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Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar

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Matemwe Mnazi Mrefu, Matemwe Mnazi Mrefu, Tanzania
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We just love this place! If you are looking for a small and cosy place with lovely local staff and laid back atmosphere then you have to come here. The bandas are spacoius, really comfortable and the view from the bed is just amazing. You can even see the sunrise,wow! Every morning amour served our breakfast with fresh juice and... More 

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Arzier, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is a fantastic place. The location is just amazing and we spent 7 days here after having been to 3 safari camps in Tanzania for 10 days. Salma and Chichi along with all the staff at the Bandas were incredibly helpful and made sure we had everything we could possibly need (or want). We loved the natural way the... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Shona, for taking the time to post your very favourable memories of your stay with us at Matemwe Bandas. We are so pleased that you had such an enjoyable time and we very much hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, The Matemwe Bandas Team More 

København
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21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Me and my family stayed here for three nights ind March 2015 - we should have spent seven nights here but wished to shorten our stay. The location is amazing. The bandas on the beach are beautiful and very spacious (but hot in the night) - we stayed with no problems two adults and two children there. Having breakfast on... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review of your stay at Matemwe Bandas. Having corresponded at length with your good wife by email about the issues you felt you faced at the beginning of your stay, I would like to reiterate our sincere apology. There was undoubtedly a lapse in service during one of your meals. The reason for this seems... More 

Ulaanbaatar
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Its quite hard to choose between "very good" and "average" but we had lovely time so i wouldn't go for the worse. Our family(2 adults, one child) stayed here for a week in the sea front bungalows. Good sides: Accommodation: You can not be closer to the water than this when during a high tide you can almost touch the... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

We really appreciate your posting your detailed impressions of your stay at Matemwe Bandas. We thank you for both your constructive and positive views about your time with us. We sincerely hope that you will return to Matemwe Bandas in the future. With best regards, The Matemwe Bandas Team More 

Istanbul, Turkey
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We stayed in Matemwe Bandas for our honeymoon, and we could not have been happier with our choice of hotel! We actually stayed there in July but it took me a while to get around to the review! The place is truly beautiful with thatched bungalows all made in natural material, a small pool surrounded by fine white sand, all... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

We really appreciate your making the effort to write up your very positive impressions of your honeymoon stay at Matemwe Bandas. It is very uplifting for all of us in the team to learn that you had such a great time. We very much hope to see you once again sooner rather than later. All the very best to you... More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I have stayed at excellent hotels all over the world but this one is outstanding - the best I've ever tried. With a relaxed atmosphere, not too many other guests and extremely charming bandas on the beach this is a place I will for sure return to, and I must say that the best part of the stay was meeting... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

We are so appreciative, Maria, that you felt able to say that Matemwe Bandas is the "best" hotel you have "ever tried", and that you have made the effort to post your thoughts here. Such glowing praise is very uplifting for all of us in the team (to say the least). Thank you so much! We sincerely hope to see... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We had the pleasure to stay at the amazing Matemwe Bandas for three nights. And amazing it was. Three nights was actually to short, we would have really liked to stay longer but we had to fly back to Nairobi unfortunately. The banda's are clean, spacious and very romantic. It is fantastic to wake up, open your eyes and watch... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Olaf and Nathalie, for taking the time to post your very positive reflections on your stay with us at Matemwe Bandas. We thoroughly appreciate your enthusiastic feedback, which is very motivating for all of us. Given that your stay was "too short" we very much hope to see you again soon! With our warmest regards, The... More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This beautiful cosy boutique hotel is right on the beach and the bungalow concept is great, however these bungalows need serious maintenance; broken ceiling fan (you really need this to be working perfectly in Zanzibar where nights are very warm), broken toilet flush, ageing window blinds. The staff try really hard but mistakes are still made constantly regarding food and... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Thank you so much Nicholas for taking the time to post your impressions of your stay with us at Matemwe Bandas. We completely take on board your constructive feedback relating to the fan in your room, which was not initially working properly for you. This was a most regrettable oversight for which we can only apologise again. Maintenance requires constant... More 

Glostrup, Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We normally don't make recommendations when we have stayed at a hotel, but for Matemwe Bandas we will make an exception. Because it is an exception! Chichi and Tom have build a small private paradise with only five bungalows. Nearly everything is made of palm tree based on local building traditions. Three of the bungalows are placed on the beach... More 

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Tom H, Owner at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Christian, for your most thoughtful and very kind impressions of your stay with us at Matemwe Bandas. We particularly appreciate what you have written about our ethos and partnership with the village of Matemwe. We sincerely hope to see you again soon! All the very best, The Matemwe Bandas Team More 

Belfast
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I think what "sold" this place to me was the Egyptian cotton sheets and White Company toiletries to make it stand out from the crowd. However when you're there everything pales into insignificance compared with the setting and views. Nothing was too much trouble for Salma and the team. I loved being able to eat on the verandah of the... More 

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Tom H, Manager at Matemwe Bandas Boutique Hotel, Zanzibar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review and for choosing our hotel, I a'm happy that you enjoyed your stay and i am looking forward to having you again as a guest in our hotel. Regrads, Salma Salim More 

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