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“Lovely spot for relaxing beach days in East Africa.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Z Hotel Zanzibar
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   PO Box 4807, Nungwi, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #3 of 18 Hotels in Nungwi
Sydney
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104 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Lovely spot for relaxing beach days in East Africa.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Some reviews on TA are critical of the Z, as if it is a huge hotel in Hawaii that should have very conceivable service. It is not. It is a 65-room boutique hotel on a lovely beach in Zanzibar, East Africa. There are limitations built into this, but we thought the Z was terrific for some relaxing days after a safari. The design is really good, making the most of the beach site. We liked both restaurants. The staff were friendly and did their jobs well. The pool is nice, and there are things to do like a sunset sail on a dhow with snorkelling. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Cheltenham
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

This hotel is one of the nicest I have ever stayed in. Perched right on a white sand beach in amongst an assortment of restaurants, little shops and other hotels, it's not exactly 'remote' but the boutique atmosphere and brilliant staff make it a real home from home.

We had a few issues with the room, but Julie, the guest manager was right on the case every time and even when we mentioned an issue with one of the trips we went on after we got home, her response even then was immediate. No hotel is ever perfect, but what makes the difference is how they react when alerted to issues and these guys are an example of how to do it!

The pool is not huge, but big enough and the poolside area and service is great. Nice touch is 2 four poster beds each with TV's. We watched a couple of Bond movies over a cool beer when the sun got too hot!

A bit of noise at night from the surrounding clubs who seem to think that all the tourist want is club music all day and night, but doesn't keep you awake. This affects all hotels in the area, even the supposedly more remote ones like Gemma Del Est.

The location allows you to wander down the beach for hours in either direction to the local fishing village and the sea is crystal and warm.

Negatives? Food was good, but not brilliant but there are loads of local options. The wine is a bit expensive compared to other, but again, don't let that stop you coming here. All in all a top place. Go there, you'll love it.

Room Tip: Many 'sea view' rooms are obscured by palm trees. In some cases the higher floors are worse...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Amazing hotel, lovely location (although a long way from stone town), any problems sorted quickly and easily.
The staff were attentive, rooms clean and beautiful and food delicous.
We booked all our trips through the hotel and the only one which wasn't amazing was the trip to stone town. I think that was mostly because we were struggling with the heat more than the trip wasn't good!
I would definitely go there again, and would recommend it to anyone going to zanzibar.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We came to Z Hotel to recover and relax after climbing Kilimanjaro, and it didn't disappoint. Location, pool, restaurants and room were all great. The only issues were the power blackouts, which really are to be expected, and the late night music was a bit much.
Service was enthusiastic and very friendly, but yes a little on the slow side. Any issues we had we were welcomed to raise though, for them to be dealt with quickly.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Well designed, swish, amazing location right on the beach. A little pricey for what you get. A little aloof with pretentious feel. Good food. Fell slightly below my excellent expectations. Mainly due to annoyance of staff. Card machine was not working for 2 days, which is hotels problem and I got hounded several times each day to settle my bill. Machine out of order each time I turned up. Not something I expected on my Honeymoon. Hence reduced to very good rating.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We went here after a very rude welcoming at Langi Langi and received the most friendly welcome. The whole hotel staff was incredibly friendly, and tried their best to always meet our requests. The rooms were beautifully decorated and clean, the hotel pool just gorgeous and the food was excellent, and very reasonably priced! I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

My husband and I set off on honeymoon, safari, followed by 10 night in a luxury hotel. Safari was excellent, Z Hotel not so much. If you are looking for a smart London bar/club feel in Zanzibar, this would be perfect. If you want to feel as if you are in Zanzibar, this isn't the place. We moved hotel after numberous mistakes by the hotel and the loud music, one night going until 4am, which tipped us over the edge. There is no place to have a casual drink in the evening so we spent the majority of time on our roof terrace waiting patiently (they are SLOW) for drinks. We were lucky to have a oneymoon suite balcony as the standard rooms balconies barely fit 2 chairs on. Over priced and lacked in atmosphere. Would not go back.

Room Tip: The cottages are quieter but you can not escape the bass wherever you are.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Z Hotel Zanzibar

Address: PO Box 4807, Nungwi, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#4 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
#9 Family Hotel in Nungwi
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Z Hotel Zanzibar 4*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This chic, boutique hotel located on the northern tip of the Island, blends contemporary design with traditional Zanzibari features to create a unique, cool and relaxing environment. Set in a lush tropical garden with direct access to white powder beaches and the Indian Ocean, the Z hotel has been finished to an extremely high specification. Each room has floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading onto a balcony, which looks out across the crystal blue ocean. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
z Hotel Nungwi
The Z Hotel Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Nungwi

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