First of all, my #1 advice is to pay with cash! They did not know how to use a card machine, and charged me then said it did not go through. I had to go to Stone Town (over an hours drive each way) to withdraw from the ATM. When I realized they charged my card as well I contacted them over 10 times (mostly phone call, but no one speaks english and kept hanging up, I finally sent them an email). They kept saying they would refund me but after 6 months I gave up. Being that it is in Zanzibar and I am from the U.S. my credit card company would not dispute it for me.
Compared to other reviews I definitely overpaid - I went in December 2011 and paid $65 US/111k shillings per night. We stayed here as a couple, so there were two of us. We only stayed at Kitete because a local tour guide recommended it (because the hotel paid him for suggesting it) and said it was right on the beach.
As with all the other reviews - this place is very bare minimum. The windows in the rooms do not shut properly so you have minimal privacy. We found a large cockroach in our bed the last night. There is no staff present; when we arrived we had to wait 20-30 minutes for the front desk lady as she was sleeping. For two people we were given one towel over our 4 day stay, and had to ask for another after 2 days. The restaurant is extremely slow; we waited over an hour for an omelet and the second time we only ordered one sandwich to share (both times we were the only ones there). The sandwich was very soggy, with hardly any meat on it. They also do not keep very many basic things, such as soda and water. I suggest eating at Paje by Night - they have a large menu, very good cocktail list, music, friendly staff and its a great way to meet other travelers.
The beach is absolutely beautiful though - white sand and turquoise water. It was amazingly beautiful.
- 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/Paje