Single room with private balcony

5% discount

from $38

per night

Response rate

84%

Response time

a couple of days

Reviews

2

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Msafini Hotel has fourteen spacious and well-ventilated en-suite rooms, each with a private balcony.

The furniture and decor is traditional, the bathrooms have plenty of hot water, and the high-speed wifi is complementary.

Our beautiful common spaces, including an open-air private pool and the rooftop with stunning views, offer plenty of options for relaxing into your setting.

We have rooms with views of the sea and others with views of the dunes. Accommodations vary in size and style, with options for Twin, Double and Triple rooms. Ask us about our bed-and-breakfast, half-board and full-board options, too.

Built in 2007, Msafini Hotel is situated in the middle of charming Shela Village on Lamu Island, off the northern coast of Kenya. The limestone, five-story structure combines modern architecture and traditional Swahili design for an authentic yet comfortable stay.

The hotel is a two-minute walk from the white-sand beaches of Shela, and a 10-minute boat ride to Lamu Town, the oldest Swahili settlement in East Africa and a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Msafini is a family-owned and -run hotel. We’ve been in Lamu for centuries and we’re happy to share our culture and traditions with guests. We can customize your stay for the perfect experience, organize celebrations, and easily accommodate groups and conferences.

Our Mango Rooftop Restaurant boasts views of the entire village, the sand dunes, Manda Island and the sea. Enjoy made-to-order breakfast, lunch or dinner on top of the tallest building in Shela. The rooftop is breezy and serene, and the food is delicious.

Our chef specializes in Swahili cuisine, which features a variety of seafood, flavorful sauces, exotic spices, fresh vegetables and fruits. Common staples, such as rice and beans, are made with fresh coconut and stewed to perfection.

Watch the sunrise while sipping on fresh passionfruit, watermelon, lime or mango juice… or enjoy the sunset with a cup of brewed Swahili tea or coffee, prepared with ginger, cardamom and cinnamon.

We’re also happy to provide all-day room service, where you can enjoy views from your private balcony.

About Shela and Lamu

Before becoming an attraction for its pristine white-sand beaches, Shela was a sleepy fishing village on the southern tip of Lamu Island.

The tropical island off the Kenyan coast in the Indian Ocean is rich in culture, tradition and natural beauty. Lamu Old Town, the oldest Swahili settlement in East Africa and a UNESCO heritage site, is a 10-minute boat ride, or 40-minute stroll, from Shela.

With no cars, our healthy Swahili cuisine, regular yoga classes, and of course the sun-sand-sail draw, we are quickly becoming East Africa’s wellness destination. Without the stress and rush of modern life, it’s easy to feel a million miles away, especially in tranquil Shela Village.

There’s plenty more to our story, of course, and we’ll gladly set you up on a guided walking tour of Shela and Lamu.

Features

In your room
  • Ocean view
  • Garden view
  • Mountain view
  • Pool view
  • Shower
  • En-suite
  • Breakfast
  • Balcony
Around the place
  • Beach towels
  • Family friendly
  • Front desk safe
  • Gift shop
  • Room service
  • Towel and linen service
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Boat captain
  • Gardener
  • Housekeeper
  • Security guard
  • Hot water
  • Massage
  • Pool
  • Water sports centre

Reviews

Accuracy Value Cleanliness Location Service Check-in
Superb!
2 reviews
4.9 2
Naoto Shibui Kenya
Great place.
Stayed with host as a couple in January 2014
Sarah USA
I can't say enough about this place. My boyfriend and I stayed here for only one night and we actually thought they may have had us confused for other people, maybe someone rich or famous, based on the quality of service we received. It was THE most affordable option on Shela and I can't imagine having a better experience in any of more expensive hotels. From the moment you get off of the boat, the staff is there for you and will cater to your every need, they even assign you a personal attendant! We had John helping us the whole time and he was absolutely phenomenal- he went into town to buy our bus tickets on his break because he insisted that we should have more time on the beach, bought us some beer from the hotel next door (alcohol is not served there) and brought it to our room, and gave us great advice on how to spend our time in Lamu. To add to all of that, the rooms are incredible! We had a great view of the beach, our own huge private veranda, a nice hot shower, and fresh flowers sprinkled across the bed when we arrived. I wish we could have stayed here longer, honestly couldn't have asked for more. I highly recommend Msafini Hotel!
Stayed with host as a couple in August 2013
5% discount

from $38

per night

Response rate

84%

Response time

a couple of days

Reviews

2

Pinned 5 times
Beach Scenic Budget
  • 5% resident discount
  • Pay later available
  • Verified listing
  • Best price guaranteed
Location Msafini Hotel – Shela Village
Space offered Hotel room
Includes Private room to yourselves
Sleeps 1
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
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