When planning a trip to Mombasa, one of the first things you’ll notice is the huge variety of hotels in Mombasa. Choosing the perfect hotel for your stay might be a little overwhelming due to the range of options, so here is a basic breakdown of what you should consider when choosing your hotel.
North Coast or South Coast?
Mombasa offers two distinct regions, the North Coast and the South Coast. The North Coast has numerous luxurious hotels like the Serena Beach Hotel and Sarova Whitesands Beach Hotel, and it is closer to the airport and major shopping malls in the area.
The South Coast, however, has the most scenic beaches, but is farther from the airport and accessible via ferry, which is usually a turnoff for visitors. On the other hand, the South Coast is renowned for its lodges and boutique hotels, including Sheshe Baharini Beach Hotel and Leisure Lodge.
Luxury or Budget Mombasa Hotels?
You can also choose your hotel according to how much you are willing to spend. If you can afford the 5-star experience, go for it! The Sarova Whitesands in the North Coast is known throughout East Africa as one of the finest resorts in the region, while the Leopard Beach Resort and Spa in the South Coast is nestled between coral cliffs and offers an excellent experience that you won’t desire to leave.
A tight budget does not mean you cannot enjoy Mombasa to the fullest, as there are even more affordable accommodation options you can try. For example, Mombasa Backpackers is a great place to stay, with comfortable beds and excellent service.
The Leinmach Guest House is another option which offers a getaway experience and with much less bustle compared to other major hotels. You can also opt to rent a self-catering cottage during your stay, which can help you save on food and other expenses that come with staying at a hotel.
Sunbathing or Camping?
If you simply want to enjoy the beautiful beaches and get a lovely tan in Mombasa, you could opt to choose your Mombasa hotel according to how close it is to the beach. The Mombasa Beach Hotel, for example, is only a few staircases away from the beautiful beach, and you can take morning walks to enjoy the sunrise and lounge under the sun in the afternoons.
If you are more of a sightseer, looking to experience nature and stay on the go, you could choose a lodge or hotel in Mombasa town which will help you access the main roads in and out of the city to see the various attractions Mombasa has to offer.
One such hotel is the Pride Inn Hotel, which offers views of the city and is close to attractions such as Fort Jesus.
Vibrant Experiences or Peace and Quiet?
You may want to experience the exciting nightlife that earns Mombasa its title of “Mombasa raha”. If so, go for hotels around Bamburi, Nyali and Kilifi in the North Coast, where you will find plenty of night clubs and pubs in the area. Worth noting is the Mnarani Club in Kilifi that has its own private beach and excellent Kenyan food.
You could also opt to avoid these popular locations and go for one of the most beautiful and scenic beaches far in the North known as Watamu Beach. There are some major hotels in Watamu, such as Hemingways Beach Resort and Turtle Bay Beach Club, with a lot less population and relaxing atmosphere.
If you’d like to go camping, Tiwi Beach in the South Coast is an excellent choice where you can hang up your hammock or camp right on the beach. Enjoy your holiday in Mombasa hotels. Contact us for discounted holiday bookings to Mombasa