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Zanzibar House

3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Matemwe, Matemwe PO BOX 3085, Tanzania
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We couldn't have chosen better our destination. Georgia was the most gracious host, as well as all the staff at Zanzibar House. Chef Julius cooks wonderfully and was so kind when we requested some typical Swahili dishes, even teaching us how to eat the delicious Ugali! I would most definitely recommend a stay there. Very familiar, calm, silent and peaceful.... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I spent 8 nights in Zanzibar, 5 nights at a budget guesthouse in Bwejuu, and the last 3 at Zanzibar House as our "splurge" (though by Zanzibar beach standards, this property is a VERY reasonable price and great value). We absolutely loved our time at Zanzibar House! Massimiliano and his family are truly warm, gracious and attentive... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I stayed at Zanzibar House for 2 nights at the end of February with a friend and we had such a lovely time! The italian hosts are super nice and the have very friendly staff. Fruit was served mid morning and tea in the afternoon in addition to a delicious dinner. I can definitely recommend it.

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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Very modern, spacious and clean. Huge rooms with everything you need. Food is exquisite! Four course meals plus appetisers. The owners are lovely and treat you like family. Don't stay anywhere else. Organised diving for us which was also great.

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Ramat Gan, Israel
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Zanzibar House located on Matemwe beach. This is a nice and small hotel with good atmosphere and a lot of Italian food :) The owner of the hotel, Massi, and his family, will make your vacation just wonderful. There is nothing to do around the hotel at Matemwe beach, except relaxing oil massage and sunbaths. Of course you can take... More

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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15 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This hotel is a 40 to 45US$, 50 minute taxi ride from the Stone Town airport. It is situated in the middle of the East coast of Zanzibar island. The road is paved until the last 5 minutes of driving where it turns into a little bit of nasty dirt road through a poor village, a common trait for a... More

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Morogoro, Tanzania
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

My husband, my self and our 2 years old just spent a week at Zanzibar House, and we can not stop thinking about it. It was a truly magical holiday, the house is the most beautiful we have seen in Zanzibar, everything is decorated in typical Zanzibar style, we had one of the back rooms, overlooking the palms plantation, and... More

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4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Zanzibar House. Massi and his family are wonderful hosts. We loved the fact that the place was an example of integration between expat and local cultures rather than a 'foreign oasis' that we were warned about in several parts of Zanzibar - the decor incorporates some very lovely aspects local to... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Great spot for total relaxation! We had a wonderful two week stay here end Nov 2013. Totally empty huge beach, most welcome pool to dip in and really friendly people. Linda is a top waitress and Mohammed always there to help. Food had Italian format (starter, pasta then main course and desert). It would have been five stars but the... More

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21 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

The hotel is placed right on the beach of Matemwe and it's a beautiful hotel. When we arrived we were welcomed by Georgia. The doughter of the owner and it was a warm welcome. Because it wasn't full we were upgraded to an ocean view room and this is a real ocean view. Wow. What a view! Fantastic. The room... More

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Also Known As:
Zanzibar House Matemwe
Address: Matemwe, Matemwe PO BOX 3085, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Matemwe
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Matemwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Zanzibar House 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zanzibar House is a 7 room privately owned and ran boutique hotel situated in the beautiful location of Matemwe on the North East coast of the island, about 40km from Stone Town.The hotel opened its doors in December 2012. The materials used in the construction are found in Zanzibar, with a traditional Makuti roof, decorated with Maritaki patterns, in harmony with the nature and not to disrupt the beautiful landscape. Zanzibar House offers its guests 7 rooms. 5 rooms with sea view and 2 have views over the rich vegetation that surrounds the area. Four posters Queen size beds in every room. Extra beds and baby cots are available upon request. Satellite TV, complimentary WIFI, minibar, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities are few of the amenities found in the rooms. Each and every room has a large terrace from where to enjoy the breathtaking views.The restaurant offers delicacies of international and local cuisine with extra care put into the selection of the produce, respecting the seasons and what is available in the market. The full licensed bar offers a selection of local beers, world reknown spirits brands, cocktails and much more all to be enjoyed in the porch overlooking the Indian Ocean. During the day guests are pampered by the carefully picked staff and presented with nibbles to accompany the passing hours; seasonal fruit skewers, spiced tea or coffee in the afternoon, home made savory or sweet treats according to the inspiration of the chef. Special efforts were made in choosing and making of the decorative details found across the house. All the doors were made with coconut wood, found in plentiful supply on the island; the wood was carved by a skilled carpenter in Stone Town with traditional Zanzibar motives, the floors are made of Galana, a local stone, the material used for the walls and structure is called Choka, the island’s version of cement. A full menu of massages and treatments available all day along and tailor made solutions, such as custom made excursions, insiders tips to fully and responsably experience the magic of the island make of Zanzibar House an oasis of peace and tranquility, the perfect destination where to get rid of the stress of everyday’s life and regenerate the senses with attentive to detail service never losing the essence and the warmth of African hospitality to make you feel truly welcomed at home. ... more   less 
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