My wife and I and two of her sisters and a boyfriend of one of them stayed at the Z Hotel for 3 nights from Jan. 8-11, 2013. We were staying at the Amaan Bungalows next door but couldn't stand that place so we walked next door to the Z to see if there were rooms available. Lucky for us there was availability and I was also able to negotiate a 15% discount on the rooms we booked right at the desk. December thru February is high season with many Europeans coming down to escape the northern cold so we did well on the price.
Julie, Ruth and Nisa were most accomodating and took care of us right away. My wife and I had a top floor seaview room with the most amazing views of the Indian Ocean, pool, beach, etc. The room was spotless and totally modern with all the ammenities you need (safe, TV, robes, hairdryer, fridge, bottled water daily, etc). There was a nice balcony with plenty of room to sit and watch the sunset and the daily soccer game played on the beach at sunset by the locals.
I was quite surprised to see negative reviews of this hotel and some of the photos of the bathrooms that people posted, however that was a few years ago and they must have totally renovated the washrooms because ours was like brand new. The rooms were not huge (however the bathrooms were a good size) but were totally fine and the bed was great. What was also very nice was that there were NO bugs or anything like that getting into the rooms. You didn't even need the mosquito netting for sleeping if you didn't want it. The A/C worked extremely well too.
What I liked about the hotel the most was the pool and the associated tropical landscaping. It was just so beautiful and relaxing. Good sized umbrellas to block out the scorching hot sun if you needed. The pool area is not that big so best to get down a bit early to reserve a lounger if you can. They also have a private area on the beach which have comfortable loungers and umbrella's too. There is a pool bar with waiter service for the pool and beach areas. The guys that work the pool bar are hilarious and are quite the characters. They have a good happy hour with fancy cocktails for $5 each.
The breakfast buffet was by far the best of all our hotels on this trip to Tanzania. Huge selection to choose from and made to order eggs, etc. They put fans on the tables to help keep the flies away while you are eating. Flies are a fact of daily life in that country so you just got to accept it!!
We never ate dinner there however we did eat lunch one afternoon in the Cinnamon bar upstairs above the main restaurant. The food off the menu was good but not amazing (especially for the price). The views were amazing but the service up there was marginal. The staff seem to be quite disorganized and slow even know there was about 7 of them working at the time and there were only about 20 customers in there. English seemed to be a challenge with them unlike any other part of the hotel.
They have free internet on their two computers in the "library" above the reception area which worked well and for ocean related activities, they have their own operation which I would definitely trust and recommend as some of the other operators in the area (not all) were very sketchy.
Overall this was good value, not crowded, quiet and lucky for us there were no loud kids running around as it seems to be more focused on the adult only market which was awesome. At night though you may hear music (not going too late) coming from the many beach bars and associated restaurants that are in the area. I would honestly say though that there probably are not many hotels that are able to escape this. This was not an issue for us.
I would definitely recommend this hotel.
- Also Known As:
- z Hotel Nungwi
- The Z Hotel Zanzibar Nungwi
- 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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