Jundan Hotel

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I stayed at the Jundan Hotel Mombasa for five days while doing research in Mombasa.

I was very impressed and find it hard to imagine a better value in Mombasa.

Prices are extremely reasonable (2200/2700/3000 Kenyan Shillings, or $US 25/30/34 at time of writing for single/double/triple).

Staying longer, I was even given a discount to 1900 Ksh for my single room.

I stayed in three rooms during this time and all were great.

Rooms are impeccably clean and have strong AC units and ceiling fans with comfy beds, writing desks, night tables, and a wardrobe closet (in some rooms these even lock up).

They also have TVs that work and even mini-fridges (I never used these, so I don’t know if they worked well).

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All rooms are self-contained with adequate tiled bathrooms (which are equally as clean as the rest of the room).

Security is great as there is a guard at the hotel door 24/7.

They also offer excellent and affordable laundry service by the pleasant young men who work there (usually you get your clothes back clean, pressed and folded the same day!)

One more thing – FREE WIRELESS INTERNET in most rooms! This is something unheard of except at the top end exclusive hotels.

Not all rooms get good access to the wifi, so if you need it in your room be sure to ask up front. For those without their own computer, there are two computers down in the lobby free for hotel patron use. Wireless is also available in the lobby.

Your hotel fee also includes a HUGE breakfast (bread, mandazi, sausage, eggs, fruit, coffee, bottle of water, and salad!) at the EXCELLENT Jundan Food Court restaurant upstairs.

You will also want to eat dinner at the restaurant (you’ll skip lunch because you will still be full from breakfast).

They serve good, typical Swahili dishes (pilau, biriani) and snacks (samosa, etc), but the specialties are Somali takes on Italian pastas (try the Spaghetti Saldato – very good!). Most meals will cost you less than US $5, including a soda or fresh juice.

The restaurant also has a beautiful balcony, not typical for such an affordable restaurant.

Taking coffee or capuccino there in the evening or morning and enjoying the nice breeze and street activity below is very relaxing.

The wait staff are also very nice. Most of the staff at the hotel and restaurant are Somali immigrants who speak good English and Swahili as well.

That is another positive point – the location is great. It is just off the busy Digo Road, but it is not on Digo Road, so you do not get any noise from traffic.

You can have an enjoyable walk through Old Town or to Fort Jesus from here and also have access to all the modern shops on Digo Rd and Moi Avenue.

Most guests seem to be of the Kenyan businessman or conference-going type, which is one reason why you pay reasonable Kenyan prices – they aren’t interested in hi-jacking tourists like the tourist resorts are.

They just want to give you a pleasant, clean place to stay and they want you to come back! I highly recommend this place.

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