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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
Houston, Texas
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Wonderful hotel on a beautiful beach. Couldn't have been cleaner. The food was excellent. Fresh flowers on your bed when the room is made up. Lovely landscaping. The computers are older but WiFi is available at no charge. The bed in our room was a bit hard and too soft in our kids room.

The location is pretty far from Stonetown, but that is where the good beach is.

Room Tip: Didn't see an elevator but there may have been one. Ask.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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ZHotel, General Manager at The Z Hotel Zanzibar, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
We are privileged to boast one of the best & most beautiful beaches on the Island-guests can safely access the ocean at any time during either high or low tide & we are so glad our great guests took advantage & enjoyed this experience as well as the other facilities our hotel has to offer.

We are actually in the process of replacing mattresses & pillows in our rooms so hopefully hard & soft beds won’t be an issue in the future.

Mohammed Zaki
General Manager
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We've been back from honeymoon for a week now, and still wishing we were back at the Z hotel. We stayed at the very beginning of the season, so the hotel had a quiet, exclusive feel to it. We chose the Z, as we prefer botique, unique hotels over large chain hotels, and we are so SO glad we chose the Z hotel.
The pool area was stunning - we didnt want to read, as we felt like we should be admiring the view the whole time!
We stayed in one of the beach front cottages - WOW! Worth the extra - we watched the sunset from our huge private balcony and fell asleep to the sound of the waves evreynight. The suite was massive, and spotlessly cleaned everyday.
Breakfasts were served until 10:30 - great if you fancy a lie-in, and the choice was huge! I particularly enjoyed nutella on pancakes with the freshest fruit I have ever tasted.
We ate in the cinamon bar a few times - the food was delicious and reasonable. We only ate in the Saruche restaruant once, but the food and service was impecable - and what a setting! The staff were friendly, gracious and couldn't be more helpful. They really make it - you can have a supurb building with rude staff, and it can ruin a place - not so here - everything was perfect!

We cannot recommend this hotel enough - just paradise!

Room Tip: Cottage 1 was very private and had unparalled views - fall asleep to the waves crshing bneath your f...
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  • Stayed June 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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ZHotel, General Manager at The Z Hotel Zanzibar, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
My team and myself are delighted to receive your feedback.

It was our honor to provide the perfect backdrop for your honeymoon. We know how important it is to provide a memorable experience for this all important vacation.

We endeavor to meet the highest standards when it comes to gourmet meals and my team in the culinary department leaves no stone unturned to ensure our guests have a thoroughly memorable time and enjoy their meals to the maximum. Thank you for availing your fabulous feedback on the meals you had during your stay with us.

We wish you all the best for the future & you are most welcome back at any time.

Warmly,

Mohammed Zaki
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

This Z hotel certainly has the wow factor, with a lovely relaxed feel to it, the rooms are stunning! modern and spotlessly clean.We stayed in room 39 which had a balcony with an amazing sea view where we chilled out and watched some of the best sunsets I have ever seen. Each day a different flower display was arranged on the bed by the maid which was a lovely touch. The hotel has its own private area of the beach, where sun loungers and umbrellas are provided, we were more than happy to leave our belonging here knowing security were watching over this area. Above the beach is a lovely, decked area with an infinity pool, pool bar and more loungers and umbrellas, there were enough to go round so no getting up early to try and get one. We ate our meals in Saruche Restaurant where the food and atmosphere was excellent and the staff were so helpful and friendly. Just like to say a big thank you to all the staff for making our stay at the Z hotel so good and memorable and I have no hesitation in recommending the Z hotel, you'll love it!!!!

Room Tip: Room 39 has amazing sea view
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  • Stayed June 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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ZHotel, General Manager at The Z Hotel Zanzibar, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write your amazing review here.

It is really nice to see that you had a great time during your recent stay with us and that you enjoyed the beautiful ambiance and setting of the hotel. Thank you again such a positive response spurs us on to even bigger & better heights.

Thank you,

Mohammed Zaki
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We came to stay here for 10 nights having come from a 4 day Safari in a luxury camp and were afraid that nothing could live up to Kirawira camp but the Z Hotel did just that.

We went for the half board option (breakfast and dinner) and actually ended up eating all of our meals there. For dinner you have 2 options, a formal and cafe type meal. The formal meal in particular stood out. Food was excellent.

The room was very nice with a sea view. Was cleaned thoroughly every day and presented very well with floral decorations on the bed each day.

The pool was great and the pool area as well as private section of the beach were perfect. The sunsets are remarkable.

We used the PADI dive centre, East Africa Dive centre in the hotel and found them to be excellent.

The security was excellent and reassuring to think that we could leave all of our stuff by the pool for a few hrs while we went for a walk, etc..

There is wifi in most parts of the hotel.

We had a few quick power cuts but hey, we were in Africa!

The outstanding thing about Z though is the staff. They were all so friendly and helpful. I would recommend the Z to anybody looking for a nice, friendly,chilled out hotel.

Room Tip: Deluxe sea view was nice.
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  • Stayed June 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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ZHotel, General Manager at The Z Hotel Zanzibar, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
It was an equal pleasure for us to have these great guests staying with us & very reassuring to note that our facilities were utilized & enjoyed.

Our fabulous staff have yet again been commended for providing a great service with enthusiasm & pleasure.

Many thanks.

Mohammed Zaki
General Manager
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

This place was luxury after 2 weeks working in hospitals in Dar. Highly recommend staying up in the North, its chilled and what I call a holiday. As for the Z Hotel, we had a big group of 20 and everything was awesome. We all did the inclusive package which was the best way to go. The food was yum. The beach is beautiful and you can walk along at night very safely. The POOL is the BEST! Its not a big hotel chain thing which we all loved.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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ZHotel, General Manager at The Z Hotel Zanzibar, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
We are delighted that the group had a great time while staying with us. Such a supportive response reinforces our resolution to provide a perfect & memorable experience.

Many thanks.

Mohammed Zaki
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

The room was quite small with a mouldy bathroom. The restaurant had lovely food, great service, but the bar had ony fried food and average service. The pool area was very nice, but the pool towels were folded and resused without being washed. It was worth the price until breakfast. Coming from Australia, we are used to flies, but I have never seen anything like the flies at the breakfast buffet. It limited the choice of hot food because nothing could be left out, and even as you were eating, you were constantly swatting away flies. One hand eat with the other hand on fly duty. Would we stay here again? No. Would we recommend it to others? Probably not.




Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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ZHotel, General Manager at The Z Hotel Zanzibar, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
We are always very grateful for constructive comments regarding the hotel which helps us in our continuous endeavor to provide an excellent & satisfactory experience. We have recently reopened after our annual shutdown, during which time, all of our rooms underwent some refurbishment, particularly the bathrooms.

In our restaurants, our intention is to provide a varied selection of tastes, from fine dining to home made burgers & pizzas, with a good variety of options in between, from dishes cooked with local spices to fresh catch of the day. Both of our restaurants reflect this.

Thankfully we are not continuously plagued by flies – they appear a couple of times a year & their appearance is short lived. Like the other establishments in the area, we have tried all sorts of different remedies & finally believe that table fans blowing across the table are the best solution but we are open to suggestions.

Many Thanks

Mohammed Zaki
General Manager
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We stayed at the Z-Hotel on recommendation from a friend who had visited the year before. After an incredible 6 day safari in Tanzania, a stop in Zanzibar and our stay at the Z-Hotel was the perfect end to an amazing trip.

As we are really not into huge all-inclusive resorts, we loved the boutique feel of the Z-Hotel. It is a small hotel with a few restaurants an infinity pool and it's own section of the beach. It has a trendy feel to it with chill out music playing at the pool bar.

It was great that they had security overlooking their section of the beach and you can leave your belongings safely on the beach while you swim.

We requested a sea view room which was not obscured by trees and this is precisely what we got. Staff were all super friendly and professional, the room was gorgeous with a balcony.

Food is reasonably good at the restaurants (one casual, one more formal) though service is friendly but slow. I was very ill one night after eating at the more formal restaurant but as my husband and I shared our dishes and he wasn't ill, it was hard to say what it was.

We did not experience any major power outages. The power went out a couple of times as it does in countries like this, but only for about 30 seconds and was restored very quickly. By the time I'd found the torch it was back on.

My only criticism is the hotel's provision of a free diving less voucher with East Africa Diving Nungwi (part of the hotel complex) which is then not honoured by East Africa Diving (please see my review on East Africa Diving).

Overall, highly recommended especially if your prefer a boutique hotel feel. The sunsets from the pool are to die for!

Room Tip: Request a sea view room where the view is not obscured by trees.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#5 Family Hotel in Nungwi
#6 Romantic Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Z Hotel Zanzibar 4*
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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