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Market Lodge
Ranked #132 of 201 Zanzibar Island B&B and Inns
Haltern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
2 reviews
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“Very good decision ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

... to choose this place. Five minutes to walk from the central Creek Road with Daladala and bus station, markets and the entrance to old Stonetown. In the middle of a local market centre with better prices than in more touristic areas. Quiet at night, and upstairs you have a great view over the whole town. The friendly staff is exceptional, picked me up at the airport and brought me back there after a second stay at the end of my holidays. Clean, cool rooms, free WIFI, shower-gel and soap, 1 l water everyday, and I felt save and comfortable. Thank you!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Klaus H
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Saleem_Market_Lodge, Manager at Market Lodge, responded to this review, 14 February 2014
Dear Klaus H,
Thank you very much for choosing The Market Lodge for your stay. We are really grateful for your kind words and your satisfaction with our services. We are looking forward to host you again in future with even more better service and facilities.
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

Certainly this is not a luxury hotel. But, if you are looking for a budget accommodation, this is certainly is a good choice that of good value for your money.

The lodge is well located. It is within walking distance to Stone Town and the Fruit Market. Most taxi drivers know the place.

All the staff were friendly and helpful. They provided good service and attendance to their guests. Their manager, Mr. Saleem, had been particularly helpful. Just to mention a few: He helped us to arrange our day tours and provided personal attendance and follow-up actions with the tour operator. He gave good recommendations for restaurants in Stone Town. He helped to sort out the wifi connection problem in our room even late at night. He helped us buying ferry tickets to Dar es Salaam and arranged comfortable transportation to the ferry terminal.

As a whole, I will recommend this lodge to everyone who are looking for a budget accommodation in Zanzibar City.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Raymond C
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Saleem_Market_Lodge, Manager at Market Lodge, responded to this review, 14 February 2014
Dear Mr. Raymond C,

We are grateful for your appreciating comments for our services and staff. Your comments are highly valuable for us which enable us to enhance the quality of our services. It was very pleasant to serve you and we look forward to host you again in future.
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Montreal
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

Overview:
We chose Market Lodge (ML) based on Tripadvisor Reviews and price. While the accommodations were simple, it was clean, had A/C, and the staff were absolutely amazing.

Accommodations:
When I first stepped in, the place really wasn't much. The double room (2 beds) was very small, and there wasn't much space to even put our luggage. But everything was clean, had A/C and private bathroom. However, the WIFI wasn't working on my devices, and we were greeted by Saleem (owner) - who was very, very accommodating and friendly - and we moved to a 1 queen bed room. While the room was the same size, it felt more spacious. Again, exceptionally clean, own bathroom and A/C. Bathroom smells a bit funny, but that's it.

Amenities:
I don't care about amenities, so the lack of a fancy restaurant or pool or conference lounge etc. didn't bother me. There's a nice top floor eating area for breakfast and view of the area, and WIFI is free. They also have laundry service. Simple, but has all a traveller needs.

Location:
It's in a local market area, with few touristy stuff. No one's asking us if we want taxi or buy their stuff. Just totally in the middle of their regular lives. It's quite close to the main touristy stuffs (10 min walk), and easy to locate.

Staff:
Some of the best staff I've ever met! Saleem was super nice, worked with us through the WIFI/room change with full cooperation and no hint of annoyance, and was friendly throughout our stay. Ibrahim and Mashaka at the front were equally friendly and helpful, giving us maps and telling us where things are. We had trouble with getting my memory card read for my camera at multiple Internet cafes, but here, they couldn't be more helpful. Just amazing.

Summary:
Great value for basic accommodations, but it has everything you need, and the most helpful staff! Would come again!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
Helpful?
Thank Wayne C
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Saleem_Market_Lodge, Manager at Market Lodge, responded to this review, 14 February 2014
Dear Mr. Wayne C,
Thank you very much for your very nice and full description of our hotel. We really appreciate your kind words for our staff and services. It was indeed our pleasure to serve you as our valued guest. We always try to follow guest demands and their comments are highly important for us to enhance our level of service quality. We look forward to serve you again when you will land on the Island in future.
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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

Market Lodge is a great place. Its in town and close to everything! Great food and great rooms! Most of all the staff is so good to you, the manager is very helpful and relaxed person, I missed tv in the room and not outside and restaurant (but u can order indian take away which is bonus!). In total I was happy about my decision and I would love to stay at ML again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Valleida
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Saleem_Market_Lodge, Manager at Market Lodge, responded to this review, 11 February 2014
Dear Valleida,
we thank you for your kind words regarding our service and staff. we are working on our own restaurant and soon it will be available for our valued guest with same great food. Furthermore, I thank you for choosing Market Lodge. We will try our best to give personalized service to our guests and maintain our standards & do even more better for guest satisfaction. we look forward to host you again in future.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

We had a great stay in Stone Town at Market Lodge. The only reason I couldn't rate it Excellent was for the lack of restaurant, however, this is in the pipeline and my husband and I look forward to returning to sample it. The hotel organised us a delicious Indian meal from their sister hotel across town which was a tasty replacement!
Great views, lovely friendly staff and a competent manager

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CarolineBeaton
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Saleem_Market_Lodge, Manager at Market Lodge, responded to this review, 14 February 2014
Dear CarolineBeaton,

Thank you very much for your valuable comments about our staff and services. We are seriously working on our restaurant and soon it will be available for guests with great food. we would like to give you even more better service including our own restaurant food on your next visit to Zanzibar.
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Augsburg, Germany
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

We chosed the Market Lodge because of the good value. At first we were a bit confused to find the hotel situated in the middle of a very bussy street surrounded by local shops, but it is safe and we had nothing to complain.The room was very clean an nice arranged, the mattress was quite good and the room service great (they came in the morning to make the bed nice for the day and in the evening to make it ready to sleep and to put down the mosquito net) The breakfast is like it is in Zanzibar: Eggs, juice, fresh fruits bread, jam, tee and coffe wich is served at the roof top. You just have to adapt to the muezzin who starts praying at 5 am... You can walk to all the important sights of stone town and even at night time you feel safe. But best of all is the manager Mr. Saleem and the hotel staff. They are the best staff ever!! Very friendly and helpfull and always with a smile. They arranged all the tours, transports and helped us with everything we needed. They made us feel at home and gave us a very pleasant stay. The Market Lodge is just like a one star hotel, but the service would get five stars from us. It is a great choice for your first days in Zanzibar, for they will help you with everything! Best value, best staff, best hotel! Thank you again Mr. Saleem & staff!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
2 Thank BuSi2014
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Saleem_Market_Lodge, Manager at Market Lodge, responded to this review, 14 February 2014
Dear BuSi2014,

Thank you very much for your wonderful comments and review. We were pleased to have you as our valued guest and really appreciate your kind words for our service and staff. We are happy that you liked our services and breakfast along with the location of the hotel. We look forward to serve you even better on your next trip to Zanzibar.
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Darwin, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed at the MARKET LODGE for one night at the end of our time in Zanzibar and would not hesitate to recommend it to others. We picked it based on the combination of price and great reviews on trip adviser. A very highly recommended choice!!!
for me is the best place to live in zanzibar with family and friends.i am going to visit again .. very soon .. Thank you again ..

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
2 Thank manoj p
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Saleem_Market_Lodge, Manager at Market Lodge, responded to this review, 14 February 2014
Dear 2manu,
We are very much delighted that you liked out hotel and services. Thank you very much for choosing Market Lodge. We would like to serve you again as our valued guest.
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Property: Market Lodge
Address: Plot 2572, Mtendeni, Stone Town | Mchangani, Buyuni, P.O. Box 4858, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #132 of 201 B&Bs / Inns in Zanzibar Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Market Lodge 1*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Zanzibar’s residential area, the Market Lodge Hotel is located minutes from the Darajani Market, business district and main bus stop making it easy to see the real Zanzibar and get around while you are visiting. All of the bedrooms feature authentic local wooden carved furnishings and modern features such as state of the art bathrooms, hot showers and electricity backed by a generator. Market Lodge Hotel offers a range of delicious local cuisine in a sanitary environment cooked to your individual preferences. Our affordable rates and central location allow you to experience everything that Zanzibar has to offer and our concierge/tour services allow you to arrange any excursions right from the comfort of your room. Affordable rates and great quality – for Comfort, Value and Convenience in the heart of Zanzibar, meet us at the Market Lodge ... more   less 
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