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.
- 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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