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“Very lovely” 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 #5 of 17 Hotels in Nungwi
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“Very lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I was there on October 2011. I did the open water course there and I had a lot of fun with my dive teacher louise. He's a very nice and friendly guy with patience. We took some unterwater photos, which is not usual. unfortunately, we didn't see some sharks, but some colorful corals. The riff ist not damaged like on other places in the world. Now I dive over the whole world and have to say, that I would come back- The dinner was very good, we had some tradicional food. The staff was very friendly and it was definitly the best stay of my trip. The water was cristal clear and the beach white like a paper - just beautiful.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

After bumping around in a Safari vehicle for the last 10 days, we were thrilled when we arrived at The Z. They greeted us with cool face cloths and welcome drinks which was lovely, and then gave us a tour of the property before showing us to our room.

The rooms were great, we had a great view of the beach, 2 twin beds with each bed having their own TV (!), mosquito nets which is nice, and a great shower. There is wifi on the property and we were able to get a weak signal from the room, but around the pool or at the bar there was great wifi service.

The beach is BEAUTIFUL as well as the pool is great. A few people have said the chairs go around the pool quickly, which they do, but there are always chairs availible on the beach. Whenever we would get there if there werent any towels left, we would just ask one of the guys behind the bar and they would be sure to bring them to us wherever we were sitting. The best part of the pool is that it is an infinity pool overlooking the beach/ocean. The other hotels in the area had pools quite far from the beach with no view.

We enjoyed the restaurants, and traveling with a veggie, she still had lots of options.
FYI - the service is SLOW. There were lots of people that were very upset and agitated by this, but we figured we are on vacation, we aren't in a rush, so we would just order a drink and relax and chat while we waited for food. But I suggest going 45 min before you are hungry, because it isnt North American service speeds.

The staff were very friendly and always happy to help. We had issues with our air conditioning and they fixed it right away, and when we had a few questions about our bill on checking out, they quickly answered our concerns and they never made it seem like an issue. We also had to check out at 11am but werent leaving the hotel until 4pm and they were more than happy to let us use the spa to shower and get dressed before we left. This was a GREAT service which is rare and we really appreciated the thought.

We were 2 girls in our 20's and yes there were lots of people on their honeymoon, but there were other young travelers and families there so you didnt feel overwhelmed by the romantic couples. I would highly suggest this hotel to anyone looking.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We stayed for 5 nights at the Z hotel at th beginning of jan. It was there perfect place to end our trip to Tanzania and to recover from climbing Kilimanjaro. Really relaxed atmosphere, beautiful pool and beach. We were really impressed with the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

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.

Room Tip: All rooms face the pool and/or ocean. The higher floors are the "seaview" rooms as you ar...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

- Pick up and drop off from airport on time
- Rooms immaculate and cleaned daily, and air con is a must for dealing with the heat in Zanzibar
- Little fridges in each room which was stocked with complimentary water every day
- Food in the Cinnamon restaurant is great (try the fisherman's basket)
- One of Z Hotels staff members is what really made the service really fantastic 'A big thank you to John who really goes above and beyond!'
- Z hotels location is perfect as there is minimum seaweed and not a lot of boats anchored
- It also is the only hotel I saw that had its own section of beach where locals can't bother you.
- Any visitor will come back here (coming back soon) just to lie in the infinity pool and watch the sun go down
- Travelled Late November - Early December 2011 but there was no option on the drop down of the review for 2011, as my review is a year late.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I stayed at The Z between 28th Dec-8th Jan 2013 and was thoroughly impressed by the quality of facilities and standard of service. The Z is asthetically very beautiful and achieves luxury status whilst managing to maintain the certain charm of the island. After exploring quite a bit of Zanzibar, and most of the north, I can safely say that the Z has the best spot in Nungwi.The hotel has been thoughtfully designed to allow guests enjoyment of the spectacular views at most times (from both resteraunts, pool deck and bar) and I think this is why there is such an incredibly calm & relaxing atmsophere. I agree with recent polls that the beach has to be one of the best in the world. It is hard to feel anything other than elated when staring out on to it. The staff at the hotel are incredibly friendly and attentive. You will not walk past anybody without a recieving a cheery hello, or 'jambo'. The reservations manager (Julie) often sought us out during the day to make sure that we had everything that we needed and was always on hand to suggest places to visit (although there is also an on site tourist guide). Our room was always spotless and we often found little treats at turn down. Food was delicious with lots of choice (take advantage of the fresh fish and vegetables often caught/ collected that day). Do not expect the quick service that you would at home. Dining here is supposed to be a leisurely experience and as somebody who lives and works in London, I relished in the change of pace. If you have the time make sure that you visit the Islands Spice Farm. It wasn't something that sounded particularly apprealing but we did it anyway and it turned out to be an awesome experience. Everybody who has taken the tour will say the same. Lastly, this is a perfect honeymoon destination but don't be put off if your not in a couple- I visited with some friends and it was the holiday of a lifetime. If you like to party there are plenty of places on the island. Ask at reception and the locals will you suggest where to go on which days.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

It was my second time staying at the hotel and it just keeps getting better and better! I absolutely love it! Best hotel in Zanzibar and I would highly recommend it!!! Lovely modern rooms, helpful and friendly staff, great food and amazing pool! I can not wait to go back!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 4807, Nungwi, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
#5 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#5 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
#5 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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