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The Plaza Beach Hotel
Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Bamburi
Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
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“Wonderful holiday”
Reviewed 25 June 2013

Having read a few of the other reviews I can only presume they must have stayed in a completely different place, as my friend and I had the most amazing fun filled two weeks. It was more of a reunion catch up holiday actually, as we hadn't seen each other in years, and we had the most amazing time, especially on safari for a few days, and Mount Kilamanjaro.....Epic!!!
We found the hotel rooms comfortable (Even monkeys on the balcony!!) The food was good too, & if there was something you didn't like, & asked for something else that you preferred, the chef would do it for you! We loved the pool, and the beach to cool off, & the locals along the beach (wood carvers, hair braiders, water sport people, boat rides etc) were really friendly, and no hassle after the first week, when we got a tan and sort of blended in, & begun to look less like tourists, they then stopped trying to sell us things!!)
We also took a stroll along the beach (which is literally on you're doorstep!!) & stopped to have a drink in the Whitesands Hotel, which was really classy! All in all we didn't find our Kenya experience to be
all that expensive, considering we did all the touristy things like a 3 day safari, excursions, boat trips, nightclubs, African shows etc, In fact it turned out to be one of the best holidays I'd ever been on!....... Lots to see & do, or just chill out, & do nothing, for a really relaxing enjoyable holiday amongst really friendly people who go out of their way to make you're time in Kenya a really happy, enjoyable experience, that will make you want to go back for a return visit time & time again, to make some brilliant new memories of a lovely place.

Room Tip: Sea facing or overlooking the gardens are really nice
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

We were suddenly booked in this hotel over Christmas. It is decent, clean and it was very few foreigners staying here.
The staff is very friendly, Very ok hotel. The foood was very good.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 1 October 2011

The meals are fantastic, i was there in december 2010 and upto date my children still remembers that.Good and very friendly staff though no entertainment, please do something about the entertainment. Secondly the rooms are well furnished but when i was there they had some insects, hope the hotel has imroved on this.Otherwise the management should market this facility, it has the capacity to be a 5 star!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

With all due respect do something about your facility, upgrade it , get away with old stuff like the fridge and dustbins, mosquito nets etc.
The waiters are plesant though especially Ndungu and the other guy Ngala.

The hotel was so empty that i freaked out considering the room was so far from the reception i had to relocate asap.

I believe you can do better.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

We were there in August 2011 and we were astonished to discover that we were the only guests in the whole hotel, for the next 4 days we had the whole hotel literally to yourself (family of 4). We would take breakfast and dinner in the big dinning room all by ourselves apart from staff .. the management should market this hotel aggressively an make sure its full most of the times as its boring 2 find urself in a ghost hotel. Otherwise the staff are friendly and the rooms r great apart from that old fridge. I can recommend it only if they can get at least 50% bookings.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Eastbourne
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Reviewed 26 December 2010

The hotel is an enigma to me. The hotel itself is very spacious with lovely surroundings, great rooms with quiet and effecient air conditioning, good views and very friendly staff. Yet I was there just before Christmas2010, when most hotels were full, yet the Plaza was operating on about one third capacity! I will not claim it is a five star hotel, but it was excellent value, attentive and good service and good food.
I do not recognise some of the previous reviews, unless the hotel has had its refurbishment.
Somehow I am left with the feeling the Plaza is under achieving and needs to be promoting itself more. .
There are many things within easy reach which are good value experiences. Do not be put off by the beach boys, just be firm and polite, barter for a glass bottom boat trip and enjoy the beach, a good value hotel and most of all Kenya and it's people

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 6 December 2010

My friends and I were coming to Mombasa and did not have prior reservations. It was very difficult to find a room on a beach hotel during the end of November. The taxi driver recommend this place and I looked on tripadvisor mobile and read the reviews and stopped to check it out. I was surprised that it was a nice lobby and asked to see what rooms were available. We were shown a couple of rooms seemed quite a bit of room and clean. We stayed and enjoyed our stay. The front desk people were very nice. The rooms had air cond. and that was great. I did not check out the refrig - since I had no reason to use it. It is in a nice location on the beach and walking distance to restaurants on the beach.

We had rooms with a balcony and ocean view.

It was a good stay and found it to be at a more reasonable price than many of the hotels in the same location. The pool was average and they provide towels. We enjoyed the pool bar for beers and drinks.

We did not eat at the hotel for breakfast. We drove about 15 to the beach nightlife - ended up at Club Lambada.

It is not upscale but not a dive hotel. I have attached a video.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: The Plaza Beach Hotel
Address: North Coast, Bamburi Beach | North Coast, Bamburi Beach, Bamburi, Mombasa 80101, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Mombasa > Bamburi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Bamburi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Plaza Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small. intimate hotel, located right on the quieter stretch of the lively Bamburi beach, with a beautiful view, and a romantic layout. We are a short walk from most of the quality restaurants and shopping areas. We can arrange all your water sports and marine activities in the offshore Marine reserve ... more   less 
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