We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Baytil Ajaib

Lamu Town, Lamu Island, Kenya
Baytil Ajaib
Share an Experience

29 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    28
    1
    0
    0
    0
See reviews for
2
13
6
1
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (6)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (29)
  • Mar-May only
    (6)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (8)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (5)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (10)
All months
Madrid, Spain
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a place like no other. I have no words to describe my experience at this establishment which is a wondrous blend between a private home, a guest house and a million-star hotel. We were met at Lamu airport (on Manda island) by two guys working at the hotel, who took us to the jetty to take the boat... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

It was such a privilege to be able to stay in this beautiful Swahili house, which has been restored with such care by the owner, Malik. The spacious bedrooms and sitting areas were furnished with traditional furniture, with comfortable beds. Malik was a great guide, also, which helped us make the most of our time on Lamu. He also made... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
South Orange, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My review of Baytil Ajaib is late if considering the first time I visited this one-of-kind chic hotel. The hotel host and co-owner Malik is truly gifted as a natural in hotel hospitality; a quality that is complimented by his genuine love of Lamu Isand. He enthusiastically showed me around the Island during my brief 3 day stay at Baytil... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

When Malik says on phone, what you see on the website is what you get, he means exactly that. Lovely furniture, antics you will not see anywhere else, rooms that are atleast 3 times the size of standard hotel rooms, a warm authentic floor and great hosting is what you will get from Baytil Ajaib. The stairs, though steep, add... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

It's a wonderful oasis in the centre of Lamu town, a palace full of beautiful details and most carefully renovated. The Harem Suite is an amazing, spacious and romantic gem. You'll feel like in 1001 nights and Malik, the owner is not only a great and caring host, he's also the most interesting and entertaining guide...

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bangkok, Thailand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

My stay at the Baytil Ajaib was simply wonderful. I was warmly received by Malik, who not only upgraded me to the most amazing suite, but also was a wonderful host to my friends who came by to visit me at the house. Staying in this 400-year old house is an unforgettable experience beginning with a beautiful boat ride that... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This "house of wonders" is truly amazing. The love for details, the professionality of the way the house was restored by Malik and his partner Norbert and the exquisite taste of the interior amazed us. There is something to discover every day in this house. Malik, you are a wonderful person and host and we thank you so much for... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Baytil Ajaib is by no means a normal hotel. It's a truly unique way to experience Lamu - taking in both the rich history of the island and its sometimes eccentric modern character. The building itself is spectacular - an old Swahili mansion built by Arab traders set back in amongst the narrow, labyrinthine streets of old Lamu town. It... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Diani Beach, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I travelled to Lamu solo. My arrival was dramatic considering I used a bus to reach Mokowe (the mainland). Bus delays made me arrive 3 hrs before the 2014 new year jump off. My idea was to be in Lamu by 6 pm! Nevertheless all that trouble was worth it. I was met by Evanson (Maliks gracious staff at Baytil... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kigali, Rwanda
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Imagine staying in a 400-year old restored Swahili home in the middle of a World Heritage site with the perfect host at a very reasonable price! I'm not really a beach person, so staying in the labyrith of Lamu City was perfect for me. My friend and I felt right at home, thanks to our wonderful host, Malik. It was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

87 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (60)
Viewed
Room/suite (16)
Viewed
Bathroom (3)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (5)
Viewed
View from room (5)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (2)
Viewed
Dining (2)
Viewed
Other (27)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (27)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (9)
Viewed
Dining (3)
Viewed
Room/suite (9)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
View from room (2)
Viewed
Other (2)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay

Amenities

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question