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Kenyatta Rd, Lamu Island 80500 Kenya
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • 24-hour minimum vacancy between guests
Updated 06/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from JamboHouse
Updated 06/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Lamu Island
JamboHouse Lamu is a small budget guesthouse in Lamu Town. We have 5 double rooms, all with private bathroom. Three rooms are self-contained and two rooms have external bathroom (not shared, only for that room). All our rooms have mosquito net, ceiling fan and tower fan or stand fan, bedside lamp. JamboHouse Lamu is ideally located to explore Lamu Old Town. It’s just a three minute walk through narrow lanes to Town Square with Lamu Fort. From our Top Roof you have a good view of Lamu Town, the inland part and sunrise. We are not a 5 star resort but we offer clean rooms with fair rates. All our rates include breakfast, free wifi internet, free coffee/tea. We give our guests a map of Lamu and plenty of useful information (museums, restaurants, suggestions how to spend your time in Lamu). We can organize a lot of activities like boat trips, walking tours (with or without guide), massages, henna painting, Swahili Cooking classes and more. We wait for our guests at Manda Airport or at the jetty in Lamu.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Game room
Airport transportation
Full body massage
Rooftop terrace
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Vending machine
Walking tours
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Room features
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, German
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BackpackingTony wrote a review Feb 2020
Vancouver, Canada118 contributions38 helpful votes
I loved staying at JamboHouse! Truly a guesthouse for travellers by a traveller. The breakfast was a highlight of my time there! Arnold is a wealth of knowledge of Lamu and the area! Rooms and bathrooms are cleaned daily. Totally recommend the walking tour and the sunset hike offered by the guesthouse! This is really the best place to stay in Lamu! Thank you for everything Arnold!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
Canny Trekkers wrote a review Sep 2019
Bondi Beach, Australia142 contributions8 helpful votes
I have so much to say about this place, it’s wonderful. The location is perfect and close proximity to the landmarks in Lamu Town with a very captivating walk to the building. It’s safe and secure and very relaxing. Arnold really knows how to run a business with a huge focus on the guests, from the lighting, fans and great water pressure in the bathrooms to the incredible breakfast on the rooftop with the cool breeze wafting through. The standards here are VERY high and it’s VERY reasonably priced.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Lyds wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom465 contributions23 helpful votes
We loved our stay at JamboHouse and would certainly recommend. I write honest reviews so here’s the basics: Pros: Arnold (host) is brilliant and so helpful Breakfast is LUSH Location is great, with amazing views over the town Great wifi on Balcony Nice room with good mozzi net etc Cons: Wifi only works on the balcony, not in rooms Cold shower :( Hot room
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse
Responded Sep 2, 2019
Thank you for staying @ JamboHouse Lamu and taking your time to review our place. Just to correct/adding some information. Wifi works in three of our five guest rooms. On our terrace which is also a nice place to relax it works best. Regarding showers, in this price range you won't find any place in Lamu which has hot water. Water is not really cold as our tanks are on top of the house (except in June/July after a rainy day). All our rooms have ceiling fans and, additionally, our three rooms on the upper floor have tower fans. Since 6 months I'm waiting to get two more for the remaining two rooms on the ground floor (they are out of stock but the shop owner promised me he will get them again). Enjoy your remaining trip & welcome back, ARNOLD
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Arzu Ozge A wrote a review Jul 2019
Doha, Qatar2 contributions
I had great time in Lamu by the great help of Arnold who is the owner of JamboHouse. He is an excellent host.He gave me all necessary information about Lamu and he arranged excellent tours for me. I enjoyed all the tours that he arranged. Tour guides were so nice and knowledgeable too. Facilities of the hotel is quite convenient. The breakfast at the terrace was so delicious. Hotel was so clean. I wish i could stay longer.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Rebeca P wrote a review Mar 2019
Santo André10 contributions1 helpful vote
Only good things to say about this place. Arnold, the owner, is very present and make sure he does most of it himself. He looks after us in a very caring and personal way. The breakfast is delicious, prepered by Tamaris and Fred, friendly staff. The place in very clean. We Loved it. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$17 - $23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
KenyaCoast ProvinceLamu Island
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Frequently Asked Questions about JamboHouse
Which popular attractions are close to JamboHouse?
Nearby attractions include Lamu Old Town (0.2 miles), Lamu Museum (0.2 miles), and Lamu Mysteries (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at JamboHouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at JamboHouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to JamboHouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Peponi Hotel Restaurant, Whispers Coffeeshop, and The Majlis Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at JamboHouse?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Does JamboHouse have an airport shuttle?
Yes, JamboHouse offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at JamboHouse?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Are there any historical sites close to JamboHouse?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Lamu Old Town (0.2 miles).