Fodor's Expert Review Lamu House Hotel & Beach Club

Seafront, Lamu, Lamu, 80500, Kenya

The rooms in this boutique hotel, located next to the Donkey Sanctuary on Lamu's waterfront, are all different, but each one is superbly decorated in traditional Swahili style and has a separate dressing room and a terrace looking out either onto the water or the town. The communal areas in the inside courtyard of the hotel are comfortable and tranquil, and there are two pools for cooling off. Don't miss the boutique attached to the hotel, which sells gorgeous soft kikois, sandals, bags and kaftans. The hotel's restaurant, Moonrise, is open to non-guests and is one of the best in town. You can order fish of the day steamed in a banana leaf or pan-fried with a tamarind sauce, or lobster, tuna, sailfish, pasta, chicken curry or a good vegetarian dal. The beach barbeques every Sunday are a highlight for both visitors and Lamu's expats. The hotel offers mid- to long-term rentals on high-end apartments in Lamu.


  • each room has a fridge
  • there are free boats to shuttle you to Shela Beach
  • breakfast is available all day


  • it can be noisy as it's in the center of town
  • if narrow
  • steep staircases are a problem for you
  • request a ground-level room
  • it can be noisy as it's in the center of town
  • if narrow, steep staircases are a problem for you, request a ground-level room


Near the beach
Local Flavor


Phones: 070-804–3164 | 070-827–9905


10 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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