A very short walk from the "Main Street" and the water front Jambo House is the best bed and breakfast on the island. It is exceptionally clean, the rooms are spacious and well appointed (night stand with a reading lamp) and the hospitality makes you feel right at home. Arnold, the owner, is there to help you in any way he can. Even before my trip he patiently answered all my e-mail questions. His staff, Damaris and Adam, are also equally friendly and helpful. Damaris makes some beautiful jewelry which she is happy to share with you. Arnold can organize many interesting excursions on the island and I would highly recommend a dhow trip as well as a meal with a local Swhaili family. Booking through Arnold is more economical and avoids hassling with the local beach boys. In addition to the great rooms Jambo House has a lovely upper deck where breakfast is served and where one can read or just enjoy the rooftop view as well as the early morning and late afternoon calls to prayer. I was a solo traveler and could not have been happier with my stay in Lamu thanks to Jambo House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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, 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), kayak, massages, henna painting, Swahili Cooking classes,... We wait for our guests at Manda Airport or at the jetty in Mokowe or Lamu. ... more less
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