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PO Box 131, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
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Ranked #4 of 25 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Arnold goes above and beyond to make your stay on Lamu feel like a luxury break at very reasonable guest house prices. His in depth introduction to the town and the neighbouring Shela allows you to make the most of a short break and the delicious rooftop breakfasts set you up for days of snorkeling, walking and sailing. Even if... More

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Whitehorse, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Arnold was a great host and took the time to give us an orientation to Lamu upon our arrival, including what to see, where to eat, things to do, and what to expect regarding local culture. He was obviously committed to guests having a good experience, and was able to connect us to great guides for a walking tour, dhow... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Though the bus trip was as long as long it was definitely worth it. Arnold simplified everything from arrival, stay and departure. He gave advice on where best to visit, what to do, what to expect etc.... All we can say is, if you are looking for a comfortable place to stay while in lamu town, with people who care... More

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear Ian H, thank you for your stay with us. Indeed, it was a long bus trip for you but now, as some night buses are running again, it will be a bit easier. Karibu tena, we are also looking forward to see you again. Please book in advance to get your prefered room as December is one of the... More

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay for two nights at Jambo House. It was a great, affordable place to stay to see the sights around Lamu. It's located a bit back from the waterfront (around a 5 min. walk from the main jetty.)The rooms are basic, yet clean and comfortable. The room we stayed in had a fan and a little... More

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Arnold is the best host I've ever had in a hostel. He explained us everything and was very helpful. The rooftop terrace is definitely one of my favorite things about this place. It is very well located if you interest is to be in lamu town. The rooms are clean but quite noisy at night (which could be a problem... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

I cannot say how wonderful Arnold is as a host! A big group of us travelled to Lamu and he arranged for us to find the hostel and got an extra bed to accommodate our group! Upon arrival he sat us down with a map to give us an idea of the town (at first it can be confusing, but... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights at Jambo house. We were welcomed by Arnold with a nice fresh juice on the cute rooftop terrace. He gives you a lot of information and tips. The rooms are very basic, but clean and provided with what you need. The bed was a bit small though, but we just came from a 4 nights... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

If you ever thought it would be great to open your own guest house in one of your favourite places then you should go to Jambo House for inspiration. Arnold has used his extensive experience as a traveller to provide a five star service at budget prices and he is dedicated to constantly improving your enjoyment. Its in a fairly... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Jambo house is spotlessly clean and has very friendly staff. Arnold, the owner can arrange the best and cheapest tours to go on. The breakfast that comes with the price of the room is a great way to start the day. Lots of fruit and omlettes with tea and coffee. Actually the chap who makes breakfast is a great cook,... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Arnold, who runs Jambo House is a traveller and he understands that you want good, clean, affordable accomodation and want to spend your money on experiences rather than frills. He and his staff look after you extremely well, from meeting you on arrival and getting you orientated, to helping organise your experience of Lamu if you want him to. I... More

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Address: PO Box 131, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
In JamboHouse we provide in our 5 friendly in Lamu Style furnished rooms an enjoyable stay at reasonable rates. All our rooms (with mosquito net & ceiling fan) have private bathrooms. JamboHouse is ideally located to explore the Old Town of Lamu. From there it’s just a three minute walk through narrow lanes to Town Square with Lamu Fort. When you book JamboHouse we wait for you at the airport or at the bus terminal. ... more   less 
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