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Zanzibar House

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Matemwe | Matemwe Kilimajuu, Matemwe PO BOX 3085, Tanzania
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a short stay at Zanzibar House for my last 2 nights in Zanzibar - this is a very nice small boutique hotel, with an Italian twist (the food menu, not the decor, which is beautiful). Both the owners and the local staff were very friendly, the pool area was nice, and the public beach in front of the hotel... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We greatly enjoyed our short stay here by the beach. The outlook from the hotel is stunning, and enjoying your meals whilst looking over the near empty beach was a daily pleasure. We found Massi and his family to be very welcoming hosts, and it felt much more like you were guests staying with old friends than in a hotel,... More 

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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67 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is the place to come if you want to be welcomed in the arms of a warm Italian family. The owners make every effort to make sure your stay is comfortable and memorable. Food is delicious and they cater well for special diets (but bring something for breakfast if you are gluten free). Rooms are simple but have all... More 

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Really beautiful spot on the beach and the service was exceptional. Everyone from the young waitron in training to the manager make you feel right at home. We had an evening flight and they let us check out late without any extra charge. We had an ocean facing room with a beautiful little veranda. You can hear the ocean waves... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

As a family of 4 with 2 young children this was the perfect African retreat. We are a British family that live in Africa and I can tell you if you want superb food, tranquility, modern facilities with a gorgeous beach on which daily village life unfolds peacefully, this is the place. Rooms: these are spacious, cool with much needed... More 

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Madrid
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

For those who prefer cozy boutique hotels with a personal touch to large chain hotels. The hotel is built from local materials and following local Swahili design and traditions. It therefore leaves a very authentic impression. It is small, has only a few rooms, so the service is very personal. You are greeted by the owner Massimo on your arrival,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Really loved this place. A bit pricey - we stayed there on an off-season discount - but I think worth the full price. The rooms are lovely, there's a fantastic pool with lots of chairs/couches/beach chairs/tables etc. to relax and read. The patio and pool deck area is set up in a really nice way. There's a long sandy beach... More 

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Toronto
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46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I have used tripadvisor for many years and this was the first time that I really began to question the authenticity of the reviews. We arrived at the hotel, a 50 min drive over rough roads from the airport and the old town, and we were struck by the wonderful beach and the funkiness of the place. There the enjoyment... More 

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ZanzibarHouse, Proprietario at Zanzibar House, responded to this review

Dear Eric, I think that's his name, perhaps he forgot to sign himself, you write that review a hotel on Tripadvisor is of little value. I agree with you if it is done without a great deal of attention. I thank you for choosing Zanzibar House for your stay on the island. I would to start by reminding that all... More 

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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is an amazing boutique hotel located in a peaceful beach in Zanzibar. The owners are very nice and friendly. They did everything to make our stay even more delightful. The food is delicious. I´m very picky to eat. Every day they come to me to say the menu, and if I didn´t like something, they offered another option for... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Most of the time picture can fools you and they're not as expected. The different experience I had when I arrived at Zanzibar House is the other way around. This beautiful boutique resort is exceed my expectation, beyond the pics I saw on the web! The resort, the atmosphere, service and the hospitality of all the staff are just great!... More 

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