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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
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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
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Richardson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If the low price weren't enough, JamboHouse's other features make it a great place to stay. It's location, Arnold's and Adam's welcoming attitudes, and the invaluable advice they provide make it the best value and experience in Lamu Town. What I liked: -- Price! What you get for the price is, well, a steal. -- Breakfast! It's included, and filling... More 

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for this informative review. There's not much to add, only that we don't have rooms with shared bathrooms. We have three self-contained rooms and two rooms with private bathroom (not shared!) outside the room via the corridor. These two bathrooms are only for these two rooms and guests can lock their bathroom. Otherwise, about the hammock, I... More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent seven fantastic days at JamboHouse. The guesthouse is nicely located in the center of Lamu Town from where you can easily explore the city on foot. The service at JamboHouse was excellent. Arnold, the owner, provided tips and need-to-know information on everything in Lamu. He was very helpful with arranging trips in Lamu town, around the island to... More 

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear ClausTravel, thank you for your review. As I like traveling so much I really try to make sure that our guests are enjoying Lamu as much as possible. Whenever I have time I explore other areas on Lamu Island or the neighboring islands and I even introduced some of the excursions by myself. For breakfast we have a wide... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear Ellen J, thank you very much for your great review. We work hard to make the stay for our guests as good as possible and our guests can enjoy Lamu to the fullest. I live in Lamu since 7 years now and whenever I have time I explore new places so that's why I can give our guests a... More 

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
1 review
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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