Jannat House – Lamu Town

In 1986 Hans Freijd (Swedish) bought this 18th Century merchant’s house, which was formerly owned by the famous Muawiya family, descendant from the uncle of the Prophet Mumammed. For many years the house was a private guest house for family and friends. It became a busy place and was finally commercialized and run as a small hotel by its 3 Swedish owners. Situated in the heart of the Old Lamu Stone Town, this small hotel has 17 rooms, 5 terraces, an ‘a la carte’ restaurant and small salt-water pool in an interior courtyard with a bar. Rooms are furnished with African/Arabic antiques. There are several spacious terraces, some overlooking the pool. Cuisine in the restaurant is influenced by the Swahili flavour, characterized by coconut milk and Arabic spices. The restaurant maintains a smart-casual dress code for dinner. A la carte and barbecue dinners are common. Some rooms have been recently renovated and are small but of higher standard than the old rooms. Some rooms are self contained, others share bathrooms.