Our 3-night stay at Blue Oyster was quite comfortable. The staff gave us a very friendly welcome and were helpful throughout our stay. The rooms were cleaned very well every morning and sprayed for mosquitoes every night. They have a lot of nice places to relax outside plus a second floor restaurant with an excellent view and generally, very good food. Although I wouldn't recommend eating all of your meals at the restaurant as it can get expensive quickly. Most of the dishes are 15,000 Tsh (~$10) or more without drinks. The included breakfast was usually pretty good but varied a lot. We were surprised the first morning at how limited it was: eggs, fruit and some bread. The following day there was cereal, eggs, mini-pancakes, meat, cheese, fruit and multiple types of bread. Our last morning was somewhere in between the first two days. We were happy that there was real coffee at least every day.
One thing that surprised me was that Blue Oyster only had soap and shampoo available for purchase. There was liquid soap in the rooms, but that was all. Every budget hotel I've stayed at in TZ offered soap and most places that were more expensive offered shampoo as well. It probably sounds minor, but after a long trip we didn't have a lot left and expected them to offer at least soap. If you are planning a longer trip and stay here, just be sure to bring enough of your own until you get to another place.
The seawall outside the hotel has its positives and negatives. No one ever bothered us, but during the high tides, you could not swim or even sit on the chairs as the waves crashed over the wall.
Electricity in Jambiani can be a little sporadic, so we were glad Blue Oyster had a backup generator. Therefore we never had any issues with electricity during our stay even though it went out at times. However, we were without water on our last morning for a few hours. I'm not sure what happened, but they did fix the problem.
Jambiani is a great place to experience local life and relax. A taxi from the airport should cost no more than 50,000 Tsh. If it's within your budget, I would recommend Blue Oyster for its friendly service and relaxing atmosphere.
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