There is nothing like lying on a swimming pool lounge chair, soaking in the sun while sipping a cocktail. The cocktail, of course, is poured into a stemmed glass with a slice of lemon on its rim and a cocktail umbrella. By the way, ever wonder why people put cocktail umbrellas in their drinks? Well, some say it covers the ice cubes in the cocktail from direct sunlight while others say it prevents volatile alcohol molecules in the cocktail from evaporating. For most bartenders, it is simply a decoration. In fact, it is claimed that brightly-colored cocktails with the accompanying decorations were introduced as a marketing ploy in the 20th century to attract more women into bars. Back then, bars were typically man caves, so to speak. Anyway, back to sipping cocktails by the pool. If this sounds like something you would love to be doing (who wouldn’t) then let’s look at the cheap hotels in Mombasa with a swimming pool.

Summary

North Coast

  1. Plaza Beach Hotel
  2. Bamburi Beach Hotel
  3. Neptune Beach Resort

South Coast

  1. Amani Tiwi Beach Resort
  2. Diani Sea Lodge and Diani Sea Resort
  3. Diani Reef Beach Resort

Honorable Mentions

  1. Kaskazi Beach Resort (South Coast)
  2. Neptune Village Beach Resort (South Coast)
  3. Baobab Beach Resort and Spa (South Coast)

Criteria

Firstly, for a hotel to make it to this list it has to be categorized as, at the very least, a 3-star hotel. Apart-hotels (apartment hotels) and self-catering cottages do not qualify for this list. Seeing that we are looking at hotels in Mombasa, they should be beachfront hotels to qualify for this list. We also took into consideration the value for money aspect. For example, a resort offering an all-inclusive package at more or less the same price point as one offering a half board package will make it to the list based on its value for money aspect. Finally, we thought it best to separate North Coast and South Coast resorts as rates in the South Coast (Diani) will doubtless be higher than rates in the North Coast. Call it the ‘Diani Effect.’ Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get right into it and list cheap hotels in Mombasa with a swimming pool.

North Coast

Plaza Beach Hotel (3-star)

Plaza Beach Hotel swimming pool at night

Plaza Beach Hotel is a 3-star hotel situated along Bamburi Beach. The resort is a family-owned facility and has 88 rooms. The rooms are decorated in blue and yellow hues. Of course, it has a swimming pool and direct beach access.

One unique thing about Plaza Beach Hotel is that the rates do not fluctuate throughout the year depending on the season. Rates are fixed (though at the discretion of the hotel) from the 4th of January to the 20th of December. However, the rates rise during the festive season.

Another aspect that makes this one of the most affordable hotels in Kenya’s North Coast is the fact that kids below 5 years of age stay free of charge. For more information, rates inquiry, and booking visit our Plaza Beach Hotel page.

Bamburi Beach Hotel (3-star)

Bamburi Beach Hotel free-form swimming pool

Set on Bamburi Beach, Bamburi Beach Hotel is one of the North Coast’s most famous beach resorts and for good reasons. Firstly, it has not one but two free-form swimming pools. Secondly, the hotel offers an all-inclusive option. With 150 en-suite rooms, Bamburi Beach Hotel is a fairly large property with plenty of facilities.

Kids below 2 years of age stay free of charge. Rates at Bamburi Beach Hotel do vary throughout the year depending on the season. The low season is usually between 1st May and 30th June. This is when the rates are likely to be at their lowest. For more information, rates inquiry, and booking visit our Bamburi Beach Hotel page.

Neptune Beach Resort (4-star)

Swimming pool at Neptune Beach Resort
Neptune Beach Resort

Neptune Beach Resort is set along Bamburi Beach and is one of the most affordable 4-star resorts in the North Coast. It also offers an all-inclusive package. The resort is part of the Neptune group of hotels. There are 78 rooms at this facility and it would not have made it to this list without a swimming pool.

Children below 3 years of age stay free of charge. Rates change depending on the season. If convenient, it is best to book in the low season to get the most competitive rates. For more information, rates inquiry, and booking visit our Neptune Beach Resort page.

South Coast

Amani Tiwi Beach Resort (4-star)

Amani Tiwi Beach Resort is a 4-star facility set on a private section of Diani Beach. Considering its status, Amani Tiwi Beach Resort offers up a compelling case for being one of the most value-for-money type of resort in the South Coast. The resort also offers an all-inclusive package.

This 209-room resort has a breathtaking 167-meter swimming pool. The swimming pool alone is a value for money statement. Kids below 3 years of age stay free of charge. Worth noting is that the rates do change depending on the season. For more information, rates inquiry, and booking visit our Amani Tiwi Beach Resort page.

Diani Sea Lodge and Diani Sea Resort (3-star)

Aerial view of Diani Sea Resort

These two sister resorts are quite similar, especially in pricing. Both are located along Diani Beach. Their key selling point is that they are all-inclusive resorts. Kids below 2 years of age stay free of charge. They both have approximately 170 rooms.

Diani Sea Lodge and Diani Sea Resort have their swimming pools set amidst tropical gardens and both have direct beach access. For more information, rates inquiry, and booking visit our Diani Sea Lodge and Diani Sea Resort pages.

Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa (5-star)

Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa makes it to this list on being far more affordable than other 5-star establishments. This 143-room resort is, as its name suggests, set along Diani Beach. Rates remain the same (at the discretion of the resort) throughout the year and only go up during the Festive Season. Furthermore, kids below 5 years of age stay free of charge. Of course, it has a pool. Some of its rooms even come with Jacuzzis.

All said and done, its main selling point is that it is a 5-star resort with the facilities and services to match. Probably the most value-for-money 5-star resort in Diani. For more information, rates inquiry, and booking visit our Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa page.

Honorable Mentions

Kenya’s coast has plenty of world-class resorts at competitive rates. While the resorts listed above, in our opinion, are cheap hotels in Mombasa with a swimming pool, a few others deserve honorable mentions. Namely Kaskazi Beach Resort (4-star), Neptune Village Beach Resort (4-star), and Baobab Beach Resort and Spa (4-star). Baobab Beach Resort and Spa is renowned for its all-inclusive package and is one of Kenya’s most popular all-inclusive resorts.

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