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Blue Oyster Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   P.O. Box 007, Jambiani, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Jambiani
Certificate of Excellence
Victoria, Canada
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

My friend and I stayed at the Blue Oyster for 5 nights after 3 weeks of adventure on the mainland. It was exactly what we needed!

The rooms were spacious and clean and very comfortable for our stay. I love all of the wood details and I wished I could have brought the furniture back home with me! I did find the rooms to be hot though, but that is the climate and the fan provided relief when the power was working.

I spent most of my time on the beach lounger with a book, enjoying the sound of the waves and watching life go by - fishermen at work, women harvesting seaweed, children coming to and from school. They have massages available, as well as Henna and hair braiding (which I took advantage of!).

The staff were very welcoming and lots of fun! They booked our activities for us (Stone Town and Spice Tour - also recommended!) and it was actually very hard to leave and it began to feel like home!

The restaurant was tasty and you can walk down the beach in either direction to find other options for an extended stay and when you want a change of scenery. Just make sure you check the tide tables in the lobby before walking home in the dark!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cairo, Egypt
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20 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

What a lovely place!
I stayed there for one night and would definitely love to go back for more.
The staff is quite friendly, the hotel is well managed and quite clean ( I think it's run by germans and that why it has higher standards compared to similar places in Eastern Africa).
The view from my room was lovely, it's literally right on the beach, the only drawback though (and I'm sure it's not a drawback for everyone), is that if you're staying a bit longer you don't have many dining options because there's not much near by, you kind of have to dine in the hotel's restaurant every night, which is a very good restaurant (but a little bit over priced).

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The blue oyster is a beautiful hotel. I stayed there for one night when coming accross from Stone Town. We would have stayed longer but there was more of the island to explore and we were also on a budget. The rooms are spacious, clean and endearing. The beach area everything you'd need to relax in the sun on the stuniing beach. You can have a massage, which my friend did for$25 and also hire Captain Zappy to take you on his boat to go fishing and snorkling. he charges $25 and i thoroughly reccommend it. The food in the restraunt is also superb and all of the staffare very friendly.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We stayed five nights in a seafront bungalow. We think the 95 euro's is a little overpriced (we also went to Casa del Mar a kilometer further along the coast, 90 dollars/70 euro with swimmingpool which is a big plus during the hours of low tide). During our stay most guests were retired Germans. Food in the bar and restaurant is good though cheaper options in the neighbouring restaurants. But in the end we enjoyed our stay!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Arusha, Tanzania
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We had a warm & informative reception here.
The rooms were so comfortable.
Everything worked. = )
The dinner - lobster for two - was the best I have eaten in years! We called out the chef to congratulate him. Service was good too.
Only a few recommendations....would be convenient to have a front verandah exit to the beach instead of leaving through the back door to walk around to the front. We looked silly climbing over the verandah rail all the time. The outdoor bar is such a nice touch but it closes down when the sun sets. I am sure you could boost bar sales if you kept this open later. Does it close to encourage guests for dinner > bed? We missed not having a pool at this place.
The staff were friendly and I wish the Blue Oyster Hotel all the best. "Asanteni sana" !!

Room Tip: We had a ground floor room. When the power cut during the night it was very hot. It might be a...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maputo, Mozambique
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Excellent place if you want to escape for more touristic places in the Zanzibar such as Nungwi.
The staff is very helpful, the hotel has very good vibe and relaxed feeling about it. The food in restaurant is good and the view is amazing. Great place to chill out, meditate and recharge your batteries.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Stayed here for 4 nights in Dec 12 after travelling in Kenya/Tanzania. The rooms are clean and spacious (No TV but not needed). Service is excellent throughout with wifi available at an extra charge. The food was very good, lots of variety and all cooked very well. The beach is very nice with soft white sand. Seaweed is harvested and picked when the tide is out but you can swim in the sea when the tide is in (3-5pm) no problem. Bring snorkelling shoes if you have them. Nice and quiet and very tranquil. Excellent value. They take card payment (5% additional charge).

Room Tip: Beach view with balcony.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: P.O. Box 007, Jambiani, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Jambiani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Jambiani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Oyster Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
small friendly place hotel next to the beach offers rooms with sea view and rooms in a court yard, open terraced restaurant with an extensive menu. ... more   less 
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Blue Oyster Hotel Zanzibar Island/Jambiani

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