This wasn't really where I'd wanted to be but I'd left it too late to book and because it was New Years it was all that was left. On the plus side, they held a room for me without a deposit, responded to my emails quickly and the room was only $30 which is a bargain over New Year.
I was booked into the "old" building which was I guess the original accomodation before they built some slighly more upmarket rooms next door. The room was very average, with a musty smell and corroded fittings in the bathroom (cold water only).
In front of the "Old" kitete are beach chairs reserved for guests only from Paje by Night which is directly behind Kitete. Chairs for Kitete are in front of the New Kitete and to my suprise there were only 8 beach chairs and three shade umbrellas for a total of about 15 rooms. Not nearly enough. The first day I missed out and the second and third days I was there at 8am to make sure I got a chair. The food from the restaurant was simple and nice but as mentioned in a previous review, they frequently run out of sodas and beers.
The other thing about Paje is that it is a Kite surfers beach and Kitete is right in the middle of the kite surfing hub. At times it was scary to be in the water because of the fast moving kite surfing and most people, when they were not kite surfing were talking about kite-surfing. A bit boring if you're not into it as I'm not. As mentioned in previous reviews, Paje by Night is a good place to hang out although their New year's dinner was dissapointing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful , fresh boutique hotel that caters for families,singles and newly weds. We are renowned for the quality and friendly nature of our staff. Outstanding sunrises,vast powder white beaches, delicious cuisine, local and international water sports at your door step and traditional dhow cruises a stone throw away.In three simple words: heaven on earth. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kitete Beach Bungalows Zanzibar Island/Paje