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Jannat House
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Lamu Island
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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109 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Private and comfortable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012

We came in the low season and found Jannat House a well-priced B&B ($60 for an ensuite double, I think). We were there with three friends, and had the place to ourselves for three or four nights. The only real downside was the breakfasts, which were not very interesting or tasty. The rest of the food on offer was tasty and well-priced, however, and we had dinner up on the roof one night. The building is tall, so the views are great. A fast wifi connection in the house is a bonus, and there were couches and daybeds on little terraces all over which we made good use of. The bathroom was pretty small, but everything was clean and comfortable and the bedroom very cute. I think we got what we paid for, with the outdoor space and pool a nice bonus. Owner/manager Johnny (from Norway) is a doctor, which might come in handy if you get sick. Airport transportation can be arranged but is not included in the price. 5min walk from the jetty, but they will meet you there and carry your bags. I'm not sure why TA is asking me to rate the fitness centre, since there certainly wasn't one there when we visited.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank LifeThroughALens
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

An excellent choice of hotel when staying in Lamu Town. An oasis with terraces and greenery. We have lived here for over 2 weeks and it felt very familiar. Very reasonably priced.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Elisabeth B
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Lund
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276 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2011

A great architectonically interesting house in the middle of the maze of Lamu town. Different size rooms that are nicely decorated but starting to be little shabby. Everything is slightly damp and doesn´t smell realy 100% nice. But all the terrases all over the house are wonderfull. You can sit and relax in plenty of places. The pool is nice. There is a bar with probably the best beer prices in town. Food is ok, but nothing to write home about. They realy destroyed my lobster and crab. Who on earths serves crab with boiled potatoes and soft fried onion and mixes the crab meat with mushrooms?? The staff that understands english is very helpfull and nice. I woul definitely stay here again and if there wasn´t anywhere else even eat the food. Though I don´t know if I can recomend it to honeymoon couples becouse of the knirky beds.

Room Tip: Tunu room has the best relax area and can be converted to connecting suite.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank goldmann
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Murchison, New Zealand
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43 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2011

We chose Jannat House on the basis of recommendations at Trip Advisor and were not disappointed at all. We stayed for five nights at US$60 per night in late June 2011 and it was hard to leave.

Elizabeth and Johnny were the most friendly and attentive hosts who made our stay a memorable experience. We neglected to tell them how we were arriving (by bus/ferry) and so their staff crossed twice to Manda Airport to meet flights. They also accompanied us to Manda when we left.

Jannat House is architecturally interesting with open-air lounges, courtyards and roof top balconies with views over Lamu Town to the water. The pool was the central focus and was cleaned every morning that we were there. We ate breakfast and several dinners and were delighted with the meals and the staff. Meal prices compared favourably with other menus we saw in Lamu. Our room was spacious, clean and charmingly presented. All of the staff from the cleaners to the owners took an obvious pride in their establishment.

Johnny was a mine of information and advice about Lamu. We shared a trip by dhow with him and another two guests which made a very affordable full day's entertainment.

We also walked to Shela Beach twice. We enjoyed the contrasts of Lamu and Shela and the sights along the way.

Thank you Elizabeth and Johnny .

Room Tip: We stayed in Jaribu (with ensuite) which we would choose again.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Roger-Sarah
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Roma, Italia
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91 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2011

We reached the Jannat house in August 2011; their personnel came to pick up us at the airport and they brought us at the hotel, carrying our luggage.

The premise is very nice, there are two buildings joined together, with nice plants, a swimming pool and many floors with different relax areas.

In the beginning they assigned us a room at the first floor but as we previously asked to our travel agency to reserve a room in the upper floors (first floor rooms have a shared bathroom while upper floor rooms have private bathroom) and they confirmed they did it, we had to ask to be moved to a better room even if the manager seemed to be not so happy about that.

As soon as we got our room, they showed us the excursion list paper; prices were incredible high and when we said that we were going to the harbor to find a better deal, we were told that their rates where very low. We discussed for at least one our for a boat excursion to Manda Island (beach in front of Shela and Takwa ruins) and we finally agreed 7000ksh for 2 people for the excursion and the lunch. While going to the harbor we discovered that due to fasting of the boat crew (ramadan period) they where not intended to cook any fish on the boat but we were supposed to have a small meal consisting in some fruit and something bought at the shop; this is not what we agreed before so we decided to eat some fruit on the boat and have a free dinner at the Jannat house. We where also told that the trip to Manda was about 90 minutes, but we finally reach the place in around 40 minutes and then we started to feel cheated, because the boat trip was so short and the price too high.

Then we came back to Jannat house and we took a shower (discovering that beside the high price of the room THERE IS NO HOT WATER and finding a dead big beetle in the bathroom).

We had a very good dinner later and after that they also charged us for the starter and the water!!! So basically in the end we paid 8200ksh for the short excursion and the dinner! As there where very few customers in the hotel maybe they tried to ask us as much money as possible.

In the following days the managers where continuously asking us about having lunch and dinner in Jannat house or having some more excursion, but we always preferred to give money to another people. The following day we went to the harbor and we found the same excursion at less than half price!!! (3000ksh).

The breakfast has always been good but you have to deal with hundreds of flies on your dishes.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank bennyuais
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Cork, Ireland
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful in this swahili styple hotel in the backstreets of Lamu town. We were met at the airport by the assistant manager who escorted us to the hotel. The room was very pretty and very clean, with a big bed and en-suite facilities. Breakfast was good and included fresh fruit. Other meals could also be taken there.

On the downside, it was the wet season so there were a lot of mosquitoes, so it was a battle with them in teh room. Also, there is only cold water in teh shower, so it was slightly chilly. It's probably fine in teh dry season.

In summary, it is a very nice mid-range hotel, with lovely staff, although I think a little over-proced. Try and drive a hard bargain if you decide to stay there!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ned D
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

Very lovely place, not quite the jewel of Lamu that it clearly once was as the owner belives it still to be. Just a little tired in the details (bathroom taps, rattling fans, lamest breakfast ever) but still incredibly friendly, clean and overall charming. Lamu itself is just fantastic.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Gusgrillo
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Additional Information about Jannat House

Property: Jannat House
Address: Mkomani | Off Kenyatta Road, 195, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Jannat House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
the place to stay in lamu. jannat house is situated a short work from the main street and the lamu waterfront.jannat house combined the unique elegance of traditional swahili architecture with modern comfort and friendly hospitality. ... more   less 
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