I called the morning before arriving in Diani and sent an e-mail asking if any rooms were available. Originally I wanted to stay at the campsite, but when I learned there was no hot water, my friend and I decided to stay in a cottage for 1,000pp. The next morning we arrived in Diani from Nairobi. Andrew had told me the previous day we won't be able to check in until around 10am. At 8am I spoke with the manager who said a room will be available as soon as someone checks out, probably around 9am, I also asked if there were rooms available the following night and he said there should be. Instead of waiting around, my friend and I decided to explore the town for a little while. When we came back, the manager said to us that honestly they had no rooms available because the people who were suppose to check out didn't, and he couldn't kick them out. So he suggested that we go next door to Diani Banda, which is the same price. When we arrived at Diani Banda, we found the price was not the same it was twice as expensive. So the manager at Diani Campsite lied to us.
So basically we wasted our morning waiting around, only to find there were no rooms available and we had to go somewhere more expensive. Despite being more expensive, Diani Banda is worth it, the owner and staff are much nicer and would never overbook their rooms. I would highly recommend Diani Banda, after we told the owner Diani Campsite told us the prices were the same, she was nice enough to lower her price a little bit :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Diani’s Best Kept secret and beauty," a quote we cherish here at Diani Campsite, Winds Bar & Restaurant. Located in Diani Beach. Near The Post office, On your way to the Beach, Diani campsite Winds Bar & restaurant has its kept secret of beach location with ease in accessibility and nearness to the main Shopping Centres in Diani. The Campsite has both Three Bedroom Cottages, Two bedroom cottages, One room Suites and tents for Camping. There is an active bar and restaurant that will offer the extra entertainment communication and Relaxation. Availability of a Broadband wireless internet connection at a fee of kshs 5 per our Clients The very best connectivity for work and home communication. The New Campsite with great capacity and modern camping equipment. Bahari Conference : Good for Meetings and hosting of functions, Kaya Beauty Parlour & Massage, Winds Bar & Restaurant – and The Health Bar. ... more less