Everything from the tranquil environment at Msafini Hotel Lamu, to the clean and spacious rooms, the beautiful sea view from the roof top restaurant, to the friendly and always helpful staff makes for a wonderful and relaxing stay.
I spent 10 nights at Msafini and had a superbly prepared dinner there every single night!
Value for money is outstanding compared to other hotels in and around both Shela and Lamu..
This place is located far away from the noisy hustle and bustle of town but close enough to get you to town by foot.
Shela Island is serene and quiet and the hotel situated a stone-throw away from the beach.
It provides great value for money and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Clean rooms and great great fresh food crown the beauty this hotel has to offer.
Walk through Shela village
where there are many beautiful houses and you come across this large yellow
anomaly. Nicknamed the titanic by some in the village it looks too high, too
big and really not very Shela in its style.
However inside is another story. The place is light, airy, well decorated.
The rooms are a decent size, good beds, fans and plenty of veranda spaces with day beds dotted about on each floor.
At the top is an enormous roof terrace with a
wonderful view of the sea on one side the the village and sand dunes on the
I was lucky enough to get the 3rd floor suite which has its own lovely terrace with a daybed, table and chairs, lamu lounge chairs.
A perfect place to hang
out. The bedroom was airy plenty of windows and 3 doors for ventilation, the
bathroom large, clean, well laid out. Water was hot, pressure decent.
Msafini just kept surprising me. I loved the concertina sheet folding variations on the bed each day, the pot plants around the each terrace. The place was also kept spotlessly clean.
The food was of an excellent standard - it seems the chef worked for one of the larger hotels before moving there. Presentation was lovely, the taste so much better than I expected to find at a mid range guest house.
For my part I wish I was still on that roof terrace, drinking fresh juice and staring out to sea.