Stayed here for nearly two months while working in Mombasa. I thought long and hard about giving this place 5 stars. It is not perfect and I agree with other reviews about the quality of some of the rooms. I have to say that I had a great time here, hence the 5 stars.
Nyali International Beach Hotel is the oldest hotel in Mombasa - the core buildings were erected in the 1940's with the two additional wings going on in the 60's and 80's. As you can imagine, in a hotel this old, some things are starting to show their age. Avoid the 'garden view' rooms - these are the ones in serious need of renovation. Go for the Palm Wing, these are more expensive, but nicer. Even so, the bathrooms are showing their age. At the weekends you will get a bit of 'noise' from the music from the Aqua bar, but a few tuskers should help you forget this
There are two pools - a 33m pool that is great for serious swimmers who want to do a bucket load of lengths, the second pool is more aimed at the kiddies for having fun.
Harry's Bar is always empty, except on Friday 'Karaoki' night. The is also the Aqua bar, right on the beach
I would advise everyone not to stay here "full board" - you only get to eat in the buffet restaurant and will have to pay a surcharge if you want to try the others in the hotel - there are some good restaurants in the hotel and surrounding area that you should really try out.
The main restaurant is buffet service - I tended not to eat here too much as there is a very good Indian (Sheesh Mahal) and Seafood (Mvita) restaurants in the hotel grounds. The Fountain Lounge is good for lunch and some lighter evening meals if you don't want a biggie. Pizza's are good.They make all their own cakes and pastries which are also good. Sundays in BBQ lunch in the Sails restaurant.
Every Saturday, I went for a Blissful Back Massage - 40 minutes of very good, deep massage for about £13 - when you're used to UK prices like me, this is an absolute steal!
There is a water sports place that you can rent dingys, wind surfers and kite surfers. Yes, they do lessons.
There is a casino in the hotel that is mostly quiet, with poker, black jack, roulette and slots. You will get a very decent exchange rate there - as they will be taking your money on the gaming tables, there is no need to hit you with a commission.
If you are worried about security in Mombasa after recent events in Kenya, put your mind at rest. The hotel has more security staff that it does guests. Apart from the uniformed 'Ascari" that you will see dotted around the hotel, there are also a few Masai warriors guarding the casino and (something you will not see, unless you really look for them) armed patrols in the grounds.
The thing that did it for me was the staff - they really are very friendly, courteous and happy to serve. Being here for so long, I got to know quite a few of them very well and found them to be decent, honest, caring people. You will be hard pushed to find the same level of service in most top end hotels around the world
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is an architectural marvel and brings colonial past and glory of Kenya. Offering panoramic view of Indian Ocean, the hotel is a gracious landmark of the Mombasa, showcasing graceful arches, tiled roof lush green vast lawns and wood work. ... more less
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