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Little Gem Cottage The living and dining overlook the garden and pool
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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Little Gem Cottage
The living and dining overlook the garden and pool
A path leads to the pool and the beach is beyond.
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Holiday Rental House -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Watamu, Coast Province

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Craig O
Naivasha, Kenya
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14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Location, peaceful-needs a few minor improvments”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
1
person found this review helpful

We stayed at little Gem with our two children (who loved it!) for ten nights.
I do recommend this little house for value, as it is right on the beach and at a good price.
We did enjoy our stay here except the house does need simple things but essential items like decent pillows, better kitchen utensils, more chairs and furniture to relax on, and the pool was full of quite harsh chemicals during our stay, and quite honestly better clean lady is needed ours was fairly surly and not very good at her job. My wife did a fair bit of sweeping and cleaning.
However- our cook ALAN saved the day ! what an amazing chef nothng short of excellent for all our meals we had at little Gem .
Saying all this we did enjoy our stay, who cannot on on a tropical beach!
If the few things that have been mentioned can be sorted out we will return.!!!

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
2 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 2 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
2 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 3 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
4 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The location
Liked least: The kitchen
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Families with young children
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Management Response
16 Sep 2013
Dear Craig,
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Little Gem. We are so pleased that in general you liked it, and we have taken your comments on board. It was a shame we didn't know that there was an issue with the cleaning lady - we would have put a different one in had we known, and following your review she is not going to be used there again. We are sorry about the pool chemicals but the pool had gone cloudy and unfortunately a larger quantity had to be used to resolve it - this is not a normal occurrence and we apologise that you were there to experience it. The pillows are actually new so it was surprising that they were a problem. We have taken on board the need for more utensils etc. and the owner will be looking at this.
Once again thank you for your review and we look forward to welcoming you to Watamu again soon.
Best wishes,
Watamu Property Services
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Snowy555
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Watch out for double billing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013
3
people found this review helpful

This is a beautiful place at the beach which is more rugged than presented. Hot water requires someone to build a fire in outside furnace; there are no screens on windows to keep out mosquitos if you want the lights on at night; monkeys require food to be put in lockdown boxes. Sitting porch lovely, as well as pool. Competent staff offered to cook, though we chose to take care of ourselves.

Note that when we went to pay, having provided half the rent to an internet travel agency connected to this site, Watamu Property Services, which manages more than a dozen places in the area, attempted to charge us for the full price of the rental. They were rude and insisted on an exchange rate 10% higher than the local banks. Bring dollars.

Owners have a nice property which could be enhanced with mosquito screens. They could consider a different management company.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 2 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
4 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 3 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 3 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
3 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Location near beach
Liked least: Difficulty with Watamu Property Services:
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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person found this review helpful
5 of 5 bubbles Value 5 of 5 bubbles Rooms
5 of 5 bubbles Location 5 of 5 bubbles Cleanliness
5 of 5 bubbles Check-in / front desk 5 of 5 bubbles Service
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A romantic getaway Older travelers
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