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Mombasa Backpackers
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
1 review
“A Very Friendly Place to Stay”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

I stayed at Mombasa Backpackers on three separate occasions over a period of a few months while working nearby in Tanzania, and each time was a pleasure. The building is excellent: big enough to provide plenty of spaces for relaxing and hanging out, but not so big as to become bewildering. The verandah is the perfect place to pass a lazy afternoon, and there will be plenty of people to talk to on the lawn in the evening when it cools off. The bathrooms are clean, the TV room is comfortable, and the bar is well stocked with cold drinks.

There are some pretty basic private rooms available, and though there's not much more to these than a bed, this is the sort of place where you'll probably want to spend time sitting in the social areas anyway. Additionally, there are several dorms to choose from, including a converted garage. While at first I laughed at the makeshift dorm on the parking lot, I ended up sleeping there one night during my second stay, and made sure to get a bed there on my third visit: it's well netted against mosquitoes, but open enough to the air that the nights are cool and comfortable in the summer.

The size of the hostel, the disposition of the owner and staff, and the kind of clientele this place attracts all conspire to see that you leave with more friends than you arrived with. While there are some 'career' guests who will stay many months before leaving, each of the three times I came through there were a lot of new faces around. Each time the group had a different sort of 'flavor,' but it was always a good mix of fun and friendly people who were more than willing--eager, in fact--to include the whosoever into both their day plans and nights out.

Mombasa Backpackers is on the north coast, a little bit outside of 'Mombasa Proper,' but it's a quick, cheap, and easy ride on a matatu (minibus) or tuktuk (mot-rickshaw) to see the old town or spice market. On the way into the city center you'll pass some great restaurants and fast food, and Nyali Cinemax (quite a nice place to catch a movie). But there's plenty to do in the immediate neighbourhood too: from the front gate, there's quite a nice beach just a two minute walk in one direction, and there's a superstore (Nakumat) and shopping mall (City Mall) a little more than five minutes in the other.

All in all, I highly recommend Mombasa Backpackers: it's in an awesome hostel filled with friendly people in an excellent neighbourhood. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Great facilities incl. pool. The kitchen serves proper meals, princing is good. Located approching. 7 mins walking from supermarket, 10 mins from Matatu stop into Mombasa (20 mins ride). 24/7 guard. Recommends single occupancy - you get a fan all to yourelf instead of sharing wit 5 others. Friendly staff, big thanx to Nasim and Harrison.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Mombasa Backpackers is like a resort, but low budget. They have a great selection of beer to decent prices, a pool if you fancy a swim in the heat (Beware that they use some chemicals that turn your hair green if you have blond dyed hair. Who said punk was dead, eh?) and a resturant with a good selection of dishes!
The staff is friendly, and if you are the type of backpacker that want to save afew coins and know your way around a bar you just might have the opportunity to work for accomondation!

The commonarea provides afew books you can borrow, but the true highlight is the easygoing enviorment were you easily can meet people and just chillout!

The compound feels safe aswell, they have a guard working night time and can arrange transporation if you care to go out after dark.
Its only a stonethrow away from the beach.

The only downside I can think off is that they dont have a proper sign, so it can be hard to find it the first time. Its a big black gate with the number 69 in white text. :)
If you are going to Mombasa and keen to find a relaxed enviorment with the most bang for the buck you wont be dissapointed!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

We booked to stay at Mombasa Backpackers for two nights on a short break last weekend. We arrived hot and tired in the early afternoon on Saturday having taken the night train from Nairobi and we were pleased that the room was ready for us, that we could order a light lunch and that there was a great selection of cold drinks to cool us down. The atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming and we enjoyed a light (if bland) lunch outside.

After lunch we needed to head for Buccaneers Dive Centre but we weren't sure where it was. Given that we found Mombasa Backpackers through the dive centre website as a partner (you get 10% off your dive if you're staying at MB), we were surprised when not one person could tell us where it was. Eventually we looked it up online and though it turned out it was located at a hotel 15minutes walk down the beach, they still couldn't tell us where to go. Worse, they seemed reluctant to help us find out. In the end we got a tuk tuk to take us.

We went out for dinner but returned to the hostel early ready to crash after our terrible night's sleep on the train. We had a double room and were disappointed. The room clearly wasn't designed as a bedroom; there was a 4ft high window with no glass (just a hung sheet) between us and the corridor, plus no window above the door, so it was the least private room you could find. The bed was huge, but left no room for anything else in the room, and unlike the dorm rooms we saw, there was no ceiling fan, just a manky old pedestal fan. We spent the night hot and plagued by mosquitos despite dousing ourselves in repellent before bed.

The bathrooms were functional but grotty around the edges; the mosquitos loved the permanent dampness, they weren't all that clean and there was damp running up the corner where the shower was that had come through into our room.

In the morning before we went for our dive with Buccaneers (highly recommended), we decided to check out early in favour of something quieter and of better quality. It wasn't hard to find somewhere and the staff didn't seemed bothered that we weren't staying.

We weren't plagued by the noise, and this place would probably be great if you are on your gap year and up for hanging out with self-proclaimed 'alcoholics' and getting up at 2pm. This just didn't suit us.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Clichy, Ile-de-France, France
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

There are this kind of fantastic place which are so cool that they make you cancel a Kenyan safari….even if you're just 250 km away from the park. That place is called Mombasa BackPackers !

After a fews days of work in Nairobi I decided to take some days off to chill-out in a friendly place. Web site looked appealing. I had found my place.
This is a beautiful house with a decent and nice pool with charming garden. TV room is really spacious and comfortable as well if you want to watch movies….
This garden where we had so much fun…..being sit on comfortable seats and sofas, drinking local but also all sort imported beers ( even Leffe brine !) and listening to good music, even dancing sometimes ( later in the night)
Food is good as well with an all day long service. The cooks are always available for making delicious and affordable meals. I highly recommend the Beef Fajitas with homemade guacamole.

There are also some cons. Maybe the windows without curtains will annoy some with heavy sunlight a 6 in the morning. Get a sleeping mask as I did. As I'm french let's be a little picky, the loudness an clearness of the soud system could be much better while listening music in the garden. We still managed to enjoy finding out some new good tunes from backpacker iPods.

Well, now all I'm thinking Is coming back to this place, having drinks in the garden or in the pool with all sort of interesting people ( even the less funny are still allright lol)….maybe next year ! and I'll try to do this Tasvo safari before crashing there, to not get trapped into this piece of casual and friendly paradise once again !

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Kilindoni, Pwani, Tanzania
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

The Mombasa Backpackers is conveniently situated in the hub of Nyali within close access to the beach, shopping centres, restaurants, bars, a 24 hour medical centre, kite surfing and water-sports/diving centre. It is also near to the main road making those trips to old town for some cultural excursions and discoveries effortless.

The food is great value for money and always tasty. I believe the menu is expanding but already I find it perfect. There is a wide variety of choices and the quality of the food is good. Order a chicken stir fry - incredible!
Although, I am not a drinker, my partner is. We were both pleasantly surprised by the wide choice of beers David has on offer. This is undoubtedly the only establishment selling so many international beers under one roof and is a huge hit with everyone.

Some of the reviews mention parties etc, I think the backpacker gives to you what you make out of it. The house is not a huge raving noise 24/7, in fact many evenings everyone is in bed early, watching TV or chilling. I think the ambiance David has created is great, a 'feel free to do as you please' attitude and everyone is extremely friendly.

There are good shower and toilet facilities, free internet and any questions or excursions to be planned, David is happy to help. Great place for a group of friends or a couple, I hope to be back soon. Thanks David!

I had an excellent stay and would not hesitate to go back. The best memories of my holiday are reading under the palm tree's by the pool in their garden.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kwekwe
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

I highlyb recomend this place with it's pleasant "easy-going" atmosphere .
The lovely food, if you are too lazy to cook for yourself, BBQ-nights, great pool and cozy chill-out area.. And don't forget nice chats with well traveled owner and staff.
It is close enough to Mombasa downtown to be in a short time in between a colorful and extrem busy cultur-mix.
And far enough from downtown to enjoy a beautyfull quite beach in walking distance and some quite time.

Back at the relaxing-island Backpacker you can easily chill out from all your travelling without any disturbens.
And besides your guarding for your safety , the 24/7 security guy's are lovely gate-guy's aswell for the backpacker's only.

Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Mombasa Backpackers
Address: # 69 Mwamba Drive | Behind Kenol petrol station on Mtwapa Rd., Mombasa 80100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Mombasa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Mombasa
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only Backpackers in Mombasa, owned and run by Backpackers, has been pleasing the needs of independent travelers since may 2010. We offer dorms/singles/doubles/camping in a relax and chill atmosphere. Swimming pool, kitchen facilities, TV lounge, and chef. Within walking distance to public Transport, Supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and THE BEACH. Great spot to base yourself while Diving or kite-surfing ... more   less 
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