Where to stay in Lamu Town
Private houses and hotels
The old governor's house
Kinooni House is one of the most ancient houses on Historic Lamu Island.
Once the home of the Governor of Lamu, who was then the emissary to the Sultan of Zanzibar in the end of the 18th century, it has now been carefully restored with traditional Swahili design and craftsmanship to bring back the elegance, simplicity and grandeur of the original mansion.
Sun Sail Hotel
Situated in the coastal town of Lamu, Sunsail Hotel offers guests comfortable and affordable accommodation while visiting this part of Kenya.There are 17 well-appointed rooms with double beds and en-suite bathrooms. Each room also has a TV and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access.Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast in the dining area, while the restaurant offers a variety of local cuisine to help guests truly experience the culture of the town.The beach is just a short distance away and is the perfect space to take advantage of the sunny weather.
In the heart of Town
is situated a short walk away from the Waterfront and the Main Road. Free Wi-Fi access is available.
Decorated with wood-carved Swahili furniture, the rooms have a seating area and some of them have private balconies. The bathrooms also come with towels. Extras include linen and a fan.
Jannat House features several terraces for guests to relax. It also offers a garden, a bar and laundry facilities
Town mansion with pool
Enjoy three bedrooms in Ttunu Guest House, a huge old 18th century authentic Swahili mansion, with a beautiful outside pool. The house has various seating and dining area's. Come and have breakfast in the garden or enjoy drinks on one of our roof terraces with a view of the channel and the African sunset. The first floor has a large patio with a lounge and dining area.
Swahili Hotel at the seafront
New Lamu Palace Hotel is an elegant architecture and a cozy hotel situated at the heart of Lamu on the shores of the old historic Stonetown Island and close to the Lamu harbor Kenya. Free Wi-Fi is available. Each room is fitted with an en-suite bathroom, mosquito net, satellite TV with cable service and desk. The terrace and rooftop restaurants on-site serve superb seafood and a variety of dishes, and the bar serves variety of drinks. The restaurant offers regular and buffet breakfast options. Live music and entertainment is featured at the bar. Guests can enjoy sunbathing,
Where to stay
Houses and Hotels
Have a look at all the places you can stay if you visit Lamu.
Subira house is an Arab style building with two open court yards,
pretty arches and two beautiful gardens with our own well water.
There are seven bed rooms and many galleries where to relax in the soft warm winds.
The house was built about 200 years ago by Said Bin Sud,
important and wealthy "Liwali", the governor of the Sultan of Zanzibar.
Lamu House Hotel
Lamu House is a collection of properties in Lamu Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Our hotel is located in the sea front and has ten individually designed rooms, several swimming pools, courtyards, terraces and more. The apartment building is minutes away through the narrow streets of town. There are nine apartments with magnificent views, suited with all the comfort of a modern facilities. We offer a truly personal experience, with dedicated staff that will look after all the details of you stay.
Baytil Ajaib Boutique Hotel
Baytil Ajaib Boutique Hotel Lamu, Kenya is located on a hill on one of the highest points in the middle of the city in a section of the town known as Mkomani which was the patrician section.
This provides great views of the town,neighboring islands,the channel and the hinterlands of farms in the distance. Each apartment and suite has individual privacy in the larger domains of Baytil Ajaib which were used as the family quarters.
Centrally situated in an elevated position in Old Lamu, Nyota house is comprised of clean lines and well thought-out spaces.
Spread over 4 floors, Nyota House is comprised of a freshwater plunge pool, three double bedrooms, a living room, which can be used as a fourth bedroom, and an expansive rooftop.
Amu House is a beautiful 16th century bed and breakfast located in the heart of Lamu Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site on the northern Kenya coast.
This traditional Swahili home has been fully restored and transformed into a comfortable bed and breakfast.
The first floor has been renovated to its historic 16th century beauty. When you enter Amu House you will feel the magic that envelops this Island. There are extensive hand carved plaster reliefs and small niches called vidaka decorating all the walls on the lower level. The kitchen doors and cabinets inside are carved of incredible mahogany wood.
It is here that our guests enjoy a complete breakfast each morning of fresh tropical fruits, fresh fruit juice, eggs and toast and Swahili spiced chai and coffee. I
A man without a donkey is a donkey, claims one Swahili proverb. With around 3000 donkeys actively working on Lamu, Equus asinus is the main form of transport here. Visitors are free to visit the sanctuary and learn about its work – donations appreciated.
This sanctuary was established by the International Donkey Protection Trust of Sidmouth, UK, to improve the lot of the island’s hard-working beasts of burden.
Taka Taka Foundation
Visit the Taka Taka foundation; a circular economy movement in East Africa who built the world's first 100% recycled plastic sailing dhow. Through the Flipflopi dhow and innovation hubs in East Africa, we showcase alternate uses of waste plastic, and are bringing locally-grown circular economies and the practice of plastic boat building to the world. Com and have a look at the Flipflopi Dhow.
Guided walking tour Lamu Town
Lamu island remains one of the most quiet, eventful, cultural rich tour destinations in the Kenyan coast. Take a guided tour with an official tour guide through town and learn about the history of Lamu, the unique architecture and the cultural influence of the Swahili people. Taste some local food and visit the local shops with Swahili art and products.
Take a day trip or a sunset sail with one of the many Dhows available on the island.
Take a dhow or speedboat to the rock Kinyika or to Manda Toto and enjoy the marine wildlife of Lamu.
Watch dolphins or whale sharks
Go out in the right time of the year and see if you can find dolphins between November and April and whale sharks around March in the open ocean.