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Backpackers Nirvana Reviews

off Mount Kenya Road, Mombasa Beach, Mombasa, Kenya

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76 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 82%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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As someone who's been in a lot of hostels, I can say this one is definitely in my top 3, staff are awesome, you're right beside the beach, it's also located in one of the safest and upper class areas of mombasa and the host is so friendly you could have. If you come to mombasa, make sure you stay here.


beautiful house with a unique atmosphere, friendly staff and a perfect beach strip just minutes away. had a great stay and can only recommend this place!


We had a very nice stay at the Backpackers Nirvana. We quite enjoyed the evenings that we spent laughing and chatting about all kinds of topics. Friendly staff, very helpful.

  • 12th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hungary
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The hostel was closed when I arrived, but the hostess did find other accommodation for us to stay. By the way, I have not received my deposit back as of yet.

  • 6th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)

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Hey - yes. As we talked, I'd assumed we'd sort the deposit by the time you get back to visit our new place. Can't wait for you to see it. P.S I need your number! New phone.


Absolutely beautiful place. The chilled out, peaceful vibe, the incredibly helpful and kind staff. Ten minute walk to the beach, though I spent quite a bit of time in the hammock in the backyard. It's literally a tucked away paradise, and I could stay there forever. In fact, one of the guys staying there had extended his stay for a good while. The bliss is infectious. Never wanted to leave.


Amazing place. All the time I wondered, is it a hostel for 1,000 Ksh? Location is excellent for beach but for town you need to take a matatu (40 or 50 KSh) or a tuk tuk (500 KSh). The included breakfast is ok and you can also order meals, good and cheap. The only bad thing was that wifi does not work, technical problems...


Backpackers Nirvana was an oasis for me, after spending a lot of time in crappy hostels. The hostel is very cozy, with a pool, a roof deck, a nice DVD collection, and lots of space to relax (and soon a volleyball court!). And the location is great; the beach is an eight minute walk away, and you can easily catch a matatu into town or to City Mall. But what really made the visit was the wonderful staff. Lesley, Charity, and the girls really made everyone feel at home. They truly are the best!

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