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“Horror De Mer !” 1 of 5 stars
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Coco De Mer Hotel
Gizenga Street | Box 2363, Shangani, Stone Town, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #30 of 31 Hotels in Stone Town
Sharjah
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Horror De Mer !”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Right from the staff to the food to the room ....this is the famous horror show in Stone Town...Please don't experience it , unless you are in the mood to spoil yours or your travel companion's party....I went solo , but i can imagine how bad it could be for families and others...Would never recommend this place to anyone as right from the staff (owner James and the rude Jimmy on the concierge)....to the restaurant (horrible and tastless food) ...and to the rooms (stuffy,mouldy, dusty and no ventilation) ....with run down a/c's..this is disaster calling to your zanzibar dreams....Would heavily suggest tembo guest hotel or zanzibar serena inn...but not this shanty....btw people smoke and socialise till wee hours so no use taking non a/c rooms...plus in zanzibar you need an ac no matter what...

Room Tip: Only A/c rooms ...if the A/c's work that is
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

I stayed for 3 nights, paying $35 for each night. Considering the price, and the cost of accommodation elsewhere in Stone Town, Coco De Mer was a brilliant find.

The staff were amazingly helpful and were always on hand to answer my many questions. They offer a booking service for a shuttle bus to either the East or North of Zanzibar which costs $10 each way (15,000/- Tsh) which saved the hassle of booking from outside.

Breakfast consisted of fruit, toast, eggs done as you like them and some fresh fruit juice along with the usual tea and coffee. Decent breakfast, enough to get you going for a long morning in the streets and alleys of Stone Town. And given the fantastic location of Coco De Mer, I didn't have far to walk at all. Turn right as you come out of the entrance and you're in Forodhani Gardens, a brilliant location day and night.

The room itself did not have A/C but a fan was provided and more than did the job. The shower wasn't warm, but considering the weather, cooler water was much more preferable! Good nights sleep and the bed was comfortable. No issues with noise as some others have suggested.

All in all, decent place for the price and I wouldn't hesitate to stay here if I get the opportunity to visit Stone Town again.

Room Tip: Try get room higher up (room numbers 1,2,3)
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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30 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

location is great near the car ferry. breakfast is ok, and was included. everything else is not. the room was old and in poor condition. there was no ac and the celing fan was broken. they put in a mobile fan instead of fixing it. there are local people drinking and smoking right outside the room until 10pm and then the family who live in the hotel have a very noisy dinner. the staff are not friendly, although not rude either. Some staff are embarressed by the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

Smack in the middle of Stown Town's most buzzing backstreets and with a cool little café style restaurant for breakfast and the lot.

The room was shabby, with sealed windows instead of wall seperating our bed from the reception. You could hear everyone in the hallway. We didn't mind though, unless it was during the night.

The room had two beds and one of them was in so bad condition that it was impossible to sleep in. Luckily the other bed were big enough for both of us to get our sleep on.

We looked at 5 hostels before choosing this one and negotiated a rent of 40 USD per night. Accomodation in Stone Town is not cheap, so this was good value for money.

Room Tip: Bargain, hard.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Accra
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

Nobody can call the Coco de Merd inconsistent. Having stayed in 2009 and 2011 I can confirm that nothing has changed. On a positive note at least you know what to expect when you book here, I assure you if you read the reviews below, and then stay here you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2009

This place is grotty, smells bad, and is quite possible the worst accomodation I've ever seen. There was no power on the island, so every hotel was running generators, but this hotel only ran it a couple of hours a day, and when it did, it was directly under our window. We had to use a flashlight in the bathroom, men were sitting directly outside our door smoking and drinking, air was stagnant and we could not breath. We could not bare to stay a second night - I was seriously concerned about our health. All of the campsites we stayed at during our safari would be preferable to this dive!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2008

We only stayed here because our previous night's accommodation (Zanzibar Coffe House Hotel - which is excellent) was full. And what a contrast! I'd actually visited a friend here about six years ago, but the place seems to have changed hands and is looking decidedly run-down. The rooms were shabby, and the linen and towels either in poor condition and (in the case of the towels) not particularly clean. The bathroom was the worst part of our room, with leaking taps, ants everywhere, and a bad smell. This would be okay if they charged budget rates, but at $50 for a twin, we felt a little cheated.

However, the guy at the front desk told me that they have plans to refurbish it over the next year, so this place could be brought back from the dead - worth checking back in 2009!

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gizenga Street | Box 2363, Shangani, Stone Town, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 31 Hotels in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
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