Indiana was the first accomodation during my stay at Bamburi but I didnt feel good in this hotel because it was almost deserted. Actually, I wanted to stay at the cotages but all of them were occupied. My apartment was on the top floor, overlooking the pool, but the whole ambient around me was like a ghost place with no people. Besides, the security guards used to be very rude knocking on my door late in the night and checking wether I am alone in my room. After three days I just left.
I cannot complain about the room, which was nice but the service wasn't good, especially the cleanings. Hotel should be place where people meet other people and feel relaxed, however it wasn't the case in this hotel. Later on I found out the reason why this hotel looks alike to the ghost place. It is managing by the Indian lady who is rude, arguing with the guests of the hotel and changing prices for the accomodation as it comes. Many people left this hotel just because of her bad treatment.
Hotel Fontana is situated along Malindi Highway, right next to the Kahama hotel, and looks very attractive. It is built in African style, in particularly the restaurant, with the roofs covered by the shingle. There is greenery, all around the hotel complex, and well maintained garden with a bar.
The hotel, however, should undergone certain small reconstruction work, especially the rooms. That is why my friend Juma didn't recommend this hotel to me.
First and the most important it is the restaurant, which is not only the usual hotel type, one of those better to avoid if any possible. The restaurant dominates the whole hotel complex with its high rooftop, covered by the shingle, and large space in a shape of a tribal hut. It offers both traditional Kenyan and international cuisine.
The New Big Tree resort is situated close to the seashore, not far from the well known restaurant The Pirathes. It is bungalow type of accomodation offering limited number of rooms, therefore its advisable to book in advance.
This resort looks alike to the traditional Kenyan styled huts and therefore in particularly attractive to the European tourists, especially if having adventurous spirit.
Do not expect luxury here, coz you wont find it, as for standards it is bellow all other hotel resorts in the area of Bamburi. However, the other resorts can't compite with the price and surrounding ambient at the New Big Tree. Besides, it has the own night club, built in a shape of a big hut, which is situated right at the beach.
The rooms aren't big but clean and cute in a way. After all, spending much time in the hotel room, when in Kenya, is the most stupid one can do if travelling there.
When I was here, in August 2008., the price was 2.000 Kenya shillings per night, which is something less then 20 euros.
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