The Best Cheap Hotels in Kenya

Budget-Friendly and Affordable Places to Stay in Kenya

A Masai Warrior near Masai Mara National Park A Masai Warrior near Masai Mara National Park

Planning a trip to Kenya? There's something for everyone to enjoy here. But does Kenya have cheap hotel rooms? Yes it does, and that's not a problem, because we have analyzed the best affordable hotels in Kenya based on price, amenities, location, activities, and guest ratings. And we did all of this so that we could find Kenya's best deals, bargains, and cheap hotels and motels with low prices that offer more than just a bed to sleep on. Whether your an experienced traveler or new to the area, here's how to find cheap rooms in Kenya. As you'll see, you don't have to give up luxuries or comforts to save some money for accommodation, as plenty of these hotels offer nice features and great amenities without breaking the bank. Even a cheap motel might have something nice to offer if you know where to look. After all, saving money on a hotel leaves more room for activities, sightseeing, shopping, and dining out, too. When looking for a bargain hotel, you're probably interested in nice features such as a pool, parking, extra space, free breakfast, and more. Many of these budget-friendly hotels offer these amenities and plenty more, so read on to find out where to stay on a budget in Kenya and how much the best deals actually cost. So here they are, the best low-cost hotels in Kenya so you can sleep cheap!

(Prices are listed in U.S. Dollars.)

Margarita House

Nairobi, Kenya
Guest House with prices starting at $60 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Fantastic Bargain in Kenya
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 3-star hotels.
  • Outdoor pool

Located at Lower Plains Road, Margarita House has great rooms from $60 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar. It has a terrific 8.60 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. Only a short distance from the city center, budget travelers will especially love a kid-friendly buffet, breakfast, laundry services, a free breakfast, and cooking classes at this affordable hotel. You'll enjoy relaxing while having room service delivered. The price of this hotel is less than average for budget hotels, which makes it a great value.

Budget Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Child pool
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Budget
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry service
  • Family rooms
  • Playground


Palacina The Residence & The Suites

Nairobi, Kenya
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $110 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Among the Best Values in Kenya
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 5-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Outdoor pool
  • Heated pool

A great place to stay is Palacina The Residence & The Suites which has nice rooms starting at $110. Offering an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar, it also has a great guest rating of 9.00 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at Kitale Lane. This relaxing hotel is also nice because it offers rooms with kitchens, rooms with kitchenettes, child care, laundry services, and golf which visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center. The indoor pool here is terrific, and makes for a great place to relax and have fun no matter what the weather is like. It's also less than the average price for budget hotels, so it's a great value.

Budget Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Budget
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry service
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Air-conditioned
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


Crowne Plaza Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $139 (before taxes) - See All Prices
One of the Best Inexpensive Hotels in Kenya
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 4-star hotels.
  • Outdoor pool
  • Heated pool

We found Crowne Plaza Nairobi to be a great place to stay, and the price starts at $139. We loved that is has an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar, and it also has a terrific guest rating of 8.40 out of 10 from previous guests. It's located at Kenya Avenue. You'll also find rooms with kitchens, child care, laundry services, city views, and a spa and wellness center which travelers will love. And this comfortable hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. Make sure to set aside some time for swimming in the pool, too. It's a great value, too, because it's less than the average price for budget hotels.

Budget Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Budget
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry service
  • Family rooms
  • Heated pool
  • Air-conditioned
  • Refrigerator


Lantana Galu Beach

Ukunda, Kenya
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $208 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Great Low Cost Hotel
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 4-star hotels.
  • Beach
  • Outdoor pool

With terrific rooms from $208, Lantana Galu Beach, at Next to Diani Beach, South Coast, Diani provides an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and scuba diving. Its terrific guest rating is 8.30 out of 10 from previous guests staying here. Budget travelers will really like this budget-friendly hotel which also offers a bar, rooms with kitchens, child care, a spa and wellness center, and a spa. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. Having the delicious restaurant in the hotel is an added bonus. It's a great value, as the price is less than the average for budget hotels.

Budget Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Child pool
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Beach
  • Budget
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kitchen
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Air-conditioned
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa

Ukunda, Kenya
4-star Hotel with prices starting at $230 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Very Affordable Hotel
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for budget hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach
  • Outdoor pool

Pinewood Beach Resort & Spa has a great guest rating of 9.00 out of 10, and offers an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and a fitness center. The great rooms here start at $230 before taxes and depending on the season. It can be found at Meru Road, PO Box 90521. Furthermore, it also offers scuba diving, a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, child care, and laundry services, which is nice for visitors. Just a short drive from the city center, this low-cost hotel is a terrific choice. You'll love relaxing in the hot tub at the end of the day, too. We found the price of this hotel to be a great value because the price is less than average for budget hotels.

Budget Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Beach
  • Budget
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Family rooms
  • Air-conditioned


Waterlovers Beach Resort

Ukunda, Kenya
4-star Resort with prices starting at $283 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Terrific Cheap Hotel
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for budget hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach
  • Outdoor pool

The great guest rating of Waterlovers Beach Resort is 9.40 out of 10. This place has an outdoor pool, a pool bar, room service, a restaurant, and scuba diving. Prices for the terrific rooms are from $283, and it's located at Diani Beach Road, P.O. Box 5444. We also love the snorkeling, a bar, a kid-friendly buffet, breakfast, and hiking which are great for travelers. And since it's just a quick trip from the center of the town, the location is great, too. Don't forget to spend some time at the terrific pool bar where you can unwind and relax. The price of this hotel is less than average for budget hotels, which makes it a great value.

Budget Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Beach
  • Budget
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Breakfast included
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycle rental
  • Family rooms
  • Air-conditioned
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Playground


Tribe Hotel

Nairobi, Kenya
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $248 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Nice Budget Stay
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 5-star hotels.
  • Family-Friendly
  • Outdoor pool

A cool place is Tribe Hotel because it has great rooms that start at $248. It has an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar, it also earned a great guest rating of 8.70 out of 10 from people who have stayed here before. It's found at The Village Market 9/418 Limuru Rd, Gigiri. Only a short distance from the city center, budget travelers will especially love child care, laundry services, a spa and wellness center, a spa, and bowling at this affordable hotel. It's also less than the average price for budget hotels, so it's a great value.

Budget Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Budget
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Laundry service
  • Air-conditioned
  • Refrigerator
  • Family-Friendly


Kijani Hotel

Lamu Island, Kenya
3-star Hotel with prices starting at $230 (before taxes) - See All Prices
One of the Best Deals in Kenya
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 3-star hotels.
  • Outdoor pool

Kijani Hotel offers an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, snorkeling, and a bar which we really like. The terrific rooms here start at $230 (before taxes). It's located at Off Corniche Path, Shela Village and has earned a guest rating of 8.80/10. This relaxing hotel is also nice because it offers parking, breakfast, child care, laundry services, and a free breakfast which visitors will enjoy. Also, it's just a short drive from the city center. It's a great value, too, because it's less than the average price for budget hotels.

Budget Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Parking
  • Free breakfast
  • Laundry facilities
  • Budget
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry service
  • Family rooms
  • Airport shuttle


Hemingways Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $343 (before taxes) - See All Prices
A Fantastic Bargain in Kenya
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 5-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Outdoor pool

Located at 146 Mbagathi Ridge Karen, Hemingways Nairobi has great rooms from $343 (before taxes). It offers an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar. It has a terrific 9.00 rating out of 10 from previous guests who have stayed here. You'll also find a kid-friendly buffet, breakfast, mountain views, rooms with kitchenettes, and laundry services which travelers will love. And this comfortable hotel is just a quick trip from the center of town. We always love being able to prepare simple meals in a hotel room, and the kitchenette here was teriffic. It's a great value, as the price is less than the average for budget hotels.

Budget Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Budget
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Breakfast included
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry service
  • Hot tub
  • Family rooms
  • Air-conditioned
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


The Charming Lonno Lodge Watamu

Watamu, Kenya
5-star Hotel with prices starting at $335 (before taxes) - See All Prices
Among the Best Values in Kenya
  • Great Value: the price is lower than average for 5-star hotels.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.
  • Beach
  • Outdoor pool

A great place to stay is The Charming Lonno Lodge Watamu which has nice rooms starting at $335. Offering an outdoor pool, room service, a restaurant, snorkeling, and a bar, it also has a great guest rating of 9.60 out of 10 from many previous guests. It's located at Kanani Road. Budget travelers will really like this budget-friendly hotel which also offers breakfast, rooms with kitchens, rooms with kitchenettes, child care, and a free breakfast. It's located just a short distance from the city center, too. The kitchen in the room is great, because you can cook your own meals to save time and money. We found the price of this hotel to be a great value because the price is less than average for budget hotels.

Budget Hotel Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Child pool
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Beach
  • Budget
More Great Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Hot tub
  • Family rooms
  • Refrigerator


For more terrific hotel ideas in Kenya, make sure you also see Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Kenya, Best Beach Hotels in Kenya, Best Luxury Hotels in Kenya, Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in Kenya, Best Hotels for First Time Visitors in Kenya, Best Hotels for a Weekend Getaway in Kenya, Best Hotels for One Week in Kenya, Best Hotels for One Night in Kenya, Best Romantic Hotels for Couples in Kenya, Best Hotels for Scuba Diving in Kenya, or Best Business Hotels in Kenya.


Is it expensive to spend the night in Kenya?

Kenya Average Budget Hotel Price
$381

After analyzing 12 budget hotels in Kenya, we found the average budget hotel price to be a remarkably economical $381. Naturally, this destination has many fantastic budget accommodation options with a variety of prices. The price will vary by the hotel's amenities, available dates, and the general location. If you're interested in more information about hotels here, see our guide to hotel prices in Kenya.

The average prices of our suggested budget hotels by star rating:

  • 5-star hotels: $394
  • 4-star hotels: $215
  • 3-star hotels: $580


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