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Hemingways Resort

4.5 of 5 Resort   |   P.O. Box 267, Watamu, Kenya
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Ranked #9 of 22 hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
Declan W Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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13 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Beautiful hotel. Very romantic for couples.however have zero tolerance to kiddy meals and taking care of kids.they need to improve service on this otherwise if you travel with small children you will not enjoy your stay.

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27 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

There is a reason we don't generally stay in hotels like this. The air conditioner in the vehicle that picked us up from the airport was broken resulting in an extremely uncomfortable trip. Toilet waste pipe was leaking causing a stinking bathroom, front door was broken aluminium frame came off in my hand. My wife dealt with the issues we'd... More

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Sits on a beach close to the Marine National Park , boat trips from the beach to the coral reefs . Dinner menus vary daily around themes , all buffet style with lots of choice . Hotel staff very friendly and most rooms overlook the ocean . Nice and relaxing , only 30mins from Malindi airfield . Comes highly recommended... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The staff of hemingways watamu are among the most friendly and helpful I've met in my travels. The rooms are clean with more than enough supplies, we never had to call for any thing. All rooms are beach facing. nice gym but no windows:( Great vacation for families with young kids. Recommended

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

My wife and I visited this resort and it more than lived up to our expectations. We were picked at the airport at Malindi and driven to the hotel in great comfort. The superviews rooms facing the Indian Ocean have a fantastic view with balcony seating that makes the most of the sea breeze. The room and beds are very... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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7 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

unlike most reviewers, my family and I just had the opportunity to patron this place for a lunch time meal and a boat ride. The food was well done and the service was great! You get a feeling that you are not just another customer who has walked in the door as the staff pay attention to you despite having... More

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

Dear Masukuma, Every customer is treated with the utmost care and reverence and we are glad you felt special. Perhaps next time you will have a chance to stay longer with us? We would love that. Welcome again, hopefully soon... More

Nairobi, Kenya
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Rooms are beautiful facing the sea. Beautiful ambience. Good food and service. Very friendly staff and will definitely go back there for a holiday. Keep up with the good service. No beach boys to bother the best part of the holiday.

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

Dear Behal, Much obliged for the wonderful review. We look forward to hosting you again for a similar, if not better experience the next time you come around. And we will indeed keep up with the good service! More

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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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