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“Great Budget place to stay in the heart of shella”
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Jannataan Hotel
Ranked #24 of 34 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 11, 2013

This place is alot cheaper than most of the other places to stay in the area.
The pool was never that busy and we had a few good swims. With the four building it meant that there were lots of places to sit and be on your own. The water was warm and the service we very well done. We would recommend this place to others

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

I was with Sabina (review below). Jannataan was like a mini paradise for us. Great value - works out less than £15 per person per night, including a beautiful breakfast of gorgeous fresh fruit, fresh juices, eggs (tip, ask for spanish omlette!), toast, jam, tea, chai, coffee, served to you on whicever of the many lovely terraces you choose.
The staff were very sweet and helpful. The pool is a dream, and cleaned daily - I never saw one leaf in it! Bedrooms and bathrooms simple but clean and very nice.
As well as a private terrace for every pair of rooms there are several roof terraces, each with beautiful views in every direction, and plenty of nice furniture to lounge on and read a book or have a nap!
Really can't believe the bad review below, this place has obviously turned itself around!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

My friends and I arrived in Shela at night after a pretty horrific 10 hour bus journey from Mombassa and arguements with beachboys to get a boat to the island. When we walked into Jannataan Hotel - where we were getting a double room for 4000 kenyan shillings, I really wasn't expecting to see a beautiful swimming pool in the hotel courtyard surrounded by palm trees and swahili chic furniture and kikoy cushions everywhere. Baye the lovely man in charge showed us to our beautiful rooms (four poster wooden beds with dressing tables, balconies etc), he brought us fresh juice and beach towels to go swimming in the pool. Every morning we had a great breakfast with fresh fruit, eggs, toast and chai masala or coffee on one of the several roof terraces overlooking Shela. It was so clean and beautiful and had the biggest pool of all the hotels I saw on Lamu (even bigger than the expensive hotels like Peponi, Kigani and Lamu House)

It really was lovely hotel, and such great value - I would most definitely recommend to others. The description given by the reviewer below sounds like a different hotel entirely so don't worry!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Jannataan Hotel

Address: Shela, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #24 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Lamu Island
Price Range: $47 - $69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Jannataan Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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