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Subira House

Behind Lamu Fort | P.O. Box 341, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
#3 of 25 hotels in Lamu Island
45 Reviews 4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Almere, The Netherlands
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We spent ten days in Lamu at Subirahouse. It's a beautiful old house restored with much care by the owners. The house was the residence in the 19th century of the governor of Lamu and it has the grandeur that suits such a position. Subira house is in the middle of Lamu town. And what kind of town it is.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Subira House is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed in. It is actually a centuries-old Swahili mansion, lovingly restored by its current owners, nestled behind an ancient fort and convenient to Lamu's market and waterfront. If you want to visit Lamu, then you want to stay at a hotel like Subira House where you will not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We stayed at Subira House for five nights in early December in one of the "Top top" rooms. It was absolutely delightful. There was plenty of space, some breeze off the ocean, and we appreciated the eco-friendly touches: waterless toilet, absorbent towels, a "shopping basket" to carry to avoid plastic bags. Food was fantastic: a generous breakfast with fresh squeezed... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We stayed in Lamu for 3 nights and finally we chose to stay in Subira House, which was a great decision. The hotel is a very nice place, with simple but cosy rooms. I loved its eco-friendliness, especially the toilet (a little bit of inconvinence for having one of the most eco-friendly toilet solution in your room). Though we missed... More

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Kisumu, Kenya
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We stayed at Subira House for 5 nights the week before Christmas 2013, with our 2 young children. We enjoyed one of the "top top" rooms--it was plenty of space for the 4 of us, really. Even though I am a bit overly safety conscious it was totally fine to have the kids on the rooftop room (walls were high... More

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12 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Stayed here on a business trip and loved it. Stayed in one of the top rooms. Very nice and big. The house is very charming. One needs to get used to the bucket eco friendly toilet which is outside your room. No doors in bathrooom/toilet. Owners very warm and friendly. They have nice organic food and they do a lot... More

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Shanzu, Kenya
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13 hotel reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Overall I enjoyed the stay for my partner's birthday. House is beautiful, well laid out and airy. The gardens and plants are a joy. We stayed in the "top top room" which I would recommend - lots of airy relaxtion areas outside the bedroom and wonderful views. The first two nights there were us and another couple there and on... More

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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I stayed at Subira for three nights over my birthday in August at the end of a period living in Nairobi, such a beautiful house. Very beautifully renovated with an obvious regard for the environment and cultural history. Two highlights of my stay, returning from a beach day ( Manda beach ) to find happy birthday spelt out in petals... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

I stayed on my own in Subira House for five nights and it was just wonderful; it couldn't have been a more pleasant environment. The place is so beautiful and relaxing, and in an excellent central location. I never felt lonely as the owners and staff were so friendly, as well as the other guests! The breakfast was delicious and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Had a wonderful 2 night stay here very recently and from the minute you walk in the place is fantastic. It is what Lamu is all about, classic Swahili style with all furnishings in the classic Swahili style with many features that remind you of where you are all the time. I stayed in the Top Top Room which is... More

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Address: Behind Lamu Fort | P.O. Box 341, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
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The charming and comfortable seven-bedroom historic 200 years old home has two beautiful gardens and plenty of cool terraces to relax and enjoy the tropical breeze as you accustom yourself to Lamu's gentle pace. Right in the middle of Old Lamu Town.Meals on request.Wine licence.Subira House,a 200-year-old coral stone house was built by the governor under the Sultan of Zanzibar now carefully preserved by its Swedish/Dutch owners. ... more   less 
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