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“Surprisingly high-quality rooms, less exciting location” 4 of 5 stars
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Darajani Street, Matemwe, Tanzania   |  
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“Surprisingly high-quality rooms, less exciting location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Very good value for what's offered- our room was lovely, with a four-poster, very clean. Seemed much more upscale than what I was expecting.

Downside is the not-very-fun area- Matemwe's not really for partying. There are also a lot of people (mostly kids) who will give you a lot of hassle on the beach, which more or less nixes the sunbathing option.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Memphis, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We met Ally Keys in Stone Town and decided to check out his place in Matemwe. We had rented a car through him as well. Ally is a fun-loving guy who is eager to please. He made our trip memorable, the ultimate fixer. Keys bungalows were perfect for us. We wanted an affordable, clean bungalow on the beach and that is exactly what we got. Now mind you it's not easy to find or get to. We had to drive down a long ways on a sandy, potholed road (4 wheel a must if it rains) though he has it clearly marked. In general driving in Zanzibar is a hassle because the police checkpoints stop you every 10 miles or so and ask for bribes (something Ally cued us on early). The cottages are small and the bed is comfortable. We also rented bikes and went on a snorkeling excursion to the nearby Mnemba island. Keys charged $25/person whereas other were charging up to $45 for essentially the same thing. Ideal for backpackers.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tilburg, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Keys Bungalows is a realy friendly and perfect organised resort. Price-Quality is super!
It's still an resort, but not that expensive as others on that side of the island. Ideal for backpackers, to have your last days in a luxery, beautiful and flexible place!
The women of the house is very friendly and open. All the staff is polite and helpfull and the cooking lady is amasing. It's next to the beach, so in a 10 second walk you're in the beautiful blue sea. There is a diving and snorkling school next door, a worthed experience!
The rooms are clean and zanzibari. The wooden roof belongs to the beach picture.
It's a place to recommend!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012 via mobile

We had booked two rooms for 5 people via multiple emails with keys bungalows.
Despite this booking being confirmed before we arrived, these rooms were not available when we got there. Instead of being advised of this on arrival, we were ushered in under false pretenses of "welcome to paradise" and given no information. When it became clear the rooms were not available, we were offered a dirty staffroom above the bar, which didn't even contain enough beds, and we were still expected to pay for it.
No apologies were offered and no help was provided to find alternative accommodation. In fact when we asked for assistance with transport, they offered a rate that was double what we were offered by a local taxi driver.
Ultimately this is unacceptable and I would strongly discourage anyone from staying here.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

A simple bungalow with beachview, clean and nicely made, amazing breakfast at the beachbar with fresh fruit, eggs and african coffee friendly served by Abbas!
More than reasonable prices. Check pics!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

If you're looking for nice bungalows, beachbar, amazing view, then this is the place to be. Rastafary vibe, hours of walks on the beach........

Owner is Alli Keys rent also cars and scooters, we rented a car from him, everything with is 'polé polé', no stress at all.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

People probably come to Matemwe, because of its access to snorkelling off Muemba Island.
This is probably why the place charges more (for what you get) compared to other bungalows around the coast.
The bungalow was ok, the restaurant was satisfactory but with a limited range and not particularly inspiring.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Darajani Street, Matemwe, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Matemwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 12 Specialty lodging in Matemwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stunning location, right on the pearl white beach of Matemwe. See, feel and hear the proximity of the ocean while having a sundowner on the seaview terrace. Keys Bungalows is the perfect spot to enjoy snorkeling, diving, taking a spice tour, visiting the daily fish market or discovering the subaquatic wonders of nearby Mnemba Island. Feel at home thanks to the helpful staff and the laid-back atmosphere of this budget friendly accommodation. ... more   less 
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Keys Bungalows Matemwe, Zanzibar

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