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Msafini Hotel
Reviewed 26 October 2010

A friend and I stayed at Msafini for 5 nights and were blown away. The hotel was beautiful, very clean and comfortable, extremely affordable and the staff was amazing. We had the top room so we had the pleasure of waking up to the most amazing 360 degree views of the island each morning. The location was great...in the heart of Shela just a couple minutes walk to the beach/waterfront and close to an internet cafe.

The food was good but the service was even better. We enjoyed our stay so much that my friend decided to have all of her guests stay here when we come back for her wedding next summer! It is a much better value than any property on the waterfront as well as much quieter and removed from the loads of tourists that flock to Lamu in August.

I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 September 2010

We went to Shella with some friends very last minute we moved hotels 3 times and finally stumbled across this gem. It was fairly quiet and we managed to get the top room for what we thought was a bargain price of 4500 a night, I think Ive got that right, what ever works out at about 40 pounds. The hotel is new and has really friendly staff and a swimming pool which was a bonus as we found the beach very windy, If you;re in to wind surfing I would think Shella would be a top spot. The top room has an amazing terrace with a hanging day bed, table and chairs etc basically everything you need, it is really nice decorated with potted palms etc. The room is big a spacious with a massive bed and a clean bathroom. The food at the hotel was also good although was slightly up and down but compared to everywhere else we ate was a fairly safe bet. We also ate the Palace hotel in Lamu town which was good and you can take your own wine, the crab was particularly good. It is very hard to get alcohol in Shella as it is a Muslim island, there is an off license seemingly run by the police half way between Shella and Lamu town. Get a local to take you and you can stock up on everything you need and just keep in the fridge on your terrace. There is a local guy called Yusuf who is a Mr fixit and can sort most things out for you. There is also a really cool shop selling cool beach stuff and clothes. You can get real Havana flip flops for 7 pounds and it has really cool big beach towel type things as well as loads of other stuff, well worth a visit. Not sure exactly where it is in Shella but it is only a small place. Our friends ended up moving into this hotel and staying in another nice room but agin if you get the top one on the 3rd floor pull out all the stops as we thought it was amazing.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2010

We stayed 5nights and after a big research in Lamu town where we were trying to find nice and affordable accomodation (but did not like any) we jumped on the boat and went to Shella. It was the right decision. Shella is much quiter and would also say that more clean as well:-)
Msafini is a new hotel and is clean and very nice (simple) furnitured. We had the top floor with a huge terrace!
At the time of our visit was windy weather but we did not care.
The service and the food..again..excellent. We had fish, curry, lobster, soups...and each meal was very tasty (I would say better than in Lamu town).
The staff is young and always with a big smile on their faces. If you need anything do not hesitate to ask..they will be happy to help you.
There is also a pool but we prefered beach:-)
Have fun!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 March 2010

Me and a group of students went to experience Lamu and had a great stay at Msafini! The rooms are great, the food is great and the staff is great! It's a short walk to the beach, only 5 minutes. I hope I will come back soon!

  • Stayed: February 2010
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Thank Stangerfan
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Reviewed 4 October 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 November 2016
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  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 February 2013
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Msafini Hotel

Address: Shella Lamu | PO Box 226, Lamu Island 08500, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Lamu Island
Price Range: £36 - £83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Msafini Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Msafini hotel situated in shella village of Lamu island of kenya, located just 2 mints far from the sea shore of indian ocean. ... more   less 
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