We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 22 Watamu hotels

Barracuda Inn

Watamu Road, Watamu 59-80202, Kenya
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Barracuda Inn to your Saves list
Barracuda Inn
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Ranked #19 of 22 hotels in Watamu
A recent review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012
trebex New York
  • Overview
  • Reviews (532)
  • Photos (556)
  • Similar Hotels
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

532 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Rovigo, Italia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Good Location, from here you can easly reach the most interesting places in Watamu and surrondings (e.g. Gede). Everything in the room was sticky and it was located near a club outside, so music until 3:00 am (and if you need to wake at early for the safari is kind of bad). Almost everyone can speak Italian and everything is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
New York
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
49 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

The first thing to know is that this is Italian owned and run. All the guests are Italian, the food is Italian, the Kenyan staff speak Italian and all the information is in Italian. So if you are not Italian, you may feel out of place. Rooms were quite nice, with nice terraces, and A/C was good. Food was a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Southwest England
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
42 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

We chose the Barracuda Inn because of its location overlooking the Blue Lagoon. We also wanted to be able to swim at any tide. The comfortable, air-conditioned room had a sea view. The food, unsurprisingly given this place is run by Italians, was amazing in its quality and choice. At one end of the buffet table there were groaning boards... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2010

I was there in the Barracuda Inn Hotel with my family and my friends. The hotel itself is beautiful, clean and pleasantly quiet, and the people there made a very nice atmosphere. we did with abdul (a beachboy) a three-day safari tour. They were very honest and reliable. It was a big and interesting adventure. The many different animals, lions,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Italy and LA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2010

My husband and I came back recently from our beautiful trip to Kenya. We were at the Barracuda Inn for 12 days. The location of the hotel is wonderful, crystal clean warm ocean water, calm and beautiful bay, the sand is clean and powder like, you can actually walk all the Watamu coastline from this location, enjoying all the beauty... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2009

As 2 independant travelling UK ladies, we chose the Barracuda Inn as our last stop off point during a recent tour of Kenya. What a haven this turned out to be! The bungalow rooms were fabulous, the comfy beds were massive with lovely clean linen. Everything in the bathroom worked a treat. House keeping was very vigilant and a safe... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
A TripAdvisor Member
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2006

The rooms were nice, given that there was air conditioning. Also, you could walk into the village which is close by and not really have to worry, once you got used to the street boys following you around. The hotel was nice but speaking only english was definitely a hinderence, as all of the hotel bulletins, tours, and outings were... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2006

My husband and I were in Malindi in 2004 and we had a full day in Watamu: it was love at first sight. We decided to come back and we did so. We stayed at Barracuda Inn from 11 till 25 december 2005 and we enjoyed every moment.The hotel is on the beach, the best one in Watamu, it has... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2005

Stayed there with my partner, we were very good looked after from a very attentive staff. Restaurant service was perfect and food excellent. Cakes spectacular. The beach nearby is one of the cleanest and we really enjoyed our stay. Hope to be back in a near futere, thanks a lot for making our honeymoon so special. Thanks a lot to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
2 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2005

we stayed at Barracuda last January and we really enjoyed it. The staff is frendly and helpfull, the food excellent and rooms well equiped. We really look forward for an other holiday there. While visiting, do not forget to ask beachboys for excursions. We reccomend you to contact ALI for any evenience. he is very helpfull ( ------) Thanks to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Barracuda Inn, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Barracuda Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Barracuda Inn

Address: Watamu Road, Watamu 59-80202, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and BookingOdigeoWL so you can book your Barracuda Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Barracuda Hotel Watamu
Barracuda Resort Watamu

556 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (557)
Hotel & grounds (63)
Room/suite (58)
Dining (47)
View from room (18)
Bathroom (8)
Pool/beach area (94)
Family/play areas (1)
Other (268)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay
Select tags to find the hotel that's right for you.
hotels in Watamu with
any amenities


Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
Number of rooms

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Barracuda Inn staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?