If you like sand and by like I mean have an almost obsessive love for, then Teddy's place is for you. There really is no escaping the sand, it's everywhere, but that may not necessarily be a bad thing. Certainly the staff were very friendly and helpful, the drinks were cheap and the variety of relaxing places to chill out was great not to mention the fact that the beach is beautiful.
This being said however, $20 a night can buy you a bungalow on the beach with AC and en-suite on other parts of the island whereas Teddy's is essentially a hut in the sand. Sleep was nigh on impossible with the heat and was not helped by the creature living within the walls of our hut that came alive at 3am and partied until the sun came up. Furthermore the food options were pretty weak and the $10 BBQ wasn't really worth the money, we ended up walking the 2 hours to Jambiani just to get a decent lunch.
On the whole I would recommend Teddys Place as it has a great atmosphere and nice staff but you certainly don't get much for your money so I'd try and haggle them down on price, way down. Quite how other travellers have rated as the best place in the world I do not know but it's well worth a visit if you're in Paje.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect accommodation for all who want to travel on a backpacker's budget and experience real Zanzibar vibes. Stunning Zanzibari food, cooked by one of the best chefs on the island, cozy bar with chilled music and plenty of space for relaxing, traditional makuti bandas and of course the breathtaking beach of Paje.Our aim is to make it possible for everyone to enjoy this beautiful island. Especially for backpackers it is really hard to find cheap accommodation on Zanzibar. So we have adjusted all our prices for a backpacker budget.All prices include our delicious Teddy’s breakfast. Choose from yummy pancakes or delicious eggs and famous chapati, both served with fresh fruit, juice and tea/coffee. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Teddy`s Place Hotel Paje
- New Teddy's Place Zanzibar/Paje