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Bamburi Beach Hotel
Ranked #9 of 58 Hotels in Mombasa
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed at Bamburi Beach hotel in July 2013 for 11 days. All in all we loved our stay. Even though the hotel is rated ***, many of its facilities and aspects would deserve ****. Rooms are quite basic, but very clean and cleaned every day. You can get a mosquito net upon request (even though on coast the danger of malaria is rather low). The pool area is amazing, just like the restaurant. We had all inclusive plan and the meals were great - the choice was very rich, there was something for everybody. Waiters and all the staff were extremely polite and helpfull. The hotel is located right on the beach, which is great. The beach is beautiful, even though we didn't enjoy it as much as we wanted to. First of all, you can't lie on the beach, you have to lie on the sun terrace of the hotel or by the pool. The beach is full of sellers - "beach boys" - and their stalls and "offices". This was a real disadvantage as we don't like to lie by the pool and definitely prefer beach. Also, make sure to check what time is low tide and high tide during the period for which you plan your trip. The low tide in Bamburi is really very low - the water disappears more than a kilometr away and it is impossible to swim in the ocean during low tide as it is really far away and you can get to it only through tons of sea grass, which is quite unpleasant, so we gave it up after a few trials. When we were in Bamburi (beginning of July), the ocean started to disappear around 11 am and it didn't come back until 4 pm, so all in all we didn't enjoy the ocean too much, because for the majority of the day it was gone, which we really regretted. Also, as there is winter in June in Kenya, it was dark quite early (around 7 pm) and about around 5 pm it was time to leave the pool as the wind was starting to blow and it was getting quite cold.

Even though we were very disappointed by the impossibility to properly enjoy the ocean, we really loved our stay in Kenya, there is so much to do and so much to explore. If you come to Kenya, please make sure you leave the hotel and you see the real Kenya! We were really shocked that the majority of other guests was basically just staying around the pool, not leaving the hotel, even not going for a walk along the beach! Yes, you need to be cautious as the safety situation in Kenya is not perfect, on the other hand it should not prevent you from seeing something more than just the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We had an enjoyable stay at Bamburi Beach Hotel. The staff especially is very friendly; everybody was so warm and friendly. Everybody seemed to know what to do in a beautiful synchronized manner. And I would like to mention especially Hassan the manager, he is very helpful and always there for your requests,. The food was excellent. We tried both the restaurants - fisherman cave and Karibu - for lunch and they were great. The rooms are very well appointed. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Uddingston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Stayed at the Bamburi beach at the end of June. The hotel is a bit tired looking but the hotel staff more than made up for it. Merci was so bubbly and full of fun All the staff were great they made time to come and talk to you from the manager to the waiters. Food was good especially if you were vegetarian. I didn't feel comfortable going on to the beach because of the beach boys, I know they are only trying to make a living The animation team were a lovely bunch of young people, and done their best to get everyone to join in the activities

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Good spot right on the beach. Rooms are small and outdated, as are the beds and bathroom. Wifi €3,50 per hour(!) in main area only. Service is friendly. Overall too pricy for the quality of the place.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This hotel, its staff and Manager Charles is the best. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I have been here many times now and cannot fault it.

I can fault First Chaoice though for not including this any more in their holidays.,

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

we stayed there for 5 nights and they were amazing, the staff very friendly , animation team great with the children the food abit off I thought it needed more but what they had was served well.otherwise we can't wait for next year .mary reservations desk was really helpful with the booking.please keep up with the great job you're doing

  • Stayed August 2013
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

We had booked our safari/beach holiday for ages. I knew the hotel wasn't a 5 star resort so was prepared for anything (most things anyway) Took forever to get checked in, around an hour and a half. We were put in an awful room, which wasn't overly clean for the first few nights but didn't want to complain as we were off on safari in a few days. Once back, we were given a lot better room, still not amazing but good for a 3 star. The food was average and quite samey. But they have a restaurant onsite and for just over a tenner you get some amazing food! And would recommend it highly. I did however find the prostitutes in the hotel some what off putting, male and female. And the hotel willingly let this happen. Most of the staff were incredible. They made my stay at the hotel better than it was, always up for a laugh. Entertainment was cheesy but if you could consume the local wine, you put up with it. I did have a massage which was very good but expensive. Also had my hair braided. The girls were lovely in the beauty salon.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bamburi Beach Hotel
Address: Malindi Road, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Mombasa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Mombasa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bamburi Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This warm and friendly hotel welcomes guests with a distinctly African vibe and a fantastic view of the Indian Ocean! The spacious and comfortable vibrant deluxe rooms have a TV, Coffee and Tea making facilities, safe (chargeable) and mini fridge to ensure you can relax and enjoy, in air conditioned comfort with quiet, split unit air conditioners or on the terrace with a spectacular view and a cool Indian Ocean breeze. The ocean deck edges onto the ocean and offers a relaxing atmosphere during the day enjoying a sunbath with a terrific view of the ocean! Whether you come to the Bamburi Beach Hotel to relax or to use it as a starting point for your game drives, we do everything we can to ensure your comfort. ... more   less 
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