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“Great little place at an inexpensive alternative .” 4 of 5 stars
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Mbuyuni Beach Village
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Jambiani Village, East Coast of Zanzibar | at the beginning of Jambiani Village, Jambiani, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #6 of 8 hotels in Jambiani
San Francisco, California
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“Great little place at an inexpensive alternative .”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This hotel consists of 2 room bungalows located on Jambiani Beach. The staff was quite courteous to any questions or concerns.The hotel grounds have a great pool area ,a restaurant that serves three meals a day with beverages served same vicinity.The huts on the beach have books you can read with hammocks as well. The rooms were clean with shower in bathroom there isn't anything yet a screen for the windows so you might bring valuables to be held at front desk yet haven't heard of anyone getting things stolen. The hotel turns off electricity from 11:00 HR until 19:00 HR.The hotel is located 4KM from Paje/ Paje Beach where the nearest stores/stands are as well as a post office .There's no lighting on the roads in this area at night so it's not advisable to walk not that it isn't safe.Taking a hired taxi is about $25.00 USD there is a morning bus to Stonetown that costs $10.00 USD.I would stay here again if I went back to Zanzibar without a doubt.Note: The high tide comes in late morning that is about the only time to go swimming into Jambiani Beach as it looks like a muddy marsh the other times of the day,same with Paje Beach.The ocean water is 77*F/25*C.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We visited mbuyuni in june for 4 days as part of our honeymoon. The accomodation is clean and offers good value for money being right on the beach. The staff are friendly and the food is also good value. There is a different menu everyday for lunch and dinner,very nice calamari and octopus..we also liked the swings to relax on the beach.
All in all we would recommend this hotel if you are looking for a cheap but nice alternative.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed here for a few days and even that we knew that this wasn't a 3 star accomodation we expected a litte bit more. At first our room wasn't properly cleaned. When we arrived the stuff from the former guests like water and wrapping papers where still on the floor and after 15 minutes it was possible for us to go in our room well I do not know how people clean there house but when I clean my bathroom it will take more than 15 minutes so a bungalow will take at least more than one hour for properly cleaning. There is a lack of maintenance on the whole estate which I found a real pitty because it has a lot of possibilities if you do it correctly and I surely think that they can make a lot more money if they will do some more maintenance for the whole estate. Even plant some more flower plants to give it a more romantic feeling. During our stay there was no light on whole zanzibar which gave it a certaine feeling because I always travel with candles it was no problem for us but I can imagine that some people can feel a bit unsafe. There is no possibility to swim on the beach. If you walk a little bit north you will find a good beach to swim. The swimming pool is nice but not so big. The food was excellent and the staff very friendly and helpfull. I really hope that the owner will do some more maintenance and make Mbuyuni a better place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We enjoyed a family stay here in early September, 2012 and loved it. The rooms were clean and appealing, the food was great, nice salt-water pool, gorgeous sunrises and the staff was friendly and eager to help. We rented bicycles for a trip in to Jambiani and that was and adventure in itself. We enjoyed playing in the surf but do take flipflops or water shoes because the bottom is rocky in places.

Room Tip: We had the room right at the end near the beach - it was great to go to sleep and wake up to the sou...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

This is a long overdue review, as we spent several days there back in October 2011... We really loved this place and would definitely recommend it to others. We ended up staying there having seen some of the other establishments in the area.
From what we saw, Mbuyuni seemed to offer the best value for money so we went for it and we didn’t regret. It has an absolute beachfront location, with beautiful white sandy beach, a couple of beach chairs to chill out on, and even a swing! There’s alsa o pool table and a swimming pool. The only downside, if anything, was that it’s about 20 minutes walk from the main village (Jambiani) but that didn’t bother us at all. The rooms were clean and spacious, and not expensive for Zanzibar (at $40 per room including breakfast). The staff were great, very helpful and friendly. The food was typical local-tourist mix and was OK, only sometimes you needed to wait a bit for you order to arrive. But again, that’s not a problem – remember, you’re on holiday in such a beautiful part of the world so ‘pole, pole’ as the locals say, and enjoy your stay!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We stayed here for four nights. This place is about half way between Paje and Jambiani beaches which makes it an ideal budget option if you enjoy long strolls along the beach as the white sand and turquoise sea are much more impressive once you get to these locations. The rooms are basic but cleaned everyday if you hand the key in early enough! Don't lose the key as they don't have spares. The breakfasts are more than adequate and include a delicious freshly squeezed orange juice. I loved the hammocks and sun loungers. The medium sized swimming pool is a fantastic respite from the heat and it is well-maintained. The food needs to be ordered in advance as it is prepared on demand and for dinner it is served in a specific time period. However, the meals I ate - prawns, king fish, lobster, cigale - were all worth the wait. Be sure to remember to cost of your food as the menu is erased from the blackboard while you eat and they ask you what you had and what it cost when they prepare the bill!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

We stayed here in November 2011. We found it to be clean and exceptional value for the money. We got a bungalow for the three of us for a cost USD $20 per person per night including a more than reasonable breakfast. the place is located right on a natural white sand beach and also has a small, well kept swimming pool that overlooks the beach.

The staff was friendly and helpful. They arranged our scuba and fishing trips as well as spice tour. The power outages (normal for Zanzibar) we're supplemented by a generator in the restaurant area and hurricane lamps int the rooms. They only lasted an hour or so.

There is no nightlife or fancy restaurants nearby but for what you pay it's great. I wasn't with my wife on this trip but it would make a really secluded romantic getaway location. I hope to go back another time with her.

Nothing too fancy, just a great place to relax and soak up the sun, can't beat the price.

Room Tip: Small bungalows all close to beach. Wouldn't matter much.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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amour100, Manager at Mbuyuni Beach Village, responded to this review, August 16, 2012
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Address: Jambiani Village, East Coast of Zanzibar | at the beginning of Jambiani Village, Jambiani, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Jambiani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 hotels in Jambiani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Mbuyuni Beach Village 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mbuyuni Beach Village is located on the east coast of Zanzibar, right at the beginning of Jambiani village, 4 minutes drive after passing Paje village. ... more   less 
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