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“Dodgy 'customers' really let this bar down”
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Petley's Inn
Ranked #20 of 34 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 24, 2013

I'd heard it was best place on Lamu to go for a drink. Its certainly probably the only 'bar' (in a Western sense) so you'll have a hard time avoiding it if you like a beer. I was very disappointed. Every evening I went in (over about 4 evenings) there was a motley crew of 'boat captains' trying to sell you tours. Fair enough. I was foolish enough to do a boat trip with one of the guys in here, and we were completely ripped off, but I wrote it off to experience. However, the same guys are in every night, and I saw them become quite aggressive with one German guy looking for a 'tip' a few days after he had done a tour with them, and pretty much bully a Swiss couple into paying more money than he'd apparently quoted them.
Another regular in the bar followed me into the bathrooms to ask for money to help pay to fix his fishing net and became pretty aggressive when I wouldn't give him money! Yet another regular just sits next to you endlessly asking that you buy him beer. Its relentless.
If these guys were in the bar buying drinks and were customers, I wouldn't really care, its up to you to trust who you're drinking with. But they are not paying customers, and yet the management seems happy to let them hang around every night and try their hand at ripping off the tourists.
And just to show this isn't all in my head, I was at the Lamu Palace restaurant (which I think might be a sister hotel of Petleys) when one of the regular 'sea captains' from Petley's sat at my table to try and get some money for Palm Wine or something. The staff of the Palace basically threw him out and explained to me that this guy and his friends are well known and actually quite dangerous.
So, in summary, I guess go for a beer there (there isn't much alternative), but be very careful about the other 'customers'.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

we visited Lamu with an overnight stay at Petleys. The hotel is in the perfect location and a good base from where to explore Lamu. From the very start the staff ( pick up at the airport )were very friendly ( a characteristic of Lamu folk ) and helpful. The hotel was charming and quaint being the oldest in east Africa but with no mod cons but then thats not why you go the Lamu. The room was clean, comfortable and full of character as was the rest of the hotel. Obviously there are more up market hotels in Lamu but if you want a part of history then look no further than Petleys or its sister hotel , The New Palace...excellent value for money .

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2010

Harbour location in the town. Attractive Inn with small pool on the first floor. Small quaint rooms in keeping with Lamu. Pleasant welcome from the staff but hassled by the manager to buy overpriced poor quality tours, we got caught the once. They have a public bar that pumps out load music all night! Food reasonable at the sister hotel Lamu palace. Expensive and in hindsight we would have been better away from the madding crowd in Shela.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 25, 2013
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Room Tip: Самые интересные номера в дальнем конце коридора. Они выходят на балкон, откуда отличный вид на набе...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 25, 2011
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Harbour Road, Lamu Island, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #20 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Lamu Island
Price Range: $87 - $90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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