Do not stay here. Cheaper, cleaner and nicer staff can be found all over the town at 2 minutes walk.
The building sits in front of a beach bar playing italian music til late and you might know there are no windows in these bungalows, so it is very difficult to sleep. It is also right on one of the busiests paths in the area, so lots of shouting, etc was going on all day long.
It is not really on the beach, as it is said; One of the buildings is in the back of one of the beaches, not very nice one and the other building is on the path I menioned. It is not far, but not right on the beach: most of the others are.
Building is poor quality compared to the others, flooring could be worse, made out of patches of different designs o just plain cement, as they probably run out... Looked a bit run down.
Doors did not fit the door space, so there was 3-4 inches space between door and floor, so bugs easily came in. They gave us a towel to cover the hole...
We paid $45 which is ok only to find 3 or 4 other nicer places straight away. As we told the staff we only wanted to stay that one night (the only one we had booked), they wanted us out. In the morning, they tried to kick us out before the check out time, even going into the room befre breakfast time.
After 10 minutes walking we had 2 nice options: $30 on a beach bungalow on the best beach of nungwi, with a beach volley pitch, a bit of gardens etc or a $60 very nice and modern newly build bungalow on the same beach as Union.
Everyone I spoke to, ended up moving out of Union to either of these places, and there were 3/4 other options between $30 and $50.
For the quality of Union you have Romantic or Jambo Brothers at $20/$30, so Union is one of the worst options, believe me. We spent a month in Zanzibar and 2 weeks in Nungwi.
It feels an easy option as you can book online, but I would surely avoid it and make sure I go to one of the other local bungalows that seem to appreciate more the visitors and keep the rooms in better condition. It feels as it is design for backpackers or Uni students on low budget, but as said, there are places at half the price and same quality or same price and better quality! I would not recommend to anyone
I hope I am helping some of you find the better places in this town!
Ah! There is only one thing I would use of Union and it is their Internet Cafe: in this case, it is the cheapest in Nungwi and there aren't many places with internet, so do go there for e-mail checking!
- Also Known As:
- Union Beach Bungalows Hotel
- Union Beach Bungalows Hotel Nungwi
- Union Beach Bungalows Zanzibar/Nungwi