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“Friendly staff, lovely garden” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Manch Lodge, Vuga

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Vuga, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania   |  
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“Friendly staff, lovely garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Enden up here by accident after walking around and finding that other hotels didnt want to negotiate. This is a lovely place with a nice garden where you can eat breakfast, have a cola or even eat dinner. Free wifi. Stone Town is small so its only a short walk from everything.
Follow directions for Haven guest house and you ll find it hidden in the maze of Stone Town streets. Rooms are basic, but clean. I'd suggest this to any backpackers!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Ended up staying here unexpectedly when original booking fell through. Good service on reception, friendly staff, good amenities and good location. Restaurant/ breakfast area outside under the tree canopy was lovely; and also appreciated the balconies as well. Good communal space and free wi fi. Would recommend to a friend.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Stone Town is small, so Manch Lodge isn't too far from anything. We wound up at this hostel by chance, as the other hostels we had looked into were full. The woman at reception was extremely friendly and hospitable. She gave us a map and directions when we first arrived. The rooms are very basic (but have mosquito nets) but clean, and there are a couple of shared bathrooms which are small but decently clean. Four of us traveled together, and we stayed in a quad room without a bathroom. Our room (first one on the left after reception) had a large window, but we had to close it during the night because of occasional loud passers by. There is a fridge near the lobby from which you can buy drinks. The breakfast was simple (crepes and fruit) but in my opinion pretty good. The staff was courteous and made sure we had all we wanted to eat, and the environment was great for meeting other travelers. If you are okay with having just the basics, this is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Williston Park, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

This was an okay place to stay. I dont think the quality of the room/bathroom is worth the price they charge. We stayed there for the free wi-Fi and location. The rooms were kind of clean, but the bathrooms were hit or miss and sometimes the shower was barely more than a trickle of water.
Also, the tour packages they offer are more expensive than the ones you can get in town.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Logatec, Slovenia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Manch Lodge has a nice location but thats it. We had a double room with sharing bathroom and air conditioner. In our room there were only 2 beds and no wardrobe or any other furniture. Sheets on the bed were dirty and also the bathroom was not frequently cleaned. But the worse thing in the hotel was stuff. In their e-mail, there was written: "We will pick you up from the port at 2 30pm on the 17th." But they didn't. We were waiting for a quite a long time but there was nobody. When we finally arrived in the hotel they said (with very calm and peacful voice...) their car broke down- you can say its a lie. Another thing, we paid extra for the a/c but it wasn't working. When we asked at the reception, they said: yes, it is working... They didn't even bother to go in our room and take a look. But because we insisted, they sent a guy to look whats wrong and he "fixed" it- but the a/c was still not working it was only making some weird noises. This was the worst and most expensive hotel during our trip in Tanzania.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

Clean place with good rooms, some ensuite some without bathrooms. Rooms are clean and affordable. Breakfast is a Tanzania standard, the pancakes are good but I guess I just don't like jam and white bread anymore. Only a 5 min walk from the city centre, great location!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Had a brilliant stay here, truly could not fault it. Family run and helped us out organising things on so many occasions, such as letting us store our backpacks there while we travelled and re arranging tours for us! Rooms were spotless and breakfast brilliant every day! Loved it and would highly recommend!

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Address: Vuga, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Stone Town
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Manch Lodge, Vuga Zanzibar Island/Stone Town

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