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Baitul Noor House - Lamu Backpackers
Ranked #18 of 34 Lamu Island B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 7, 2013

Right in the heart of Lamu town near the fort, this 16th century guest house is the perfect place to stay if you want the real Lamu experience. Aliya will look after you and cook you the freshest and most delicious swahili seafood. She also knows every street and shopkeeper, knows the best veggie stall, fish monger and dhow to go for a sunset sail. She will hook you up and make sure you get fair prices and get treated like a local and not a tourist. From the minute you are met on the jetty you will feel at home and be introduced to who's who and whats what in Lamu. Thank you Baitul Noor people for a genuine and unique experience :)

Room Tip: Rooftop room is the sunniest, biggest and en-suite!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Stayed 3 days at this -to be backpackers for 3 days in August. The house is a beutifull old Lamu house. It has a perfect central location, with the only drowback is the 4 am morning prayer from the mosque next door. What only adds to the cultural expirance of staying in Lamu.

Talked with Iain who is the daily manager, and if he keeps his plan up, then together with Alia, they would be able to make this an ideal stop for all backpackers coming to Lamu. Alia is a local powerhouse, she has great knowledge about the area and is more then welcoming to share her knowledge about Lamu and the souronding area. Also she is a great cook !

Iain was also very helpfully and organized both nice seafood diner and a great halfday dhow trip to the sourounding islands. But it seemed they were also able to organice everything for you.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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1  Thank Peter B
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

Staying at the Olivier house is a cultural and culinary experience. If you are looking for a beach holiday go somewhere else. The house, actually called "Baitul Noor" (House of Light), is right in the middle of Lamu Town and that means one is surrounded by people and sounds and activity. However, those sounds are different from a normal town, because one has stepped back several centuries. Ok, there is electricity and cell phones but there are no cars. Instead there are donkeys, very narrow streets, beautifully carved wooden doors, women passing in black buibuis, calls to prayer throughout the day, and fisherman coming and going in their lateen-sail dhows.

The Olivier house is very comfortable with four bedrooms and two baths and a typical Lamu makuti-covered roof area for lounging and reading and catching the breeze. But by far the best thing about the house is Alia--the amazing majordomo who is expert guide, bodyguard, masseuse, and above all the best cook in all of Lamu. We never wanted to go out to lunch or dinner because we didn't want to miss one of Alia's exquisite Swahili dishes of crab or prawns or whole fish cooked in coconut and spices.

There are beautiful beaches 10 minutes away by dhow or motorboat so you can have the best of both worlds.

Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
2  Thank Clair C
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Address: Old Town, Lamu Island 00502, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
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Ranked #18 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Lamu Island
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away in the centre of Lamu's historic Old Town, this 16th century Arab-style town house is the perfect place from which to explore the sonorous Swahili culture, historic architecture, and lush natural beauty that encompasses all that is Lamu. The island is a place of rolling dunes and endless beaches, where villages nestle among coconut and mango trees and dhows ply the waters. Whether you're interested in the arts of Lamu, one of the islands many local festivals, exploring the surrounding archipelago on our beautiful Mozambican dhow's, sampling the local Swahili cuisine or just relaxing on one of the many white sandy beaches - Baitul Noor is the ideal place for you!Specifically designed for the budget traveller, our hostel-type accommodation offers dormitories and private rooms, a traditional Swahili restaurant serving affordable Swahili-style food and an extensive rooftop lounging area to unwind and relax on. Our central location means you're only 2 mins away from local shops, the seafood market, banks, restaurants bars, the seafront, and 20 mins from the bus station, airport and the white sandy beaches of Shela and Manda island. We can organise a variety of activities such as sunset dhow cruises, fishing trips, sailing trips around the surrounding islands, water sports, guided tours around the historic Old Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - or anything else you might be inclined to do during your stay! We are located right in the middle of Old Town, directly north of the Mskiti wa Pwani Mosque (just to the right of Lamu Fort as you face it). Let us know your time of arrival and we can pick you up from jetty! ... more   less 

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