We paid only 15Euros/night for our lodgings here, and it certainly wasn't worth any more than that. We booked for 3 nights, and were asked to pay the whole balance upon arrival-we decided quickly that this was probably because if we hadn't, we may have left earlier. We asked to move rooms after the 1st night when we found out that our room 'wasn't attached to the hot water'. Although we were told to carry all our belongings to another room, when we got there there were no light bulbs or mosquito nets:after about 3 hours these were brought to the new room. The rooms and materials (nets, towels, sheets etc) were not that clean (nets especially were filthy) and our room wasn't cleaned while we were there.
The electricity was out for 2 of the 3 nights we were there, and although the food was cold and late, the cook made up for this with a fabulous and delicious dinner. It was a bit worrying that she was locked in the kitchen from the outside. The lack of electricity (no generator, unlike some other lodges along the beach) meant it was boiling hot in the airless bedrooms at night.
On the upside, the place is right on the beach (which is very pretty and white sand and lovely) and the masseur there was excellent, and did a good job for a good price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uhuru Beach (formerly Shehe Bungalows) is situated on the lovely coastlines of Zanzibar island at Jambiani village on the east coast of the island. It is a beautiful, intimate place, is perfect for those looking for relaxation on an idyllic tropical island, based in whitewashed, thatched beach bungalows, the spacious, airy rooms are decorated in traditional Zanzibar design. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shehe Bungalows Hotel Jambiani
- Uhuru Beach Zanzibar Island/Jambiani