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Backpacker's Nirvana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Home away from home”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

It's a super place to stay at pocket friendly prices.plus Lesley and the staff are really friendly and accomodating.- will certainly be going back at the very least for the "special cocktail" and to work on getting diego to like me:)

  • Stayed February 2012
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Lesley_kenyabeds, Owner at Backpacker's Nirvana, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Welcome back anytime sweets - Nirvana misses you. If only I had permission to post the videos!!:-)
Hugs x & thanks:-)
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 30, 2012

Big YES from me. Where do I begin- The vibe is perfect, relaxed, chilled, nice people, and very clean. The staff are very friendly and the owner Miss Lesley and staff member Charity ,make it even more special. Nirvana's is located right next to the beach and not to far from the main town. After travelling in Africa for some time, I needed a place and space just like this.

The coctails are AMAZING- Very cheap and BLODDY DEADLY. The breakfast is toooo nice as it made me want seconds and thirds. I actually only planned to stay for 2 days which turned into a week. So if you ask me, get your self to Nirvana. Miss you!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Malindi, Kenya
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

I'm living in Malindi but going often to Mombasa. I'm use to consider Nirvana my home in Mombasa. That's because Lesley (the owner) and the wonderful staff are making me feel at home.
Nirvana is absolutely safe...I'm use to leave my things around because there is no risk in the house but, for those who prefer, there is also a safe box.
Of course no drugs around...only beers are allowed in Nirvana!
All the people I met there are nice and friendly. Privacy and relax is respected. The Nirvana's staff is really working to make you fell confortable.

Just come to Nirvana and enjoy the atmosphere of the place!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Nairobi
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

I'm working in Nairobi since January and I the two times I went to Mombasa, I stayed with the Backpacker Nirvana. Its a really nice, homely place. Besides that, owner/globetrotter Lesly and manager/maid Charity will make you feel at home. The people that I met there were virtually all interesting, cool, fun and smart people. They're the kind that you really want to stay in touch with after leaving.

Don't underestimate the beauty of the beach, or the luxury of being able to just walk there in 3 minutes if you want to catch the last rays of sun for a quick swim.

The Nirvana has a no-drugs policy, which I personally disagree with, but it helps ensure that people behave cool and that the place is safe. Which both is definately the case. Also, shisha (hookah) on the rooftop and cool beer in the fridge makes for plenty of legal pleasure.

I'm looking forward to my next trip to Mombasa to a good extent because I know where I'll stay.

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Room Tip: If you sleep on the roof, apply mosquito spray liberally and be sure not to sleep close to the net.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

A very very enjoyable, truly awesome experience. Meet Lesley, the most helpful, interesting and admirable person who runs the place. And meet the crew who keeps the nirvana the most comfortable place to be, and even fixes the best breakfast. They are the nicest people you will ever meet. The whole atmosphere is just relaxed and peaceful. I felt so comfortable to the point that I passed out on the main floor one night. This place beats 5 star hotels. Bring Kenya Cane one of the nights you're there and make her smile. lol

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

The most important factor that makes a great hostel is connecting with other backpackers. This place attracts a really fun, intelligent, and diverse crowd. The setup is perfect for meeting the other guests. The house is big and has a lot of common areas including the TV room, entire first floor, and the rooftop. Leslie, the owner, will reliably invite everyone out to somewhere fun or the beach. All of this makes for a cozy environment that encourages people to get to know each other and party.

The other plus factor is that once you've paid for the room, everything else is included. The other backpacker's place in Mombasa squeezes you for every small predictable item, driving up the cost of a stay about 50% more on top of the room. The breakfast, wireless Internet, and water comes with the room.

Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Tannum Sands, Australia
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

when I arrived at Nirvana Backpackers I was booked in for 1 night. 12 nights later, I still didn't want to leave! this was a home away from home and a simply unforgettable experience! you become part of this great little family of explorers, perhaps because you're staying in a cosy little house setting but more because the staff are just so incredibly warm and friendly! Leslie the host is an awesome Jordy chick who comes across like just another guest and will do anything to get all her guests included in every social gig! i can't yet look at my photo's from Nirvana; they make me miss the place too much :( . honestly, this place is unmissable!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Backpacker's Nirvana

Property: Backpacker's Nirvana
Address: Off Mount Kenya Road | Mombasa Beach, Mombasa 00606, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Mombasa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Mombasa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mombasa's highest rated Backpackers & second to hit NYALI BEACH, Mombasa - is RELOCATING AUGUST 2014 TO OUR NEW BEACH HOUSE. We are the ONLY backpackers hostel on the coast designed with traditional African decor, Freebies in your rate, awesome staff on-site for ALL your needs and highly secured location for your safety. Free Breakfast (Omelette/Toast), Free Internet, 24 hours access to kitchen, shower and TV room, DVD & Books Library, No curfew, private gate to the beach...We are the Only hostel in Mombasa with a working guest kitchen / fridge facilities - at no extra charge (except for campers - please ask for more info). You have access to all of Lesley's appliances, gas cooker/oven, shared fridge and utilities. We have a small menu/snack bar but the idea is that you may pay a little more for our beds, but you live in-house cheaply to your budget! We offer safari packages, snorkeling, day trips, extensive knowledge on Kenya and East Africa - and last but not least, on-site massage, Healing Sessions and African Bush Remedy Detox. Walking distance to all transport for around the coast. 5 Mins drive from supermarket, cafes, restaurants, cinema. 10 Mins from bars/clubs. Take away services available from home, lunch offered and beverages available. Nirvana offers a haven to refresh Body, Mind & Soul with and for unique, mature clientele...Dorm, those on tight budget private rooms (with shared bathroom), camping, private rooms with own bathroom. ... more   less 
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