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2.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Shella Lamu | PO Box 226, Lamu Island 08500, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I would give this hotel a higher rating. The rooms are nice, staff were very good, and the food was fantastic!! We would always eat dinner on the rooftop, and the lobster, crab, prawns, etc.... were amazing! It is well priced as well. The main reasons for a 3 star review were that we didn't have hot water throughout our... More

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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I visited Msafini Guest house during low season and besides there no being other tourists on the island, I was given the treatment of a King. I was lucky to get the best room on 3rd floor with a large balcony where I had my yoga stretch time and meals. Shela was so beautiful from the view of my balcony,... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This hotel is an excellent value. The rooms were spacious and clean and the beds were large and comfortable. The manager was there to greet us upon arrival and the staff were incredibly helpful and attentive, providing excellent service from carrying our bags, to personal wake up calls, to having our breakfast ready however and whenever we wanted (Thanks, Willy!).... More

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Thika, Kenya
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6 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Msafini. This was our second trip to Shela. We love the island and the people. Our first time in Shela we stayed at Banana House. They did not have any available rooms. We would happily go back to Msafini. They went out of their way to make it an enjoyable experience for us!

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Digby, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We stayed at this hotel the first week of January '14 and loved it. The staff were super from the moment we arrived on the island carrying our bags from the boat a short distance to the hotel. The same staff cleaned our rooms daily and served our meals. They were very accommodating as far as hours for meals. A... More

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Kakamega, Western, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I can't say enough about this place. My boyfriend and I stayed here for only one night and we actually thought they may have had us confused for other people, maybe someone rich or famous, based on the quality of service we received. It was THE most affordable option on Shela and I can't imagine having a better experience in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stayed there for four nights and it was just wunderful. Friendly staff, exellent food, very clean, nice ambiente and a never ending Beach..... For people looking for a real swahili place on a island without motorised traffic just to put on top of the list!

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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We had such a wonderful experience at the Msafini Guest House. Shela was beautiful and Msafini was the perfect mix of luxury and affordability. We had a triple room on the third floor with a huge private veranda, and that would have made the trip worth it alone. I can't remember being as relaxed as I was lounging on the... More

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Atlanta, GA
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11 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Beautiful property with great view. I traveled with group of friends (4 adult females) and 4 children ages 7-11. There was plenty of room for the kids to play and the adults to unwind. Food service was nice but painfully slow. We ended up ordering samosas from a local vendor by per-order and they were a delight. Location was short... More

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Bogota, Colombia
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Just excellent, no complains whatsoever, great food, great design, very neat, super helpful staff, and best value... no need to look more! I traveled with a friend and with such good value we were able to get two separate rooms but next to each other, they opened the balcony for us which made it quite a good space where we... More

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Address: Shella Lamu | PO Box 226, Lamu Island 08500, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Msafini Hotel 2.5*
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Msafini hotel situated in shella village of Lamu island of kenya, located just 2 mints far from the sea shore of indian ocean. ... more   less 
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