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“Good food”
Review of Hemingways Watamu

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Hemingways Watamu
Ranked #19 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Nairobi, Kenya
Level Contributor
53 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good food”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

unlike most reviewers, my family and I just had the opportunity to patron this place for a lunch time meal and a boat ride. The food was well done and the service was great! You get a feeling that you are not just another customer who has walked in the door as the staff pay attention to you despite having other people around. Our children were well taken care off and the meals were served quickly. The view of the ocean was wonderful and staff made arrangements for us to take a boat ride on a glass bottomed boat for some snorkelling - this was great for hinterland folk like us. It was a memorable visit!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Fred K, Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Dear Masukuma,

Every customer is treated with the utmost care and reverence and we are glad you felt special. Perhaps next time you will have a chance to stay longer with us? We would love that. Welcome again, hopefully soon...
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Nairobi, Kenya
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2014

Rooms are beautiful facing the sea. Beautiful ambience. Good food and service. Very friendly staff and will definitely go back there for a holiday.
Keep up with the good service. No beach boys to bother the best part of the holiday.

Room Tip: Deluxe room facing sea front, left of the lobby
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Thank Behal
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Fred K, Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Dear Behal,

Much obliged for the wonderful review. We look forward to hosting you again for a similar, if not better experience the next time you come around. And we will indeed keep up with the good service!
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Newtown, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed April 11, 2014

We just spent a week at Hemingways and can honestly say this was one of the best hotels I have stayed in. The location right on the beach was breathtakingly beautiful and the staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Prices were very reasonable considering the luxury of the hotel and the food was wonderful, especially the fish caught daily from the ocean. Word of advice take plenty of Sun Protection!

Room Tip: All rooms face the beach!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Emma M
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Fred K, Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review, April 21, 2014
Dear Emma,

The fresh fish is indeed a delicacy and we are pleased that you found it so, and enjoyed the scenery. Next time you need relaxation, good food and great service (as you aptly put it) please do think of us again. Welcome again Emma!
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leicester
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 4, 2014

A very well run hotel overlooking an idyllic white sand and palm tree beech. We loved the comfort and ambiance, but particularly the attention to detail and the enthusiasm and friendliness of all the staff. Some have criticised the house rules, but we liked them as they ensured that we could fully enjoy our stay without being disturbed by loud mobile phone conversations and inconsiderate smokers.The food and wine were excellent and I have never seen another hotel with such impressive floral displays.We did not attempt the deep sea fishing for which the hotel is rightly famous. We did however do all the hotel's other organised trips (Gedi ruins, Arabuko-Sokoke Park, Snorkeling, Sundowner Dhow Cruise and Malindi shopping) They were all enjoyable, either complimentary or good value and well worth doing. Even for us as non fishers, it was amazing to see the record weight Blue Marlin (1062 lb) brought ashore on one day.My wife said that she had rarely had such a good massage, and also had two excellent manicures.The General Manager Melinda and Rooms Manager George run a tight but very happy ship.It is hardly surprising that we met so many other guests who have been repeat visitors for many years!

Room Tip: The Deluxe rooms on the first floor of the North Block were refurbished recently. They are very comf...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Fred K, E-Commerce Executive at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Dear Leicester,

Thank you very much for your kind review. It gives us great satisfaction that you enjoyed your stay with us. We would be delighted to host you again!
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

Hemingways provide everything you need when you stay with them. The service is excellent with friendly, attentive staff who always greet you with a warm smile. We were travelling with our six month old and the attention we received was fantastic - right down to the rubber duck in the bath on arrival. We stayed in the spacious Papa suite with views of the ocean. The room was serviced to an impeccable standard. We couldn't rate Hemingways highly enough - you must, must, must stay here!

Stayed April 2014
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Thank Roger N
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Fred K, E-Commerce Executive at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Dear Roger,

As you rightly stated, It's the details that make the difference. We are excited that the effort we put into detail culminated in giving you a great experience. We shall continue striving to be better so as to make your next stay one that will evoke wonderful memories for a lifetime. Welcome again!
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Johannesburg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2014

We spent a long weekend at Hemingways in March. The setting is fabulous, the snorkeling great and dolphin watching an added extra. The rooms are well appointed with good firm beds - the mosquito net however would not have stopped a blind one winged mozzy - a good three inch gap between the floor and the net. The staff were cordial and the water sports well organised. Food and menu was disappointing.

Only complaint would be the rules - long trousers for dinner, no mobile phones signs everywhere. Perhaps this is why the average age of the guests was around 70, and the internet connection so poor..

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Banking0nlife
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Awesome as ever. This was our honeymoon hotel in feb 2007. Brought our two daughters for lunch while on holiday at Whitesands. Did notice a lot of changes. The food is still as good as then. The staff are very professional. Shame we didn't get to see Chef Omar and our best waiter George.
Overall, even though we didn't spend the night, we had a good day spent with the girls as they enjoyed the good food and awesome beach and even got to see a marlin brought in for weigh in after a fishing trip. We will be back this time to stay. Regards to Gary Cullen.

Stayed March 2014
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Thank jagem
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Fred K, E-Commerce Executive at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Dear Jagem,

It was very nice of you to drop by for lunch. It gives us pleasure to note that you found our service as excellent as it was during your last stay. Chef Omar and George will probably be around on your next visit and will be thrilled to host you again. You are most welcome to stay longer with us next time.
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Property: Hemingways Watamu
Address: P.O. Box 267, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Watamu
#7 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#10 Spa Hotel in Watamu
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Hotel Class:5 star — Hemingways Watamu 5*
Number of rooms: 74
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 
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Hemingways Hotel Watamu
Hemingways Hotel Malindi
Hemingways Resort Malindi

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