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“ORA BLUE WAS JUST FANTASTIC! Dear Denise you are a bit "gâté" I would say...” 4 of 5 stars
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My Blue Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Nungwi, Nungwi, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #14 of 17 Hotels in Nungwi
Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
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“ORA BLUE WAS JUST FANTASTIC! Dear Denise you are a bit "gâté" I would say...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

I would just recommend it to everybody, we enjoyed a beautiful 7 nights staying, people very nice and friendly, the animation was just perfect for those who want a relaxing holidays, food was very good (true a bit repetitive but who cares if it is good? I would recommend more swahili dinners :)). The sunsets were amazing and the beach white and perfect. With the excursions organized by the hotel it is possible to visit beautiful places all over the Island. Rooms were clean and nice (chère Denise c'est l'Afrique... pas la Suisse..).

A big hello to all the animation team, to the Masai (Simone Mangiapolenta, Matteo il piccolo, Matteo il Grande) and to Ally (our super waiter).

ps. The beach boys were a bit annoying but it is part of the local folklore :)

Room Tip: Stay away from the bar if you want to go to bed before midnight :)
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

My wife and I were staying at the hotel for two nights.
Good things: nice pool, good food and great beach.
Bad things: Rooms need renovation especially in the shower.
In-room safe broken ,though we asked several times for them to fix The safe, they promised to fixed the safe, but actually have not done anything which was pretty annoying.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

After reading such mixed reviews I had low expectations of this hotel. We often travel on a budget and are genuinely not very fussy so we decided to overlook the more critical ones. Also my husband grew up in East Africa so we were not expecting super luxury by any means.

The resort itself is quite nice. Pretty pool and beach and the local staff are lovely (as they are everywhere in Tanzania). However our room was just awful - the shower kept leaking badly, which stank really horribly and attracted hordes of mosquitos. The grouting was thick with blue mould. It sounds trivial but it made me feel constantly grimy. We asked reception to move us twice and both times they sent a maintenance man to our room who was unable to do anything. The room was dark and smelly and the management had zero interest in our complaint, even though I offered twice to pay more money for a better room. I was told no better rooms were available but when I checked their website there certainly seemed to be. (Ground floor rooms by the pool area - where we were - seem to be the worst.)

As most reviews say, the food is pretty crap. 5 mins walk along the beach are two or three quite nice little bars that do reasonable food though and we were very pleased to find them, even though we'd paid half board at the hotel.

We stayed for the 5 nights we had pre-paid for and then moved to the hotel next door (Sunset Beach - Veraclub.) for our final 4 days. It was fantastic - lovely, big clean rooms with large verandas, a really spacious resort with great food and the nicest and most helpful staff and management imaginable. It was only a wee bit more expensive as well.

If the management respond to this post saying they tried to do something about our room, it's complete nonsense. We dislike confrontation and so were just seen as the sort of guests who could be palmed off with a stinking room.

Room Tip: Try to avoid a room and the first floor, especially by the pool area.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We booked this hotel because we wanted some luxery in Zanzibar after our tours through Kenya and Tanzania. The lobby is beautifull with the wooden kano in the middle and the garden is also very nice. Lovely white sand beach and it is even possible to snorkle and see some nice fishes. We had a bed&breakfast facility which was good. We asked the manager on arrivel what the cost for dinner would be and they would charge us €25,- per person per evening without the drinks and on the beach we had candle light dinners including drinks for € 20,- for the 2 of us. So it is not necassery at all to book the all inclusive package. The staff is very friendly and they are trying their best, to make your stay pleasant. The beach boys around the hotels are very relaxed. What we didn't like was the following: the room that they booked for us smelt like mold/moist. At first we thought well we are going to stay here for a few nights so it wouldn't be a problem but later we thought we booked a 4* accomodation and for that we would like to have a room that didn't smell like mold/moist. We went to the reception and explained that we would like to have another room. At first the person behind the reception wasn't very helpfull at all. We asked him if he had called the manager after we waited for 20 minutes and he sayed yes but we didn't here any phone rinning (incoming and outcoming) and there was nobody coming to the reception. My boyfriend who then got a bit anoyed went back to the reception and forced the person behind the reception to call the manager, after that the manger came in 5 minutes. We explained our complaints to the manager and he informed us that he would take a look and see what he could do. The manager said to us that they would clean the room again and that the odour from mold/moist would go away. We said the room was clean and we just want a room that didn't had the smell from mold/moist. After we waited for 15 minutes we got a new room that smelt less so we where very happy whit that. The room wasn't properly cleaned and needed some maintance but since we didn't have the moist oudor everything was good for us.

What we also didn't like from this 4* hotel is that they didn't provide any water on the rooms. The staff can speak Italian very good but are very poor with English. The breakfast was good, you have a lot of choice but what we didn't like is that it is possible to smoke in the restaurant and somepeople even smoke cigars while others were still eating.

TIP: before you want to explore Zanzibar make sure that you go to an ATM at Stone Town because it is very difficult to find an ATM in one of the villages and if you find one in the villages they will charge you 10% from every transaction that you will make.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

We spent a week at the hotel, it was our honeymoon. The hotel is not new and the rooms have a faint smell of seaweed. But, however we got a great attitude from all the staff and especially from a guy in charge of the rooms named Pradeep. The staff did everything in his power to make our vacation perfect, including to change our room and give us a great room facing the sea. All Our request answered immediately. The food was delicious and fresh. Stunning beach.
The hotel is populated mostly with Italians and there are many activities for Italians , we did not mind about that,although we do not understand a word in Italian.
It's not the best hotel I was in - but it's a pleasant hotel with excellent staff and a real desire of the staff to help you with everything.
I would recommend the hotel managers to improve the wireless Internet connection and allow guests to connect to the wi-fi from the rooms too and not just from the lobby. in addition, the breakfast was always the same which is a bit boring. But other than that - we had a great vacation and Pradeep Thanks for everything, you are a great manager and a great person.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We were sent here after been turned away from the hotel Hakune Majiwe in Paje which we booked and paid to stay in due to 'technical' problems - which turned out to be over booking. We were told Myblue was an 'upgrade' - it was far from an upgrade. Upon arrival the shabby sign lets you know exactly what you're in for. Shabby rooms, tacky sourroundings, terrible loud music blaring from speakers just outside the room. It was like holiday in hell ,plus hardly a beach to mention - tiny and walled off on both sides, Sun loungers crammed together like the Italian riveria. NOT ZANZIBAR! We didn't dare to look in the restaurant (which is set at the back of the plot and probably full of cigarette smoke), the bar was bad enough. Soft-inclusive meant half a glass of an already opened bottle of coke. A bit of stale cake was lingering on the bar if you were desperate enough to want it. Needless to say we didn't stay. It's geared to cheap package holidays mainly for Italians. I saw the brochure and the hotel is completely mis-represented. If you go to beautiful Zanzibar, you do not want to stay here! We had paid for a beach bungalow on an unspoilt beach - this is nothing like it. By the way the 'gym' is about 4 excercise bike facing the wall at reception! In the end, we were sent to somewhere that supposedly corresponded better to what we booked and paid for...which it didn't. - Coral Reef is yet another run down Ora hotel! Zanzibar is beautiful - this place is not!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
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OraHotels, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at My Blue Hotel, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Dear Customer, we regret not being able to satisfy it, we took over backwards to please her despite the three-day stay we offered three different hotels, you have not found what I was looking for. We are, however, very disappointed when he writes things that are not true as the gym, the beach, and service. We hope to find what they are looking elsewhere.
best regards

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Alessandro Zanetti.
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Stockholm
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights with soft inclusive (meals and soda included). Food is very good and beach as well. 9 out of 10 visitors are Italian so if you don't like them don't go here. Many italians smoke so be prepared to inhale smoke during dinner, if you don't like that or have asthma or similar I would recommend you to choose a different hotel.

Staff is very polite and friendly. We where upgrades due to maintenance during our stay so we had the advantage to "inspect" two rooms. Both of them where nicely decorated with modern furniture's but can't have been constructed by professionals since many doors couldn't be fully opened.

Both rooms contained locked safety boxes, and we tried to have the hotel to open them for us but gave up. We even stayed in our room between 15-16 one day on their request to wait for someone to open it, but they never came.

Internet connection is available in reception and at the bar for a cost of 5€ each day or 15€ a week. You need to get a new password each day from the reception. The connection is very unstable and slow, don't expect to be able to watch a you tube clip, or surf at all while it is raining.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nungwi, Nungwi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Nungwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Nungwi
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Nungwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — My Blue Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 87
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Myblue Zanzibar Boutique Nungwi
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