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“Great hotel, great value, very close to the beach.” 5 of 5 stars
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Galu Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Diani Beach Road, Galu Beach | P.O. Box 5098, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya   |  
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“Great hotel, great value, very close to the beach.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Galu Inn is an excellent hotel, located just a short walk away from the beautiful Galu Beach, with rooms a fraction of the cost of those just 50m nearer the beach. The hotel serves great food at reasonable prices, the rooms are modern, well-maintained and spacious, and the staff are very friendly. In addition, the hotel offers a spa and swimming pool.
Like most hotels in the area, the reception staff can organize day trips to local attractions for reasonable prices.
Galu Beach itself is a more relaxing alternative to Diani Beach, so where Galu beach loses in thriving nightlife, it more than makes up for in serenity, although a few bars and restaurants are to be found in the near vicinity, and a supermarket is nearby.
Ultimately, Galu Inn is a great budget option for couples, families and friends, who want a stay at the beach without the drawbacks of being in a big beach resort, but still want to be near some excellent nightlife.
Galu Inn - your website photographs don't do this place justice!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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KIMAITom, Manager at Galu Inn, responded to this review, December 7, 2013
Dear Simon

Thank you for staying at Galu Inn during your recent visit ans also for your feedback.

I am happy that our product and services matched your expectations.

I look forward to welcome you back to Galu Inn

Kind Regards
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Nairobi, Kenya
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We stayed at the galu over Christmas 2012 for 6 days and found the place really comfortable, pleasent staff who sometimes know the real meaning of pole pole but hey if there is no rush don't worry.
The location on the southern end of Diani beach is perfect if you don't want a beach front hotel or don't want to spend on one, basically it's on the second row and access to the beach is a 10 minute stroll or a very short drive, it's a public beach and as every km of beach is down there it is beautiful, we didn't get too much hassle from beach boys and there were not too many of them around.
The accommodation was recently built so most things still work, the rooms are not big but enough for the two of us, AC worked well and a ceiling fan as well, with a small fridge and a kettle etc although the coffee provided was a little stale, thankfully I always take my own anyways. The dining area lacked a bit of character and we only took breakfast in there which was fine for the standard of hotel, if you want dinner there are many many great places to eat on the beach, so you can spend some of the cash you saved on the accommodation!
The hotel is close to all the local amenities so if you are not familier with the area it's not a problem just go out the gate turn left and drive up the main road you will find everything you need within a few kms.

All in all a pleasent stay, we were very comfortable with the hotel, the service and the staff, so yes would definately return and will.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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KIMAITom, Manager at Galu Inn, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Jambo !! greetings from Galu Inn,we thank you for your review and are pleased to note that you are happy about our services and product.

We look forward to your next visit

Kind Regards
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Lagos, Nigeria
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36 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for six nights over the Christmas period. For a Kenyan coast holiday you can either stay in one of the many resorts directly on the beach, or take the cheaper option of accommodation not on the beach but nearby with easy access. A number of the resorts allow non residents to use the beach, so the cheaper option can work well.

Galu Inn caters for those wanting an affordable holiday on the coast who don't mind the lack of direct beach access. I was disappointed though, after the many good reviews I had read that made us decide to choose this place. There was a problem with the hot water which was not fixed for the duration of our stay, and we had only one day with a decent hot shower. Also the shower head splashed water all over the small bathroom, and nothing was done about it despite our complaint. The sink did not drain properly.

Also there could be more effort made to provide some extra facilities that would make the place feel less dorm-like: an outside bar with some music, some gym equipment, a basic business centre. Even if just a PC and printer. The manager Tom did say they were working towards a rooftop bar in 2013 though. However they do have a lovely pool and a mini spa offering beauty treatments; I had a lovely massage.

The positives were the staff were very helpful and friendly, and provided ready assistance with taxi arrangements. The menu was not extensive but the food was good.They also packed us a hearty breakfast for our early morning safari departure. However I felt the staff should have been more knowledgeable about local attractions and amenities, e.g when we asked for a forex bureau nearby, they were not aware there was one, it was our taxi driver that told us about one just up the road in the nearby shopping centre.

On our travels we have usually found that with a small cosy facility such as this, the owner's presence is felt at some point to give it a more personal touch. This was lacking at Galu Inn, and so it felt a bit like a dormitory where one just came back to sleep and catch breakfast before heading out for the day. More could be done to make it a place where one wants to spend time and chill out on holiday, on the days where you aren't heading for the beach, on safari or local attractions.

Room Tip: Avoid room 101! It's closest to reception and you need to be careful of your privacy when openin...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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KIMAITom, Manager at Galu Inn, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Dear City Sampler,

Thank you for staying at Galu Inn and also for your feedback.

Kindly accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused by lack of adequate hot water
during your recent stay, the challenge has since been rectified.

I have also noted points raised regarding additional facilities and product knowledge
of our staff.

Finally we look forward to welcoming you back to Galu Inn and thank you for affording us an opportunity to restore your faith in our services and product.

Kind Regards
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Epping, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Fantastic
Quality of this hotel build is second to none. Clean modern super food very friendly staff inexpensive.The 5 min walk to beach was highlight of day. Fabulous quiet unspoilt beach -usually saw only one or two other people on our daily two hour beach visit.

Beds large spotless and comfy, Pool beautiful,Very quiet secluded hotel with access to visit organic farm attached.
Cant wait to go back

Room Tip: 101 nearest pool restuarant entrance but no view.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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KIMAITom, Manager at Galu Inn, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Dear Neil,

Thank you for staying at Galu Inn and also for your valued feedback.

I am delighted that our services and product matched your expectations.

We look forward to welcome you back to Galu Inn.

Kind Regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

I just travelled through Ethiopia and Nyali beach before ending up here. This is a really nice spot. It is not on the water so you have to walk across the street or go somewhere else for ocean but all the restraints are on the beach and you will most likely hang out in one all day anyway. I say this because you will save 60-75% per night staying at gallu so the rest of your budget can be used at the better resteraunts. Anyway.. Easily the nicest stay I have had for the price. I will take a pic from where I am sitting now in breakfast room.

Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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KIMAITom, Manager at Galu Inn, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
6th December 2012,

Dear James S

We thank you for staying at Galu Inn and for your review dated 02nd December 2012

We thank you for staying at Galu Inn and also for your compliments

We look forward to your next visit.

Kind Regards
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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

i stayed at Galu on September with girlfreind and it is an amazing,clean,well organized hotel the staff are great and they offer good service.rooms are sparkling clean fitted with ceiling fan and air condition,a safe and a big tv with many channels.we even had a chance to have our beef burger prepared the manager.that was awesome.the pool is very clean too

i highly recommend galu inn,keep up the spirit.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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KIMAITom, Manager at Galu Inn, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Dear Robinson,

We thank you for staying at Galu Inn and for your review dated 13th October 2012

Staff and Management have been informed of your compliments, and we thanking you
for your commendation.

We look forward to your next visit.

Kind Regards
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We had a fantastic time at this hotel & i would highly recommend it. Everywhere is spotless & the rooms have everything you need including a ceiling fan & air conditioning. The bathrooms have a shower & bath which is quite a rareity when abroad. There are TV's & safes in every room too. The staff were so friendly & nothing was too much trouble. The pool was kept clean & was a great way to relax & cool down. For those that like a bit of pampering, the hotel also has a beauty treatment room & we highly recommend the back massage! Diani is very spread out so you cant really walk from bar to bar but the matatu's pick up from outside the hotel & this is an experience in itself! The beach is beautiful & spreads out for miles! Getting back to the hotel, if in Diani again,we would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KIMAITom, Manager at Galu Inn, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Dear Kirsty

Thank you for staying at Galu Inn and for taking time to write a review of your stay on Tripadvisor.

We are thrilled that you enjoyed every aspect of your stay and that you found the services friendly.

Staff and Management will be informed of your compliments.

We look forward to your next visit at Galu Inn

Best Wishes

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Address: Diani Beach Road, Galu Beach | P.O. Box 5098, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 32 Hotels in Diani Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Galu Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A chic & charming lodge located in the heart of Diani 's vibrant eatery and shopping scene, a two minute stroll across the road from the pristine white sand Galu Beach. Our value-oriented accommodation integrates contemporary design and modern facilities, with traditional Kenyan hospitality, providing a delightful getaway for both business and leisure travellers alike. Karibu! ... more   less 
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