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JamboHouse

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PO Box 131, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At budget prices, this place offers top rate service! The accommodation is simple, but roomy, well-kept, and more than serviceable. The owner, Arnold, provides an excellent introduction to the area and goes to great lengths to connect guests to any activity they are interested in pursuing. He is knowledgeable and flexible, working to tailor the experience. The breakfast is always... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We stayed at JamboHouse for two nights for a double room with en-suite wet room including breakfast, our friend had booked our accommodation so I had no prior expectations before visiting. JamboHouse is located in the heart of Lamu town, under a five minute walk from the port where boats arrive from the airport. As it is on a small... More 

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear Claire, thank you for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay in Lamu and at JamboHouse. Lamu is one of the most fascinating places in Kenya. Well, all of our guests found their way back: we have a few sign boards, guests get a map and a torch from us. From Seafront it's one street going up... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

My wife and I fully enjoyed our stay at Jambo house.It is a very peaceful place too stay and would recommend both singles and couples to make Jambo house their home when in Lamu.The host Arnold constantly kept contact with us as we were traveling and even send Damaris to pick us at the bus bay.During our stay we were... More 

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear Cyprian2015, thank you again for staying with us. Yes, I remember, you had a long bus journey but we are happy you enjoyed Lamu and your stay with us. I live in Lamu since more than 6 years now and I know the area quite well. Also, the tour guides and boat captains we work with most of them... More 

Gili air, indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed a very pleasant 5 night stay in Jambo hotel. Arnold is soooo helpful and really goes above and beyond the call of duty to make your stay as nice as possible. The included breakfast is great as is the rooftop terrace, chill out area. Its so easy to arrange all tours through Arnold and lamu is absolutely amazing.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Went to Lamu in October 2014. Thanks to Arnold's tips we got there safely by bus (coming from Nairobi) and got to eat and spend very little during our stay. Staying at the balcony at night was very nice and you could have a very good view. Lamu is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Kenya and it... More 

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear Mariel, thank you for staying with us. It was indeed a long (bus) journey for you but you got rewarded. Lamu is (still) one of the most fascinating places in Kenya. One of our rooms has a private balcony and we also have a nice breezy roof top terrace with a new top roof area to relax. It's nice... More 

Malindi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

JAMBO HOUSE LAMU is a good peaceful place to stay in Lamu Town THE HOST (ARNOLD) IS extremely friendly, polite, caring and helpful. DEMARIS the housekeeper is good, polite, efficient too.I WOULD RECOMMEND Jambo House to any SINGLES OR COUPLES seeking a safe friendly welcoming guesthouse to stay at in Lamu. Neil PhD

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barcelona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I had great time in Jambo House and in Lamu, it was like staying at home and Arnold gave me many suggestions to make my stay more enjoyable. The place is inside the town, narrow and picturesque streets around, and the terrace allows you to relax after visiting the town or after have been at beach or for a dhow... More 

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear LampoViaggiatore, thank you for your review and for staying with us. We are happy you enjoyed your (short) stay. Hopefully you get the chance to come back and show the island also to your girlfriend. Maybe just to add, on our terraces our guests can enjoy free wifi internet, we provide free coffee/tea afternoon time, we have cold drinks... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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 

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