The Fairview Hotel
Most of the international chain hotels in Nairobi manage to be both shoddy and extortionate. Independent and family-run, the Fairview is half the price of the competition (with rooms from $120) and several times as good. The location, on Bishop Road, a side street on Nairobi Hill, is central, secluded and being opposite the Israeli embassy probably the safest area in town. The rooms, either in an old gray stone building or a newer red brick block, eschew tasteless luxury for sensible practicality. The gardens, the pool and the breakfasts are huge, the wi-fi is fast and free and the staff among the friendliest and most efficient in Africa. All this, plus a classy brasserie and wine bar and some of the best sushi in the city. Call (254-20) 288 1419 or see fairviewkenya.com.