In a town where every building wants to top the preservation stakes, Lamu House stands out. It consists of two fused Swahili villas. Each of its handful of rooms is individually decorated and comes with a breezy private terrace, while the common spaces are a riot of woodcarvings and art. The excellent Moonrise restaurant serves fine Swahili cuisine.
A free boat service to Manda Island leaves from here every morning at 8am.