Let me start by getting the one major downside over and done with. Lamu is hot and sweaty, and the traditional Swahili architecture of the Kijani doesn't cope very well with the heat and humidity. I only spent one night in the hotel, as I was moving into a rented house with friends the following day, but the heat was almost unbearable, and it was difficult to get any sleep at all. That aside, this is a very authentic introduction to Lamu island life. The rooms are large (on two levels), with a beautiful balcony overlooking the water and dhows. Traditional furniture, nicely art directed. Friendly staff. Reasonably priced. And handy to the rest of Shela town. I only had breakfast in the restaurant, which was just fine. Recommended, but perhaps you need to choose your time of year, I believe that March/April is about as hot as it gets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the village of Shela, on the island of Lamu – just off the Kenya Coast – Kijani Hotel offers a unique accommodation with its 3,000 sq. metres of tropical garden. Located directly at the sea front with two fresh water swimming pools. Kijani Hotel Lamu has 10 rooms spread throughout the garden into three small separate traditional Swahili buildings which formerly were private homes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kijani Hotel Lamu Lamu Island, Kenya - Shela