Ok, so I had visited Mombasa a few times before the last three months of traveling, actually since 2009. Usually staying up north coast in the next town of Mtwapa, or at the New Peoples Hotel in Mombasa town, oh, and once walked in and straight back out of another hostel in Mombasa (that's another story for later). I am a long time traveller, so the hustling, busy, noisy congested 'real' trailing across countries has kinda worn me out slightly and I just wanted to start this trip in a cool, laid back, safer environment without being kept up at night, worrying about my *** being stolen etc etc. I saw Nirvana on tripadvisor and hostelworld and it seemed my kinda place. Basically cos there's a girl running it, and in all fairness, then assumed it would be clean for starters. Bigger bonus - wifi and breakfast,tea/coffees included in the price. The reviews were right. I mean, this place is got African style! The staff speak great English, they are friendly, funny and always polite. I've stayed in a lot of hostels, where owners couldnt care less what's goin on, staff are miserable, tired or leeching on ya. Lesley, the owner is really particular on matters of cleanliness so yes, assumption was right! And the last thing you need coming from other parts of Kenya, or developing countries for that matter, to have that undertone goin' on. Just somethin that stood out to me, as a tired and weary wanderer :-P
I stayed in the dorm, max to 8 others. They actually have a double Swahili bed in the dorm alongside the bunks, which could fit 3 in! There was an issue with hot water, but I know the owner was onto it so hopefully that will be fixed soon, as this would've just made that extra thing, there's nothing else to complain about. The rooftop has a large chill out, also with a huge bed and book exchange, loungers, a hammock, BBQ, nets...and all of the house is being developed with great, creative ideas, that I saw being added to its character over the couple of weeks I stayed. Definitely recommend!
The beach was like, max 5 mins walk. Very residential and exclusive area so you see a lot of security guys around, on the beach, and the beach boys cant come near you if you chill out near to the resort, which is an amazing relief! Not so many hawkers though. You can use all of the facilities as a guest, and some are free too...just a beautiful, awesome location really. The staff are unique! They go way out of their way, just because! Seriously. Its rare in the hostel world.
The owner, just to add to all that has been said about her, is just a cool person. Very dedicated to the caring side of hosting travellers in her own home.
You can’t get nearer the centre of Mombasa than Berachah Guest house which is right across the road from the General Post Office. This bog standard typically Kenyan hotel has very small rooms it is so small that if you are travelling with your cat you will have to cut its tail off if you have any intention of swinging it in one of the Berachahs Self contained rooms.
It is possible to lock your door here with a padlock and I always feel safer doing that with my own lock.
It cost 900 ksh for a single self contained room in Feb 2011
Spent a lovely week here in May 2010- was worried that the rainy season would mean too much rain and not enough sun. In the end we only had one afternoon of rain and it was still hot then. THe DSR is a lovely hotel on Diani Beach , abut 50 mins from Mombasa. Its only rated 3 stars but I would rate it higher and Ive stayed in a few Kenyan hotels. Rooms, restaurant and grounds are all kept immaculately clean, towels chaanged twice daily. Rooms are simple but adequate and the rooms we had had lovely views of the grounds and pool - you can get ones with sea views too. Good air con. Food was excellent, good choice at the buffet- its an all inclusive resort but our fears about bland and reptitive food were completely unfounded. Good animation team, good daily activities and trips for all. Evening entertainement was varied- usually African dancers or acrobats etc. No hesitation in recommending the hotel to anyone. It was incredibly cheap too, at the time we went, because of the rainy season - far cheaper than going to Eorope anywhere. The beach boys are persistent but generally harmless, dont let youself be brow beaten by them!
Not to be confused with Diani Beach or Reef Hotel.
The staff are the jewel in the Crown of this hotel- nothing is too much for the guest. Small and frequent tips go a long way too to getting what you want.....
The much missed Mvita Hotel.
Well missed by me and Chicken the other chap in the photo. I used to spend weeks in this place ……….or was it months, sometimes rarely going further than the bar downstairs. The easily missed doorway that housed the swinging saloon bar doors was the entrance to a great boozer. A typical caged Kenyan bar and a gaggle of middle aged Muslim barmaids serving a large number of Mombasa’s Muslim community male and female. It was a real mixed crowd in this boozer Indian Arab Swahili and the odd Muzngu like me and the Chicken.
A large part of the daytime was spent behind the Mvita hotel in the alley way watching Nuru cook up some amazing food on a 3 stone fire. Her mouth was as efficient at dishing out a constant stream of cheeky abuse in Swahili as she was at dishing out a constant stream Swahili dishes. I’m sure the only time she wasn’t speaking when she sat down with the rest of us to chew miraa.
Indiana Beach Apartment Hotel is supposed to be one of the finest holiday resort hotels on Bamburi Beach. The hotel field is a group of buildings and cottages. It's located 24 Kilometers from Moi International Airport and 13 Kilometers from Mombasa off the highway to Malindi.
It was a nice place, but the some of the buildings had construction work and were noisy at the time I was there.
The apartments were located near the beach. My room was in the 4th floor about 100 meters away from the beach and 60 meters away from the reception. The workers and the staff were polite.
But I don't think I will stay at this place the next time I am in Mombasa. The place is just to big and not personal enough. I think it's a bit overpriced, too.
Was a city centre cheapie with the best boozer in town for a day time scoop.
Not so cheap these days as prices in Kenya have really jumped or if you are coming to Kenya with a fistfull of £s prices are worse.
800 Ksh for a single room.
I only shifted here coz the place I was staying had a day of water problems but was glad when I could move back.
Bar downstairs is excellent.
The bar upstairs grinds to a halt around around midnight but it will only remain quiet untill about 6 in the morning when the cleaners start scraping the chairs and tables around just enough to make you feel that they are coming throught the ceiling.
This place at one time was a real nice hotel but saddly the Hermes is fading fast. The rooms are big but dusty and the lock on my door was very iffy! There was a hole in the bath whe5re there was once a tap and you couls see through this to daylight outside!
Jennifer of African Memorable Safaris in Mombasa organized a marvelous safari for my husband and me. We had to express only our desires and Jenny managed everything very well for us.
The safari was a dream. We saw all the interesting animals of Africa: Lion, Zebra, Gnu, Antilope, Buffalo, Giraffes and many more.
Our safari jeep was very comfortable and the driver Julius explained everything exactly. The lunch in the Lodge was excellent and delicious.
We can absolutely recommend a safari with Jennifer / African Memorable safaris.
The Tamarind has this Dhow that floats on a sea of Romance.. (indian ocean), as i may describe it, cooled by the ocean breeze. its the ultimate fresco dinning ....sip your cocktail as you voyage through the sunset and dine in the moonlight!
Its a blend of the Romantic and exotic night sail. looking back towards Mombasa history of sailors over the centuries.
Two spacious pool areas', one being a 'quiet' area. Both have pool side bar areas'.
Situated alongside the beach (beach vendors!)
Very pleasant open air bar area to while away the evening.
Good choice of several hotel restaurants, good quality food.
The bedrooms are fine, with 'mozzie' nets around the bed. (but always use repellent on yourself!)
It's a recently renovated medium-class hotel. As I saw, it's popular mainly with guests on all-inclusive plan. However if you don't want to spend all your time within the hotel but to take some excursions as we did, it's better to book BB or half board. The meals are plentiful and of a wide range. The pools and the garden are quite nice, the beach is O.K. (not as clean as on the South Coast), having pretty big difference between low and high tide so some parts of the day it's hard to swim.
The beach is full of vendors, tour agents and masseuses so be patient and take it easy. Always bargain heavily when buying any products or services, you can reach pretty good prices.
The hotel has a show every night (the usual staff) and a "light" disco (finishing at 11) so if you want to dance the night away, you should take a taxi to a public discotheque (the best one around is called Tembo) but if you do so, be prepared to meet a lot of "single" girls :-)
Good value for money.
See more pix in my Travelogue.
We wanted to relax some days at a resort by the sea before heading home.
There are plenty to chose from and we let good deals on the internet decide which.
Severin Sea Lodge turned out to be a pleasant surprise with lovely staff. We went for a bungalow (you can chose from standard rooms, superior rooms, bungalows or suites). The bungalow gave a tropical feeling and monkeys turned up on the balcony in the evenings.
The Severin Sea Lodge is, like many other resorts, packed with tourists from Germany, Italy and Britain. The bad side about this and all other resorts in the Mombasa area is that you are left totally by yourselves. You'll meet no locals except for the staff and those entertaining in the evenings. Locals are kept out of these properties. The beach by the Indian ocean is also owned by the resorts meaning closed for public. I prefer mingling with locals, but if you prefer staying behind security walls for a week or two you'll also find that the resorts have their own shopping arcades, hair salon and several restaurants. If I had to stay here for a week or two I'd rather find a rope and a palm tree, but it's good for families and for couples wanting to relax a couple of days.
Several swimming pools, nice bars and restaurants (even though a bit tacky and touristic) and enough sun beds for all! The Severin was a bit worn out, but one of the most professional and welcoming staff we met during our two weeks in Kenya. We stayed here two nights and that was a good experience.
Shanzu is small village situated about 20km north of Mombasa. Right next to the village the huge hotel resort with the same name is located. There are four hotels in a row, constructed along the Shanzu Beach, which is considered as one of the most beautiful sand-beach in whole of Kenya.
I was in Coral Beach hotel which is medium standard touristy resorts. The room is of medium size with separate bathroom and no tv-set what made me feel in particularly happy. There are four pools around hotel, two of them right in front of my room balcony.
Nice, african-style hotel on lovely Diani-Beach, south of Mombasa.
Situated in a beautiful tropical park with plenty of trees and brushes, offering additional shadows, when the heat is on
Nice rooms, good food, beautiful beach. Not too much beach-hawkers. The sea retracts on low-tide, so the beautiful pool has to stand in.Some small flaws re service, as usual in many African tourist-hotels.
All-Inclusive resort with many facilities and activities from morning to late evening.
we had a lovely relaxing few days in a comfortable seaside cottage with our own kitchen and bathroom and the company of some rather too cheeky monkies, lazy cats and friendly dogs. we did our own cooking but had the option of hiring a cook.
fishermen came up from the beach with fresh fish everyday and fruit a veg sellers came round. Kirsten the owner was friendly and helpful with travel tips but very discrete too.
we couldn't have chosen a better place.
unfortunately I don't have photos as my computer was stolen here in barcelona.
right on the beach and set in the lush vegetation of a coast garden. private and peaceful
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