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Hemingways Watamu

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Front of property - evening/night
On the beach, white sand, scuba diving, fishing
Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, sun loungers
View from room
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Overview of Hemingways Watamu

Hemingways Watamu

4.5 star property
Beachfront hotel in Watamu with outdoor pool and restaurant

8.8/10 Fabulous

34 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
Watamu, Watamu, Kilifi County, 80202

Guests rated this location 9.2/10 - Wonderful

Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Fitness center
  • Children's pool
  • 24-hour room service
  • Spa services
  • Babysitting
  • Business center
  • Airport shuttle
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Children's pool
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Garden

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach

Getting around

  • Malindi (MYD) - 27 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Crystal Bay Watamu - 4 min drive
  • Licht Haus - 7 min drive
  • Sunset Bar Temple Point Resort - 7 min drive
  • Mapango restaurant - 3 min drive
  • Non solo gelato by Anna - 10 min walk

About this property

Hemingways Watamu

With access to onsite scuba diving, Hemingways Watamu is a great choice for your beach stay in Watamu. Guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in massages, body wraps, and facials, and the outdoor pool provides fun for everyone. The restaurant is a great spot for a bite to eat and cold drinks are served at the bar/lounge. Other highlights at this luxurious hotel include a fitness center, an outdoor tennis court, and a children's pool. Fellow travelers say good things about the helpful staff and bar.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 60 rooms


  • Check-in time from 1:00 PM - midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 24 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 5:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • One child (5 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • No cribs (infant beds)
  • Babysitting*


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning 7 AM–10 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Snack bar/deli

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)
  • Children's pool
  • Babysitting (surcharge)

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing

Working away

  • Business center
  • Meeting room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fitness center
  • Adjacent to a golf course
  • An outdoor pool
  • Spa services
  • Outdoor tennis court


  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Grab bar near toilet


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 32-inch TV
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Balcony

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include facials, body wraps, body scrubs, and body treatments.


Onsite venue - This restaurant specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Onsite venue #2 - This restaurant specializes in local and international cuisine and serves lunch and dinner.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 20.00 per person (one way)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)

Children & extra beds

  • Babysitting is available for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Social distancing measures are in place and staff at the property wear personal protective equipment.


<p>This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.</p>

Also known as

Hemingways Watamu Hotel
Hemingways Hotel
Hemingways Watamu Hotel
Hemingways Watamu Watamu
Hemingways Watamu Hotel Watamu

Frequently asked questions

Does Hemingways Watamu offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Hemingways Watamu does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Hemingways Watamu?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Hemingways Watamu?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool.
Are pets allowed at Hemingways Watamu?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Hemingways Watamu?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Hemingways Watamu?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 20.00 per person one way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Hemingways Watamu?
You can check in from 1:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability).
What is there to do at Hemingways Watamu and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like fishing and scuba diving, and practice your swing on the tennis courts. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hotel's other amenities, which include a fitness center and spa services. Hemingways Watamu also has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Hemingways Watamu?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers local and international cuisine.
Does Hemingways Watamu have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony.
What's the area around Hemingways Watamu like?
Hemingways Watamu is a short 1-minute walk from Watamu Beach and 18 minutes' walk from Prawn Lake.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Daniel, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

John, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Bo Ra, 2-night trip
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6/10 Good

Could be better
Upon arrival the staff at the reception just watched as we struggled with our luggage. Their welcome was quite cold. Had requested for rooms close to each other but was given given separate rooms and only informed there weren’t close rooms together ones we got to the rooms. Service at the restaurant was quite slow and the staff seemed confused with no coordination. Only one guy think the manager/supervisor seemed to try but you could clearly see he was overwhelmed. Overall, we expected much more from a hotel like Hemmingways. Standards were quite low and definitely not value for the amount charged.
1-night family trip
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2/10 Poor

Terrible food, terrible service, annoying inefficient staff that has no sense of customer service. The only thing going for it, the rooms are clean and shower is good. 5 star hotel, very far from it.
Kosi, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

We wish you could do better
I think I would rate it 6 out of 10; 1, The Spa session was really BAD, no music, no green tea, no underware, the Lady who was massaging my husband was not very professional to say the least; 2, the house keeping service was not up to the normal standard, cups not washed, tissues not filled up; 3, Very minimum Seafood served and yet we are next to the sea.
Hua, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The staff were helpful and pleasant all the time. The hotel was right at the beach and the food was excellent
JEANETTE MARIE, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great hotel property with lots of amenities and access to the beach! Enjoyed our stay and highly recommended!
Yasin Samatar, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

The rooms were clean and had comfortable beds obviously newly renovated. The hotel had very little atmosphere. The lighting was terrible and the layout of the restaurant and bars was poorly conceived. Most people that we spoke to went the the hotel next door to eat. The menu design is badly done as we couldn't see half the dishes on it and didn't realise how comprehensive it was. When we did eat there it was good but you didn't want to eat there in the evening. The bar was also the same . you would expect Hemmingway to be a feature in the hotel but it wasn't.
michael, 3-night romance trip
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