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Boutique Hotel Matlai

4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   P.O. Box 3464, Pingwe, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked out the hotel as a group of friends, and it was an amazing place to spend 8 days together. The views are breathtaking, the service was exceptional, and the overall experience was unforgettable. I loved the fact that we could enjoy the island in peace without having to deal with the bustle of a "regular" hotel. Matlai is... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in Zanzibar over 2 years ago for our honeymoon and absolutely loved it. White beaches, beautiful sea and weather! But this time around the experience was exceeded even further by our stay at Boutique Hotel Matlai near Michamvi Only four rooms, each exquisitely decorated and quite big. With a beautiful salt pool in the middle. All rooms looking... More

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IngeBB, Manager at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear Genevieve, Thank you very much for taking time to write such a nice and detailed review. I'm sure it will be helpful for guests who are looking for accommodation. If you like to come back one day for your wedding anniversary you are mostly welcome, we will arrange the most romantic stay for you! Kindest regards Tim More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Lovely hotel but the air con didn't work. The hotel doesn't have its own generator so the air con didn't work whilst we were there. In 35c heat it was unbearable. It also meant that there were more mosquitos in the room at night due to the heat.

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Inge B, Manager at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear guests, I am really sorry for you that the heat made your stay so bad. You were indeed very unlucky with the non-working air con during the hottest days in Zanzibar. The problem was not a missing generator (of course we have one), the problem was the compressor of the air con. It was damaged though it was brand... More

london
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

As most of the other reviews indicate the setting of this place, on the beach is exquisite. Arriving after a long day of travelling, the sight of our butlers, Grace and Salim smiling and holding out chilled coconuts was nothing short of paradise. The hotel itself has a lovely garden with hammocks and beds which are a welcome respite from... More

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Inge B, Inhaber at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear Tracy, Thank you a lot for your comments. We relentlessly strive for perfection and for making the stay at Hotel Matlai as pleasant as possible to all our guests. Therefore we are greatly concerned if guests do not feel comfortable as desired. The travel agency already informed us about the problems especially with our kitchen. It would have been... More

zurich
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We stayed februrary 2014 in this lovely hotel. everything was excellent: friendly and professional staff, excellent food, location directly on the beach. It is great place also for a group of friends.

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IngeBB, Owner at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear George and Renate, Thank you very much for your very nice comment. I hope you had a good ferry ride and a few nice safari days. It would be great to welcoming you again one day. Kind regards Inge & Tim More

BRUSSELS
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We stayed for a week in this hotel . If I praise it without a word of criticism, my assessment would sound less believable. So, having implied that only celestial visitors can regale us with something more perfect than this place, I see one way to make it even better. If the chefs could place more faith in the original... More

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IngeBB, Inhaber at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear Istvan and Kati, Thank you so much for your great review. Your kind of writing makes it even better! We already forwarded your suggestion to our kitchen crew. You should come back one day to test, if they have accepted your advice. Kindest regards Inge & Tim More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

The perfect way to unwind after our Safari in Tanzania. The setting is absolutely stunning! This little 4 bedroom boutique hotel is one of the coolest places we've ever stayed. It's about an hour drive from the airport and upon arrival you will be stunned. The garden, the pool, the palms...so serene! Very nice rooms and pretty good food as... More

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IngeBB, Inhaber at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear guests, Thank you very much for your very nice review. Our barman Eduardo was happy to learn that you liked his cocktails! And Salim is growing up! It seems you had a very good Swahili teacher :-) Kindest regards Inge & Tim More

Paris, France
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We had christmas and new year at Matlai - 2 families taking the 4 rooms. From the arrival to departure we had a truly brilliant stay. Just like the other reviews we agree that the rooms, bathrooms, garden, pool etc etc are all top class. The view is magnificent, the deep pool is great and the garden is huge with... More

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IngeBB, Manager at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Dear guests, We also have to thank you: the party on New Years Eve was a great fun for all of us, we as well as our staff loved to dance with you around the fire - and sorry again for the problems with the music. Salim and Omar mis the daily matches. A tide table is now available in... More

Borden
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

We stayed there for 7 nights third week of November and can honestly say all the great reviews on Trip Advisor are very true. We stayed in the moto room which is one of the upper rooms and highly recommend that room. Our butler was Omar and he went out of his way to make our stay relaxing and pleasant,... More

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IngeBB, Manager at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

There is nothing more to say than: if our guests feel so comfortable we forget all the hard work here and feel very happy, too. Thanks a lot for your great recommendation! Inge & Tim More

2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Paradise! The service, the location, the rooms, the food, everything was truly perfect - we could not have had a better end to our safari. The wonderful people at Hotel Matlai made us feel like their guests, more than just people who happened to be staying at their hotel. Even special requests (cassava chips and vegetarian pizza!) were accommodated! Tim... More

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IngeBB, Inhaber at Boutique Hotel Matlai, responded to this review

Nice to read that you felt as a real guest - this is what we wish all our guests to feel like. We would be happy to see you again one day. Kindest regards Inge & Tim More

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Additional Information about Boutique Hotel Matlai

Also Known As:
Boutique Hotel Matlai Zanzibar/Pingwe
Address: P.O. Box 3464, Pingwe, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Pingwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Pingwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Boutique Hotel Matlai 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Matlai is designed as an exclusive villa resort for people seeking a high level of comfort and privacy in a relaxed atmosphere. Our first villa, Asili House consists of four bedrooms, named and decorated after the four elements. All rooms are equipped with dressing room, bathroom and balcony or terrace and have a fantastic sea view. The furniture are unique and handmade by local craftsmen. Asili House is perfect for groups or families. ... more   less 
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