My Favorite Hotels in Mombasa and the Coast Region
Here’s my list of favorite hotels in Mombasa and the beach region around that coast city. I did this since people, when they say they’re looking for hotels in Mombasa, usually actually mean a beach hotel in the vicinity of Mombasa instead of a hotel in the city itself.
It’s a kind of top 5, except that I included both cheaper and more expensive options. Therefore, it’s hard to say which hotel is my absolute favorite, since we’re not comparing apples to apples here. And of course, different type of hotels appeal to different people, so instead of a numbered list I’m providing you with descriptions that will give you an idea where to look.
Hotels In Mombasa Are Cheaper
The good news is that hotels in Mombasa and vicinity are a lot cheaper than in the capital of Nairobi, where international organizations and major East-African businesses are located. Basically, you have a top-end hotel in Mombasa for the same price of a midrange hotel in Nairobi.
The best travel agency in Kenya to help you pick a hotel is Africa Point (located in Nairobi, Kenya). Most hotels in Kenya are in their database, and they will personally help you pick the best one based on your preferences. Africa Point is known for it’s very patient, one-on-one customer service and tailor-made approach.
Recommendable Hotels In Mombasa - North Beach
- Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel (5 stars)
This beach resort is part of the Serena chain, an East African hotel chain with an excellent reputation, and this one is no exception. The resort, stretching along Shanzu Beach, is so extensive that it’s styled like a Swahili town. The rooms have either sea view or garden view and are very nicely done in African-colonial style. Facilities include air conditioning and internet access in each room, 8 restaurants and bars including an open-air restaurant, swimming pool, laundry and babysitting service, etc. Activities include scuba diving, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, mini-sailing, coral reef snorkeling, tennis and squash. More information at Africapoint
- Sarova WhiteSands Beach Hotel (5 stars)
Again a large resort with huge public areas. It has the longest beach front of all the north coast beach hotels. Each room is en suite. Half of them have sea view while the others have pool view. Facilities include 5 freeform swimming pools, beach and pool bars, 3 restaurants, 24 hour room service, wireless internet on the resort, 3 conference rooms, wellness spa, and even a disco. It probably offers the widest range of activities on the north beach, including windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing, banana boat rides, accompanied scuba diving and leisure cruises with glass-bottomed boats to the beautiful reefs. More information at Africapoint
- Voyager Beach Resort (5 stars)
The Voyager has the reputation of being the best resort on Nyali Beach, and it’s deserved. It’s a large, good value for money resort with an all-inclusive formula – next to food and beverages, rates also include non-motorized sports like windsurfing, sailing, glass bottom boats to watch the beautiful Kenyan reefs, tennis, volleyball, etc. About a third of the rooms have ocean view, the others have garden view. Facilities include air-conditioning in all rooms, 3 restaurants, 3 bars (one of which is open 24 hrs), several swimming pools, hair salon, health centre, conference facilities, child care and babysitting. More information at Africapoint
- Nyali Beach Hotel (5 stars)
This 5-star beach hotel is Voyager’s main competitor at Nyali beach and it’s even bigger. The white buildings are set among flamboyant tropical gardens. You’d have to stay a week to try all restaurants and bars. Other facilities include a disco, a casino, a massage and beauty centre, shops, conference rooms, wedding services and an indoor kids playroom. All rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, a safe and newspapers. They also have special rooms for disabled people. More information at Africapoint
Recommendable Hotels In Mombasa - South Beach
- Alliance Africana Sea Lodge (3 stars)
This beach resort is built on beautiful grounds in the style of a village. All rooms are located in African style thatched-roof cottages, called rondavels. All rooms have air conditioning and a private terrace. The resort has 3 restaurants, among which especially the Village Restaurant has a good reputation. Other facilities include several bars and lounges, 2 swimming pools with a poolside brasserie, an ice-cream parlor, shops, conference facilities, a massage parlor, gym with fitness machines, and live performances with music and African dances during the evenings. Among the sports offered are tennis, squash, deep sea diving and wind surfing. More information at Africapoint
- Travellers Beach Hotel (4 stars)
A big and modern, rather stylish beach hotel, surrounded by large gardens with tropical trees. The family-owned hotel is located right at Bamburi Beach. The hotel offers both half board and all-inclusive formulas and the 4 restaurants are accessible 24 hours. The 4 swimming pools interconnect via channels in a very nice way. Other facilities include a massage salon, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam bath. During the evenings, there’s entertainment with live bands, traditional dances and acrobats. Sports offered are squash, table tennis, water aerobics and beach volleyball while at the beach deep sea diving, fishing and snorkeling are also possible. Not all rooms have ocean view, so if this is important to you, ask for one. All rooms do have a balcony, air conditioning, satellite television, phone and safe. More information at Africapoint
- Diani Sea Resort (3 stars)
An attractive, red-tiled beach resort located at Diani Beach (but 200 metres away from the beach). It’s a smaller family-owned resort, perfect for the independent-minded traveler and a good value for money. Family rooms come with a second room for the children. The simple rooms all have air conditioning and satellite TV. Facilities include a large free-form swimming pool, fitness center, a big playground for the children, a tennis court and live music with performances at night. Sports offered are volleyball, beach soccer, water aerobics, darts, table tennis and mini golf while in close vicinity of the hotel golf, deep sea fishing, sailing and diving are offered, too. More information at Africapoint
- The Sands at Nomad (3 stars)
This relaxed, informal beach resort is especially popular among water sports fans and divers. It has comfortable concrete cottages as well as beautiful thatched-roof bandas on the edge of the beach. All rooms have air conditioning, a mini-bar, 24 hour room service and terrace while most rooms also have a private Jacuzzi. Other facilities include a futuristic swimming pool, an al fresco restaurant, internet access and shuttle services. Sport options offered by the Sands are wind surfing, kite surfing, kayaking, boogie boards, and a diving school with action sports and game fishing. The beach bar/restaurant is very popular among the locals. More information at Africapoint
Recommendable Hotels In Mombasa City
- Castle Royal Hotel
The Castle Royal rightly has the reputation of the best of all hotels in Mombasa city, and is very reasonably priced. This recently renovated hotel is located at the heart of the city, in a beautiful white building. It’s of the same chain as the good-value-for-money Six Eighty Hotel in Nairobi. Every room is en suite and has air conditioning, fridge, safe, TV and phone. Additional facilities include a rooftop restaurant with a nice view over the city, laundry services, room service, mini bars, conference facilities and broadband internet access. More information at Africapoint
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