephone and radios.
Most accommodations are in the main house where two rooms have balconies and several have lovely restful views over the gardens. You could also choose to stay in one of the garden cottages or “annexes, ” where the room variations are even more extreme. In annex # 1 there is a large family unit with bay window, 1950’s décor and a children’s room.
In annex #2, which is historical building with corrugated iron roof and a big verandah, there are six rooms with shared bathrooms and no TV. Just across a small road from the hotel are the Fairview flats-rectangular concrete-looking buildings without the charm of the main hotel or cottages. The upper floors are leased out for long term lets but the ground floor is used as part of the hotel with spacious family units leading out t o a large lawn.
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