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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   B 8, Kilifi, Kilifi, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Kilifi
Swansea, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Return Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This is our second visit to mnarani, and I think it's fair to say won't be the last. We decide to take the private transfer that got us to the hotel about half an hour or more ahead of the "coach".
On arrival we were greeted by Henk and his wife Elma the hotel manager's who gave us our introduction, I noticed as we drove to reception they had started to grow their own vegetables alongside two large plastic greenhouses. Henk explained that they had also installed a water desalination plant, although not ok for drinking it's safe to boil for an early morning cuppa overlooking the beautiful creek
We noticed the use of a tractor on the beach to gather the seaweed daily where it is used in the garden as fertiliser. The hotel has not changed but has been well maintained, the staff as ever eager to please, pleasant and ready with the daily Swahili lessons.
The food we thought was better than last (not that we had anything to complain about last year) Sean the food and beverage manager along Henk and Elma are always around at meal times for a chat, a nice touch. We went off on safari for a couple of days, providing you book this yourself your room and belongings are perfectly safe.
The village of Mnarani just across the road from the main gate is the home to some of the staff, it's safe and an experience to visit. Support the locals they need it. Kilifi is a town about a ten minute walk across the bridge, quite busy but interesting, if you can't manage the walk back It's only two hundred shillings by tuk tuk.
This hotel is classed three star, we've stayed in five star that come no way near to this. The location, the water sport, if you want them, the small private beach, the personal attention from all the staff who quickly remember all the guests names makes this hotel stand out for us.
A big thank you to all at Mnarani it would be unfair to mention names, there are too many to list, so thank again to all the staff for another memorable visit. It won't be long before we return.

Room Tip: We prefer the creek rooms, however if you like to watch the monkeys try the garden rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Had 4 nights here over the New Year as part of a bigger Kenya trip. Room was small and aircon noisy, but fan was fine and nice spot in the garden over looking the creek. For the price we couldn't grumble. Very clean and handy free of charge safe. Small charge for Wifi. Shower door was slightly broken but not a big problem. Staff were very friendly and helpful- so this was great. Patrick (Juma) on the beach was fab. Food was very good indeed with a huge (sometimes bizzare combinations) selection available. The BBQ by the pool was fantastic. Nice range of cocktails at very reasonable prices as we stayed on an HB basis. Dawas were delicious only 250 ksh! It does take a while to get a drink but this is Kenya and you are on holiday so excusable. Ann and Jo on the beach were very helpful and we utilised some sailing windsurfing kit which great. Mark (waterskiing) was a superb instructor and always available even though the hotel was busy so this was a benefit. Pool is fantastic, swimming off the beach is a little tricky especially at low tide. There are urchins so wetsuit booties are handy. Beach towels are readily available so don't pack any. Backpackers Eco Lodge is worth a trip for all u can eat pizza one night...it's really fun and cheap, a nice change from an evening at the club. Can't really fault, a great, relaxing holiday where you will be well looked after.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

we booked a 2 weeks holiday celebrating the 2013/14 New Year and a birthday.
The staff were friendly and helpful always with a smile.
The entertainment was very poor ,the choice of drinks were limited,The A/C was very noisy and the fans needed new bearings.
Sunbeds could do with updating as well as more beds as not enough beds at resort.
Beach is small with sailboats going in and out hard too swim off the beach.
Snack bar limited to what you can have, ie only cheese tomato with chips that was the choice , whoopie doo.
Safe outside walking around the villages and meeting the locals anyone going please Take lots pencils and note books and in the village go to the local shops and buy bags of sweets for the kids as they only get sweets for Birthdays & Xmas.
We would not return back to Mnarani club
We did a 2 day safari staying at saltlick we got spoilt for choice was excellent

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Mnarani Hotel in Kilifi in September. It was our first time in Kenya and it was a fantastic holiday. Having contacted James from Jawamu Tours beforehand because of his good reviews, he visited us at the hotel the night before we were to go on safari to talk through our itinerary with him and make sure we were good to go. It was absolutely amazing, so well organised, we saw so many animals and couldn’t have been looked after better. The Mnarani was all it claimed to be, we made a friend for life in one of our waiters, Chengo, who took us to his house and village, shared his coconut wine and texted us to check we got home safely after we left. It was a holiday we’ll never forget, thank you James and all at Mnarani!
Keeley and Ashley x

Room Tip: We paid a little extra for an ocean view room and it was 100 million per cent worth it. Views to die...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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150 reviews 150 reviews
59 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

While this is not a review of the hotel, we own a house in Kilifi that we visit 6-8 times a year. We do like to go out for a drink, and Mnarani has a stunning bar. However getting in is such a process. I do understand security processes need to be followed, but the guards have to ring reception to see if we can go in, then we are told we can only have drinks and no food (written on the security slip), you have to get the slip signed and stamped by reception and so on.

Mnarani needs to be more welcoming to non-resident guests.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Stayed here just before Christmas and was very impressed. The hotel is relatively small but very friendly. The staff are a great asset and very friendly, always remembering your name etc. If you have any problems the management are always on hand and nothing seemed too much trouble for them. The beach is on the creek but there is a short walk when the tide is out to get to the ocean. The creek is ideal though for the water sports. The infinity pool is fabulous with plenty of shade and staff constantly looking after your drinks needs. If you want a lively place this is probably not for you but if you want to relax and chill this is it. We stayed in a pool view room and although these were slightly older than some thought the upgrade was good value. We did choose a taxi transfer and this ensured a quicker and less messy experience

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

As confirmed by most of the reviews already written, this is an outstanding gem of a hotel situated in beautiful grounds with well kept gardens, a small private beach, infinity pool and wonderful views of the creek. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The room was basic and comfortable (Not that we spent much time in it) Thank you to David for my daily Swahili lesson and for keeping our room perfect including the beautiful flower displays. The managers are welcoming and friendly, engaging with everyone in the evening. The food was of a good standard with a large choice including fresh vegetables from their own allotment and if you are a fussy eater the breakfast and the daily soup was perfect. This hotel is quiet and friendly as stated and for late nights expect to see only a handful of people at the bar. Thank you to Nixon, Harrison and all the bar staff who were friendly and attentive. The animation team worked hard during the day to involve the sunbed huggers in activities, but they were not pushy and were always friendly. The 2 hour bus journey from the airport was a sightseeing experience ( and the return check in at Mombasa was a very long process - not the hotels fault). My only negative for the hotel (from my personal perspective and maybe not others) was the amount of families accessing day passes and using the hotel. As a person who usually avoids school holidays, at times the pool area was busy and noisy from the extra visitors.
Prior to our stay we booked a safari with JT Safaris through their web site/email and this was an experience that I will never forget. We had our own driver Ken and a 4x4 vehicle. Ken was very knowledgeable and made our experience so good throughout the 4 day safari. Thank you Ken. I am so pleased we did not book a Thomsons option in a 2 wheel drive vehicle with 6 people.

Thank you JT and thank you Hank, Elma and Sean and all your staff ( too many to name) for a memorable Christmas holiday.

Room Tip: We had creek room number 20 with a good creek/sea view.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: B 8, Kilifi, Kilifi, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Kilifi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Kilifi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mnarani Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the cliffs of Kilifi Creek, just where the creek meets and merges with the Indian Ocean, Mnarani provides perfectly for the beach and turquoise ocean under one foot and the activity and adventure of creek-life under the other. Kilifi lives and breathes the gentle sea breeze, at the edge of the ocean, between Malindi and Mombasa. Set in 40 acres of landscaped tropical garden, fragranced by Frangipani blossoms and balmy ocean breezes, Mnarani is an idyllic retreat and holiday destination. Mnarani offers you the true African experience with excellent service always offered with a smile. Explore the coast north of Mombasa and take advantage of the brilliant diving and sailing opportunities. Daily entertainment and fine cuisine complete your fun filled days and make for an excellent holiday for the whole family. ... more   less 
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Mnarani Hotel Kilifi

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