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Zanzibar House
3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Matemwe, Matemwe PO BOX 3085, Tanzania   |  
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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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“What a wonderfull experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

My fiance and I just came back from Zanzibar where we had a lovelly expereance at Zanzibar House.
The staff was helpfull and friendly.
The room was spacious withe an amazing terrace above the sea.
The food simple and in the same time a true experience about local cocine.
Thank all employed who provided us this amazing time.

Many regards
Rubens and Cusc

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Calgary, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Zanzibar Hotel in March 2013. This is a new hotel which is beautiful and has a lot of really nice extras. Beautiful Seaview rooms with a swinging canopy, slippers and robes, pool, ac, breakfast and dinner included. Georgia (the owners daughter) is so accommodating and nice. The food was very good. The dinner is a 4 course meal which is delicious but a lot of food. If you aren't a big eater you may want to let Georgia know and she can bring you 2 courses instead of 4, whichever you like. She is very easy going. While you are there I would recommend going to Mnemba Island for snorkeling or diving, it's gorgeous and a quick 20 minute drive from the hotel. Ask Georgia and she can arrange it for you. Also get a massage there, it's on the beach and the Pili does a great job and its a good price. ( she is very strong if you want a deep tissue massage) We would definitely stay again!

Room Tip: Get the Seaview room, they are really nice.
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  • Stayed March 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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Houston, Texas
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55 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

We decided to tale a chance on this new place even though there weren't many reviews when we booked. We couldn't have been happier with our choice. Georgia, the Italian owners daughter, was a wonderful hostess and was so helpful. First, we had arranged a reasonably priced transfer from Stone Town using her driver and she allowed us to pay some extra and he took us to the Jozani forest on the way, saving us time and money from doing it as a separate excursion. Then when we arrived at lunch time she prepared us a free pasta lunch. We had booked a triple room as we were traveling with our adult son, but the hotel was quite empty, so she let our son use a beautiful sea view room at no extra charge. She arranged a wonderful snorkel trip for us around Mnemba Island. We were on half board, which was plenty as in addition to breakfast, there was fruit in the late morning, tea at 5, appetizers at 7 and a 4 course meal at 8. And the food was delicious-- count on Italians to have some great eating. Still thinking about the crab pasta and homemade gnocchi. The decor of this boutique hotel is really nice, and I enjoyed the swinging bed on our spacious balcony. The only thing not so perfect was all the seaweed on this stretch of beach, but they can't do anything about that. We enjoyed the swimming pool and relaxing on the lounge beds under cabanas near the beach. This is a quiet place. We took some nice walks and enjoyed watching the nearby village life, but mostly just relaxed and enjoyed this peaceful place.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We stayed in Zanzibar House by a great stroke of luck before it had officially opened. We were offered a warm welcome and a beautiful room with a view. The food was excellent, the service friendly and the mood just completely relaxed. Maxi and Miriam have a great philosophy about the place, keeping it informal, casual and unscheduled.

The outdoor spa was a particular highlight and worth a daily visit.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I was there the second week of January, the place is new and the staff is great and very welcoming. Everything was clean and the room was large with a big terrace with amazing view. The Hotel organize different excursions but I prefer to relax and enjoying the place. Definitely a very nice hotel, the location is just perfect and the restaurant is very good. I will come back very soon.

Room Tip: Rooms are all nice and large. The view is amazing !
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Barcelona
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I stayed 2 weeks this January. The place just opened and it's great, the staff is really nice and welcoming. The room had a huge terrace facing the ocean and a swinging chair where I spent several hours reading and sleeping.
We went to Stone Town a couple of times and we did a few excursions organized by them but for the rest we stayed at the hotel.

  • 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
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Additional Information about Zanzibar House

Address: Matemwe, Matemwe PO BOX 3085, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Matemwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Matemwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Zanzibar House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zanzibar House is a 7 room privately owned and ran boutique hotel situated in the beautiful location of Matemwe on the North East coast of the island, about 40km from Stone Town.The hotel opened its doors in December 2012. The materials used in the construction are found in Zanzibar, with a traditional Makuti roof, decorated with Maritaki patterns, in harmony with the nature and not to disrupt the beautiful landscape. Zanzibar House offers its guests 7 rooms. 5 rooms with sea view and 2 have views over the rich vegetation that surrounds the area. Four posters Queen size beds in every room. Extra beds and baby cots are available upon request. Satellite TV, complimentary WIFI, minibar, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities are few of the amenities found in the rooms. Each and every room has a large terrace from where to enjoy the breathtaking views.The restaurant offers delicacies of international and local cuisine with extra care put into the selection of the produce, respecting the seasons and what is available in the market. The full licensed bar offers a selection of local beers, world reknown spirits brands, cocktails and much more all to be enjoyed in the porch overlooking the Indian Ocean. During the day guests are pampered by the carefully picked staff and presented with nibbles to accompany the passing hours; seasonal fruit skewers, spiced tea or coffee in the afternoon, home made savory or sweet treats according to the inspiration of the chef. Special efforts were made in choosing and making of the decorative details found across the house. All the doors were made with coconut wood, found in plentiful supply on the island; the wood was carved by a skilled carpenter in Stone Town with traditional Zanzibar motives, the floors are made of Galana, a local stone, the material used for the walls and structure is called Choka, the island’s version of cement. A full menu of massages and treatments available all day along and tailor made solutions, such as custom made excursions, insiders tips to fully and responsably experience the magic of the island make of Zanzibar House an oasis of peace and tranquility, the perfect destination where to get rid of the stress of everyday’s life and regenerate the senses with attentive to detail service never losing the essence and the warmth of African hospitality to make you feel truly welcomed at home. ... more   less 
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