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“basic but fair” 4 of 5 stars
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Cristal Resort
P.O. Box 3917, Paje, Tanzania   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Paje
Belgrade
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“basic but fair”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

It is an one hour drive from the ferry port in Stone Town (45 $ one way)that gets you to this resort. Driver sent by the hotel waited for us at the exit gate with the sign and he was helpful and courteous. On your way to the hotel don't miss out on stopping in a supermarket to stock up on whatever you might need*water, sodas, sun lotion...) since there are no stores in the hotels vicinity. Once in the hotel you might want to opt for eco lodge (best value for the money) It is very basic but definitely ads up to the entire Zanzibar experience. Eco lodge is small bathroom area is separated from the rest of the room by half wall it has netting on windows and all in all gives you Robinson Crusoe experience. Breakfast is very basic so don't keep your expectations high. We have decided on a half board option and I have to say that the dinner exceeded all expectations. (although the bar was set low due to the breakfast experience). Service is great. You can get beach towels from the reception desk so don't bother bringing extra towels with you..The swimming pool is small but clean and provides a nice refreshment during the low tides(which are really really low), If you are looking for a nice weekend getaway it's a perfect spot. Costs for two people are 160 $ ferry tickets round trip, 90$ cab ride to hotel round trip, 130$ two nights half board at eco lodge. For a total of 370$ not a bad deal.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Arusha, Tanzania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

After reading of the reviews, I as a little nervous about my trip to Cristal Resort, but was pleasantly surprised. We stayed in the deluxe bungalow which was wonderful. We had AC, three beds (three girls were sharing) all with mosquito nets and a huge bathroom. The place was clean and tidy and inviting. We did at one point have a friendly guest of a gecko, but that’s too be expected anywhere in Africa. The staff were lovely, and we always had fresh towel, both in our bungalow and for the pool. The restaurant had a continual change of menu for dinner every night, and always had a variety of good meals. We also enjoyed our free breakfast, which consisted of toast, spreads, lovely fresh fruit and we could order eggs and/or pancakes as well. Yes it was extra for bacon or cereal, but why would you want it with all that was available for free?

For those reviewers who complained about power-outages, no welcome drink, having to carry your own bags and unfriendly staff, I do not know what you are talking about. Also, people should do their research before coming to Tanzania. Power outages are common, even in major cities, and when our power went out, it came back on within ten minutes (instead of 5 hours later in Arusha). Also, for the price of $23/person (with three girls) what do you expect, the Hilton? I was very impressed with the quality of the place, the beach, the variety of food and the staff.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dar Es Salaam
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We are a family of 4 with 2 children aged 6 and 7 at the time of staying at Cristal in late October 2012. The location is great and the overall experience very good. Swimming pool is great for young kids and there are a variety of different rooms. We had a family room and it was very spacious - the air con did not work the first night and the bed squeaked every time we moved - this problem was solved the next day once we informed reception. The breakfast is OK but the hidden gem is the Thai restaurant next door owned by the same hotel - the food was excellent and we lived in SE Asia for 8 years.
After talking to a friend who looked at a variety of hotels in Paje he said that Cristal was the best value for money in that area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jinja, Uganda
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

I was worried about staying here after seeing the mixed reviews; however it was a lovely place to stay. The location was fantastic, we were right on the beach and the view was amazing from our room. It seemed very good value for money, although we did go in low season and got a last minute deal. The bungalow was very spacious and pretty and someone came in twice a day to ensure it was clean and make the bed. The kite surfers did become slightly annoying in the water but in general the beach was great. If you want 5 star luxury this is not the resort for you, the staff weren’t particularly friendly and knew very little about paje, also the towels that they provided didn’t always seem the cleanest. Overall a very nice place to stay, very good value for money.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Spijkenisse, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

The food in the restaurant was very good and HB is a good option (3 choices for starter. maindish and dessert). In the surrounding you can find also other restaurants. There is also an second restaurant (thai/japanese) connected with the crystal lodge.We had the eco bungalow. It is a simple bungalow not luxuari, but we didn't expected that for this rate, but stays very romantic on the beach with a nice big terrace viewing the sea. The bathroom gives a nice hot shower. the douchecurtain is a little bit dirty from the moisture. The bathroom/toilet is connected with the bedroom so gives less privacy then in the stone (more expensive) bungalows. There is a cupboard you can locked and a simple safe, we suggested that you use them. We stay from 26-9 until 4-10-12 and had very nice weather (no rain) The beach is lovely, we likes the low tide, then the water is gone and you can make a nice walk to the reef. later or earlier the water is back and you can make a nice warm swim. Diving with Mohammed and Ali (zanziworld diving connected with hotel) is a good choice, especially the dive in the north was lovely. The massage lady is superb and every dollar worth!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Not worth the money, ugly and dirty. Management is not accomodating and the lovely beach is jampacked with kitesurfers. Down the beach aways, there is a better hotel/bungalow, cleaner and nicer. We were told that the bungalows had been upgraded, and that the bug infested rock inside the cabin was a decoration, when it was obvious it was just poorly consructed.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne, Germany
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

The Cristal Resort has got a nice beach and the overall setting is beautiful. I stayed in two different ECO lodges during my week there. ECO lodge no. 8 (very nice sea view) was ok for the low season price of USD 40 (single, B&B) but I don't think it is good value for money in the high season. The other lodge was a bit run down and I would have not wanted to stay there for another night. I strongly recommend to check out the lodge you are given before moving in. The main problem though and the reason why I would not recommend the Cristal Resort was the food. It was well below average and definitely not worth the money. Maybe I just picked a bad week with the regular chef being on leave but it was really rather disappointing.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 3917, Paje, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Paje
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Paje
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
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Cristal Resort Ltd Hotel Zanzibar
Cristal Hotel Zanzibar
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