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Malawi St, opp Cine Afrique | P.O. Box 661, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #4 of 28 Stone Town B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Based on some of the reviews of this place my expectations were pretty high, but I was quickly bought back to reality. You need to be prepared that this is really more of a hostel than a hotel. My room had it's own bathroom but outside the door was a shared bathroom where people were washing their clothes in the... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed here four nights. Easy walk from Ferry terminal right on edge of Stone TOwn. Very unique hotel with differently theme rooms. Unfortunately it's on the main road from ferry so lots of trucks go by. Great little restaurant out front and excellent hot breakfast for guests at the rooftop one. Our room had a separate bathroom but no... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Zenji Hotel is in between a hostel and a hotel, the sort of mid budget option that's great for short stays if you want to spend most of your time in town but want some privacy and a decent bed to come home to. The location is easy to find once you get your bearings and is only a less... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Zenji hotel was awesome! We just went to Stone town for a quick weekend visit but the staff were all super helpful. Clean rooms/bathroom. Great breakfast in the mornings (although simple). We were able to go on multiple excursions despite our short stay simply because of the efficiency of the staff. They seriously were the best! We will likely... More

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Tirana, Albania
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5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Zenji is a great "budget" option (it is by no means cheap nor hostel like, but simpler and less expensive to most other spots in Zanzibar). It is one minute from the ferry terminal by foot, and perhaps a 5-10 minute walk to the center of Stone Town. The ferry terminal area is known as the budget side of town... More

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

For the price this is an excellent place to stay. Beautiful and clean, very nice breakfast, friendly staff that efficiently helped with day trips and transport. The shower is wet room style which isn't fantastic but not unusual for the place, and the water was hot. Be aware it's not at the centre of old town, and if you're a... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Hotel is very near the Port so easy to reach if arriving or leaving....and very easy to find (which a lot of places in Stone Town are not). It is right next to Stone Town so really easy to walk there and ramble through the alleyways and enjoy before heading back to the haven of Zenji.... Great cafe at... More

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Sudbury, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The only complaint I have is the noisy mornings because of the traffic outside. This is located in the heart of the town so you can expect some business. Lots of places to go that is walking distance (I recommend Mercury's bar! Great pizza :) ) the restaurant at the hotel is also really good. I only had a chicken... More

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Zenji for four weeks in February while I studied Swahili at SUZA. The owners and staff were incredibly kind, helpful, and generous with their time. Truly, everyone from the housekeepers, to the front desk staff, to the servers welcomed us and took the time to develop relationships with us during our relatively long stay.... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We were mostly staying in hostels and camping, but we upped our budget a bit for Zanzibar, and found awesome value at Zenji. We stayed in both the Spice Room (private bathroom) and the Treasure Room (shared bathroom) and both were great (though a little lacking in the shower water pressure in Spice). The hotel staff was friendly and very... More

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Address: Malawi St, opp Cine Afrique | P.O. Box 661, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
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Just opened, in the middle of bustling StoneTown, ZenjiHotel welcomes guests for a relaxing stay on the rooftop or in one of the 9 authentic rooms (all with fan and a.c., some with balcony). All rooms have a different atmosphere referring to the rich Zanzibar heritage and culture. The breakfast, including homemade bread and jams, fruit juice, fresh fruit, different types of tea and real espresso coffee, is served on the rooftop from which you have a beautiful view over Stone Town and the harbor. ... more   less 
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