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Hemingways Watamu

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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I spent 4 days at Hemingways towards end of August 2013. Everything was excellent , top of the list is the Service, food and the sundowner Dhow. A great place to stay with a loved one. The Marine park is awesome as well

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1 Thank Vmilewa
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I can't fault Hemingways. From arrival to departure (I spent a week there in August for my wedding) every member of staff went above and beyond to ensure that our stay was perfect. The rooms were lovely, the food plentiful and the service 5*. I hoped the wedding at Hemingways would be amazing but what I got was a truly... More 

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Thank Lisa W
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2013

Really liked staying at hemingways. Very quiet and yet it has everything for a good break. Great food. Superb service and friendly staff- always smiling and ready to help. The pastry chef- very very good . Would recommend this to anyone wanting a slice of the Kenyan coast with very good ambience, service, food etc. etc, etc.

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1 Thank Archana P
Leicester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2013

Hemingways was a huge disappointment. Without doubt a glorious location and once, in the midst of time, this hotel was probably a fine establishment. However decades of under investment has left it a shadow of any luxury hotel it may have once been. The staff are very friendly and the general manager, Melinda, keeps this Titanic on the waves as... More 

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5 Thank Dominic G
Llanarthney, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 23 August 2013

We cannot praise Hemmingways, Watamu, enough for the wonderful week we recently spent there celebrating our daughter, Lisa's, wedding to Richard. Everybody at Hemmingways went out of their way to give us a truly memorable and very happy time. The wedding was organised by Agnes at Hemmingways Fishing Centre who was fantastic. Agnes was professional, calm, un-flappable and friendly. Her... More 

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Thank AnneYnyslas
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2013

It is difficult to know how this can be included as one of the best small luxury hotels of the world. It is so far away from that description that it is ridiculous. Our room had damp on the walls and the smell that goes with it. The windows were smeared where they had not been properly cleaned, the phone... More 

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4 Thank Loubreak
Hemingways C, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Loubreak, We are very sorry that we did not have the chance to show you all that we are able to offer to our clients as you choose to leave the hotel within an hour of your arrival. August on the coast is the middle of our lowest season. We set an extremely low room rate at this time... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 6 August 2013

We stayed here after a 7 day Safari and what a visit we had. We cannot thank the staff enough for being so friendly, helpful and giving us a great time. To many to name but George(hotel), George(pool), Hudson hope you got some tuna) and the lady in charge of the fishing/travel department we really brilliant and went beyond the... More 

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Thank Clive T
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2013

Walking into Hemingways is like walking into the tired and uninspiring hotels in old British seaside resorts. You notice the sign on the wall saying when the hotel opened in the 80s. I suspect nothing has changed since. The rooms are functional and would be fine for a single night on a business trip, not for a supposed luxury break... More 

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Thank PJR82
Hemingways C, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

We are truly sorry that your intention to stay with us was cut short since we did not meet your expectation, thus you decided to check out on the same day as you arrived. We would have appreciated the chance to show you that our service and staff are of the Hemingways standard despite the less than beautiful beaches we... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2013

This is one of the best hotels in the Kenyan coast. Having stayed in most hotels in the Mombasa North coast, none compares to Hemingways, very friendly staff, Om who is one of the managers constantly ensured our group (we were more than 10) was always comfortable. Everyone loved their rooms but i still believe mine was the best, it... More 

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Thank Limmo K
Hemingways C, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Limmo, We are glad you had a wonderful stay with us. We have passed your kind words to the team, and look forward to hosting you again soon. More 

Brussels, Belgium
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105 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2013

What make an hotel a place of excellence, reason of its 5*, is not only the high quality of its public areas, rooms, services and products; but more important, to keep these high standards in both low and peak seasons ... And there you really figure out the level of exclusivity ... I thought slh understood it, Well not all... More 

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1 Thank Nekeltje
Hemingways C, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Nekeltje, Thank you so much for your feedback and we have noted your every sentiment. Confirmation of room: Thank you for your comments which are much appreciated as it is only with feedback that we are able to improve. We are truly sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us. We are extremely sorry if there has... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
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  • Room Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
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 

Additional Information about Hemingways Watamu

Address: P.O. Box 267, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Hotel Class:4 star — Hemingways Watamu 4*
Number of rooms: 74
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Also Known As:
Hemingways Hotel Watamu
Hemingways Hotel Malindi
Hemingways Resort Malindi
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Watamu
#7 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#9 Spa Hotel in Watamu
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
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