This is our first review, and one we felt we had to write as the Nyuma Gereza suited our needs so perfectly in Lamu Town. As a bit of context, this was the Kenya leg of our round the world trip, so budget options are very important to us at the moment! Nyuma Gereza was the best deal we found in Lamu Town for budget travellers - true budget options becoming rarer as Lamu experiences its up-market tourism boom. Abdullah, the owner, was a considerate no-nonsense host, providing us with excellent advice on what to see, what scams and touts to avoid (!), where to eat or buy food for cooking ourselves...all with a view to us getting the best local prices, real local experiences and reliable service. This is one of the only places in town that doesn't pay commission to the touts claiming they've found you a place to stay and who, in the process, increase your accommodation costs.
Our room was clean and comfortable, and also very charming as the hotel is in one of the oldest buildings by the old fort and has many original features. There is a small courtyard with beautifully kept plants where we enjoyed sweet tea and local cakes that we bought nearby. We also found the option of a small stove and catering for ourselves for the odd meal a real bonus. We also stayed for a few days in a place on the seafront, but on balance we preferred this location which we found more atmospheric and ideally placed for ambling the alleys and lanes of Lamu Town. Listening to the old town come to life in the evenings, the sun setting in the sky, the market traders advertising their wares and residents congregating in the fort square for their nightly chat was a delight. For a few days of beachside r&r we preferred to be situated in Shela itself, just a short walk from Lamu Beach.
To avoid the touts and get to the hotel unscathed, just turn left along the promenade when you get off the jetty, turn right when you see the fort on your right hand side and then walk around to the top left hand corner of the fort - Nyuma Gereza is just opposite. I think there's also a website, but we didn't pre book using it as we were in Lamu just before peak season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Home Away From Home." Clean, spacious and affordable accommodation on Lamu island in Kenya! Rates: 1500 KES per room per night (approx $19USD/€14 EUR)- prices negotiable- large bathroom- linen/towels included- working electricity sockets- mosquito nets- reading/sitting area- kitchen facilities/self-catering. ... more less