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Stopover Guest House

Shela Harbour, Lamu Island, Kenya
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Ranked #15 of 25 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

I stayed here at the end of April 2014. I was assigned to room number 2 which is right next to a thatched house. At first I couldn't help but love my experience. At 5 am the following morning I woke up so I could take pictures of the Sun rise. On my return to the room all my stuff... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Stayed there for 1 weeks and definetely will go back again, there is 2 stopever in lamu and in shella..how ever i stayed at lamu town and it was seafront guesthouse with lovely rooftop area for breakfast or just chilling around. The place was really clean and door are always locked so I felf safe as a single woman traveller.... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for two nights on Stopover Lamu and four nights in Shela and totally fell in love! Hamid, the owner, is an fantastic man and the rooms and balconys are just wonderful to relax in. Hamid helped us with everything from booking bustickets to the best dhowtrips ever with great staff and fresh fish barbecued on the dhow! So all... More

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Tainan, Taiwan
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

I stayed 3 nights at Stopvoer. The room is spacious especially the bathroom. Having breakfast and relaxing at the terrace was more than nice. The staff is simply wonderful, very nice, helpful and friendly. The day I left was my birthday. They sang me the happy birthday song. A young boy called the boat that went to the airport, carried... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Since Stopover is the first guesthouse you see when arriving at Shela's seafront from Lamu, my gut instinct was to see where else we could stay, but we could not have imagined a more perfect, relaxing (and very clean) place. Hamid, the manager of Stopover, made us feel very comfortable and safe, and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful.... More

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Bujumbura, Burundi
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Having stayed in various places in both Lamu town and Shela, Stopover blew us away with its amazing rooms, great views over the sea, amazingly friendly and helpful staff, and clean, good facilities. There's even a kitchen on the second floor where we made a great dinner and eat on the terrace overlooking the sea

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Dakar, Senegal
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at the stopover guesthouse for two nights in June 2012. After two nights in Lamu Town at the beautiful Subira House, stopover was recommended by the staff. It is a small guesthouse with just 6 rooms, situated right on Shela Beach. We took a room on the second storey, a beautiful, simple and clean room... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

If you're on a budget, Stopover is the perfect place to stay in Lamu. A great location, with most rooms having a view over the sea. Every morning I watched people coming and going, donkeys transporting goods to Lamu town, men sitting on the huge olive tree outside chewing the fat, the man with the orange beard feeding the cats.... More

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Yarraville, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012 via mobile

I really enjoyed my time at stopover, location was fantastic and place looks amazing. Recommend the penthouse, which has an amazing balcony ( view is brilliant) and great daybed for lounging. all rooms have a balcony and great views Staff were always very helpful and I didn't experience them being pushy at all. They were very upfront about the wait... More

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Benalmadena, Spain
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75 reviews 75 reviews
30 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011 via mobile

There is very little wor writing about this place except 'avoid it like the plaugue' and make sure you really want to visit Lamu, that you understand what you are going for. We were two women traveling alone, everything pre booked and we even had a Lamu contact to make sure we were safe. Still, oppressive, all eyes following us,... More

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Address: Shela Harbour, Lamu Island, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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