Cristal Resort
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Cristal Resort

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4.0
#4 of 4 resorts in Paje
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Value
Cristal Resort is located right in the heart of Paje beach and has the best stretch of beautiful white sandy beach in all of Zanzibar. Our Atmosphere is cozy and friendly, tropical and comfortable. If you are looking to get away from the big 5 star resorts and looking for a small and private hotel, this is the Place!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Foot massage
Secured parking
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Wine / champagne
Diving
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Mosquito net
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Housekeeping
Safe
Bottled water
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family Resort
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi, Swahili

Location

Paje Tanzania
Getting there
Good for walkers
Places to stay are graded on a 0-100 scale. The higher the grade, the easier it is for travellers to find restaurants and things to do within walking distance.
Grade: 85 out of 100
85
Kisauni Airport
21.9 mi
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Dar Es Salaam Intl Airport
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185Reviews11Q+A14Room tips

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Michael A wrote a review Jul 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates16 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow! What a resort this is. Probably going to shoot myself in the foot given this review but has to be said I love this place. Clean relaxed friendly and no fuss from anyone. Situated in sand on Paje beach the Echo cabins in the resort are just the ticket to unwind.
Security (not that you need any) are provided by the local warriors who are happy to chat and show you thier "shop".
Regular sweeping by staff give the place a fresh look each morning. Local fresh fruit for breakfast and if you love eggs you're covered.
Are there any negatives..... 1 ! They could feed me enough chilled local beers must get a bigger chiller. Slow Internet my wife said but I never switched my phone on.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Go with an open mind although it is a Muslim island washroom facilities may not be as you expect...
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Pål wrote a review Feb 2020
Notteroy Municipality, Norway29 contributions44 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Bungalow accomodation in very simple houses. We missed aircondition in the very warm weather, but we were provided two fans after a couple of days stay. Very nice and friendly staff. OK breakfast and lunch. The service speed could be faster as almost all other service speed in Zanzibar - Hanna Matata.. 😃 But a special honor to Keytruda (?) for excellent service in the restaurant.
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Date of stay: January 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Ask for a bungalow with air condition - it is at least one house with air condition..
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Lipa wrote a review Feb 2023
Sweden10 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful beach plot and beautifully planned common hotel areas. 2 pools and lots of semi shaded areas during the palm trees for the kids to play. Nice beach bar and food / drinks were decently priced and yummy.

Staff very friendly. Check-in / check-out procedure was time consuming though. We however were a larger group travelling together, and restaurant bills had been mixed up despite asking for them to be billed each room.

Rooms were OK, clean and functional. In the bathroom there was no shower curtains though, hence everything easily got wet. Also no door to the bathroom, only a curtain as separation. AC well functioning at night, but daytime only weak effect and the hotel claimed this was due to limited electricity supply on the island. Of our four rooms there was only one that had a ceiling fan, made a big difference! (rooms in the apartment block at the far end of the hotel)

Average rating as I would have preferred a slightly higher standard of the rooms. At the same time, we made our reservation looking for a reasonably priced option over the holidays. I'd still say we got good value for money compared to many other places in peak season. But don't expect luxury.

Paje has a nice vibe to it! Lots of kite surfers in the water though, a bit stressful at peak times when taking the kids out to swim. Many restaurant options for lunches and dinners that you can walk to even at night which was lovely.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Raimondas V wrote a review Feb 2022
Kaunas, Lithuania63 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
At so nice location and nature it could be a good resort, but there seems to be something wrong with management and staff - many of them are unhappy and does not know the standards of service, it seems like this job is suffering them. And this very strange comparing to other hotels in Zanzibar.

We were travelling as a group of 10 friends, so on arrival to this hotel the check in was very complicated like no where els. The manager was hard to catch up with the situation, the check in process was very lomg and chaotic.

The ECO bungalows are really economic and very old. The terrace doors doesnt close or you can open and close them without a key even its locked so thats good you don't need to care the key, but its not very nice when you have hide your wallet some where because there is no safe box in the room.
The maids changed the towels only once in 4 days and never refilled the shover gel or shampoo.

Overall, the price does not match the quality of euipment and service.

And finally one more thing - the description states that hotel has a tennis court, so we believed and brought our rackets, but instead of a tennis court we found an old crumbling concrete court, which did not even have a net - I attach a photo.
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Date of stay: January 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Roam13867955331 wrote a review Feb 2024
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I wholeheartedly recommend the Cristal Resort in Zanzibar for an enchanting escape. Nestled amid stunning surroundings, this resort offers a unique blend of elegance and comfort. The attention to detail in the design, coupled with personalized service, creates a truly luxurious experience. The Cristal Resort's commitment to showcasing local culture and flavors is evident in its exceptional dining options
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Zarzouk wrote a review Jan 2021
2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really liked this ecolodge because it is on the beach: the most beautiful in Zanzibar. The hut-shaped rooms are in the sand with a sea view. The staff is very kind . The food is very good: good fish and meat, delicious fruits. a perfect right for resting or kiting ... your choice .... total change of scenery! 💙
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Franky M wrote a review Aug 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great staff, great location, great cook. Everything was perfect, a few things might be improved or fixed but the staff is always there to help and make you stay unforgettable. At the end we enjoyed so much to be in a eco style boutique hotel in the middle of the nature rather than in a big resort. Many thanks to all the staff !
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Date of stay: July 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: ECO bungalow with sea view and air conditioning is the best choice in my opinion
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Luluk Suhada wrote a review Mar 2023
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania3 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The beach is fine but full of kite surfers which makes it dangerous to bath and play in the water.
UNprofessional staffs make it worse with the noisy loud staffs chatting amongst themselves in the beach bar competing with loud music (which I wonder why we need loud music in the beach).
The staff gave us WRONG room as they gave us less beds than requested until we protested.
Come and waste your time and money here in this beautiful turquoise beach. FUNtastic!
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Date of stay: March 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Alon H wrote a review Feb 2024
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the most beautiful beaches in Zanzibar.
White sand between coconut trees and amazing tourquize colors of the Indian Ocean.
Very good Asiatic menue, and most importantly lovely welcoming team.

Rooms are ok good clean no luxury but for such level of stars and price it's very ok.

breakfast is nice and tasty.

lovely bar on the beach.
on Thursday they have great beach show and party call Pamoja Festival and guests of the hotel has free entry.
Was an amazing event with local and international taste.
I definitely will return Cristal hotel again
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Rooms are sea front around the white sand. Make sure when you enter the room from the sand to...
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panyirena wrote a review Oct 2021
Zhukovsky, Russia66 contributions12 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I like this hotel very much. New, clean, light bungalow, condition, lovely terass. I enjoy the breakfasts and tasty food of the kitchen. Big territory, marvelous beach ⛱, with bar and good cocktails. The hotel is quite, friendly staff and nice pool area. The decoration of the restaurant and bungalow used eco materials.
My staying there was pleasant.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Answer from Asrade
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia52 contributions20 helpful votes
Hey, thanks for the appreciation. It's the Beach Room. Enjoy
Answer from Patrick R
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania4 contributions
HI, Depend on the Availability, 50% of the total cost of the room. Regards
Answer from Patrick R
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Hi, If you eat and use our restaurant Services we don't charge. You can use our pool and beach. You most Welcome.
margy50 asked a question Aug 2015
St Helens, United Kingdom1 contribution10 helpful votes
hi where goin be stayin at the sol beach hotel how far is the restautrant from there
Alon H wrote a tip Feb 2024
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms are sea front around the white sand. Make sure when you enter the room from the sand to keep the sand out of the room. "
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Franky M wrote a tip Aug 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"ECO bungalow with sea view and air conditioning is the best choice in my opinion"
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Michael A wrote a tip Jul 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates16 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go with an open mind although it is a Muslim island washroom facilities may not be as you expect so please don't rant and rave and scream at staff like I witness. "
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Pål wrote a tip Feb 2020
Notteroy Municipality, Norway29 contributions44 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a bungalow with air condition - it is at least one house with air condition.."
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KarenLCT wrote a tip Aug 2018
Cape Town Central, South Africa155 contributions50 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you want 24-hour wi-fi get a room close to recption. If you want peace and tranquility away from the pool area, pick a beach bungalow."
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PRICE RANGE
£107 - £130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
cristal resort ltd hotel zanzibar, cristal hotel zanzibar, cristal hotel ltd
LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandPaje
NUMBER OF ROOMS
30
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cristal Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Cristal Resort?
Nearby attractions include Paje Beach (0.1 miles), The Village Market (0.3 miles), and Hushop (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Cristal Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Cristal Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Cristal Resort?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cristal Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include ZanziBarista, Ratatouille, and Aluna Paje Resta & Sunset Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cristal Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Cristal Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Cristal Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Cristal Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cristal Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and Swahili.
Does Cristal Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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