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“Just ate and used the pool.” 4 of 5 stars
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Coral Rock Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Mfumbwi, Jambiani 4125, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Jambiani
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Just ate and used the pool.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We were staying next door at one of the small hotels but wandered up to Coral Rock for dinner one night and than to use the pool and have some drinks one afternoon. It didn't disappoint. We made a friend staying there and took a look at her room, it was gorgeous just out of our budget. Jambiani is such a charming little village that deserves your attention while on Zanzibar.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Warsaw, Poland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Coral Rock although not that cheap was a nice place to stay a few days in Jambiani. Staff is very friendly, room conditions are ok maybe the toilet needs a little restoration only. I had some sort of tiny private beach in front of my room which was very nice especially to watch sunrise. Restaurant is also ok however beer could be a bit cheaper :-) There is bike rental available and you can book some trips directly from hotel. They also do transfer from/to airport which is convenient and not that expensive. The surrounding is also nice, beach is super beautiful. There is this low/high tide thing so if you wanna swim in the morning you have to do it before 10am or then after 14pm. Or in pretty nice however small swimming pool :-)

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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JambianiNeil, Owner at Coral Rock Hotel, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Thank you for choosing to stay at Coral Rock and for sharing your experience with other travelers. Your feedback is much appreciated. Potential guests should be aware that the timing of the tides changes by an average of 40 minutes every day and sometime completely switch over during spring and neap tides. A low tide on one day can arrive between 11 and 110 minutes later the next day. The cycle takes roughly 15 days and therefore the tide times one guest experiences can be totally different for a guest arriving during another period. To get accurate tidal information (times, heights etc) simply type "zanzibar tide table" into google and get up to a years info from the mobile geographics site. It is important to mention that the real star of the show at Coral Rock is precisely this movement of the tides over the sandbar that creates the ever-changing scenery loved by our guests. It's Coral Rock's unique location that offers an unparalleled panorama of this wonderful phenomenon in action.
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Corfu, Greece
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I stayed at Coral Rock for a week, travelling solo. From the first day I felt welcomed from everybody working there, but most of all from Neil, the owner, and Paul who was the man for everything.
The view is simply breathtaking, photos can't do it justice. The scenery changes during the day, so it can be low tide in the morning when you can walk on the white sand watching the locals going fishing,farming the seaweed and collecting shells, and high tide in the afternoon when you just jump in the water and swim right infront of the hotel! The small swimming pool is great, since you can cool down in the water when there is low tide.The bar-restaurant offers a panoramic view (and good food..) as it's on a rock that splits the coast into 2 beaches.
The room I got was nice and comfortable, A/C and wi-fi included. The ones around the pool and the bar are more noisy, if you prefer it quiet and private go for a beachfront room.
As Coral Rock states on its website, it's located in the village of Jambiani, meaning kids are playing on the beach and the moment you step your foot out of the hotel you are amongst playing kids , locals that chill out infront of their houses, goats and anything else that you expect to see in an african village. There are some guards but it doesn't have the feeling of a resort isolated from the suroundings, it's like a part of the village.
Keep in mind this is not a luxury resort, but a laid back place which still provides some comfort and amenities (in a place where few years ago was difficult even to visit..), and it's made and operated by people who have taste and obviously like what they do. As I said already, I felt welcomed, I met other people that were on holidays but expats as well, since the expat community in Jambiani is small and Coral Rock is one of the places to hang out. Neil was always happy to have a drink with me, as well as with other guests, same for Paul. Saying that, the place is ideal if you're travelling solo, you'll never feel alone.
If I go back to Zanzibar, I know where I'm staying..

Room Tip: Rooms close to the restaurant are more noisy and social, the beachfront ones are more quiet and priv...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

An absolutely stunning property, set in the best location in Jambiani. Private and peaceful days, with weekends livening up with their weekly Saturday Night Party* Staff are friendly and welcoming, rooms are beautifully decorated and exceptionally clean, food is delicious. There is a generally good and comforting vibe to this property...you suddenly feel safe, at home, and at peace once entering the gates* I have been over and over, and will come back time and time again. I fell in love*

  • Stayed July 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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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We were working near by so became regular visitors to coral rock throughout our 5 week stay. The staff were amazing and it was a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Ideal location with a pool overlooking the sea. The food was great but be warned, it can take hours to arrive! Saturday night parties can be good fun.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Hertford, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Me and my two friends only stayed for two nights but everything was lovely from the friendly and welcoming staff, great food and amazing view.. The room was really good, lovely and clean with everything we needed. I would love to stay at Coral Rock again...

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Let me start by saying that the location is fantastic. The water is pristine. Just like the website says though if you are looking for a traditional resort experience this location isn't for you. It is located in a village and as a result there are lots of locals around. My boyfriend and I are learning swahili so we really loved having lots of people (especially kids) around to talk to but if that's not your thing then you don't want to stay here.
The food was good but we were there for six days and it got a little old after awhile because we are both vegetarians and there was a very limited selection for us. I think if you ate meat you would have been fine there. The prices, I thought, were a little high but they pretty much have you because there's not a ton of places around.
We stayed in room 13 which was nice and had a private sun bathing area but there was an issue with the hot water the first few days we were there. Don't be afraid to ask to see several rooms. We looked at a couple and though 13 was the best.
We also liked having the sea kayaks to use for free. Overall a nice place.

Room Tip: Room 13 is fantastic; make sure the AC and hot water work
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Address: Mfumbwi, Jambiani 4125, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Jambiani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Jambiani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Coral Rock Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coral Rock is one of the most popular small to mid-size hotels in Zanzibar. We offer incredible views and an authentic Zanzibari experience encourages local and cultural interaction within a functioning Swahili fishing village. Our aim is authenticity & value for money. We have arguably the biggest menu in Zanzibar. ... more   less 
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Coral Rock Jambiani
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