This was our destination for our first night in Zanzibar before we headed down to Panje, picked purely on the basis of its TA rating. We got a hire car from the airport, the Rumasia is not yet in the satnav 'hotels' list so you have to find the street. No problem, we got straight there and were met by the owner Mohammed and Suliman who does all the work. My first request was for a beer, they do not have a bar so Mohammed bundled me into his car and drove me the 200m to Rocky's Bar (in the grounds of the Baghani House Hotel - do not stay there!) where he bought 6 bottles of beer out of his own pocket and I could 'pay him back later'. There was nothing these guys wouldn't do to help us out, they knew where the nearest money changers was, the best restaurants, ATM, directions to anywhere etc.
I stayed in room 103 which overlooks the road at the front. The room/en suite were fine, with split aircon and fan, nice shower and deep bath. A balcony goes along the front of the first floor so you can sit and watch the world go by - very slowly - as there is not much to see apart from the Chinese noodle makers next door. They have plans to build a 'proper' restaurant/bar terrace on the roof which would be a great addition to the rooms. The breakfast was fine with good coffee and juice. A good start to our vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rumaisa is a comfortable 3-star hotel with 10 double rooms. All of them are beautifully furnished, each in different colors, all in typical Zanzibar style with the comfort that modern life demands - AC, ceiling fan, current hot and cold water, a mini-bar, TV, internet access, en-suite bathroom and toilet. All rooms have at least one balcony, some even two, and are equipped with a built-in solar emergency light ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rumaisa Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town