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“Affordable accommodation with excellent service”

Review of Giriama Residence

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Very good
21 reviews
Beautiful Giriama Residence
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Welcome All
Comfortable breezy verandas
Spacious Double Room
Hand carved beds
Downstairs Double Room
Family Room
Self Catering Apartment
Self Catering Apartment
Self Catering Apartment
Well equiped Communial kitchen
Studio Apartment
Studio Apartment
Studio Apartment Kitchen
Shady Gardens
Relax in the sun
Relax in the sun
Beautiful Gardens
Close by Beach Bars
Unspoiled beach
Unspoiled beach
Unspoiled beach
Stunning Beaches
Tsavo East
Lions with kill Tsavo East
Lion cub with kill Tsavo East
Elephant crossing  Galana River Tsavo East
Iconic trees
View over Mangrove forest from Crab Shack
Sunset view from Crab Shack Mida Creek
Fisherman at sunset - Mida Creek
Sunset at Mida Creek
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Private Room, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 20
Watamu, Coast Province

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Very good - based on 21 reviews
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Giorgio B
Lund, Sweden
Level 6 Contributor
250 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Affordable accommodation with excellent service”
Reviewed 17 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016

My family and I visited a couple of friends who was staying at the Giriama Residence, so we could spend New Year's Eve and New Year's with them.
We loved our room from the moment we set foot in it. Very tastefully furnished, without being too fancy, and definitely spotlessly clean.
The facility has a communal kitchen which we used extensively (including the barbecue area) to prepare our New Year's Eve dinner. The candlelit meal that followed in the garden was just the cherry of the evening.
The staff was extremely courteous throughout. A lovely Watamu beach is literally 5 minutes' walk down the street from the guesthouse.
We can wholeheartedly recommend the Giriama Residence.

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Liked best: The courteous, yet relaxed, attitude of the staff. And, of course, the cleanliness.
Liked least: Nothing, really.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
18 Jan 2016
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay . Hope to see you again.
Best wishes from all at Giriama Residence.
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DessyP890
Middlesbrough
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Budget Accommodation Near Watamu Beach”
Reviewed 28 February 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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Tthe facilities at this hotel were pretty basic but it suited me as a solo traveller to stay here for three weeks on a self catering basis because it was reasonably priced. I liked the design of the building, the beautiful garden with a large variety of plants and the fact that it was only a five minute walk to the beach. Although the kitchen is dated and needed a good clean on arrival, this was carried out by one member of the staff (thanks Christopher) to a higher standard immediately. Showing a great interest in each guest, he ensured that we were happy with the cleanliness of rooms etc and performed his duties in an exemplory fashion. The glory days of this establishment may be over (it used to have a restaurant) but the rooms are comfortable and adequate and I would recommend it to the low budget traveller.

Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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AKenyanTr...
Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The most amazing week of our lives !!”
Reviewed 20 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
4
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We arrived for a week stay with several friends. Staff and owner/host Linda are super hospitable, privacy and guest comfort is unrivalled and we are heading for a return visit in January ! The beach is bare metres from the front door and all our needs were perfectly met. No matter what else you do when at the Kenyan Coast, spare a few days to stay at the Giriama Residence, it will be the most memorable part of your holiday! Great for 2, 4 or 6 guests at a go and amazingly pocket friendly. Really, I cannot recommend this highly enough. Just book a room or two, kick back on the lovely seats on the balcony and when you feel the Watamu breeze wafting around you...you'll get it. Enjoy !!!

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DeepaSoms...
Ottawa, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A beautiful home..away from home :)”
Reviewed 15 November 2011 for a stay in October 2011
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My husband and I stayed for a couple of days at Giriama residence and we simply loved it!! The rooms are spacious with a very nice sit-out area, where we enjoyed the cool breeze and had our dinner under the stars. It is just a 2 mins walk to the Watamu beach and 15 mins ride to Gedi ruins. The staff took very good care of us and we were given the option to either cook or order for food. We chose the 1st option and felt absolutely safe when we went out in the dark to the beach or grocery shopping to Mama Lucy's supermarket. While you stay here, there are many activities to choose from...snorkelling at Watamu marine national park, canoeing at Mida creek, visit the turtle rehabilitation centre, shop for handicrafts or paintings. For pet-lovers, there are some really friendly dogs and a cat here.
We would highly recommend a stay at Giriama residence for a cozy stay and we plan to visit them for atleast a week next time!

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Liked best: Almost everything: service, location, price
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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LenOff
Moscow, Russia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“It is a dream!”
Reviewed 23 October 2011 for a stay in October 2011
2
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I recommend Watamu and Giriama Residence to all travellers!
I spent a hole week here but it isn't enough for such beautiful place as Watamu. There are very good beaches with white sand and light blue water. It is the best place for relax!
Giriama Residence is small and quiet guest house with cosy rooms. The staff is helpful and accommodating. After my holiday here, I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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