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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved my experience at JamboHouse, I visited during the Lamu Cultural Festival in 2016. My room was lovely especially considering how much I was paying for it. Given that I could barely access internet in Lamu and its environs the free wi-fi at JamboHouse was a saviour. I loved the breakfast as well, fresh fruit and fresh juice available... More 

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san francisco
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38 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to stay. The breakfast was good (tea/coffee, fruit, eggs and toast). The rooms cost a reasonable $15-20 usd. The owner is super friendly and really helpful for things to do around Lamu. It is situated in the heart of Lamu town. Definitely recommend.

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at JamboHouse Lamu and taking your time to review us. All the best & welcome back again. ARNOLD More 

1 review
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Best budget place on the island! Arnold, the owner, traveled a lot himself and knows exactly what his guests want. He is the good soul of the B&B. I really would recommend booking all your activities with him as he knows the locals, gets good prices and has a good overview of what to do in general. Lovely breakfast on... More 

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear Patrick J, thank you for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us in Lamu. All the locals we work with (boat captains, tour guides,...) I know them since a long time so I'm sure everything is ok. When I have time I also explore the island (and neighboring islands) and even some of the walking... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

What a fantastic, albeit brief stay at Jambo House in Lamu! As many people have mentioned both Arnold and Adam make your stay here very special. On arrival, Arnold walked me through recommendations for restaurants and things to do on my trip. In fact, even before I arrived, he had already given me an excellent breakdown of my onward journey... More 

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Asante sana for your review of your stay @ JamboHouse Lamu. I guess, our breakfast is already famous as a lot of our guests like it a lot. For the relaxing part, just starting of this year we added another small place to relax. From there, guests have a very nice view of the town, they can watch sunrise and,... More 

Helsinki, Finland
1 review
Reviewed 4 August 2016

This guesthouse offers excellent service, very nice roof top spaces to chill out and simple, clean rooms. The staff is extremely helpful and there are a wide number of possibilities to explore the village. It is located in the heart of the village and you really get to experience the village life in the midst of donkeys and prayer calls.

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Our guests really love our new Top Roof with a good view of Lamu Town, you can watch sunrise and relax. Evening time it's also very nice to listen to the prayers. Apart from this, our big terrace is also a good spot to check mails. We have quite a lot of different options to... More 

Nijmegen, Netherlands
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27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

JamboHouse is a small, simple, but cozy little guest house. We loved the place. It's in the middle of the city at a quiet location. The people at JamboHouse are very friendly and helpful, the cozy rooms are nicely decorated and the food is great! Great choice!

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay @ JamboHouse Lamu. Welcome back & All the best. ARNOLD More 

Chicago, Illinois
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75 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Jambo house is the perfect backpacker I have stayed in a while . It's immaculately clean , wonderful breakfast with fresh fruit , fresh juice, eggs to your liking and toast .. Great views from the rooftop , very relaxed and peaceful environment . Location is very good , it's in the heart of downtown with a few minutes walk... More 

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear ceyd, thank you for taking your time to write about your stay at JamboHouse Lamu. We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We wish you all the best & hope to see you again next year. Greetings from sunny Lamu Island, ARNOLD More 

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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

So, here is the deal. We stayed for 3 nights at JamboHouse with my sister and a friend in the month of March. It was a lovely stay and even before we went to Lamu we already knew that it was a conservative place, hence we had to adapt to their ways. All this, thanks to Arnold, the owner of... More 

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear stlwnjr, asante sana for your review. We are very happy you enjoyed Lamu and your stay at JamboHouse. When guests check in I sit down with our guests, give them a map of Lamu and explain everything but also Adam, my staff, plays an important role. He's cleaning rooms and he also prepares our delicious breakfasts. We wish you... More 

Naivasha, Kenya
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 March 2016

I stayed at Jambo House with my sister and a friend for 3 nights and it was the best place i have been to in a while. We actually didn't want to leave. The reception we got form Arnold and Adam was amazing. Right from when we were making reservations for the visit. We were received from he airport by... More 

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear Lena, thank you for staying with us and writing this review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay at JamboHouse Lamu. For me, it is not only a job but, as I like traveling so much, it is also very important to me that our guests are enjoying Lamu as much as possible. We always try to improve our... More 

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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2016

My Husband & I had a Wonderful five Nights there. We were met at the Airport by one of Arnolds Reps for the short Ferry journey across to Lamu Island. Arnold & Adam were so very welcoming. Arnold is a mind of Information. Before we arrived He'd suggested a Sundowner Trip with Dinner on the Beach for our Wedding Anniversary,... More 

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JamboHouse, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear Avee H, thank you for your review. I'm really happy you enjoyed the Sunset Dhow Trip with Dinner for your Wedding Anniversary. We can arrange a lot of activities like dhow trips, walking tours, kayaking, massages, hair braiding, Swahili Cooking Classes, Henna Painting and all the locals we work with, I know them for a long, long time. So... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
In JamboHouse we provide in our 5 friendly in Lamu Style furnished rooms an enjoyable stay at reasonable rates. All our rooms (with mosquito net & ceiling fan) have private bathrooms. JamboHouse is ideally located to explore the Old Town of Lamu. From there it’s just a three minute walk through narrow lanes to Town Square with Lamu Fort. When you book JamboHouse we wait for you at the airport or at the bus terminal. ... more   less 

Additional Information about JamboHouse

Address: PO Box 131, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Price Range: €14 - €21 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“From our experience, the second floor rooms tended to be a bit quieter since they're a little further from the street.”
 of 5 bubbles outwest15, 9 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Upper floor rooms are good! I suggest a private en-suite always. The top deck open air area is great for breakfast and a beer!”
 of 5 bubbles ANEELMAINI, 28 Oct 2014 | Read review
“Rooms on the first floor, if available.”
 of 5 bubbles ElizabethH656, 20 Nov 2013 | Read review
“If you prefer quiet room, don't choose those on ground floor.”
 of 5 bubbles catcatyue, 13 Oct 2013 | Read review
“Upper floor rooms are more airy and less noisy, you also get the view of the town from the balcony!”
 of 5 bubbles fresho, 7 Oct 2013 | Read review
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