The Shangani Hotel has the unmistakable air of a hotel that's sinking into disrepair. It clearly used to be a pretty nice place, and it's still OK, but the place needs some work and attention.
As soon as I checked in, I tried to take a shower, and the faucet handle came off in my hand -- it was so corroded and rusty that the metal had become brittle. The front desk sent someone up to take a look at it, and they determined it couldn't quickly be fixed, so they offered to move me to another room. That was fine, but they didn't even offer to have anybody help me move my stuff to the new room. No big deal, but I thought that was a little lazy.
My second room was all right; nothing was broken (except for the mini-fridge, but I never once encountered a working mini-fridge in any African hotel room, over the course of a thirteen-month trip through Africa). The bed was comfortable, and the nice satellite TV was a big plus. Someone came around every evening to spray the window frames with mosquito repellent; this technique seems to work, as I never saw a mosquito in my room over the course of a four-night stay.
Aside from the fact that they didn't offer to help me move rooms, the service was fine, and everyone was polite and helpful.
I would stay at Shangani again, unless I had the money to stay someplace really nice. Shangani was much nicer and more comfortable than the budget-level backpacker places, without being super-expensive, and that's what I was looking for.
It would be a good thing, though, if the owner would put some work into the place -- I got the distinct impression that maintenance isn't a big priority there, and the building and its fixtures could use some attention.
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- Also Known As:
- Shangani Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town