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Pongwe Beach Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pongwe Beach, Pongwe, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Pongwe
Geneva, Switzerland
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“Very good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

Compared to some other places on this side of the island, this place is less expensive, and the rooms, at least ours, are on a matching scale, still being a good value.
The beach is very nice and constantly maintained. The breakfast is average, but we got once an excellent seafood dinner (quite expensive, but finally worth it).

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at the Pongwe beach hotel for four nights at the end of our honeymoon. I have to say that overall we were disappointed with our overall stay. We stayed in room number one which we found to be dark, cramped and hot (the fan was nowhere near the bed). The bed in our room smelt of sweat. On speaking to management we were told that room one was being demolished in one months time, unlucky for us. I'm sure if you requested one of the new rooms the hotel would have been great.

Please note that hotel is located approximately 1 hour from stone town and a return taxi is US$120 return. This made day trips out the the hotel very expensive and time consuming.

There were plenty of positives to our stay... The staff were nice, the food was good and the drinks at the bar were reasonably priced. The beach was clean, well maintained and secure.

Overall I would stay at the Pongwe beach again but for probably only two days rather than four and I wouldn't stay in one of the older rooms in the hotel

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We spent 5 nights at Pongwe Beach Hotel for our honeymoon after climbing Kilimanjaro. It is paradise. The location is absolutely beautiful-turquoise sea, soft white sand and palm trees. The hotel has been very well designed to compliment the location. We booked too late to get a sea view room but our garden view room 20 metres from the beach was lovely. The garden view rooms are actually more secluded and private which we liked. The food was fabulous. We were not disappointed by any of our meals and the restaurant is a lovely open building overlooking the beach. We would definitely recommend a beach dinner (no extra cost) and if you like seafood try the chefs special-wow! We made the most of happy hour cocktails everyday and they were honestly the best cocktails I've ever had. The complementary fruit on the beach at 4pm was lovely. The staff were all extremely friendly and the service was excellent.

My main concern before we arrived was that I would get bored because it is so secluded. It is such a lovely place I wasn't bored at all. There are day trips that can be arranged if desired but, perhaps because we were tired from our climb, we wanted to do nothing more than lie on the beach, read, drink and eat! We felt we'd miss out if we left Pongwe even for a few hours (although a trip to Stone Town is worthwhile. We'd spent a night there before going to Pongwe). At the end of our stay we didn't want to leave. We would have happily stayed there for weeks!

Room Tip: Although I'm sure the sea view rooms are lovely we loved our secluded garden view room
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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586 helpful votes 586 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

My hubby and I stayed at the Pongwe Beach Hotel for 4 days out of our 20 days in Tanzania. This was a wonderful respite following our Kilimanjaro trek and safaris! This place is really paradise on earth! When you arrive at the hotel you are welcomed with a drink and cold towel and taken in hand by an employee of the hotel. You receive a list of all the hotel amenities, meal hours, internet information etc. You are then escorted to your beautiful huge room overlooking the Indian ocean. OMG! What a view! In your room, you will find a beach bag, a flag (will explain later), a toga, beach towels and two bathrobes. When we arrived it was very humid and since there is no A/C, beware of the slippery floors in the room and bathroom! We put down a towel on the floor of the bathroom during our stay to prevent us from falling.

The flag in the beach bag is for your convenience, you can order drinks at the beach by putting the flag in the sand. The Masai guarding the beach will spot the flag and call a server to take your order!!!! Pure bliss!!!

From 5pm to 6 pm, it is happy hour and drinks are half off. This is a great opportunity to try different drinks without the price adding up. We stayed in half board, so no drinks were including during our stay. The pineapple margarita and banana colada is a must to try. All meals are chosen in advance; you choose your lunch at breakfast and your dinner at lunch. All the meals we had were delicious, if you are a vegetarian, they will make something special for you. The service here is top notch all the time. During our stay it was very windy and they still put up our table on the beach for our dinner. This dinner is included with your stay and not many used it while we were there. It is a must! You are the only ones on the beach, very close to the high tide, flowers and candles in the sand and one waiter to spoil you.

No tipping is allowed during your stay at Pongwe. At checkout, you ask for a tip envelop and only then you give the tip for your stay. I honestly hope that people generously tip before departing, since the service at this hotel is completely amazing and all the staff are wonderful and accommodating.

Would go back in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Silkeborg
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We spent our last 2 days of a 17 days vacation in Tanzania at the Pongwe Hotel. And what a way of ending a lovely holiday. The Pongwe Hotel is really paradise on earth. Our room was very large, splendid bed and well functioning bath room. From our verandah we had a lovely view over the beautiful sea which changes colours after the tide, so beautiful. The pool is also lovely overlooking the sea. The sand is white and soft, and every morning 10 men of the staff are cleaning the beach. It is a very well kept place. The restaurant and the food exquisite and the staff is so helpful. And the place is so quiet, you only hear the roar from the sea.
So we would love to come back again and can really recommend this hotel.
Sonja and Steen Stensgaard

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband and I stayed at this hotel from Feb 16th to Feb 22nd after a week safari. This place is perfect for people who want peace and quiet and a feeling like they are the only people on the beach. The tide goes out quite far during the day and you can walk for hours out into the ocean without the water going over your knees. Beautiful beach and clear blue water. Every room is excellent because it is such a small resort. The food was incredible! My husband and I couldn't wait to see what was for dinner each night, it was just amazing. One night we ordered the seafood platter and had dinner on the beach which can be arranged at reception. I can't say enough great things about this place. we will be back. Here's a tip.. if you have long hair brings tons of conditioner. They have no conditioner, and the water in the showers is brackish which will dry your hair out pretty quickly. I went through about 2 bottles! You get used to the water after a couple of days, and it really isn't a big deal considering how beautiful this place is.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Totally recommend !!!! We came back 2 weeks ago and I still miss it. Great food, friendly staff, killer smoothies, private swimming pool and 10 meters from the sea. It was perfect !!!!!! Combine it with a 3-4 day Safari in mainland Tanzania and you have a killer holiday !!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Pongwe Beach, Pongwe, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Pongwe
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Pongwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pongwe Beach Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on what could perhaps be described as the best beach in Zanzibar, Pongwe Beach Hotel is a tranquil place where one can escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life. It is modestly sized, with ten traditional sea view cottages and has an intimate, personal atmosphere. Set within a secluded bay on the east coast of Zanzibar, Pongwe Beach is a true paradise retreat. ... more   less 
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