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“Nice and relaxed, but overpriced and not all was good”
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Jannat House
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Lamu Island
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice and relaxed, but overpriced and not all was good”
Reviewed 31 August 2010

We stayed at Jannat for 6 nights at the beginning of August. The hotel is a very nice swaili house well renovated and with a lot of terraces with sofas where you can relax. The gardens are also very nice, there is a cool atmosphere and the personnel is friendly and helpful. However the place is surely not a boutique hotel as it is advertised. We were given the best room, but even there there was no hot water. Our room was very large and very nicely decorated, but some of the other rooms we saw were very small and with very poor bathroom facilities. The pool looks nice in the pictures but it is tiny, there is no room to lay down around the pool and it is not cleaned very often (in fact the water looks always not clear). Breakfast was basic. The hotel is also quite far from the main street and to reach it you need to cross quite a lot of back streets full of donkey's escrement and open-air sewage. We discovered that the price was 30-40% higher than equivalent places in Lamu. If you want to stay in Lamu, book a place for the first night and then look around, there are equivalent or better places for much less money.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 22 July 2010

Very nice place to stay. Close to town, where we could let the kids go alone because of the safe and traffic-free environment. A small, clean pool where our youngest proudly learned to swim. We liked the special features of the old building, with stairs and small terraces "everywhere" where you can find a place for yourself to relax.
I am glad we stayed in town and not in the beach resorts on Shela - where I think we could get bored quite soon. It's easy to find a boat for a trip to the beaches - but to be honest we also enjoyed just relaxing by the pool at Jannat's. Had a fine boat trip with Jannat's own boat, with an exciting walk in the woods on an other part of Lamu island.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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3 Thank Elin1968
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England
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Reviewed 28 May 2010

Having found the hotel in the Rough Guide and hoping for the best, we were entranced by Jannat House, by Johnny and Elizabeth and by all the staff. It was perfect. Our first room was not quite right and they helpfully put us in a room at the top of the house with a wonderful view and lots of air and our own verandah just outside the bedroom. They laid on dhow excursions for us and nothing was too much trouble. We loved Lamu and were so glad we were staying in the town and not in Shela because the atmosphere was so tremendous. Will definitely hope to come again.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank TheBlagdens
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madrid
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Reviewed 15 May 2010

I booked it through its website and got a discount for booking online. I also got free transfer from the airport to the hotel, wich is in the centre of Lamu town, yet secluded in a beautiful labyrinth of narrow streets so you can relax with the surrounding silence. The place is astonishing and the staff, especially the Norwegian boss and the Kisumu waiter at the bar by the pool, wonderful. I had booked half board and the food was really nice, mostly fish since we are in the Indian Ocean. I recommend walking to Shella beach every morning with the low tide and returning to Lamu town in the afternoon with a boat or walking if the tide is not high. Shella is one of the most paradisiac beaches I have ever seen, but the tide is strong and dangerous there, so be careful.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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Uppsala
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2010

Jannat House is a very charming house with a lot of stairs, verandahs and rooms here and there. The swimmingpool and restaurant by the poolside is a very nice meeting point, the staff are very friendly and the food is welltasting. It worked very well to have a group of students staying here, they had a lot of space both for relaxing and working.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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Nairobi
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Reviewed 14 March 2010

I must say for real my visit to Jannat House Lamu was a memorable experience.First on arrival i was offered a warm friendly welcome by the staff of the hotel,talk of hospitality and i found it in these staff.The hotel is real cool,splendid rooms and wonderful view of the ocean and entire Lamu island from the terraces of the hotel upstairs.Meals and drinks were specially done and served and ooh how delicious they were especially the nicely prepared sea foods.There is so much more i enjoyed at Jannat house and i desire to be there again and again.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
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1 Thank karisNairobi
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UK
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Reviewed 12 March 2010

Jannat House is located in the old town. It is traditional but with modernised facilities. It captures the essence of Lamu and is convenient for the harbour and the town. The rooms are comfortable, the staff exceptional and the food very good. The courtyard pool is very welcome after a day of sightseeing.
Lamu town is unique and exceptionally friendly.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled solo
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Thank Llandogo
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Property: Jannat House
Address: Mkomani | Off Kenyatta Road, 195, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Region: 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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