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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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic - a real gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Recently stayed here for 3 nights and would recommend to anyone.

great location, staff and facilities. Not as bit as a lot of the other hotels so gives a much more personal vibe and is a bit quieter.

Beautiful location and pool. Breakfast was also really good.

Only downside is having to pay for wifi.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Moshi, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We stayed at Dongwe in April this year and it was just fantastic. Between us we were 8 adults and 5 children. The hotel led by Samson and its great staff could not have been more accommodating. They ensured we had suitable rooms so that we could hear the children during their nap times. They provided food out of hours and off the menu to suite the childrens needs (as well as my husbands seafood desires!). The bar staff were very entertaining and hard working and the hotel set up was just perfect. The swimming pool, beach, bar and restaurant are all together meaning that the children of all different ages could enjoy what they wanted to do.

Thank you so much for our stay, we will be back and sorry for this incredibly late review, which I have been meaning to write since our stay.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Had a journey through main land and came to Zanzibar to relax. Dongwe Ocean View provides you great landscape - and at our stay in off-season - quiet ambiance. However you get not bored, because you can enjoy clean beach / pool (with gread view) and different tour-offers (either at beach with people of villages or managed by hotel). Reception, Service, House Keeping are friendly and try to help your wherever possible. Although at that time they only served menu a la carte, we were lucky. Especially for breakfast they offered great choice at buffet. We stayed in middle appartment on top, enjoyed balcony and clean room. Electronic safe, air condition and nice bathroom completed the room. Hotel is not big, so management and staff knows you personally and cares. Of course you pay for all these service - but considering our stay, it was worth it.

Room Tip: All rooms offer good view to the ocean... of course on top (2nd level), it is best!
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

If you are looking for a place to relax and away from the crowd and noise.. Dongwe Ocean View is the place to be. Its a small hotel with about 18 rooms, a swimming pool and the beach. The hotel is very clean with friendly staff. Unlike nungwi, paje beach is very quite and isolated. Theres basically no activities available. There are no restaurants nearby as well. We took a cab to crystal resort to have our lunch and it was decent. The cab can be arranged from the reception however you need to be careful of some guy called Juma (tall and skinny guy). I asked him how much the cab would cost. He was like 15$. After sometime my husband went to ask him.. he quoted 22$. My husband also asked him about WiFi and he said 18$ but he would reduce it to 10$. The website stated the WiFi was Free!! So abit dodgy!!
Overall we had a nice time. The manager Samson was extremely helpful.. I had requested a room with a fridge and kettle but didnt get one.. he bumped us up to the honeymoon suite for no extra charge. The food is decent and the place is safe. Just that it can get abit boring with nothing to do.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

its a perfect place for familes..its quite,rooms are very clean.and the workers are very friendly..the view is absolutely amazing...went there for 5 days..1-5 april 2013..this accommodation isn’t for admirers of active water sport, noisy parties and night discos. Also there is no animation team and children's entertainment. • Solitude, harmony and grace. The hotel is a tropical beach paradise near the village called Dongwe. There are not sharp sounds all days, loud music in the evenings and kites does not fly. The life steadily flows under the whisper of the ocean and monsoon winds which are blowing on the one hand during six months, on the other - during another half year. • A small hotel with a cozy territory. There are two three-floor buildings with nine rooms in each, a restaurant - bar, reception, living cozy covered area with TV, library and swimming pool area surrounded with coconut palms, trees, grass, flowers, white coral sand, cool blue pool and inviting ultramarine of the warm sea. There was no TV in room but we did not need it really.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...

  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kichanga, General Manager at Dongwe Ocean View, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Thank you very much for your nice review you got the feeling of Dongwe Ocean View, hope to see you back soon. asante sana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Zanzibar is the island in the Indian Ocean which is located 35 kilometers from African shore and belongs to Tanzania.
My husband and I stayed in the hotel “Dongwe Ocean View” in Zanzibar 19-30 January 2013.
Notice: this accommodation isn’t for admirers of active water sport, noisy parties and night discos. Also there is no animation team and children's entertainment.

• Solitude, harmony and grace. The hotel is a tropical beach paradise near the village called Dongwe. There are not sharp sounds all days, loud music in the evenings and kites does not fly. The life steadily flows under the whisper of the ocean and monsoon winds which are blowing on the one hand during six months, on the other - during another half year.

• A small hotel with a cozy territory. There are two three-floor buildings with nine rooms in each, a restaurant - bar, reception, living cozy covered area with TV, library and swimming pool area surrounded with coconut palms, trees, grass, flowers, white coral sand, cool blue pool and inviting ultramarine of the warm sea. There was no TV in room but we did not need it really.

• Friendly, sociable staff. The schedule of work for the employees of the hotel is «5 by 5», some even «5 by 2». We spent a lot of time telling each other about our lives.

And also the employees of the hotel were earnestly trying to solve any problems and fulfill all the wishes of their guests. Manager Samson always greeted all the guests shaking hands and tried to find out how we were and helped if necessary or recommended something.

His assistants Juma and Anneta had always been ready to accommodate all the guests in a more comfortable way, to organize trips and excursions. We traveled around the island and returned to the “nestle” of paradise Dongwe.

Staff of the restaurant created a wonderfully warm, homely atmosphere. Their
smiles and jokes were so contagious that the guests also began to communicate among themselves, forgetting about language barriers.

Cleanliness in the rooms and on the territory was supported entirely unnoticed
for vacationers. Every day the bed was adorned with fresh flowers.

• Home meal. There were European breakfast with Russian pancakes («chapatti» in Swahili), lunch and dinner to the Mediterranean traditions, light snack (tea, coffee with the «biscuits») was free for guests at “tea time” 4.30-5.30 p.m.

• Outdoor meal. If guests were tired from restaurant of hotel the managers advised and organized a trip to somewhere else. All tourists visited restaurant «Rock» which was located in a very interesting sea area. This restaurant and hotel “Dongwe Ocean View” were shares of the same business.

You can also dine at the restaurant «Door», which was located in a 10 – minutes - walk along the beach after the hotel «Club Vacanca».

Still we went to the restaurant «Padje by night». This is a place of youth subculture.


• Amazingly beautiful and comfortable beach. It is obvious, that the Lord created the Zanzibar in a good mood. Zanzibar was surrounded with a powerful coral reef whose width was one and a half kilometers. The hotel stood in front of boundless ocean, but the huge waves did not reach the shore, they were broken by a natural barrier of the coral reef.

Tide and low tide replaced each other two times during a day changing coastal zone beyond recognition. From about 8 a.m. until the afternoon the water went away – it was the most magical time to study seabed (aqua shoes were obligatory!) and bath in the cleanest transparent lagoons with snow-white sand gated corals.

In shallow water, remained oddly colored sea urchins, bright red five-pointed sea stars, living corals of different colors and forms, crabs, colorful fish. Flocks of small flight fishes jumped out from sea water. In the water and on shore we gathered collection of shells. During a low tide especially persevering tourists reached the edge of the coral reef!

It was such a grace to sit on the snow-white sand during low tide and bathe from time to time in the emerald water of sea lagoons.

After 1 p.m. the ocean rapidly took away their possession from tourists and restricted the beach.

Not far from the hotel (in front of the hotel «Sultan Palace») there was a good place for snorkeling.

• The unique location of Dongwe Ocean view. There was the passage through the great barrier of coral reef right In front of the hotel. This passage was visible even on the photo taken by us through the window of the plane on the way from Dubai to Cape Town. This place is very important for the local fishermen. Their brigade sailed at 8-9 a.m. by high-water into the ocean to return at 5 p.m. Local residents and curious tourists rushed to the catch, which fishermen laid out in knots right there on the sand for sale. Tourists took pictures of bizarre sea creatures and the process of trade. A catch was fully sold during 15 minutes!

A huge fish «Blue Marlin» which our restaurant staff purchased on the shore was eaten during several days!

• Unearthly beauty and harmony of Masai’s men. These men were a centerpiece of the hotel and the beach. The hotel was protected by representatives of this African tribe. These were high and slim guys in national costumes. Their homeland is destination near Kilimanjaro.


• Jogging, hiking and biking. Dense coral sand and infinitely long beach gave the possibility to walk and ride a bike comfortably. Bicycles were possible in the hotel to rent.

• Moreover accommodation in the hotel “Dongwe Ocean view” was much cheaper, than in the neighboring club hotels.


Have a pleasant rest in the hotel “Dongwe Ocean view” in Zanzibar!

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  • 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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Kichanga, General Manager at Dongwe Ocean View, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Hello irina, you did us a great review thank you so much. I see that you really discovered every thing around the area you didn't leave nothing out. I hope you will come back it was a great pleasure to have as our guest . hope to see you soon , from all the staff Asante Sana
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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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Address: Michamvi Pingwe | P.O.Box 4242, Dongwe, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Dongwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Dongwe
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Hotel Class:4 star — Dongwe Ocean View 4*
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