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Shela Bahari Guest House

Box 59, Lamu Island, Kenya
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The service was great and at a great price. Tawfiq, the house manager was a sharp guy and always available, even one night when we came back late and found we locked ourselves out of our room. He came down and graciously let us in. We'll stay here again next time, for sure.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We absolutely loved our time on Lamu, our rooms were lovely and cool despite it being so hot, breakfast was delicious and our hosts were really helpful and lovely and arranged lots of great things for us to do. They set up a day boat trip, an evening meal in a local home and guided tour of the old town,... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Heavenly,Wonderful,Great food and service,A recommended stay especially for those who need to escape to the seaside from the hustle and bustle of big cities,The room we had (#11) was amazing, with a view of the harbor; the service was extraordinary, the staff were as sweet and helpful as they could be. The food was great. Everything was clean. The two... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We´ve just returned from a 4 day stay in the guest house and we really fell in love with the place and the staff! The guesthouse is about 2 meters away form the seafront and about 100 meters from the 12-km long beach. We had the toproofsuite, which was as excellent choice: it was very spacious with 2 nice and... More 

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Thika, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We really enjoyed our meals at Shela Bahari Guest House. The price was very fair. The tuna was delicious as well as the seafood pasta. They also have an awesome and refreshing mocha milkshake! Wish we could visit there more often!

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Washington D.C.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

The location of the Bahari Guest House and the view are truly phenomenal. During high season therefore, the price is steep for the quality of the hotel room. A Bahari room would average around USD 60 in other locations, yet the price is double during high season in Lamu. With better management and a few changes in terms of cleanliness... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The location, views and staff were great, but the hotel itself looked very tired, and as is common in africa, maintenance didn't seem important to management. We had the whole top floor, which was lovely, but the shower continually blocked up, and the toilet didn't flush, and we had to specifically ask for the toilet seat to be changed (it... More 

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Nanyuki
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Greeted on arrival with smiles. Due to us visiting in low season we were the only guests so made it more special for us. Good clean rooms and comfy bed. My only criticism was that the rooms were not swept each day so became sandy from our trips quickly. Other than that, great breakfast (fruity pancakes are to die for),... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

I stayed at Bahari for five nights and I can't wait to return, hopefully with family or friends so I can share it with them! Bahari must have the best views on Lamu, I felt like I was in paradise. I was a little worried as I was on my own but the staff looked after me so well- thank... More 

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Nanyuki, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

It wasn't awful or even bad. The location is fabulous and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We took the upstairs suite with breathtaking views, but we felt that a little additional effort could have made a huge difference. I know it's budget, but holes in the mozzie nets and stained kikoi tacked up as curtains in the bathroom...... More 

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