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Hemingways Watamu

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Gwynn Oak, Maryland
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12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view of the ocean from my room was absolutely amazing! Eating breakfast while watching the waves was absolutely amazing! I can not wait to return to this place. It's the perfect getaway even if it's for a weekend!

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hemingways Watamu made me fall in love with Watamu. Not sure I can holiday in Mombasa again after this. The weather was perfect, food was great (and so much), loved the dolphin watching, snorkeling, catch-of-the-day eating. I'm not one to run around when holidaying but there was plenty to do here. The manager was also very pleasant.

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Thank wamuyu
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We stayed in Hemingways in April, 2016. Our room was located next to the ocean hence we enjoyed an amazing view. Their view is breathtaking. The hotel has two beautiful pools (though the pool water is salty) with a restaurant and a bar well placed near the pools. The rooms are excellent and quite modern. Mind you, I passed by... More 

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Thank Kamunge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

I was here for a wedding and extended for the weekend. It's An amazing place for couples, the setting- restaurant and bar are well placed with variety to keep you having a great time at the hotel. It's great for a wedding the immaculate gardens and beach provide for an ideal photo shoot. The rooms are very modern which is... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

I traveled to Watamu for the first time alone and i didn't know where to stay. The taxi driver recommended Hemingway's to me and he wasn't wrong! I was on business trip and my days went on well. The rooms are incredible, service quality and staff very hardworking. Beautiful experience.

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Thank kennypietro
WatamuMel, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Kennypietro, Thank you very much for your kind review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Please do let us know when you would like to return and we look forward to having you back with us in the future. Sincerely, Melinda Rees More 

Tallinn, Estonia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

We stayed in Hemingways in January 2015. Renovated part of the hotel was closed, so they accommodated us in older rooms, which were built in 1990's. You pay for 5 star hotel and your room is like from 1990's. It's ridiculous. Service was OK, but nothing good. Shower pressure wasn't there. Food was terrible, we complained about it to manager... More 

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WatamuMel, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Good morning and thank you for taking the time to put up a review for us. I am sorry that you did not enjoy your time with us but wanted to let you know what has been happening here since your stay 15 months ago. We are currently closed as we are undertaking a large renovation of the entire hotel.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

Hemingway's is a beautiful resort! Some of the most friendly staff I have ever experienced and the Manager was really helpful. If I could rate again I would. Lovely place to visit. Will definitely be back!

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Thank David T
WatamuMel, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear David T., Thank you very much for your review, it is most appreciated and we are truly delighted that you enjoyed your holiday with us. We very much look forward to having you back with us in the future. All the very best, Melinda More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

Aah... Hemingways! Love, love, love. The service, the class, the new wing, the attention to detail, the FOOD! We visited as a group of 4 adults and 3 toddlers. Nothing asked was too much for the Hemingways staff. Ultra efficient, polite and accommodating. The rooms in the new wings were lovely and the salt water pools a welcome change. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

I finally got an opportunity to visit Hemingways after 15 years of attempts. Thanks to Kenya Tourism Board hosting me on the niche media Famil. Hemingways is an iconic resort that I like to place in the same type of category as the Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe. Our host at the resort explained that there are major renovations and... More 

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Thank Wayne S
Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

The beach and pool area are lovely and a pleasure to enjoy. The staff is attentive. It is a good choice if you are looking for a solid mid-range value hotel but I wouldn't expect to be woo'd with luxury. The property and the food definitely need some updating. We booked a deluxe double, which based on the photos for... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Room Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hemingways is nestled on one of the world's top ten beaches and few places can compare for relaxation. Every one of our 74 rooms offers an views of the ocean and the endless white sands of of the Watamu Marine Park. Gentle sea breezes tame the hot equatorial sun keeping the tropical landscape surrounding the gardens, pools and terraces cool and comfortable. Simple yet luxurious this very personal hotel has tradtional thatched roofs, white washed walls and uses bright local materials for decor and furnishings. Friendly helpful service in a relaxed and elegant setting where mobile phones are silent and stress has no place. Our chefs make the best possible use of the abundant offerings of the Indian Ocean, the delicious organic meats and an abundance of home grown fruits and vegetables from our farms. Special diets are happily catered for; let us know what you need. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hemingways Watamu

Address: P.O. Box 267, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Hotel Class:4 star — Hemingways Watamu 4*
Number of rooms: 74
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Also Known As:
Hemingways Hotel Watamu
Hemingways Hotel Malindi
Hemingways Resort Malindi
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Watamu
#6 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#9 Spa Hotel in Watamu
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
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