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“Lots of potential - but not fulfilled”
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Chavda Hotel Ltd
Ranked #30 of 34 Hotels in Stone Town
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Lots of potential - but not fulfilled”
Reviewed 18 June 2013 via mobile

Unfortunately we were hugely disappointed with our stay at Chavda. The hotel has so much potential (it is a huge building, the rooms are massive, rooftop restaurant with a decent sunset view, leaves you with the impression that with a bit of effort and time, the place could be spectacular) but unfortunately there was no evidence of any management at this place or any desire to make it into a good hotel.
Positives:
1) one of the guys on reception was friendly and helped us with our queries - finding a pharmacy etc;
2) good central location;
3) wifi throughout.
Negatives:
1) rooms are big but dated. Bathroom needs revamping (even more dated than the room itself) and wasn't very nice.
2) breakfast was one of the worst we had across Tanzania - no fresh juice, despite there only seeming to be 4 guests in the hotel, there was no cutlery - simple things but when you are paying a fair amount of money for bed and breakfast, it is the small things that make a difference. Similarly in the evening, the rooftop bar could be a great place to hang out - the view is great.
Unfortunately the hotel doesn't seem interested in making this a nice place to spend time - the staff were watching tv, no music, fairly indifferent to us being there.

We have nothing to compare this hotel to in Stone Town - but we assume you can get something better for your money than we felt we were getting here.

  • Stayed June 2013
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stuhr
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2013

The rooms are nice but not a nice view. The staff are very helpfull. But one big negativ is. They not acept cc!! I was in big truble about that and i must paid the room with my last cash.
Nice view from the top over the town. Breakfast are good.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Sydney
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 January 2013

Wouldnt recommend this hotel from our experience, as recon you could find much better for the price range.
Rooms large, no view, entrance in a small alley. My husband and I were dying for a shower on arrival after travelling for 24hours. The water wasn't hot, the shower head snapped off the wall and the bathroom ended up saturated. We had to hold the shower head for each other to quickly shower under the cold water. We spoke with management to be moved to another room (mind you they had told us this was one of their best rooms ). They did move us promptly to another room with a working shower. Internet in hotel only worked in lobby area which is frustrating to sit down there while mosquitoes eat you.
Location was good and a very short walk to main street and not far to beach front.
Hotel staff spend there time pressuring us into doing the spice tour which we declined in the end cause they continued to ask us and up sell packages... Not what we wanted after travelling for 24hrs.
Our highlight of our stay in stone town was a seafood platter on the beach front and a must visit to the night fisherman markets for pizza and sugar cane juice :)

Room Tip: Don't bother look for another hotel in similar price range
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hartford, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
254 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2013

I stayed a week and the staff was very friendly. We had a lot of great conversations and laughs.
while there I came down with the flu and Alex from the front desk sent Ali up to my room to check up on me. He came saw I was sleeping and ok and reported back. This, to me represents real friends not just staff guest.

The rooftop restaurant is a great place to eat, good food, good staff and fair prices.

Rooms all air conditioned . Just stay out of a single room. They are so small you can't move in them.

They upgraded from 101 to 504. Hard to believe I was in the same hotel. Very nice room.

Room Tip: Get a double room.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Travelloverdelmundo
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Otley
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2013

A little late adding as we were there in October.

Room was nice and large; we only ate at there for breakfast but all was fine with good views over Stone Town. Staff always friendly and helpful and the room kept clean. Any issues we had were resolved straight away (mainly down to power cuts Stone Town wide).

Out of the door, turn left and you are soon at Jaws Corner and into the heart of Stone Town.

The only negative mark was we were meant to be picked up from the airport and there was no-one so we had to sort the taxi ourselves; they did sort one for us on the return.

If I went to Stone Town again - and it is a great place - I would stay there again

Room Tip: Get a room that is on second floor or higher - more windows and probably better circulation of air
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
328 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2012

Central to everything in Stone Town and great views from the roof-top restaurant - it is one of the highest buildings. We stayed three nights.
Room was fine with interesting old decor, king-size bed with mosquito net, good aircon, and the bathroom was fine. But remember to turn off the hot water as it was making funny noises when left on too long. We also turned off the fridge during the night as it was a bit noisy.
No free bottled water was provided, the only hotel that we stayed at in Tanzania that didn't provide water.
Most staff were very friendly and helpful including the reception, waiter and cleaning staff.
Nice fresh fruit was included with breakfast as was toast, breads and home made biscuits - the first morning we had an especially yummy biscuit with spices.
We had one meal there which was good though service a bit slow, especially considering we were the only ones dining!
Generally, it was very quiet (except for a rooster at 5am) and not many other people there that we saw.
You need to not mind stairs, as it is about five levels to the restaurant (no lift).

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Warsaw, Poland
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights and I can recomend for short stay. Clean, nice people, air-con working, good breakfast on top restaurant with view of the city. You can use safe box for free. There is a Lemon Spa next to it, so you can spend some time relaxing for a decent price. There is no lift but they take care about your luggage to your room upstaires.
Even it is a city but be prepared that you can be wake up early by rooster ;-) - depending which room you will stay (view to the street or backyard).
If you are from Europe ask for adapter at the reception desk or buy one leaving your country at the airport.

Room Tip: There are no rooms with excellent view I suppose, I stayed at 206 and it was ok.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Chavda Hotel Ltd
Address: Baghani Street | East of Kenyatta Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Chavda Hotel Ltd 3*
Number of rooms: 37
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