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The Z Hotel Zanzibar
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   PO Box 4807, Nungwi, Tanzania   |  
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We were looking for a beak in the sun with good snorkelling and plenty of things to do (if we wished). The Z hotel combines service, excellent position with superb comfort.
The room was outstanding and all the facilities were brilliant. The best thing however is its position, breathtaking views from the hotel onto the white sand and brilliant blue sea.

Room Tip: We stayed in a top floor sea view suite which was stunning.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We stayed there in a part of our honeymoon in August 2012. The hotel is very nice, clean rooms, beautiful restaurants and very good food, Very good service, the pool is great. The only disappointment we had was not the hotel's fault, but with Zanzibar in general. It is very overpriced, all the activities are expensive, and everybody wants just to take your money and give you the minimum and you really could get much more with what you pay in other beautiful parts of the world.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed for 8 nights after safari in the mainland in Tanzania. The hotel offers very good service, free wi-fi and most of the staff are very nice and helpful. However, there were som errors, so it is a 4 points out of 5. For instance, we did not get our change back when we paid for the week and when things are supposed to be done (like fixing broken things) you have to repeat the request and the fine dine restaurant sometimes were quite chaotic as regards the orders. But most of the staff are very good, especially the manager, Julie - she's excellent. It is also sympathetic that you are supposed to tip in the end and that the tip is dispersed among all employees. Some of the male staff, however, seem to have a problem with talking directly to women. If the woman asks a question, he would answer and look at the man. The Mrembo tours, who have an office in the Z hotel area, were not that good, except for the spice tour.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

It was a nicehotel and i was infinity swimming pool. Bedroom was really nice with a nice view on the beach.
Also, the staff was really nice.

We got a wonderful welcome when we got at the hotel.

Unfortunately, this could be a 5 etoiles but because of the food i cannot give one more star. We got food poisoning during our stay there.. Before being at the Z hotel i've been in different 3 stars hotels in tanzania and we never got sick before in our trip.

It is sad to get sick in this kind of hotel..... Losing a day of vacation when you spend 300$ a night it's not cool.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We had the best time at the Z Hotel in Zanzibar! We stayed in the cottage. The room and views were absolutely breathtaking!!! We felt like we were in paradise. The food was great, the pool was nice, and the beach was good. We loved every minute of it! I would go back in a heartbeat, if I could!

Room Tip: Stay in the cottage!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

This hotel was a little piece of paradise! The water was warm and a beautiful blue. We were in the Deluxe Sea View rooms which were outstanding! I would highly recommend these rooms if you go to this hotel! Very spacious and comfortable and right on the water! Beautiful!

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

If you want a boutique hotel experience that is so close to the beach you have to raise your voice to be heard over the waves, book this hotel. If you can afford it, ask for a cottage room. It is a two story room perched over the ocean. Spectacular view. Negatives: the a/c unit in the bedroom was noisy and the temp control didn't work. We froze to death with it on and roasted to death from the heat if we left it off. Tried to get maintenance to fix it, but it never improved. Couldn't leave the doors open since the mosquitos were abundent and the bed netting couldn't keep them all out. The water pressure in the shower was good but there is zero counter space in the bathroom which was hard for two people. A tv hanging inside the canopy bed was a bit tacky as well.

There is a private beach area for the hotel but it blends with the main beach and doesn't feel exclusive. The pool area is very nice - infinity pool, well stocked bar and plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas. However, many of the umbrellas are broken from the high winds and the pool water wasn't cleaned daily and smelled a little off at times. Unlimited free internet / wifi in the library area with two computers for guest use.

The food in the restaurant and the bar was quite good. Lots of variety on the menus too. Downside was very slow service, go before you are hungry.

Big downside to this hotel and the area in general is that it was more than an hour drive from the airport to the hotel.

Room Tip: Cottages have the best view and the most privacy.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
#5 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#6 Family 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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