Overall, we enjoyed our 3 days at the Queen of Sheba. We loved the location. The hotel sits on a sandy outcrop of rock over turquoise blue water and white sandy beach - a picture of paradise. The hotel is small and there were only a few other guests, so we had the beach almost to ourselves. The floor of the water is nearly flat, which made for good swimming right by the shore at high tide, or being able to wade hundreds of feet out from the shore at low tide. We booked excursions at the hotel bar and had a romantic three nights by the ocean. However, the hotel itself seems to cut corners. The room didn't really have hot water (it was kind of lukewarm), which wasn't too huge a deal with the tropical climate (with no air conditioning). We did find one cockroach in our bathroom and weren't too impressed with the cleanliness of the room. The service at the restaurant is slow (they recommend putting your dinner order in at lunch so it's ready in time for dinner, but it still was a wait some nights and always a wait at lunch). The food was mostly okay, but we were there for Christmas Day and they served a special meal of barbecued goat. We were excited to try an exotic Christmas Dinner, but the meat was so tough that we could only eat about half of it because we literally could not chew the rest. This hotel is cheaper than many other options on the island, and it feels cheaper, too. I highly recommend the town of Pongwe as a more secluded part of the island with great beaches, but if you can afford a nicer hotel in the area you might enjoy it more.
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- Also Known As:
- Queen Of Sheba Beach Hotel Pongwe, Zanzibar Island