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“Great place to chill out” 5 of 5 stars
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Dongwe Ocean View
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   Michamvi Pingwe | P.O.Box 4242, Dongwe, Tanzania   |  
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“Great place to chill out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

That is perfect hotel for people or families who looks for real chill out. Location is fantastic , pretty secluded in remote area. You do not meet lot of tourists on the beach…
Hotel:
It is not a Sheraton but rooms are nice and very clean. They use insecticides so there are no insects or bugs in the rooms. We had room (109) with view to sea, pool and garden. Pretty spacious with large balcony providing fantastic view to Indian ocean. Only issue was bed – too soft but it depends on personal preference
Service:
People on Zanzibar in general are very friendly and they smile honestly to you. Service in Dongve Ocean View is very supportive (but not pushy), nice and discrete. They are friendly and open. Drinks in the bar are definitely not watered (and having 2 for evening is absolutely enough) and service is very good and have good ideas (drinks )
Food:
You have not large but very tasteful selection for breakfast, reasonable (as for Zanzibar) choice a la carte for lunch and dinner is either buffet either a la carte. We knew about mangroo crabs and asked Hotel to buy specially for us to try. Honestly it is much better than lobster (to our opinion) and much better priced. Fresh and tasty
Location:
Excellent but remote (we chose on purpose such a remote location). If you want to relax and chill out, have long walks on empty beaches, see daily life for local fisherman that that is the place. Every day we seen fisherman selling fish on the beach to locals. Not many’ beach boys” but ones you meet are very friendly but not pushy. Beaches are white and wide , ocean is green and calm. It is good location for snorkeling, seeing Jozani forests and spice trips.

We highly recommend Dongwe Ocean View. Greetings to staff :)

Room Tip: Top floor in building no 1 - room 109
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kichanga, General Manager at Dongwe Ocean View, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
thank you so much for such a great review hope to see you soon
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Very nice and quiet place.We advise you to take the diving trip (just in front of the hotel), it is cheap and wonderfull!You will swim among a lot of fishes and see beautifull coral. The vue is superb and the people (as usual in Tanzanie), very friendly.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kichanga, General Manager at Dongwe Ocean View, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
I am happy you enjoyed your stay at Dongwe Ocean View, Samson really has appreciated your nice review thank you from all the staff of Dongwe Ocean View
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Stayed two nights here in Feb. Food was I thought just ok for the buffet meal, dinner. Off the menu had a great sandwich. Not much to do, as there is nothing nearby, pool looked inviting though I didn't use it. Meal area was nice. Had an issue with room, not their fault, but the manager Samson corrected it immediately by giving my travel partner her own room at no extra charge for the two nights and then comped drinks that night for the trouble. The rooms were big, had wifi available for purchase, nice big bathroom. Nice balcony good for a nap. The staff was extremely interested that our stay and anything we wanted was met.

  • Stayed February 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is good in mist ways; location, service, cleaning and pool. The only ting to wish for is better variaty on the evening dinner buffé.

The staff was wonderful; smiling, helpful and professional.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kichanga, General Manager at Dongwe Ocean View, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
thank you so much for your nice review we will do our very best to improve our dinner buffet variety , hope to see you back asante sana
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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Service great, food good! What more can I say? Staff very considerate, helpful and friendly. Staff always willing to assist when you want to go on excursions.

I'm not a big fan of big resorts with lots of people, continuous entertainment, loud music and 'partying'. Therefore I enjoyed Dongwe immensely - the complete opposit - the hotel's atmosphere was very relaxing, nice and comfortable - able to do your own thing.

Excursions I would recommend - snorkeling just down the beach, blue safari, visiting the rock restaurant and the spice tour. I really thought that's not for me but I found it very interesting and an experience to recommend - learnt a lot of the culture.

No 'beach boys' hassling you all the time - that was a bonus!!

Will definately recommend.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

My wife and I have just returned from ten romantic days at Dongwe Beach View and, despite the fact that beach holidays really aren't my 'thing', I could not have been happier. The hotel itself was lovely, from the spacious rooms with huge beds to the hanging wicker chairs in the open air reception area, to the laid back bar on stilts above the beach, watched over by friendly 'Masai'. The hotel staff were invariably friendly and helpful, be they working in bar or restaurant, cleaners, pool-boys or cooks, the food was fresh and of good quality and varied every day according to what the 'catch' was, the service impeccable.
We were there for my wife's birthday and what looked to be the entire staff celebrated with us by bringing a cake with her name on it and a bottle of wine to our table, complete with an utterly unique 'Swahili' rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.
It was undoubtedly a holiday highlight.

I had half expected beaches crowded with deckchairs and sunburnt tourists, with armed guards patrolling, but what we got was complete tranquility, the beautiful, palm-lined beach largely empty but for a few local fishermen preparing their dhows. I heard from fellow guests that other parts of the island had been overcrowded and wet during our stay, but we saw nothing but hot sunshine and the occasional gathering of a dozen people when the fishermen spread their catch out on the beach once a day.
Being on the east coast of the island, Dongwe Beach View enjoyed a pleasant breeze on most days that we were there. Not refreshing exactly, but enough to make the intense heat bearable. The shallow stretch of sea that lies between the beach and the coral reef, a kilometer out, made for a calm place to swim when the tide was in (the sea as hot as bathwater), and a great place to rock-pool when the tide was out. We even saw a stingray gliding through the low-tide pools. You don't see that in the UK!
We had the luxury of a car while we were there and found that, by traveling just a mile or three up and down the coast from the hotel, there was enough variety of scenery and bars, to keep things interesting without going too far afield.
Back to the staff; When we were pulled by the bribe-seeking police, Juma on the reception desk was the embodiment of calm reassurance, when we went to Stone Town, waiter Deo kindly showed us round the market, Anita on reception was always smilingly helpful, whatever the request, and barman/waiter Soleil was ever ready to sit and share his knowledge of Zanzibari life, when not engaged in serving others. Samson the manager patrolled the restaurant each evening, ensuring that his guests had no problems, and teaching us a new Swahili word each day. And the rest of the staff, without exception (yes Barack, even you :)), were fantastically welcoming, warm and helpful.
By the end of our stay we were almost coming to see all these guys as family, and I shall miss them all, even more than the stunning views from our balcony.
Hakuna matata, as they would undoubtedly say.
Were we to return to Zanzibar one day, Dongwe Ocean View would certainly be our first port of call.

Room Tip: Every room faces the sea, but I reckon it worth asking for a top floor room for a marginally better...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Kichanga, General Manager at Dongwe Ocean View, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
WOW what a great review asante sana
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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We've stayed at Dongwe Ocean View for 8 days with my wife in January 2013. I spend more than 70% of the year traveling, staying in 4-5 star hotels, so my standards are pretty high.

THE SUPERB: The employees of Dongwe are one of a kind! They were extremely friendly, always tried to help out, even when we requested something that was not on the menu (grilled octopus or fresh vegetables for a breakfast) they've helped us. When we went for a trip early in the morning (6:30AM), they've offered that they get up early to prepare breakfast for us (normally starts at 7:30AM) or they can prepare some take-away for us in advance. I've never ever experienced such friendly service and this is something that makes Dongwe VERY special.

THE GOOD: The rooms were very clean and each room is with ocean view (not to mention that our bed was covered by flowers). The hotel atmosphere is very friendly and you will feel at home. Staff will remember not only your room number, but also your name and your preferences. There are a lot of opportunities to spend your free time - trip to Stone Town, Spice Tour, swimming with wild doplhins, Prison Island, you can rent a car\bike or go to nice The Rock restaurant. And of course, Zanzibar is amazing country with beautiful beaches and amazing views.

THE BAD: Breakfast should be improved, the food was good, but the selection was simply too limited. Same applies to dinners - the food quality was really good, but the selection was pretty limited (1 page menu). I would like to see some local specialities instead of pasta\pizza, but I understand that the menu is based on common demand. Oh, and water should be cheaper - $2 per bottle is way too much.

If we will ever come back to Zanzibar (which is something we would like to do), we would definitely go straight to Dongwe and I can highly recommend it to anyone. If you prefer friendly family-like accomodation instead of typical hotel complexes, Dongwe will get 6 out of 5 stars!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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thank you very much for your review and thank you very much for your suggestions that we appreciate very much
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Address: Michamvi Pingwe | P.O.Box 4242, Dongwe, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Dongwe
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Hotel Class:4 star — Dongwe Ocean View 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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