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“Location is great” 4 of 5 stars
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Chavda Hotel Ltd
Baghani Street | East of Kenyatta Road, Stone Town, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #26 of 31 Hotels in Stone Town
Roatan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Location is great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This charming, historic hotel is quite quaint and perfectly situated in Stone Town. The staff was friendly but the rooms could use a little TLC. We had a water leak in our bathroom that caused huge puddles on 3/4 of the bathroom floor each day for the 3 days/nights we were there. We reported it each morning but nothing was ever done about it. The mattresses are quite soft and need replacing but for the price, it was a good value.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Perth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

First impressions were great. Room was beautiful, bathroom clean, a/c was good (and you need it in Stonetown ). Downside was the fridge did not work well The roof top bar has great views of the town and the food was above average. Staff were polite but you got the impression they did not enjoy their work and just going through the motions. Stayed there for two days but never saw a manager anywhere. Ordered an early morning wake up call that was missed along with a taxi which failed to arrive. The staff though did get us another one quite quickly

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in the chavda for two nights when I visited zanzibar. I found the chavda hotel to be a little palace comparing to other places I had stayed during my trip. The rooms were beautiful and the beds were so relaxing, I adored the gour posts it gave me a taste of stonetown.
However I wasnt overly happy with my bathroom it was a little dirty and a few tiles missing although my friends bathroom was beautiful so I wouldn't hold that against them. At breakfast time on the roof absolutely took my breath away..we were overlooking stonetown and that was my favourite part of the hotel.
I suffered from really bad sunburn so i foun tge beauty salon brilliant and the girls were very nice. We werent far away either from thr famous freddy mercury restaurant which was also lovely.
The staff were friendly and very helpful as they helped us get ferry tickets to dar es salem and arranged a taxi for us also. If you do visit stonetown I would recommend I he chavda hotel it really was a treat.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I took a group of 24 and would use it again for myself and further group visits. It represents good value for money, the staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms were very good, although bathrooms do need some repairs and updating. Breakfasts were very good in the roof top restaurant. It's location is great for Stonetown.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

The room was spacious, bedroom clean and well equipped, bathroom grubby and old. The hotel appeared to be empty when I was there, I only saw 2 others guest in 48 hours at breakfast time. Front desk staff where very friendly, helpful and always smiling, staff at breakfast were miserable, unhelpful and rude. I went to the roof top resteraunt one night to eat and quickly left, staff where unfriendly and appeared inconvenienced at actually having to do some work. Being in the middle of stone town the hotel is very noisy, bit that is to be expected for the location.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Hotel Chavda is conveniently located in Stone Town. I booked a single room for $85 and I found it to be spacious and tastily decorated with Arab furniture. The bed and pillows were somewhat hard, but other than that the room was full of character and comfortable. So I do not share other reviewers' and the Lonely Planet guide's mixed experience with their rooms. The wifi was free and working well, although slowly as in other part of Tanzania. The restaurant is on the terrace and you will need to hike up 6 flights of steps to get there but you'll be rewarded with a beautiful view of Stone Town and the small islands off the coast. I also found the breakfast to be better than what I expected based on other reviews. There were 5 varieties of delicious tropical fruits, juice, coffee, bread, pastries and an omelet made to order. The spice tour arranged by the hotel took me to the Zito Plantation 10 miles away in Kizimbani and it was memorable. I'm not a plant fanatic, but I'd give that alone a 5 star. They grow an impressive array of fragrant plants, tropical fruit trees and spices. Hamad, the guide, was well versed in many languages and was knowledgeable about medicinal, culinary and cosmetic uses. I touched and frequently smelled fruits, seeds or leaves of turmeric, vanilla, coffee, clove, henna, nutmeg, iodine, aloe, several coconut and banana plants, ginger, black pepper, cotton, jasmine, cinnamon, lemongrass and a few others. I was shown how the colorants are made and how a nick in the bark leads to a resin with antiseptic properties.The highlight was watching a kid climbing up a 100 feet tall palm tree with bare feet and hands in a few seconds to show how coconuts are harvested. An impressive feat.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Bergen, Norway
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed here 3 nights. The receptionists were very helpful with everything we asked for.
The rooms are big, but no view. They might need a little upgrade, especially the bathrooms, but nothing to complain about. It was clean, and shower, toilet and AC worked as it should.
They have a very nice rooftop restaurant where they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The staff is very helpful, but veeery slow, even when it's not a lot of guests in the restaurant. The food had very different quality. Breakfast was good with a lot of fresh fruit and of course different variety of eggs. The pizza we had for lunch was not very good, but eatable. They actually serve some local Zanzibar food, and it was really good!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Baghani Street | East of Kenyatta Road, Stone Town, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 37
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Also Known As:
Chavda Hotel Stone Town
Chavda Hotel Ltd Zanzibar/Stone Town

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