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Accommodation in Lamu

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There are many places to stay in Lamu town and some nice resorts in Shela. Water is a huge problem in Lamu, so don’t expect water for more than a couple hours every morning if you’re staying in a lower-end hotel. If you’re planning on staying in Lamu for several days, tell the manager of your hotel before agreeing on a rate. Many places will cut you a deal if you’re staying for several days. Lamu is possible the hottest place on the Coast, and has more mosquitoes than about anywhere else except Malindi. Therefore, I recommend getting a room with a mosquito net and a fan. It will be worth you money.

Budget Travelers:

In Lamu town try the Pole Pole Guest House back from the waterfront. They have doubles, some with fans and nets, for KSh 300 including breakfast. Another cheap hotel is the Lamu Guest House directly in back of the Lamu Museum. Doubles with fans and attached bedrooms run KSh 550-650.

Mid-Range:

The Casuarina Rest House (#3123) is a good value. Doubles cost between Ksh 1000 to 1500. More expensive, but quite nice is the Yumbe House (#33101) close to the Swahili House Museum. It’s a traditional house with a beautiful courtyard, and rooms have nets, fans and include breakfast. Depending on the season singles/doubles/triples average about KSh 1000/1900/2750.

Top End:

In Lamu town the best place is Petley’s Inn (#33378) next to the Lamu Museum. It has a swimming pool, bar, and a good rooftop restaurant. Standard rooms are KSh 2000/2750/3300 for singles/doubles/triples. There are also rooms facing the sea for about KSh 400 more. The Lamu Palace Hotel (#33272) is your second option. It offers singles/doubles/triples for US$ 50/80/100, or about $15 cheaper in the low season.

At Shela Beach, there are many top end resorts. The best by far is Peponi Hotel (#33421/3). Guests stay in cottages with verandahs facing the channel between Lamu and Manda Islands. Bed and breakfast rates in standard rooms are US$ 130/170 for singles/doubles, and in superior rooms US$ 150/200. For full board, add $20-30. Advanced booking is essential.

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Diamond beach Village

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Diamond beach is located on the beach front of Manda Island, facing Shela village, Lamu.
It has 7 traditional style banda's (beach huts) all en-suite with flushing toilets, electricty from 6pm-10pm a front porch with swing beds, nets, towels, sheets etc provided. 
Diamond has a restaurant and bar open all day serving fantastic fresh seafood and other dishes.
It is perfect for those wanting a beach holiday but it is also close to town.   

 

type:Sleep Cheap
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accessibility:plane from Naiorbi
tel:+254 720915001
url:www.diamondbeachvillage.com
CostOfDoubleForANight:£60
address:PO Box, 348, Lamu
email:info@diamondbeachvillage.com

Lamu House Rental

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Alice House sits almost on the harbour front of Lamu; considered the jewel of the historical part of the ancient city. The 4 floors overlook the sea, facing Manda Island, and you can survey the roofs of Lamu Stone Town. 2 double bedroom and 4 bathrooms. Up to 4 people can stay. Fully equiped kitchen, Hot water, Jacuzzi spa added for comport.

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url:www.lamu-house-rental.com

Samaki House

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Sited overlooking the waterfront in the OldTown behind Lamu House Hotel. The property is a 300yr old Swahili Mansion which has been fully restored and can be rented in its entirity for a party of maximum 8 people and it is complete with staff and chef. The panel has a shaded courtyard garden and a small pool on one of the terraces.

type:First Class
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accessibility:Good
tel:0720708631
url:www.freewebs.com
CostOfDoubleForANight:From 200$ whole house
address:Samaki House, Main Street, Lamu
email:connect2design@gmail.com

Private Houses can be the best deal

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There are many private houses for rent in both towns, and you will get the best deal if you hire a local guide.  You'll get a 15-20 percent discount and he will make a small commission.  Hotels are often owned by Europeans rather than locals so this is a good way to give back to the local community AND save money.  You can find someone on the waterfront but if you want to nail down a place in advance, one local company has a website: www.lamutravel.com, and they are both reliable and environmentally conscious.

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url:www.lamutravel.com

Susan Maris

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We like to stay either at Stopover or Bahari, both guesthouses in Shela. These places are right on the water. They don't have websites, but we booked through an ecotravel company: www.lamutravel.com. They also offer private houses with rooms @ 60 US and up. It can be difficult to pre-book mid-range places on Lamu in general only the high end have websites, so this is a good service. These guys also offer the standard dhow trips, and will meet you at the airstrip. Recently instituted some additional tours with more of a nature component.

I booked through this company more..

type:Middle Class
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url:www.lamutravel.com
CostOfDoubleForANight:60-100 US

Kijani House Hotel

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In the village of Shela, in the island of Lamu, Kijani House offers a unique accommodation with its 3000 sq. metres of tropical garden, wich leads directly to the sea, and two fresh water swimming pools.

Off the bustling waterfront of Shela village, dhows sway gently on the incoming tide as merchants and fishermen cross back and forth on the shimmering sand. A few steps away, a few white steps and a small entranceway, framed by clusters of frangipani and bougainvillea flowers, opens to cool shade and green shadows. Entering Kijani House is more..

type:First Class
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accessibility:Air, road
tel: 254 - 42 - 4633235 / 6 / 7
url:www.kijani-lamu.com
CostOfDoubleForANight:250
address:P.O. Box 266 Lamu 80500
email:kijani@africaonline.co.ke

Rebecca Watts

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We have heard that Lamu Guest house in Kenya is very cheap but can't find the number anyway so we can book.

type:Sleep Cheap
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email:beccawatts@hotmail.co.uk