I stayed with the Backpacker Nirvana.
It’s a really nice, homely place.
Besides that, owner/globetrotter Lesly and manager/maid Charity will make you feel at home.
The people that I met there were virtually all interesting, cool, and fun and smart people.
They're the kind that you really want to stay in touch with after leaving.
Don't underestimate the beauty of the beach, or the luxury of being able to just walk there in 3 minutes if you want to catch the last rays of sun for a quick swim.
The Nirvana has a no-drugs policy, which I personally disagree with, but it helps ensure that people behave cool and that the place is safe.
Which both is definately the case? Also, shisha (hookah) on the rooftop and cool beer in the fridge makes for plenty of legal pleasure.
The most important factor that makes a great hostel is connecting with other backpackers. This place attracts a really fun, intelligent, and diverse crowd.
The setup is perfect for meeting the other guests. The house is big and has a lot of common areas including the TV room, entire first floor, and the rooftop.
Leslie, the owner, will reliably invite
everyone out to somewhere fun or the beach. All of this makes for a cozy
environment that encourages people to get to know each other and party.
The other plus factor is that once you've paid for the room, everything else is included.
The other backpacker's place in Mombasa squeezes you for every small predictable item, driving up the cost of a stay about 50% more on top of the room.
The breakfast, wireless Internet, and water comes with the room.
I'm looking forward to my next trip to Mombasa to a good extent because I know where I'll stay.