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Lamu House Hotel
3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Kenyatta Avenue | Seafront, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #1 of 25 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
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“Exotic Escape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

After touring the Kenyan countryside, we concluded our trip on Lamu, staying in the Lamu House Hotel. The Lamu House is situated right on the water front in Lamu town. The hotel consists of a couple of joint Swahili style houses, a nice restaurant and lovely lounge area around a small pool. The room we stayed at, had entrance area with cabinet space and mini bar, a bedroom with a typical Swahili style bed, a spacious balcony with comfortable sofa, and finally a large bathroom. Very nice all together!!! The hotel also offers a beach club across the water on Manda island and transportation by boat. When in Lamu, make sure to do one of the Dow trips offered. They can be arranged through the hotel as well, but we arranged a perfectly nice trip with one of the local tour guides (Nassir M. Omar, +254722726233).

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I stayed at Lamu House for a week during a professional training in Lamu. I was made to feel very much at home amid the beautiful surroundings of this well-appointed boutique hotel. Frank and his staff are as lovely as the accommodations. Food was delicious over the entire week. Would love to return with my family for vacation someday very soon!

Room Tip: I had one of the rooms at the front of the hotel with a sea view. Stunning view and not at all noisy...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Stylish and comfortable facility with international standards in the kitchen. Reception could be more pro-active on transfers. My companion found the street below noisy - with all the dhows and sailors doing their thing most of the night. I was fine with ear plugs.

Room Tip: You may want a room looking away from the sea (and noisy sailors and folk on the street)
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We knew we were in the right place when we asked what time breakfast was served, and the owner told us 'when you want it'. That set the scene for the whole of our stay at this magical place. Lamu House Hotel doesn't call itself a boutique hotel, but to us, it was exactly that. The renovation of an original Lamu house into a small hotel was done with such respect for the original architecture and furnished and decorated with impeccable taste - the perfect balance of Lamu originals, local artwork, stunning textiles, all resulting in understated elegance. The handmade soaps and creams in the shower, the views, the cushions on the chaise lounge on the balcony, the simple but real and tasty food, the unobtrusive service and care from the owners and staff, the quiet and peacefulness all made our stay an unforgettable one. One day, we will be back!

Room Tip: Watching Lamu daily life unfold from the balcony of a promenade and sea facing room is priceless!
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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

After 4 day stay, I highly recommend Lamu House as hotel of choice for visit to Lamu. Room, staff, restaurant, owners and location all combine to rating of overall excellence. It is a quiet unassuming place with options for activities if you choose.

Room Tip: Request room at front overlooking the sea
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We travel often and have many excellent hotels -- most of the U.S. -- as a basis for comparison and I must say Lamu House ranks at the top of my list. Excellent, attentive service, a restaurant offering a tasty, varied menu, clean rooms, friendly staff makes this a wonderful option for those visiting Lamu Town. The standard of excellence is set by Belgium-native owners, Frank and Marianne whose artistic tastes and administrative management makes this place a gem in an already exotic setting. They hand you a cold drink and hot towel the minute you arrive as they show you the cooling pools, the hammock and the amenities of the common areas before going to your room.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

As a part of our Kenyan holiday, we wanted to experience Lamu culture and booked a three night stay at Lamu House for this very purpose. We had previously red the reviews here on Trip advisor and felt confident this would be a good choice, and thankfully we were right.

Although more of a B-n-B than a hotel, it does offer a decent restaurant open for all meals under a giant tree with views of the port. The B-n-B itself is a gorgeous Swahili villa with fantastic architecture, décor, and therefore ambiance. It really offers a special experience without sacrificing the comforts of a modern hotel. The pool, although we didn’t use it, looked inviting.

Every room is different and beautifully appointed but I have to recommend their premier suite on the top floor as something truly special and fantastic. Large expensive outdoor lounge areas with sweeping views of the town and ocean, combined with a beautiful bedroom and huge bathroom, is a unique experience not to be missed.

What made this very special was the combination of a luxurious Swahili villa with a topnotch B-n-B experience provided from the wonderful hosts Frank and Mariann. Nothing is too much trouble and they can arrange excursions, sightseeing, and also provide a beach club for their guests, so the place can also serve as a beach get away.
This is accommodation that serves as a destination in its own right.

Room Tip: The premier suite is fantastic and worth the extra money
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Lamu House Hotel

Address: Kenyatta Avenue | Seafront, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lamu House Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique hotel made of 2 Swahili houses adjoin, with 10 superior rooms, plunge pool. Luxury accommodation, in the Old Stone Town of Lamu, located on the seafront. Restaurant & coffee shop. Traditional dhows for comfortable excursions. ... more   less 
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