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“Nice cottages close to the beach” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Diani Campsite and Cottages

Diani Campsite and Cottages
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Diani Campsite and Cottages
Opposite Diani Beach Post Office | Tradewinds, Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya   |  
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Berlin
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“Nice cottages close to the beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

The cottages are a good choice to spend some relaxed days at Diani (as far as this is possible since the 'boys' are really stalking you constantly once you step out on the street). Simple but comfortable, good value for the money. The only downside is that the kitchens are not very well equipted. Real cooking is not possible, so we settled for breakfast and very basic pasta dishes. Diani itself would not be my first choice at the Kenyan coast...

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I called the morning before arriving in Diani and sent an e-mail asking if any rooms were available. Originally I wanted to stay at the campsite, but when I learned there was no hot water, my friend and I decided to stay in a cottage for 1,000pp. The next morning we arrived in Diani from Nairobi. Andrew had told me the previous day we won't be able to check in until around 10am. At 8am I spoke with the manager who said a room will be available as soon as someone checks out, probably around 9am, I also asked if there were rooms available the following night and he said there should be. Instead of waiting around, my friend and I decided to explore the town for a little while. When we came back, the manager said to us that honestly they had no rooms available because the people who were suppose to check out didn't, and he couldn't kick them out. So he suggested that we go next door to Diani Banda, which is the same price. When we arrived at Diani Banda, we found the price was not the same it was twice as expensive. So the manager at Diani Campsite lied to us.

So basically we wasted our morning waiting around, only to find there were no rooms available and we had to go somewhere more expensive. Despite being more expensive, Diani Banda is worth it, the owner and staff are much nicer and would never overbook their rooms. I would highly recommend Diani Banda, after we told the owner Diani Campsite told us the prices were the same, she was nice enough to lower her price a little bit :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

i stayed here for a week with three friends last year. we had the two bedroom with a kitchen, and loved it! it was nice to get some groceries and cook in a few nights, rather than having to eat out all the time. there were basic amenities to cook and store food, which was great.

the location was awesome- only about a 3 min walk to the beach. although there aren't seaview rooms or anything like that, you're literally only a few steps from the white sand. the pathway leading to the beach is always dotted with hawkers, but they're friendly. we were in a group of 4 girls, and never felt unsafe or worried in this location. also- there's a salon and massage place right there along the path, we got $5/1 hour massages every day...which is a must! one of my friends also got her hair braided there, too, and it turned out great (make sure you bargain, though, they always start ridiculously high)

no real complaints with the rooms. everything was clean and spacious, easily big enough for all four of us. there's a nice living room area in addition to the kitchen and two rooms, making the whole thing nice and open. all of the rooms, regardless of size, are placed around the pool, which is nice and convenient for everyone. some people i know said it was a problem because everyone would be partying by the pool late into the night, but we never had anything close to that during our quiet stay there. i know there's also a problem with monkey theft at this property, so just keep an eye on all your shiny valuables....and money.

the staff was super friendly. the owner let us keep all of our things in his office, and use it as a room to change and get cleaned up until our bus left late that night (we couldn't stay in our room for an extra fee because it was already booked). he didn't charge us to hold our bags, nor to use his office as our own domain, which was nice. also, i lost my debit card in transit, so it took us a few days to get him all the cash to pay for the room. he was completely understanding, and not pushy about the situation, which was another nice surprise.

i know a lot of people stay at Diani Backpackers, and i've had a lot of friends love their experience there. but, for the trip we did, we found Campsite to be much more up our alley- less partying, closer to the beach, but at a higher price. split between all of us, it wasn't bad, and personally, i'd rather spend more to be near the water than save a few bucks and be half a mile away.

i will definitely be back there!!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights and felt at home in our en suite double with kitchen. There was a problem with the ceiling fan in living room which we reported but nothing was done before we left so it was pretty hot during the day. Also, the mosquito net in the bedroom blocked the air coming from the ceiling fan in there so during hot nights it is not very pleasant. We woke a couple of times during the night to take a shower (cold water only). It was nice to be able to cook and the staff were friendly for the most part. The location is about 200 meters from the beach so there is a lot of foot traffic and some hawkers even harass you while you're in the restaurant.

Room Tip: Ask for the room next to the reception for more privacy and internet access from veranda.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

We loved staying here, we wish we could have stayed longer.

We stayed in cottage number three.
The rooms are just awesome -clean, airy, just really comfortable. We had a huge fridge, which really came in handy. The cottages also have a veranda for relaxing. I am very scared of bugs and crawlies and I really appreciate the fact that the cottages were properly sealed with mesh, so thankfully you don't wake up to find a fat millipede in the bathroom :-) Speaking of the bathroom, they were so clean! You rarely find that in budget accommodation.

The beach is less than two minutes away, and is just so beautiful. The location is so convenient, you can pop down to the beach and then back to the restaurant for a cold beer :-)

We are definitely planning to come back here in December. I would like readers to just be careful when reading reviews on Trip Advisor, I will admit after reading some of the reviews concerning the Campsite, I was skeptical about visiting it however it turned out to be one of the best budget places I've had the pleasure of staying at. So all reviews should be taken with a pinch of salt (",)

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here with a large group. Plumbing doesn't work and toilets don't flush. No hot water and the water trickles out of the shower at best. The Management would say they fixed the issues when you reported them but they never did. Towels and sheets are filthy. They overbooked and kicked us out of our room the last day. Staff is unfriendly. If none of these are a problem for you then enjoy. Location is about 75 yards to the beach.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Andrew B, Guest Relations Manager at Diani Campsite and Cottages, responded to this review, September 3, 2012
We would like to first clarify some matters as depicted here,we do understand the plight of hot water was there at the time but that was in relation to a specific cottage and furthermore was due to a technical fault and given that equipment such as heaters are sourced from Nairobi it may have taken a day or two to fix same applying for the pressure pump but that matter was resolved and all cottages have hot water presently and enough water flowing through.Your remarks about the sheets strikes me as not true as clients sometime demand sheets changed daily and the policy is after every two days.We apologise though for the inconvenience.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Shocked to read other peoples reviews about this campsite as we had a great time! It was very quiet when we were there only us and one other tent, we stayed 4 nights and had no problems. Good location 2 minutes from the beach, the campsite has fridges to use which is always a bonus, and seating areas which is nice, showers are fine, a basic campsite really. The guys helped us put out tents up when we arrived and lent us mattresses and pillows. There is not the highest level of security on the site, fences and gate aren't that high but the security guard at nighttime was so friendly and nice we never felt unsafe, and there is a safe to keep any valuables in. The bar does good food, shows the football and there is a fruit shop 5 minutes walk up the road. We had a great few days laying on the beach!

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Diani Campsite and Cottages

Address: Opposite Diani Beach Post Office | Tradewinds, Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 31 Specialty lodging in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Diani’s Best Kept secret and beauty," a quote we cherish here at Diani Campsite, Winds Bar & Restaurant. Located in Diani Beach. Near The Post office, On your way to the Beach, Diani campsite Winds Bar & restaurant has its kept secret of beach location with ease in accessibility and nearness to the main Shopping Centres in Diani. The Campsite has both Three Bedroom Cottages, Two bedroom cottages, One room Suites and tents for Camping. There is an active bar and restaurant that will offer the extra entertainment communication and Relaxation. Availability of a Broadband wireless internet connection at a fee of kshs 5 per our Clients The very best connectivity for work and home communication. The New Campsite with great capacity and modern camping equipment. Bahari Conference : Good for Meetings and hosting of functions, Kaya Beauty Parlour & Massage, Winds Bar & Restaurant – and The Health Bar. ... more   less 

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