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Pongwe Beach Hotel

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PO Box 297, Pongwe, Tanzania
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Enjoyed 6 nights at Pongwe Beach Hotel after a great safari. The location of the hotel and its beautiful beach made for a most enjoyable stay after the exertions of the Serengeti. From the moment we arrived to the time we left we felt we had found a little corner of paradise. The staff could not have been friendlier and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed 1-4th July in a room with private pool. The room was great and roomy, although the fan was a little noisy - countered by the noise off the Bush babies . All good though. Food was very good but restrictive menu- although do ask the cook to do something for you as part of the half board tariff.... More 

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PONGWE, General Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for taking the time to review us, we are happy you had such a pleasant stay and would like to assure you that the music is no longer outdated! during your stay we were waiting for our new music system to arrive and had only limited choices, that has now changed and you can be sure... More 

Maidenhead, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travelled to Pongwe after a week on safari with our young adult children and stayed five nights. Our accommodation was superb- we had a sea villa with pool. So spacious, vast storage area, huge bathroom and tastefully decorated. Our children had a beachfront room, which was fine for them and very comfortable.Others have mentioned the salty water but we... More 

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PONGWE, General Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Hello and thanks for the nice review, so nice to get such good feedback on our staff, they are what makes the difference here - along with the great food and the amazing beach of course! More 

Detroit, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited with very high expectations, given the fantastic reviews we read on trip-advisor, and although we had a wonderful visit our expectations were not quite met. The setting is incredible and the beach is beautiful...in fact all of the common space at Pongwe is well designed, including an absolutely stunning pool. The rooms themselves though leave... More 

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PONGWE, General Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Segalbee, thank you for the review, we are glad you found so much to like here and that you enjoyed your stay, we always appreciate feedback even when it is not all good. Most of our rooms are furnished in a simple, rustic style, we do understand that this can also be seen as old fashioned, our website has... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I spent four nights at Pongwe Beach in early August after a week's Safari and it was wonderful! We shared a Seafront suite with our own private pool. The rooms were spacious with high ceilings and two fans. The bathroom was large with a good shower. It did lack a safety box, though. Every morning at 7... More 

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PONGWE, General Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Many thanks for the nice review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found everything to your liking, we are constantly striving to maintain and improve the hotel, we are indeed a quiet and tranquil destination and for those that just want to relax this is the perfect place, thank you for highlighting the need... More 

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were surprised by the last two reviews and therefore felt compelled to write our own! My husband and I recently spent 5 nights at this lovely beach hotel and could not have been happier. We had come after two weeks of trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro and a safari, and were ready for the serenity and relaxed beautiful atmosphere that Pongwe... More 

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PONGWE, General Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review! we really appreciate you taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your stay & hope to see you here again one day. More 

Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had succumbed to pressure from my safari company and paid in advance, I stayed one night out of three, walked out the following morning, and went to a delightful place next door, less than half the price, and twice as nice….they gave me solo rates…( see review of a Vivaldi connotation ) I had tried to book another place... More 

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PONGWE, General Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Ms Scaglia, thank you for taking the time to review us, we do appreciate all guest feedback and we take your comments seriously. Having said that we would like to take the opportunity to respond as follows; On arrival you were greeted and checked in by our (local) receptionist. The European manager just said hello when passing by the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'll preface this as follows: I've spent in excess of 60 days on Unguja (Zanzibar) in the last decade; the bulk of which has been spent in luxury accommodation. This hotel has a gorgeous setting on a beautiful strip of beach; further the cabins are tastefully constructed with adequate spacing and lovely vantages. The common areas are also well built... More 

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PONGWE, General Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us, we do appreciate all guest feedback and we take your comments seriously. Having said that we would like to take the opportunity to respond and to clarify some points; We are not nor have we ever been a luxury hotel so to compare us to other luxury hotels on the island... More 

Kells, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for 4 nights on the last leg of our 3 week Tanzanian honeymoon. This hotel is outstanding in terms of location, food, service & staff. However we were a little disappointed in our garden view room (room 6) which lacked some of the basics we had in every other much cheaper hotel room in Tanzania, room was... More 

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PONGWE, General Manager at Pongwe Beach Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, we are glad you found so much to like here. We do understand your comment about the garden view rooms, they are quite simple and less spacious than our beachfront or seaview rooms. None of the rooms have A/C, this has always been the case here and as the windows are netting not... More 

Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pongwe Beach Hotel is set in a beautiful location on the east coast of Zanzibar. The beach side accommodation is spacious and comfortable, with a lovely Lounge/bar/dining room close by. The staff are friendly and efficient and cater for all your needs. Ali and crew are brilliant and take you out in the boat for snorkelling or fishing.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, we are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again one day, Karibu Tena! More 

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