I really regret to have only read the very last comments on Tripadvisor before going to Dohw Inn. I have just seen the comment written by "Time2FlyNow" dated January 9, 2013 when I came back from Zanzibar and I 100% agree with his comment. The hotel is situated 200m behind the beach and surrounded by very high walls. Not really what the website is trying to show ... When you look at the hotel website, it is like the hotel is on the beach. Actually you can see the ocean only from the 1st floor restaurant.
"Going to the beach we first thought that the way was a joke. You have a narrow, maybe 1 meter wide way between two disgusting walls that are at least 5 meter high.". The response from the hotel management is also wrong as 10 months later, the walls are still there and nothing was done from the hotel side to make it nicer. The walls are neither nicely covered nor painted.
On Hotel management side, it is clearly the worst hotel we haven't even gone to since we arrived in Tanzania in 2006. In short, we staid at Dhow Inn 4 nights, we asked the staff many times to see the manager but we have been told that there was no manager. Then we asked to see the owner (Marc) as we knew he was staying at the hotel but he never showed up.
It took 24 hours before we could receive shampoo. According to the staff it is not in the hotel procedure to provide shampoo to the guests. WE should have brought it !!! We also thought it was a joke but unfortunately it was not.
Breakfast service was a disaster and completely disorganized !
The restaurant menu was also a joke. They could not offer what was on the menu, like mango or mint, simple things that we could find in all other restaurant in Paje. We have many examples that we could share but be aware that this hotel is not managed as it should be in that category of hotels.
The other comments are probably coming from tourists who have not seen other hotels in Zanzibar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at a 1-minute-walk from the Zanzibar's hotspot beach of Paje,Dhow Inn (4*)provides the perfect scenario for a chilled stay in one of our 28 new, comfortable and full equipped rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paje Dhow Hotel Paje
- Dhow Inn Zanzibar Island/Paje