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Book this 3 bedroom house in Lamu Island today! A total of 6 people can sleep here comfortably.
Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 4.5/5 thanks to an average of 15 reviews.
Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $828, depending on travel dates.
The owner responds to 86% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Aug 04, 2017.
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About the owner
About the owner
Tourist License: 00960
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- Calendar last updated:
- 04 Aug 2017
- Overall rating:
Languages spoken: English, German
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Lamu Attractions
- Ceiling Fans
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- CD player
- Balcony or terrace
- Climbing frame
- Smoking allowed
– based on 15 reviews
- Very Good
“Joyful stay !”
We visited Lamu in September and had a great holiday. Apendalo House was absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed to stay on the roof top terrace, nice views and a good breeze. The "natural air condition" works fantastic: by opening/closing windows and doors you adjust the breeze through the house. The wind finds its way into and out of the house. Perfect climate and fresh air guarantees a good sleep. Katana took good care of us and became a good friend, as he is very friendly and communicative. He arranged our very special dhow trip. We´ll remember for the rest of our lifes. We will come back to apendalo House hopefully next year.
Response from the owner Thanks!
“Spacious yet cozy place to relax by the sea”
I have already spread the word about this find! The house is gorgeous with big comfy beds with clean white sheets. The rooftop is the best feature and where we spent most of our time looking out over the sea. Katana took great care of us. He made us feel welcome from the momet we arrived at the airport. Katana's connection to the community made us feel at home, and also made planning convenient. I will stay here again the next time I'm in Lamu!
Response from the owner Dear Danielle, thanks a lot. I am glad you liked it. Please come back whenever you like! Herbert + Katana
“Stone Town comes alive”
The apendalo House is located just off the bustling heart of Lamu's Stone Town. If you are looking for easy access to the towns culture, this is the place. The house itself is a beautiful four story, Swahili style building. It is very open and airy, with great winds to cool down even the hottest of days. Additionally, Katana - your liaison for your stay - can set you up with everything, from dhow rides to specially made morning fruit juices. We would also recommend going with a hired chef. If you have a large group, this is easier, cheaper and nicer than eating out. However, take note not to confuse this part of Lamu with Shela, which is where many tourists go for beach lounging and complete tranquility. Lamu's Stone Town is a living place, which means donkeys braying and regular call to prayers from the many nearby mosques. For us, this added to the charm. And while the apendalo House is only about 30 meters from the beach, this is not a place where you can swim but instead enjoy watching the dhows being loaded and unloaded as they have for centuries.
Response from the owner I am very happy about your review, as ist shows you cought the Lamu spirit. Please come back to Apendalo House whenever you like. Herbert
The service provided by the onsite caretaker, Katana, was amazing. He made the entire experience what it was. Katana was friendly, hardworking, dependable, and trustworthy. The home itself was good and clean with good accommodations. However, the view was not as good as we had hoped. We were blocked from seeing much of the water by the other buildings, most of which were run down. However, there was a slight view. Nevertheless, spending time on the rooftop was a great way to start and end the day. The nearest mosque was very close, and the speakers were almost right outside our bedroom window. So 4:30am call to prayers blasted us awake daily. The next call to prayer came about 20 minutes later, so returning to sleep was almost impossible. The early mornings took a toll. The island of Lamu was fun and beautiful. I would have liked being closer to Shela beach. However, we also enjoyed spending time in Lamu town and we enjoyed apendalo house. The owner was good to work with and Katana made the whole experience better than it would have been anywhere else.
Response from the owner There are abt. 35 mosques in Lamu Town and abt. 3000 donkies. Take this "noise" as part of the show! I am glad you liked it.
“relaxing and very interesting”
The services offered by Katana was excellent, he is a very kind, friendly and nice boy. The house was generally good, but the kitchen should be more organized, there is a lack of kitchen utensiles (oven, tray, plastic table cloth, more glasses, plates, forks, knife that can really cut, small saucepan for milk, scissors, washing machine) The location was very good, we liked very much to stay in the top roof after dinner; we didn't like all the noises during the night (donkeys) and early in the morning (the muslim prayer) but we know that these are not your fault...
Response from the owner Sorry, a washing machine and an oven has never been offered! How many glasses did you 4 people need? There are water-glasses, juice-glasses and wine-glasses! There is also a sharpening rod,.... Anyway, after all you enjoyed your stay - and thats important to me! Thanks for coming to Apendalo House.
“Perfect place to stay in Lamu”
Apendalo House was exactly what my family and I were looking for in Lamu. Lamu itself is beautiful, friendly, and charming. The house is all of that and more. Katana makes sure everything is perfect for your stay, from picking you up at the airport to finding the best dhow captain for a sunset cruise. We bought live lobsters on the street when we first arrived, and Katana arranged to have a chef come in and cook it for us, along with coconut rice and plenty of vegetables. The breezes that come through the house are perfect for sleeping. The rooftop was the perfect place to chill out after a day of walking all over the island. I cannot recommend this place enough. When I return to Lamu, I will also return to apendalo House.
Response from the owner Dear April, thanks a lot. I am happy you have found your home on Lamu Island, "the slow motion island". Please come back to Apendalo House whenever you get "homesick".
“We really enjoyed Lamu--a wonderful experience.”
If you like five star resorts where the local area is just scenery this is not for you. Apendalo house is an opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture. That can include some negatives as well as positives, but overall this is a wonderful place. Appendalo House is a beautiful Swahili style house, and you feel very safe and secure there. Everything is very cheap in Lamu, and you could easily live on $10 a day. We bought some beautiful silver jewellery, tailored clothing and lots of souvenirs. I can't speak highly enough of Katana, the housekeeper. A lovely, Christian young man, hard working and with impeccable manners. Would love to go back one day!
Response from the owner Thank you very much Greg. Katana and I would like to host you and your family again, any time!
A unic experience very involving. Ther's also the opportunity to have a cooker very convenient from all point of view. I suggest to bring cash with you during your stay in Lamu.
“lively, friendly, colourful and warm!”
Very nice to stay inside Lamu, the house is nice and clean, the attendant Katana was very friendly and helpful. 1 suggestion would be to impregnate the mosquito nets with K-Otrin or equivalent as we were literally eaten by mospuitoes despite the nets.
We spent 6 nighsts in apendalo House and it was hard to leave it. It is such a beautiful house,large, nicely furnitured in swah. style.Very good situated, beautiful view from roof top. and a very friendly and helpful Katana who made us nice jus and breakfeast and organized trips for us.Hop to come back again-