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“water-hole supreme.” 5 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Box 24, Lamu Island, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Lamu Island
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“water-hole supreme.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

30minutes till E.T.A at Peponi, order the crab sandwiches and a pot of tea by radio,
after a long day on the water catching sailfish,what could be better.
Whether you arrive by air, sea or road , at Peponi you will find a great welcome awaiting ,nothing is too much trouble, your every need is catered for,comfy ethnic rooms with fantastic showers, a little bit of old Africa still exists in this corner of Lamu island .Carol and Lars have got it just right, well stocked bar, great food ,( the dressed crab is to die for), good company ,what else could the weary traveller ask for.

Room Tip: none needed all rooms are great.
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

A coworker and I just returned from a quick jaunt to Lamu. Our trip was fantastic, in large part because of the exemplary service we received at Peponi. From check-in to check-out, Andrew, Carol, Bijamu, and Anderson took extremely good care of us. They handled for us matters of all sorts--small and large--and made us feel like invited guests instead of paying customers. They offered a kind of hospitality that is rare today, even among small hotels and B&Bs. Andrew, the manager, and Carol, the owner's wife, sat down with us on a number of occasions to check in our experience and to help us plan how to make the most of a (too brief) holiday. Bijamu was always available when we needed something and was never there when we didn't. For us, everything felt just right.

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Food -- we were quite pleased with our meals, but after a few months in Nairobi, our perspectives might not match those of guests just arriving from Europe or the States. We took our lunches on the rooftop and our dinners on the veranda off the main dining room. The settings were stunning and we were kept cool by the steady Indian Ocean winds. Our favorite entrees were the Mediterranean grilled fish sandwich at lunch and the Swahili prawn curry (mchuzi) and the Thai preparation of Lamu crab at dinner.

Rooms -- We stayed in 16 and 16A and were happy with our accommodations. The rooms were built some time ago but are comfortable, appointed with modern furnishings, and are well maintained. If you've traveled a bit in eastern or southern Africa, you'll be delighted. If the Four Seasons, Peninsula, and Mandarin Oriental are your normal haunts, your expectations might not be fully met.

Location and activities -- Peponi gets an A+. If you turn right out of the hotel and walk for 500 feet, you have 14 km of undisturbed beach all to yourself. During a 2-hour Sunday morning walk on the beach, I saw no more than 7 or 8 people. The natural beauty of the water, the beach, and the dunes is extraordinary, and this was a real highlight for me. The staff at the hotel also arranged a sunset dhow cruise for us and trips into and out of Lamu town. They'll take you on a guided tour of Shela village and even recommend that you try the dining rooms at some of their competitors.

Before making this first trip to Lamu, I had been wooed by the photos and reviews of the Majlis, one of the newer properties across the channel. Although I still intend to give it a try, the superior service and personal attention we received last weekend probably mean I'll head back to Peponi first.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

After coming off a very long Safari we stumbled into the Peponi Hotel only to be completely underwhelmed! We were dreaming of a luxurious beach vacation only to find an old watering hole for locals and burnouts! Not my idea of a great spot with children.
The rooms were dated; two stars would be a stretch! The pool area was dark and overgrown by trees. One did not even feel like they were on the beach any longer.
We only stayed long enough for lunch, which was lackluster. The service was completely inattentive and the food was mediocre at best.
The hotel itself is in need for a renovation although the type of people staying there just don't mind.
I would never recommend this hotel to anyone I have never stayed in a hostile but this could have come close.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, N Ireland
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

We were here in Sept 2010 and liked it so much we decided to return last week. We weren't disappointed. Everything was as good as last year and what made it better was Carol, Lars and Andrew remembering us from last year!
If you want a few days spent quietly after the excitement of a safari Peponi is most definitely the place to go. Alan and Anne, Belfast, N Ireland.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

One of the best hotels we've ever stayed at. Excellent service, outstanding food; our room was beautiful and in character/decor with the local culture and surroundings. One of the owners or guest greeters came around to our table at meal times once or twice a day to ask how we were enjoying our stay; was there anything we needed; told us what tours and activities were offered; made suggestions for us, and organized all of this. They also suggested menu items for our meals, and gave pointers of what to wear/not to wear outside the hotel grounds.
A 1st class experience that we highly recommend. Can't think of anything negative.

Room Tip: There are no best rooms here; they are all top-notch; have terraces and look out towards the ocean.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

We had a lovely time at the Peponi. The setting is amazing, in a beautiful little village just by a gorgeous 14km stretch of deserted white sand beach. Rooms were comfortable, and well spaced out along the waterfront grounds. Food was incredible, especially the crab. Definitely the best option in Shela (we had a nose into other hotels and were not as impressed). Only fly in the ointment were the noisy children staying at the same time, who were noisily playing, whooping and screaming in the gardens from 7am every day thus waking us up - was surprised a boutique hotel like this did not request parents keep their children under control (especially so early in the day!)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toulouse, France
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

This hotel is perfect for winding down after safari! The rooms are large, airy and simply furnished with large Lamu beds. Our room had a Lamu swing bed on the terrace too which was great for afternoon naps. I was worried about the lack of air con but it seems that air-con is not all that common in hotels in Kenya and the sea breeze and large ceiling fan kept us cool at night. We loved watching the dhow sailing boats going out to fish first thing in the morning (they sail right past our terrace) and then watching them come back in whilst having sundowners on Peponi's bar terrace. The food was wonderful - we particularly enjoyed the Swahili dinner. The setting is perfect - Shela is a quiet village - full of character and with amazing photo opportunities around every corner! The beach outside the hotel is ok but if you want to see one of the most beautiful beaches in the world then just walk 10 minutes along the beach and around the corner is a white sand beach, miles long and almost empty! There is a flash looking hotel on the other side of the bay but it is Peponi that we would always return to - we just felt so relaxed and well looked after here and were very glad not to be in Lamu town. I would not take much notice of the negative reviews - most are written by people not even staying at the hotel and it is right that hotel guests should get priority over people who just want to have a drink or eat. We will be back very soon Peponi!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Box 24, Lamu Island, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Lamu Island
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Peponi Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Peponi Hotel Lamu

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