This is a great, old style hotel rather than a resort style place.
rooms are not huge, large netted beds take up all the space.
In wet season the hot water disappears as it's solar heated.
Restaurant is good but very expensive compared to others nearby. No teppenyaki as advertised on front.
As with every place here, houseflies a problem. Don't know how they could reduce this though. Maybe electric killers could be placed out of view.
Staff are all helpful and friendly. Rooms kept clean and also sprayed each evening.
No mosquito bites in 10 days.
All in all a good choice but would have liked a hot shower.
This one's gonna be short and precise. Stayed for a business trip. Booked in advance over phone, still didn't get room and was shifted to a sister hotel nearby.
However had a breakfast and meals here. So should write about that only. Wifi ( toooooo slowww) only available at the reception area. Sitting like any other mid budget hotel, add points for the view, but only during high tides. low tides exposes the dirtyness of beach ( not exactly a beach).
Preservation of old era times was the coolest part. Staff is courteous, but seems to be understaffed in restaurant. Only one girl taking order and serving as well. Took time to serve.
Tastebuds will surely be compalining of not getting a lavish dinner, still i wouldn't give negative marks as for me food was satisfactory and tummy filler. Had good menu choices, didn't try for any seafood. ( on my list for next time!). It has a bar, and an interior lounge with nice ambience, nice to have a privy dinner or a nonbothering time.
Felt safe and peaceful, no noise, front road is small and noisy with ppl walking around, about rooms don't know anything.
Precautions to take: check options, be clear about facilities prior to bookings. Not so high on pocket, reasonable for couple of day's stay. Mosquito and smell of seafood to be on list of things to be cautioned for those who can't bear it.
Ok, so this wasn't small and precise as I said earlier. couldn't help myself. ))
I was traveling on business and met on arrival at Lamu Airport by the hotel reception and promptly transferred to the premises by motor boat. Check in was swift and the friendly and courteous manager upgraded me to a sea view room.
I had stunning views of the Indian Ocean!Absolutely stunning! I would wake up to a beautiful sunrise!
The hotel restaurant is serves a variety of international cuisine. I enjoyed their sea food immensely. My colleagues and I also enjoyed local meals a swahili eatery just next door.
We took boat rides to the nearby Shella and Manda Islands which are less than 10 minutes away and have stunning beaches where you can sun bathe.
Make sure to visit the Floating Bar in the ocean for a sundowner!
Only downside of my room was that the AC wasnt working. However there was an overhead fan. Plus the sea breeze was pretty cool and refreshing.
Breakfast is a simple affair of fresh fruit, toast, eggs, Pancakes.
I recommend this hotel.
The hotel organised a boat to pick me up from Manda island where the airport is located (a very nice trip with Air Kenya and a lovely small airport which is only 3 years old - the Kenya Airports Authority has done a good job). Boniface, the receptionist came with the boat, helped with bags and was very kind and helpful. My room was spotlessly clean and everything worked. The air conditioner worked perfectly, DSTV reception was good, slippers were provided in the bathroom and the mosquito net covered the bed very well as it was on a custom frame. The house maid came and took our room keys at 8 pm to spray the room with mosquito killer.
The front terrace is a nice place to sit and watch the people and donkeys pass by, though with the present 6:30 pm curfew things finished quite early. It's not possible to see sunsets from the terrace as it faces East, but there are lots of nice quaint touches like a couple of ships' anchors and an old iron cannon.
The landings on each floor are open at the front and back with nice sofas to also sit and watch the world go by and the roof terrace has a nice thatched roof area to enjoy the breeze and stay out of the sun.
The restaurant is quite large and offers pizza and Tepanyaki as well as a good variety of fresh seafood at reasonable prices. The fillet of fish I had was large and beautifully cooked. Breakfast was good. Fresh pressed orange juice, a large plate of fresh fruit, spanish omelette with fried potatoes, and a crepe and toast. This was included in the price of KSh 6,400 (approximately US$72) which covered the room, breakfast and ferry.
The staff were very kind polite and helpful and I'd love to make another visit one day with my family. Don't be put off by some government travel advisories. security at the airport and in Lamu town was good, but the town has been badly hit by bad publicity about security and the police night time curfew, which hopefully will be lifted by the end of September 2014
We loved this hotel. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside it is very beautiful. Now, I don't like most five star hotels or any place that feels fussy. Seriously, you're going to diss a place because it doesn't have slippers? This is simple and elegant. Our room was simple, clean and gorgeous with small bottles of shampoo and soap that were covered in fabric. Little, simple charming touches. Breakfast was basic, good. Balconies and pools were lovely and quiet. Lamu Island itself was quiet and just wandering around was great. Staff is very friendly. Dhow boat trip through the hotel was great. The crew was fun and grilled fish and chicken on the boat. Wine, beer, fresh fish. It was lovely. We met some travelers at the hotel and went together. We had a little issue with credit cards not working on Lamu upon checking out. We informed our banks, but still a little stress on Lamu before leaving.