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Hemingways Resort

4.5 of 5 Resort   |   P.O. Box 267, Watamu, Kenya
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Ranked #11 of 22 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here a few days, coming to swim with wild dolphins. It is a great resort, on the warm Indian ocean, one hour flight from Nairobi's Wilson airport (via Lamu). Great place, very English, High tea at 4pm included and a good restaurant. Many sport fishermen come here (there was a group of South African sport fishermen when I... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The year had taken a beating on me. I wanted to take a break with my daughter and chose Hemingways, Watamu as the destination. We really did enjoy the ambience, the warm and friendly staff and most of all the cool breeze from the Indian Ocean. The waves are as calming as they come and go. Though the capacity was... More

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New York City, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Overall, I would say this hotel in fairly average. My partner and I stayed here a few months ago for a friend's wedding. Upon arrival I was offered a damp towel and a welcome drink - a good start! The room was spacious and clean but the water coming from the taps was brown - especially in the sink. We... More

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Fred K, Manager at Hemingways Resort, responded to this review

Dear Yesdnyl, Thank you for your comments; constructive criticisms are always helpful in enabling us to improve our services for the future. We would however like to provide you with some feedback. The glass windows are reflective in all of our rooms and so unless a person comes right up to the window and peers inside from less than a... More

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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wow. This exquisite hotel is built on heavenly property. Wonderful facilities, no tv so you can enjoy the views, the beach, the sea etc. The rooms are very cosy with high quality furnishings and linen. Enormous bathroom and with high quality toiletries. very polite, well trained and experienced staff. Check in and check out was quick. Ill be back very... More

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Barrington, Rhode Island
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We loved the room we were in. The beach in front of the hotel is amazing (though the one just north in the cove is even better). The grounds are well kept and the service is generally pretty good. Our big disappointment was in the food. There were some meals that were good, but I can't call any of them... More

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Walton, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We discovered this gem several years ago and just have to keep going back. Its position overlooking the beach is just stunning with magnificent views from the majority of rooms. It is not to everyones taste though. There is no TV in the room ( brilliant ) phones are not to be used except in designated areas ( wonderful )... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I visited the Resort this year in April, was totally impressed with the hospitality , food , service and the ambience and revisited again this August . Low season right now but the service, ambience, hospitality , food still the superb quality. Two swimming pools, and two bars,fridge in every room well stocked. Room service is excellent. All staff very... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Hemingway's Watamu occupies a fantastic location on the beach. Being one of the older hotels in Watamu it has a significant beach frontage that affords great ocean views in most of the rooms. The hotel itself is slightly dated. The plaque in the lobby indicates that it was opened in 1988. Some areas of the hotel seem to show its... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I was there for only a night to attend a function. Really nice room. Spacious modern clean bathroom.stunning view right on the sea front. Clean and large pool with friendly staff. The meals were also very good esp breakfast with a very wide selection. The function I attended was a Chaine De Rottiseur dinner and I give it full marks.... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

What a beautiful location and hotel. The staff were incredibly friendly and the childcare very cheap meaning we could relax as a couple whilst our four year old daughter was well looked after! The food was excellent and we had many relaxing evenings together, which are far and few when we are at home.

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Address: P.O. Box 267, Watamu, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hemingways Resort 4.5*
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Also Known As:
Hemingways Hotel Watamu
Hemingways Hotel Malindi
Hemingways Resort Malindi

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