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Pyramid Hotel
Ranked #156 of 167 Hotels in Zanzibar Island
Brussels, Belgium
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“better options can be found for that price”
Reviewed 20 October 2011

50 usd with breakfast. centrally located in old merchants house with authentic features near ferry station. 4 poster beds with mosquitonets and ceiling fan or airco. poor breakfast on rooftop that is very miserable and dirty. flooded bathroom after showering. multiple power breaks: when generator works it pumps dirty fumes directly in the rooms of the ground floor.
no fire escape and all windows are barred so there is a real fire hazard. acces to internet for 2000 TS an hour

Room Tip: rooms on the first floor seem to be the best. avoid ground and second floors
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Stavanger, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2011

We had a nice room with a great huge bed and huge bathroom (not much else in the room though), and gorgeous rooftop terrace with included breakfast. The staff was helpful and it was a 3 minute walk from the ferry terminal. There are even little signs so you don't get too lost in the winding alley ways! We loved Zanzibar and Zanzibar Town is so gorgeous, definitely going back and would stay here again in a minute!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2011

The price is more than ok. The lady that manages the hotel is very nice. The hotel is beautiful and well located. The bedroom is ok, a bit dark, but clean. Breakfast on the terrace of the hotel with a great view of the city.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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Berkeley CA
2 reviews
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Reviewed 24 January 2010

If you expect honesty or professionalism from hotel management, you will not find it here.

I emailed the manager for a price quote for a triple and he replied with a price for a triple. When we checked in, the reception clerk refused to give the agreed-upon price. The next day, I showed the manager a print-out of our email exchange. It confirmed that I was right. We hoped for a simple refund of the money that we were owed. Instead, the manager was insulting, arrogant and condescending . Not only did he refuse to return our money, he blamed us for pointing out his mistake. He called us heartless culturally insensitive for daring to asking for our money back.

A businessperson who makes a mistake knows to apologize and correct the mistake. He did not apologize. He avoided accepting blame and chose to blame it on us. Further, he was baffled at the idea that you have to take responsibility for your own mistake. During our conversation, I was uncertain whether I was speaking to a grown man, or to one of the six-year-olds in my classroom.

Save your time and your money. Bring your dollars to places where honesty and courtesy are not foreign concepts. Avoid the Pyramid Hotel.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with friends
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Dublin
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Reviewed 9 January 2010

Centrally located off side street, well signposted from Mercury's Restaurant. Very friendly management and very helpful. Organised a good value spice tour for 15$, even the bottled water is cheaper than shops. Old style decor gives lovely charm to rooms. Basic bathroom but clean, however fans are little old and not very fast so in hot season it was very warm and humid at night, but power was off on whole island so generator stopped at 12, some are smaller and darker so ask before you book if they are to front.

The rooftop breakfast was one of the best we had all holiday, lovely fresh fruit, bread, eggs. I would recommend the hotel to utilise the rooftop terrace better, with maybe big colourful cushions for sitting and reading and enjoying the fresh breeze and views of old stonetown. The stairs are very steep, but manageble even in my 5 month pregnant state, and added to the charm of the place.

We found that the price offers good value for money compared to other places for what you get, and we returned there after our tour of island for additional stay. We had left some items behind by accident and was delighted to see that reception had them. Nice staff, good location.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pyramid Hotel
Address: | PO Box 254, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island
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Ranked #156 of 167 Hotels in Zanzibar Island
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Number of rooms: 11
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