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Witten
Reviewed 12 February 2013

We stayed for 10 days at JamboHouse - after 2 days we wanted to extend our stay because Lamu is a great place and JamboHouse is very good guest house. There is everything you need: a clean bed- and bathroom, a nice roof terrace where you can meet other guests, good breakfast and very friendly staff. The price-performance ratio is...

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear Johanna, thank you for your review. Quite a lot of our guests extend their stay because they like Lamu (and JamboHouse) so much. We are looking forward to see you again in April. Best wishes from JamboHouse Team

porto heli, greece
Reviewed 4 February 2013

We had a fabulous stay on Lamu Island and a lot of the credit has to go to Arnold & his team at Jambo House. We only had a few days here but thanks to Arnolds (the owner) excellent map and local knowledge we felt we made the most of our days whilst still having time to relax. He made...

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear poseidonsailors, thank you again for staying with us. Just last month I designed a new map with all the interesting places to visit/shop/eat in Lamu Town. Also, the people I'm working with (boat captains, tour guides,...) I know them since a long time and so I'm sure that our guests are enjoying the activities in Lamu. Some of the...

Amsterdam
Reviewed 3 February 2013

I booked Jambo House for 8 nights in December and a very good rate was offered. My room was very nice. I had the best room in the house, with balcony. Really recommended this room. The bathroom is open, which was ok for me, since I was alone, but maybe less suitable for 2 friends sharing the room. I found...

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear Malkia, thank you for your review. And it's also good to get feedback from a collegue. About chairs, today I talked to a carpenter. I will replace the chairs on the balcony from the room you were in. On the terrace we already have wooden sunbeds and a typical swahili bed to relax. We hope to see you again...

los angeles
Reviewed 1 February 2013

I think if you are looking for a lower budget option, and location isn't an issue then Jambo may be for you. But I have to say it wasn't really for me. If you are looking for the beach experience then Jambo may not be for you. We arrived at Lamu airport and were greeted by our Jambo contact and...

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Let me just clarify a few things: JamboHouse is located in Lamu Town - it's never being advertised that we are located right on Shela Beach. I remember, before you left you took some pictures from our rooftop terrace because you liked the view. Well... Generally, 98 % of our guests are very happy with...

Reviewed 26 January 2013

Can only recommend this hotel to anyone going to Lamu. Nice rooms, nice breakfast and great service. Simply excellent, especially if going to Lamu for the first time since the owner, Arnold, really gives you tips on things to do and places to see, and not to forget, the best resturants to eat. Hotel management can set you up with...

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Dear Camilla, Dear William, thank you for staying with us. We are happy you enjoyed you stay with us, you enjoyed Lamu and the different activities you booked with us. We hope to see you again in the future and wish you all the best. ARNOLD

Reviewed 16 January 2013

The welcoming that we received from the owner, Arnold, made Jambo House a place to remember. What do tourists like to do while traveling? EAT! Arnold explained the best dishes and pricing at about every restaurant in town and gave some great recommendations, with a map. The rooms are simple but very clean. The staff is also very friendly and...

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We offer different walking tours, the walk to Matondoni is the longest one. As we know, walking on soft sand is a bit difficult (if you are not used to it) we also have this option to use a donkey on the way back (optional we could also arrange lunch for you in Matondoni). We...

dublin
Reviewed 13 August 2012

We stayed here for week in July and had a lovely time. The guesthouse is located in Lamu town and was only a 10min walk to all the restaurants, attractions, pier to get boats. The guesthouse rooms were very clean and there was a lovely roof terrace to relax on with WiFi available. I think the main attraction to it...

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Hi & thank you for your review. I remember, first you booked only for three nights and then you extended your stay. We are happy you enjoyed your stay at JamboHouse and also the activities you booked through us. I follow your travel blog and I see you are enjoying your whole trip. Enjoy & you are welcome again. ARNOLD

Ningbo, China
Reviewed 6 August 2012

Just a quick review to echo the others here. We had a wonderful 4-night stay at Jambo House in April 2012. Arnold's hospitality and attentiveness are really what set this place apart. We stayed in two different rooms: one with private bathroom outside (for a slightly cheaper price), and one with private bathroom inside the room. The furnishings were simple,...

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay at JamboHouse. We try to make the stay for our guests as enjoyable as possible. Also, a big thank you to my team, Damaris and Adam. All the best & we hope to see you again at JamboHouse, Lamu.

The Woodlands
Reviewed 28 July 2012

I spent five nights at JamboHouse in June 2012. As other reviewers have pointed out, Arnold, the owner really sets this place apart. Upon arrival he sits you down with a drink for an orientation. You are given a map on which he has circled the best restaurants including places popular with the locals. Every one I tried ranged from...

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your detailed review. I'm in Lamu since 4 years now. All the locals I work with I know them since at least 3 years (most of them even from the beginning). For me traveling is very important so I do not want to spoil the holiday of our guests by organizing something which is not good....

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 28 July 2012

JamboHouse was a great place to stay in Lamu, and as I hope to return to Lamu in the future, I'd definitely stay there again! I stayed for 3 nights, but would have loved to extend my stay had I not needed to go back to work. Arnold, the owner, was incredibly helpful organizing tours and suggesting restaurants. Despite staying...

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Giriama, Owner at JamboHouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Lamu IS a unique place and we help our guests to have a great experience in Lamu. Also myself, after four years now, I still like Lamu so much. Lamu is also a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi (easy to reach by bus or by plane). We are looking forward to...

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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: ₹ 1,024 - ₹ 1,570 (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.”
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“Upper floor rooms are more airy and less noisy, you also get the view of the town from the balcony!”
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