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“Arguably the best dining in Kenya” 5 of 5 stars
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Peponi Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Box 24, Lamu Island, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Lamu Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Nairobi
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Arguably the best dining in Kenya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Set right on the beautiful waterfront, with a collection of dhows swaying lazily and children playing football on the beach is a Shela institution.

There has been absolute attention to detail and character that can only be achieved over decades of tweaking. The menu is great and the seafood as fresh and delicious as you'd expect. The staff are attentive and charming, despite what other reviewers have said on this site.

Although we were not staying at the hotel, we found it very difficult not to eat there every meal.

A must.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

if you want the best vacation ever, go to peponi hotel in lamu, kenya. there simply is no place like it! a perfect getaway...exotic, warm, beach, sea, great food, stunning grounds, fantastic staff, you will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: rooms 21, 19, 22, "top", the suites. all are good!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Bracknell
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Enjoyed our stay in 2007 and have always planned to return - we were not disappointed. Very well looked after by Andrew and the staff. Beautiful rooms and grounds, excellent food and service. Enjoyed walking around Shela and a trip to Lamu town.

Room Tip: Enjoyed a superior room overlooking the beach
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Probably the best hotel i have stayed in. Small, family run with beautiful rooms and garden/pool area. Outstanding food and excellent, friendly service. Had a wonderful trip snorkeling organised by the hotel - the guy looking after us managed to catch lobster and fish while we were swimming which he then cooked for us on one of the deserted little Islands in the area.
Looking forward to a return visit as soon as possible!
(stayed in sept 2009 but cant go back that far!)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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105 reviews 105 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Upon our arrival by small boat, Andrew the manager joined us on the terrace for a wonderful briefing of the hotel, its amenities and the surroundings in nearby Shella village and Lamu town. Fortified by "Old Pal" beverages a delightful alcoholic cooler, we ventured to our beautiful room for a quick refresher before venturing into the village. (The hotel's map is very basic and will not keep you from wandering aimlessly before a local latches on to you for guidance.) The beach (during low tide) provides a wonderful long walk. A morning journey on the free boat to Lamu Town is a must, but be as fortunately as we were with our guide "Chooey" who was a terrific help as we walked the narrow streets and found great shopping. Also do not miss the evening Dhou journey into the neighboring mangrove "creek." It was a great value and a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: I think the best room in the hotel is #26 which has a lovely terrace and the world's most comfor...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Derbyshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Another excellent stay at Peponi ! 10 days of being totally spoilt ! Superb food, excellent service and accommodation (we love the Superior Rooms right on the beach), . Carol and Andrew were great hosts and very ably supported by the “team” – nothing was too much trouble. Trip to see the Carmine Bee-eaters was amazing and a half-day deep sea fishing trip well worth doing. Sitting on veranda outside the bar in the evenings with a ‘Dawa’ with the buzz of the bar in the background is “special”.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I haven't actually stayed in the Hotel but know it quite well. My son had his wedding reception there, in their beautiful garden. It was an utterly perfect location. The staff bent over backwards to make it thee most memorable night. They went to great lengths to decorate the garden to make it look like paradise. The food was without a doubt the best food I have had at a wedding, and the glasses were never empty.
Aside from all of that. The rooms are lovely and all very central with sea views. The food is out of this world. It is the perfect place to unwind and just enjoy the beauty and peace of the beach and Shela village.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Peponi Hotel

Address: Box 24, Lamu Island, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Peponi Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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