We stayed here in August for a few nights and had very mixed opinions about our overall stay. We thought the food was excellent, the room was lovely and clean and the staff, for the most part, were very helpful.
However, being run by Italians and largely catering to them as well we felt rather uncomfortable at times and certainly outside of the clique. Despite Zanzibar being part of Tz and therefore operating with UK style plug sockets and Tz shillings or US dollars the hotel caters to it's European guests with European sockets and prices in Euros. Great if you're from Europe but not if you're from the UK and haven't been advised in advance. Having picked up a little Swahili on our holiday we tried to communicate accordingly but the waiters always spoke to us in Italian even after repeatedly mentioning we didn't understand Italian and, perhaps most upsetting, when we went on an organised tour with the hotel the guide spoke almost exclusively in Italian leaving us feeling very excluded.
Our other negative comment is that it seems very much that this hotel is rather neglected in comparison to it's sister hotel next door. Meals, except for breakfast, were all next door, staff were, at times, hard to find and when they were around we frequently had to wait while they called someone from next door who spoke better english and the whole place seemed somewhat neglected. The bathrooms really need modernizing and termites seem to be taking hold in much of the woodwork - we could hear them hard at work while sitting on our balcony!
As I said, the food was excellent and the place was clean and these were the most important things in my mind for a relaxing stay, it's just a shame that all in all we ended up feeling somewhat neglected.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samaki Lodge is a "boutique hotel" located on the beautiful Uroa beach, 30 km from the international airport.Samaki Lodge comprises 19 rooms, elegantly and originally furnished while retaining the style of old Zanzibar.A private beach, equipped with beds, tables and umbrellas is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing under the hot African sun.During their stay guests can make long walks on the beach, meet and socialize with the friendly local people, discovering the uses and customs. The area of sea that lies between the reef and the beach allows you to swim in a safe and wonderful language of coral sand that goes for dozens of meters into the turquoise waters. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samaki Lodge & Spa Zanzibar Island, Tanzania