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3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Kenyatta Avenue | Seafront, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #1 of 26 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“So friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Our family of three stayed earlier this year and it was just fabulous. The rooms were stylish and comfortable, the food at the restaurant was delicious and the pool was very welcome. Everybody we met was friendly, and no-one bothered us in the street. A few people came up to us and said "welcome to Lamu - thanks for coming". Lamu is a treasure of a place - do go to the museum and get a guided tour. It is well worth it. It would be a real shame if people stopped coming to such a special town, because of problems elsewhere in the region.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front will get some noise from the street in the early morning...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Due to travel warnings / worrying press, I initially wanted to cancel my stay at Lamu House. THANK GOD I DID NOT! I felt 100% safe anytime, was warmly welcomed by friendly and hospitable local people and enjoyed a truly amazing time on this exceptionally beautiful island! Lamu House is a stunning hotel, host and staff make you feel like family and read every wish from your lips. I could go on forever, but leave it to you all to go and experience it yourself. Highly recommended! Do a dhow-cruise (ask for Cpt. Kelly!!!), visit the beautiful beach bar, book a city tour and enjoy.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Totally relaxing experience, room overlooking the water, chilled afternoon on the balcony writing Emails. Dinner and breakfast both good with excellent and very good natured, personal service. Comfortable room without mod cons often expected but not missed at all. If only all business trips involved such a sleep over ...

Stayed September 2014, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Contemporary, authentic and stylish gem in this wonderful crazy town. Frank is a wonderful host, ensuring pleasant times are had by all, and keeping everybody informed and safe during recent events on the main land. Lamu House is great value and a perfect spot for sun, seafood and something a little different.

Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Lamu is a truly magical place to stay . Strange combination - to stay in a town with only one car and vast numbers of donkeys used as the only form of transport, combined with Lamu House Hotel the most wonderful place I have ever stayed. The rooms were stunning - more like a private suite within an apartment - with wonderful sea views, a peaceful shaded balcony, an outdoor sitting area, two comfortable chairs thoughtfully placed to enjoy G&Ts as the sun went down. Staff were friendly, relaxed and hospitable, creating a welcoming atmosphere - with refreshing cocktails on arrival, the most delicious freshly squeezed passion fruit juice for breakfast . Marianne and Frank, the Belgian owners have created a stunning hotel and make you feel like personal house guests. The place is personable and stylish - with artefacts, pictures, old pots, antique clocks, fabrics and furnishings all chosen with care- but not in any stuffy way. Swimming pool small but refreshing. Although booked in for B and B we chose to eat each might in the attached restaurant as the fish dishes were so good. The restaurant overlooks the sea, and is another magical experience when lit at night by Indian style lanterns, strung around the enormous tree which also provides welcome shade at breakfast
For travellers wary of going to Kenya following the terrorist attacks, I can only say that we are Not ones to take risks - we looked carefully at the advice given by the UK FCO following the very recent bomb attack by terrorists, near to Mombassa, which had resulted in UK holiday makers being evacuated at short notice. the FCO advice clearly warned tourists from going close to the Somali border,North of Pate island. We also established that there had never been an attack on a westerner in Lamu town. From the moment we stepped off the plane at Manda Island, we experienced nothing but a very warm welcome from local people, who seemed pleased to see us. Jambo was a constant refrain from passers by as we walked around. Wonderful trip with Kelly and his son in the family Dow, out to the mangrove forests, to see the ancient ruins of a Swahili village, delightful lunch cooked for us and Swahili songs to entertain us on the way back. A truly memorable experience.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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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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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 26 B&Bs / Inns in Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lamu House Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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