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8 Watamu Marine National Park, B, Watamu 80202 Kenya
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#3 of 42 hotels in Watamu
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Travellers' Choice
Hemingways Watamu is an iconic tropical paradise on the Kenyan coast sitting right in the middle of the pristine Watamu Marine National Park with its idyllic white sand beach and turquoise waters. The exceptional personal service and sincere charm of this established hotel has come to represent Kenyan coastal luxury to so many travellers for close to 30 years. There is so much to do here - learn to kite-surf; get your PADI certificate, take a sunset dhow cruise on Mida Creek, play a round of golf on the nearby world class golf course, Vipingo Ridge; or go on safari for a few days in Tsavo or the Maasai Mara. If that all sounds a little too energetic, relax around the pool with a good book as you work your way through our cocktail menu.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Babysitting
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Snorkelling
Tennis court
Entertainment staff
Fishing
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Salon
24-hour security
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Business
Modern
Languages Spoken
English

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Grade: 61 out of 100
10Restaurantswithin 1 km
1Attractionwithin 1 km
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Mattias L wrote a review 8 Aug
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We stayed a week and a half at Hemingways Watamu and had a fantastic experience. Rooms were very nice, perfectly cleaned and staff super friendly and helpful. They always took extra time to ensure we had a really good visit. Location is also very nice with a beautiful view over the sea and close to marine park and other interesting areas.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Snake farm is very interesting, don’t miss the milking.
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ianntaylor wrote a review 5 Aug
Alderney, United Kingdom52 contributions74 helpful votes
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After 6 fantastic days on safari in Naboisho, Hemingways was absolutely perfect if you want to relax, lay by the pool, read a book, go big game fishing, snorkelling and many more. For us, just chilling out was the way to go on our B&B rate. This gave us the opportunity not only to enjoy the hotels plentiful buffet and their Brasserie menu, but also explore other local eateries. We would thoroughly recommend the Sunset Dhow trip down the creek, where you meet Kenja and his team who spoil you with a great BBQ grilled on the dhow and ample drinks to see the sun go down. If big game fishing is your thing Erastus will happily organise a half or full day out on the hotel boat. Fantastic experience but make sure you have good sea legs if you go in August was it is pretty rough. I caught a barracuda and a dorado which made my day. When we got back, the hotel chef prepared them simply and beautifully and me ate heartily. The F&B staff lead by Nelson are simply delightful and so attentive. Nothing is too much trouble and the daily buffet breakfast is plentiful and excellent. We found the quiet pool to be our preferred choice, but the larger pool looked really inviting too. So to our room, Erastus was kind enough to upgrade us to a 2 bed Ocean View Apartment which was simply wonderful with a huge balcony. The view every morning when you woke up was fantastic. The housekeeping staff cleaned the room twice a day and in the evening spayed the room to keep the mosquitos away as well as putting fresh flowers on your pillows each night. All together a great place to relax and a credit to Victor the GM and all his team. Now I can understand why my father went there time and time again in the 80’s. We’ll be back for sure.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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beckyndegwa wrote a review 5 Aug
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My family and I stayed in their 2 bedroomed apartments. Their standards of cleanliness in the rooms and client service across all levels of staff is exceptional. They had a tasty buffet on all their breakfast and dinner menus during our one week stay. I loved that they also have several pools across their property, hence there was no crowding, not to mention that this amazing hotel sits right on the beach. We LOVED our stay and will definitely be coming back.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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harry1183 wrote a review 1 Aug
Karen, Kenya33 contributions5 helpful votes
We couldn't have asked for more! For the whole weekend, in every aspect, the hotel team were super-accommodating and helpful, the hotel staff were friendly, attentive and focussed and the hotel and location are 1st class.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: They're all great and all ocean-facing!
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Wanjiru wrote a review Jul 2022
Nairobi, Kenya1 contribution
My stay at Hemmingways Watamu was great.! The service in this hotel is amazing.! The rooms are sparkle clean, spacious, well lit and with a stunning view of the ocean. The staff are awesome; very friendly and polite. The restaurant has a panoramic ocean view, the food was super delicious.! I will surely be back.!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Victor M, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Wanjiru, We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your comments and feedback in regards to your most recent stay. We are delighted that your stay with us was an enjoyable one. It is our priority to ensure all our guests leave totally satisfied. Please do let us know when you will next return as it will be a pleasure to welcome you back. Thank you Victor M
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Catherine M wrote a review Jul 2022
1 contribution
Hotel clean, good food, clean pools , not crowded, good customer service, rooms have ocean view, nice showers, housekeeping of the rooms is done twice a day. They should improve the telephone heads. Communication with the reception not clear. Generally the stay was a good stay.Hope to be back soon
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Victor M, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Catherine, Thank you for taking your time to write to us a review on TripAdvisor about your recent stay with Hemingways Watamu. It is with a great pleasure to know that you fully enjoyed every aspect of your stay with us and that you find our food, services and location to your comfort. Your point on the telephone heads is well noted. We look forward in welcoming you back again on your future holidays. Thank you Victor M
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Uri wrote a review Jul 2022
Nairobi, Kenya5 contributions
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This was my second visit to Hemmingways Watamu within a span of four months, this shows how the place won my heart. From the staff, to the rooms, to the service, to the views, everything is perfect. Some of the staff are very attentive and remembered me from my last visit. This is always a go back destination.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Victor M, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Uri, Thank you for taking your time to write to us a review on TripAdvisor about your recent stay with Hemingways Watamu. It is with a great pleasure to know that you fully enjoyed every aspect of your stay with us and that you find our rooms, services and location to your comfort. We will also share your review with our staff who made your stay to be a memorable one. We look forward in welcoming you back again on your future holidays. Thank you Victor M
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zombo j wrote a review Jul 2022
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Excellent rooms, spacious clean and comfortable. Good water,staff are so welcoming no matter which you are. Room service when you need. We had a 7 month old baby and we were assisted whenever we needed something. If you plan to visit watamu then Hemingway is the place to be
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Victor M, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Zombo, Thank you for taking your time to write to us a review on TripAdvisor about your recent stay with Hemingways Watamu. It is with a great pleasure to know that you fully enjoyed every aspect of your stay with us and that you find our rooms, services and location to your comfort. We are glad also to hear that you got all assistance you needed for your 7 Months old baby. We will also share your review with our staff who made your stay to be a memorable one. We look forward in welcoming you back again on your future holidays. Thank you Victor M
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maria s wrote a review Jul 2022
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very nice hotel with swimming pool, spa, gym, bar. Staff are very nice and checks up often to see if everything is going ok. food is delicious with a wide variety. We even had live singing during dinner. I recommend this hotel very much.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Maria, We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your comments and feedback in regards to your most recent stay. We are delighted that your stay with us was an enjoyable one. It is our priority to ensure all guests leave totally satisfied. Please do let us know when you will next return as it will be a pleasure to welcome you back. Thank you Victor M
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reema s wrote a review Jul 2022
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Visited Hemingway's watamu for the first time and that to with our 1 year old child. The hotel staff were excellent and so accommodative with baby food and late check out!! The hotel is quite well maintained with modern rooms and the perfect ocean view. We shall be back for sure!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Victor M, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Reema , We would like to thank you for giving us this wonderful review on TripAdvisor. It's great to hear that we provided an excellent service to you. Thank you for pointing out the kindness and enthusiasm of the staff, it is our priority to ensure all our guests leave totally satisfied. Thank you for this heart warming review and we look forward to having you back. Thanks Victor M
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PRICE RANGE
US$232 - US$349 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
hemingways hotel watamu, hemingways hotel malindi, hemingways resort malindi
LOCATION
KenyaCoast ProvinceWatamu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
60
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hemingways Watamu
Which popular attractions are close to Hemingways Watamu?
Nearby attractions include Watamu Beach (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hemingways Watamu?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Hemingways Watamu?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hemingways Watamu?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hemingways Watamu?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hemingways Watamu?
Conveniently located restaurants include NON SOLO GELATO by anna, The Ocean Sports Restaurant, and Amandina.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hemingways Watamu?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Does Hemingways Watamu have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hemingways Watamu offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Hemingways Watamu have airport transportation?
Yes, Hemingways Watamu offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Hemingways Watamu located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Watamu.
Does Hemingways Watamu offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.