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Baitil Aman Guest House

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Shela, Lamu Island, Kenya
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Baitil Aman Guest House
Ranked #12 of 25 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Paris, France
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

We stayed 3 nights in BAitil Aman Guest House and it was a great experience, although the hotel doesn't have sea view but the staff is extremely kind, please to help, though they are not many, the check out rules were flexible and the house and its interior design have a lot of charm and elegance : rooms are large... More

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Vancouver, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Baitil Aman is a very nice hotel on Lamu's Shela beach. It is not a far walk from the empty 12km stretch of beach that is Shela. It is a beautiful old Swahili style building. We stayed in one of the top rooms and it was very large and had a lounger inside as well as a huge bed. There... More

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

Baitil Aman was a perfect end to a trip around Africa. We were amazed by the excellent hospitality, charm, ambience and amazing architecture. The accommodation was clean and well-kept: the fresh flowers in our room and restaurant were a particularly nice touch, as was the icy cold drink on arrival. The room was spacious with a nice breeze and it... More

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2010

we were blown away by the incredible beautiful design of this very old townhouse in shela. and all of it appears to be incredible authentic swahili design. the house is very beautiful, the design touches a real treat, and the rooms themselves are gorgeous. the location is great: 5 min walk from the beautiful nearby beach and the great peponis... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2010

It was the guesthouse we wantet to have. A very stylish, puristic Swahili place Very clean, very nice and gentle people Try the massage The restaurant is good, but a dinner highlight go to Peponi (excellent seafood)

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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2010

We stayed here for 4 days in August 2010. After a month of travelling around Kenya this was our final stop! The guest house was very beautiful, it was like staying in a museum. The old palace has been nicely restored and the rooms were simple but nicely decorated! We stayed in the rooftop room which had an amazing view... More

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Atlanta, GA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2010

This perfect guest house, in the style of the old Swahili palaces in Shela, is more of an experience than a hotel. I stayed here with a friend, but it would be the perfect romantic getaway for a couple. The rooms are gorgeous, large, and clean, and the staff is amazingly friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend having dinner... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2010

This is a tue genuine swahili place, run by locals of Lamu/Shela and not by foreigners. Esthetically the guest house represents a good example of the original swahili sober style, the managers and the waiters are kind and friendly. Rooms are clean and spacious and the restaurant is very good. The only problem is getting some good sleep because the... More

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131 reviews 131 reviews
53 hotel reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2010

Batil Aman is absoutli amazing! Very-very-very beautiful place, great friendly and helpfull staff, delicious food...We felt ourselvs like in a fairy tale. Our room was huge, elegantly furnished and decorated with flowers. Very romantic place!

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Maine, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Baitil Aman at the tail end of an extended stay in Kenya. We stayed at various places throughout Kenya and this was our favorite. Several friends had recommended we stay in Lamu but we were thrilled by our decision to stay in Shella - we wanted a more low-key, quiet experience. We researched various... More

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Address: Shela, Lamu Island, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island

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Baitil Aman is a spacious old palace that has been carefully renovated into a small luxurious guest house and restaurant. It is located in the center of Shela village on Lamu Island overlooking a beautiful garden. Dinner at the rooftop of the hotel under the stars is highly recommended. The beach is five minutes away. ... more   less 
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