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“5 star staff/2 star facility” 3 of 5 stars
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Lamu Palace Hotel
421 Lamu, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Lamu Island
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“5 star staff/2 star facility”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2010

Couldn't ask for more professional .helpful staff. Always pleasant . Facility needs refurbishing . I have nothing to compare as far as other Lamu hotels but if the owner would spend some money on this hotel , he/she would have a charming hotel.

Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2010

Small but nice.
Rooms were moderate, clean and pretty.
Nice little fresh pool.
The roof-top is sensationel with the fresh-breeze and one of the few places where they serve alcohol.
Located on the quai in the city.
Pick-Up from the airport (which is on another island).
Not extraordinary, but nice. Not worth more than Euro 65.

Don't miss the monster-crabs in the harbour-restaurant (you'll have to like garlic)
and a private boat-ride inkl. snorkling and a boat race home.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2007

Stayed for five nights in the Lamu Palace. The location is excellent (right on the waterfront), and the hotel seems to have its own generator (very handy when there were two lengthy powercuts during our stay). My room was fitted with mosquito nets, and had air conditioning (although its location meant that the bit outside the bathroom was cool, but not the bed - but there was a ceiling fan above the bed).

Breakfast was fine (although I've been spoilt recently). Best bit was the fresh fruit and fruit juice.

I would stay at Lamu Palace again - there are smarter hotels along the coast, but this seemed to be about the best one we spotted in Lamu itself. And it has its own boat for the trip to the airstrip.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2007

After the fantastic review from the person that visited in January 2006, we decided that that was where we wanted to go. Lamu is indeed a very special place, a small Arab town with narrow streets where fully laden donkeys form the traffic. From the terrace of the hotel you see the swahili women in black buibuis and men in traditional cloth pass by. The staff of the hotel was very nice and always ready to please you. Theresa who gave beautiful relaxing massages on the roof, a real treat after the tyring safari. The only disappointment was the food. It was all Italian. Where were all the lobsters and crabs that we had heard about? Even at their beachbar on Manda Island it was impossible to get lobsters, crabs and other local food, it was Italian food again. So if you are going to stay in Lamu Palace, only have the bed and breakfast and have your meals in the local restaurants where the seafood is out of this world.

Stayed January 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2006

We visited the beautiful island of Lamu in January 2006 and stayed at the New Lamu Palace Hotel. We flew from Malindi to Lamu and landed at the airstrip at Manda Island where we were met by Mohammed our guide from the hotel who escorted us to the hotel motor boat to cross over the channel to Lamu Island. On arrival at the quayside the Manager Pietro and his wife welcomed us and escorted us along the harbour front to the hotel where we were welcomed with fruit cocktails and shown to our room. Although it was too late for lunch they prepared some hot crusty bread and fresh French Onion Soup and we were then taken on a foot tour of the island by Mohammed who was so knowledgable and showed us everything we could ever wish to see. Think in time of 200 years ago - no vehicles only donkeys, narrow streets, busy harbour, a relic of Arabic culture from the past. Once back at the hotel after two and a half hours walking tour(all free) Pietro asked what we would like for dinner as they don't have a menu but just use all fresh seafood from the boats in the front of the hotel. We decided on lobsters and for a very small amount of money had soup, provencal salad, lobsters in lemon butter with coconut rice and salad and the most delicious home made mango ice cream. We sat in the hotel lounge chatting to Pietro and his wife having our after dinner coffee and drinks listening to the background "tinkling music and just enjoying the ambience with all the subdued lighting etc. The bedrooms had huge 8ft "Lamu wooden Beds" with mosquito nets and we slept really well. Next morning we went to visit the museum and then walked to Shela Beach which was deserted but had the most amazing stretch of sand. We arrived back at the hotel in time for lunch and Pietro showed us the fresh crabs just delivered from the boats so we had a most enjoyable meal of crab thermidor, salad and rice and a bowl of fresh fruits. The Management and staff just couldn't do enough for you. After lunch we were met at the hotel entrance by Mohammed to escort us back to the boat to return to the air strip for our return to Malindi. Lamu is a "step back in time" very relaxing and we had visited 30 years previously and it is still very unspoilt. Please go and enjoy this wonderful island but go for longer. We shall return but will stay there for our main holiday rather than at Malindi. This was paradise!

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Address: 421 Lamu, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lamu Palace Hotel itself resembles a palace with its large open spaces and tall handsome pillars forming arches. Lamu Palace hotel is located on the seafront which means there is always good sea breeze. The hotel has a total of 22 rooms and suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, equipped with TV, fans, A/Cs and mosquito nets. ... more   less 
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