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“Comfortable”
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Lamu Palace Hotel
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Lamu Island
Nairobi
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Comfortable”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

The rooms are comfortable and one has the option of air conditioning or the fun. The rooms are also clean, and the staff are very friendly. The hotel is quite central, and organized pick up from the airport. Breakfast was very basic. Enjoyed the balconies, nice place to relax with the view of the ocean at the end of the day.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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English first
Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
Reviewed 30 November 2013

I was shocked that there are no slippers in the rooms. How do i shower and step on the floor barefoot? And there is no carpet! Style up!
The wifi is very good! Its far much better than safaricom internet.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Malindi, Kenya
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

visited restaurant and lounge,loved the wifi internet which to me is a necessity,firewood oven pizza,and rooms which my friends praised to be airconditioned including TV'S(although tiny), the rooftop bar at petleys (sister hotel) one of few great pubs,

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Canton of Vaud, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2013

When the restaurant has three CDs (Julio Iglesias, a Congolese band and Gospel), and when you find plastic flowers on your bed, you know you are in trouble... This hotel must have been nice, until probably about a decade ago. But these days it's highly overpriced, for outright bad quality. During my stay, the hot water failed to flow, the plumbing is such that I needed four towels to soak up leaked water from the shower, the toilet kept flushing.

Staff try to make up for the structural problems, but - honestly - Julio Iglesias? Three times a day?

It would suit the owner to invest in a few new CDs, and to tell his staff that ten-year old plastic flowers on the bed actually do make the place look cheap, and uncaring.

Furthermore - and beyond the influence of the managers or owner is the screaming town generator, a few hundred meters away.

Honestly: if uyou're looking for a nice place to stay on Lamu, there are absolutely better places, for much better value.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2013

I did not stay in this hotel although it looked very nice and had decent prices, but we did frequent their restaurant especially for the shisha, which is the only place in Lamu which has it. It's a reasonable 500 shillings and lasts for hours. Good stuff. They have several flavors as well.The food is however very expensive. The restaurant is very nice with both comfortable indoor seating on couches, or outdoor seating on the waterfront.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bexhill on sea
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2013

We stayed for two nights dinner, bed and breakfast in March. Staff were very helpful and welcoming. However, the room was very small and cramped and the bathroom was very disappointing. The shower curtain didn't cover the tray and you couldn't have a shower without getting your hair wet. Overall the room looked as if it hadn't been updated since the 1960s.
On the plus side the food was good. Breakfast was plentiful and dinner was tasty. On the second night I had steak with a pepper sauce which was cooked to my requirements and very tender. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality.
At 22000 KES for the two nights we didn't think we had had value for money. But as other reviewers have stated its a safe choice and you will be 'looked after'.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

Very basic hotel. The hotel provides the basics and is very run down. The staff are however very friendly which makes up for the lack of the wow factor.

It can get quite stinky in the evening due to its location, the rooms are extremely small and the water doesn't quite heat up. Could see and hear the neighbours from my bathroom window.

I suggest looking for something in Shela rather than Lamu town.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Lamu Palace Hotel
Address: 421 Lamu, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Lamu Palace Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lamu Palace Hotel itself resembles a palace with its large open spaces and tall handsome pillars forming arches. Lamu Palace hotel is located on the seafront which means there is always good sea breeze. The hotel has a total of 22 rooms and suites, all with en-suite bathrooms, equipped with TV, fans, A/Cs and mosquito nets. ... more   less 
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