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Zanzibar Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mazizini
Stockholm, Sweden
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“Decent hotel for african standard”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

I visited this hotel few years back and all I remember is their swimming pool.

I guess the swimming pool they have will be in the list of top 5 swimming pools in zanzibar island.

as others mentioned, please wear long sleeves, jeans and dress shoes nevertheless hot temperature because the mosquitos will never be your friend during your stay.

they may have decent architectural ornaments, pleasing your eyes with traditional looks but they picked very bad beach to be located to(in comparison of Nungwi or Kiwengwa beach resorts).

to mention their food... it was quite challenging to see the taste being not reliable. they seemed to have no stadard recipe and you will notice it in a heart beat because even if you ordered the same menu throughout your stay, it will always be different each time you taste them.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

Our stay at this hotel for the New year was extremely disappointing. The room furniture was dated, shower didn't have hot water, bed sheets and towels were ripped and stained, TV never worked. Maintenance came on three separate occasions in a single afternoon and never came back to fix the problem.
Staff were friendly but most of the time appeared confused with lack of supervision. On New Year's day, the breakfast buffet was cold and had very limited items to select from.

On many occasions I have stayed the sister hotel-Kunduchi Beach hotel in Dar-Es-salaam and have thoroughly enjoyed my stays there-whether it was for business or pleasure. I had wrongly made the assumption that Zanzibar Beach Resort would have the same excellent standard as Kunduchi.

Funnily enough, on 2nd January, that is when all the Wazungu 'managers' resurfaced and could be seen around the hotel- I assume they too were on vacation during the busiest time of the year and let the hotel run itself with junior staff.

The Zanzibar Beach Resort at its best is a budget hotel.

Well worth hotels need to shut down and renovate this property and change management.

Would not recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nakuru, Kenya
1 review
Reviewed 4 January 2014

If you are interested in having your belongings or money stolen, then this is the place for you. Reclaiming anything is a waste of time as you will be brushed off in the name of 'ongoing investigations!!' The cherry on top is a pathetic beach, full of dirt, and not forgetting the bugs in the room! A horrible experience that no one should be subjected to. The most annoying part was the staff that steal your money and valuables and the management that entertains such nonsense! Pathetic is the most polite word for this resort!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

My stay at Zanzibar Beach Resort in December 2013 was a very pleasant one. We were very warmly received by the staff. All were extremely friendly and were always willing to please.
I found the approach of the GM , Mr Derick Grose to be very warm.

The Food and Beverage Manager , Mr Dayne , is most amazing and friendly.He also assisted me to find my way around the island.
It was through his recommendation that we visited Chumbe Islands ...Many Thanks.

Im glad to see that there are efforts made to improve the amenities..The pool , tiling etc.

I would recommend this resort to people who are seeking a budget option and at the same time gaining value for money..
It wont be long before the rates in this resort will be unaffordable to the person seeking a budget option mini break.

The meals were good. The staff are ever so kind.
A good base from which one could explore Zanzibar..
The city was a STONES throw away..and the resort offered a FREE shuttle service which costs 20 000 Ts daily return
Regards
Farouk Ismail

Room Tip: opt for the SUPER DELUX..We were blessed to have the front unit ( 112 ) for the full week
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Madurai
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Just like any other resort in Zanzibar this one is also located on the shoreline.One has to be a little adventerous to make their stay comfortable.Though the lack of modern facilities can hurt some, one has to remember that they are in Africa,adventure is the name of the game.Very warm and friendly staff.Take a stroll on the correl banks on low tide,be different dont look for sandy shores, experience picking up some shells and snails.Dont venture bare foot.Overall an experience to remember.Catch the early son,watch people treking to boats on lowtide.

Room Tip: Get the ones on ground floor.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2013

If you are looking for that dream 'Africa experience' I would recommend staying elsewhere. This hotel is functional, and the staff are polite and friendly, BUT (as others have said), it is quite dated, and getting a bit shabby.
There is no hot water in the showers in the morning (I think the hot water is heated by the sun, so better to have your shower in the evening).
There are cats EVERYWHERE (this seems to be a problem across Zanzibar though).
The pool is closed for maintenance until November 2013, and there are no beach services (such as sun loungers, or beach bars) nearby.
The rooms are cleaned every day, but because the bathrooms are quite old, and the taps rusty, tiles cracked etc, they just have a dirty look about them.
The complimentary coffee in the rooms is that pre-mixed coffee/creamer/sugar mix (which is sad considering the region is famous for its coffee production).
The food was average. There is only internet access in the bar/lobby area (despite the apparent availability of several wifi networks associated with the hotel)
The staff were friendly, the bed was firm and comfortable, and it was pretty quiet when you needed to sleep, and these are the reasons I am giving a rating of 3/5.
I would seriously recommend that the owner(s) invest some money in bringing this hotel up to a standard that would make someone want to come back here on holiday, rather than being thankful that they were only here for a few days on business.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2013

Location is good - direct access to the beach; free daily shuttle to Stonetown (walking distance along the beach), airport 5 mins away, rooms big - I paid no single supplement via AfricaStay Groupon deal, Awesome! Wonderful breakfast buffet from 6:00 to 9:00 (Add 1 hour for Zanzi-time). Remember to bring electric plug adapter. Swaili speaking staff friendly and English is understandable. Great air-conditioning in rooms - fans and air-cons that work! Negotiate tour prices with Safari Blue and Sun Tours! Resort has dynamic management - now part of Three Cities Group - after renovations prices may be increased - might be a good time to get a good deal now. : )

Room Tip: Rooms away from the restaurant and swimming pool are more quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Zanzibar Beach Resort
Address: Mazizini | Kiembe Samaki, Mazizini 2586, Tanzania (Formerly Fisherman's Resort)
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Mazizini
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mazizini
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Zanzibar Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zanzibar Beach Resort, located only 5 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the famous Stone Town. 4-Star, 72 en-suite rooms, 2 unique restaurants, 2 bars including a pool bar, 8 conference & banquet halls Having one of Zanzibar's Largest Pools, Gym, Spa, Corporate Meeting Facilities, Laundry, Shisha Lounge, Weekend & Festive Poolside Entertainment, Menu Variety from Continental-Indian-Swahili-Arabic Cuisines... ... more   less 
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