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Pongwe Beach Hotel

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PO Box 297, Pongwe, Tanzania
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Drammen, Norway
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38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

From the moment we came until we left we simply loved it. OK food, OK Bungalow, good service and beautiful surroundings. The bungalows are not large, but large enough. This is an easygoing place where you really feel you can relax and enjoy. You get full value for your money and you have this lovely proximity to the Indian Ocean... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After eight days of safari, arriving at Pongwe Beach Hotel was like a dream. The hotel reception is really beautiful and the sea is stunning. Sonia, the manager, was an absolute delight and really took care of us - relieving anxiety about my partner's ant bites! Robert, the head of the restaurant staff, was very attentive and kind. The food... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived to Zanzibar with no previous reservation and chose our favourite way to choose a hotel.. hop in and hop off with a taxi. We checked few hotels before but in Pongwe Beach Hotel the atmosphere was the most vivid and and it seems like a perfect place to stay. We didn't look for a remote and deserted place... More 

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

Congratulations on your engagement! Pongwe works its magic again so we hope you come back for your honeymoon and celebrate! All the best to you both for the future and many thanks for the review. More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying in a local hotel and decided to try this place for dinner. We were perplexed by their charging policy and unfriendly attitude. Firstly we were asked to pay $50 before we could order any food.This was non returnable minimum spend. The manager came over and confirmed that this was true adding that his priority was to his... More 

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

Dear reviewer, thank you for your comments, we do take all guest feedback seriously and I would like to take the opportunity to respond. I do remember you coming to visit us, as I recall you arrived about 7pm and asked to see the diner menu, the receptionist explained that we usually ask for a deposit of $25 per person... More 

Bedford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our room was very comfortable - we particularly like the loungers on our deck to relax out of the sun. The bed was quite high, which might be a problem if you have restricted movement. I'm quite short so I had to jump out which was fine for me. On arrival the bed was strewn with hibiscus and there was... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel, so glad you enjoyed your time here, we do indeed only put one main course up each evening but we always have other options in case guests prefer something different, all our food is cooked to order using the freshest possible ingredients which is why we try to take the... More 

Bremen, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, where do I start...my wife and stayed here for a week to recover after a week on safari in Tanzania. The hotel is set in a quiet little area of Zanzibar, with only a limited number of rooms (which makes for a perfectly peaceful little getaway) We were lucky enough to have a Sea View Room, with private pool.... More 

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

Thank you so much for the lovely review, we are so happy you had such a good experience here, the kitchen will be so proud of your feedback on the food! Our staff are indeed the beating heart of the hotel and we try to look after them accordingly. Hope to see you here again one day, there is a... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can I say we had the most amazing relaxed holiday ever, set in a stunning location with soft white sandy beaches and turquoise blue sea. Our stay at the Pongwe Hotel was beyond wonderful and just what was required to recharge our batteries. We rented one of their little houses with a private pool (which was never used) as... More 

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

Hello and many thanks for the great review! it is so nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much, The management and staff here are very happy you found everything to your satisfaction, we constantly strive to maintain and improve the service and your comments will be shared with all the staff. Karibu tena! More 

Lilongwe, Malawi
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed three nights in early July. The beach is amazing, white sand, clean shoreline, no pollution. Be sure to wake up early to see the sunrise -- amazing cloud formations. For two days I went scuba diving with One Ocean, which helped provide some variety. The food was good, though just average size portions. Likely okay for most people, yet... More 

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

Thank you for the review, we appreciate all feedback on our hotel and are happy you enjoyed your stay with us, glad you found space to relax and chill, hope to see you here again one day. More 

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've just spent the last 3 days in absolute paradise. Pongwe beach hotel must be on of the most beautiful stretches of beach on the whole east African coast. The hotel is really beautiful and well run with extremely helpful and friendly staff. Excellent breakfasts. We never ate any other meals at the hotel as they were way too expensive... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback, we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, sorry if you found the food to be expensive, we are very proud of the quality that our kitchen provides, we use only the freshest ingredients and strive to make the dinning experience here something to remember. The brackish water is something we are aware... More 

Austin, Texas
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beach is fantastic. White sans, blue water. Food is good but limited selection. Service is not on par with the surroundings. Also quite far from town. Stay here a couple of nights, and spend a couple of nights in Stone Town for a better overall trip.

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

Dear Jason, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us, we are constantly striving to improve the service and to ensure that our guests are satisfied, thank you for taking the time to review us, your feedback is of great value. More 

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