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Kilindi Road, Kendwa 3508 Tanzania
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#1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Kendwa
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Palumbo Kendwa offers you the ultimate beach getaway at the tropical paradise of a famous Kendwa, a most beautiful part of Zanzibar. A hotel perched on a stunning view of Popo Island, Daloni island and Tumbatu Island, north west of Zanzibar Island. From your window you can enjoy a very beautiful sunset. It's a 4 star boutique hotel, just 60 km from the airport of Zanzibar. Composed of 30 rooms (6 Suites, 18 Junior Suites and 6 Standard) all fully air-conditioned, each room is unique fitted with a selection of traditional furniture, including sumptuous Swahili beds, draped with gauzy netting and adorned daily with fresh cut exotic flowers. Every room also contains the necessary comforts of an en suite bathroom, ceiling fan, blow dryer and safe. All of our rooms have a terrace or a balcony with views of the tropical gardens and the ocean. The structure offers a swimming pool surrounded by a garden where you can unwind-immersed in a display of exotic, colourful flowers. Enjoy refreshments from the poolside bar and restaurant. The main restaurant offers either a buffet or a la carte service, with choices of both traditional Swahili and Italian dishes. At every meal, a wide selection of meat, catch-of-the-day fish and vegetarian options. A sampling of delectable home-style desserts and exotic, fresh local fruit is always available. Special romantic dinners can be arranged at poolside or at the Terrace Restaurant.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Outdoor pool
Free breakfast
Evening entertainment
Free shuttle or taxi services
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Bar / lounge
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My husband and I stayed at Palumbo Kendwa hotel for 2 nights. Initially we were given a really small dodgy room, which looked like something the staff would use. The “room with a view” that we booked had a “view” to a set of steps. The staff did move us to a proper room with a nicer balcony and pool views. The hotel is quite big and the pool is nice. Breakfast was good with a lot of different choices. The juices could be improved though. Because the property is not by the beach, the hotel offers a shuttle to transport the guests. This was really easy to use and could always come back and forth to the beach at any time until 11pm. I’m not sure if I’d stay there again, though. I think the beach was lovely and there were a lot of nice bars and restaurants with much more affordable prices. Coming back I’d rather just stay at another hotel by the beach.
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Response from palumbo2019, Direttore at PalumboKendwa
Responded Oct 8, 2019
First of all, I thank you on behalf of the entire Palumbo Kendwa team for sharing your experience at our hotel. It is precisely through the comments of our Guests, whether they are positive or negative, that we have the opportunity to improve our service. In the hope of being able to welcome you again to Zanzibar, I send you my most cordial greetings.
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Spent 1 week in August 2019. PROS - price is competitive in comparison to near resorts - rooms are basic but quite clean - wonderful beach - beautiful view of sea and sunset from rooms CONS - my group and so many people were having the holiday ruined by viruses, which questions the realiability of served food - food is not great, not a lot and it is always quite the same - beach is far and the journey is definitely not pleasant - pool was only half full during our stay and was not filled despite many requests - lack of services (eg. no phone in the room, complementary shampoo only on request and bottled water to be paid even on all inclusive treatment, washing service available but subject to the explicit risk of having clothes ruined) - recurring issues with running water in the room - room keys are stored in a public box - you are requested to sign that any theft in your room would be your fault - bed sheets, towels and beach towels are not clean - the reception service is available only during the day and it was unprofessional with us in multiple occasions - animation is very basic and excursion services are based on the local beach boys with whom you will have to bargain the price, despite the hotel says that they are trusted by them and that they put caps on prices (to be noted that, during our stay, a boat got turned over during a trip - expect very very basic and small wood boats) - wifi is available but quite never working properly To conclude, additional attention to all small details would definitely improve the stay, but the main issue is whether the food is realiable.
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We received an incredible welcome by the accommodating and friendly reception staff and manager. They went above and beyond the call of duty for us, and went the extra mile in helping us get bags and sort out logistics. Rooms are well equipped with AC, balcony, great Wi-Fi, view of beautiful pool. Shuttle bus operates until 11pm to help transport guests to the beach which is a short way away. The driver is also so friendly! We can't recommend this place enough, so many great things going for it and really beautiful.
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The hotel is great, clean and with lovely staff. Initial booking was for the big hotel (10 min from beach) but we paid the upgrade to front see view at Palumbo Fort right on the beach, where we found a lovely manager (Eleonora) who really did everything in her power to make our 2 weeks stay a great experience. The hotel is guarded by Masaai, who are really the jewelry of this place. Their politeness, big honest smile and beautiful colorful outfit make their presence the cherry on top of your vacation. I don't recommend RONALDO DI ZANZIBAR for the trips. He was greedy and ruined our Safari Blue trip in order to have a better profit, not to mention that he also lied. If you want a good experience (clean car, smart driver with great English level and lovely guide) pick Davidon (you can approach him also on WhatsApp +255778041758)
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When we arrived at hotel, we got "welcome drink". It was nice. Also we got immediate hospitality by local employees and Masais. Then, unfortunatelly, we were asked to pay hotel tax, which is quite huge in comparison with other hotels and it is 8 Dollars per night and person. We did not count with that, nevertheless it was mentioned in our papers, we just did not see before. We paid with the CC, additional costs for payment with it is ca 5,4%, but we were informed before payment. That was the worst part of our holiday. The hotel is situated uphill, ca 600-800m far from the beach, anyway the hotel has its own transport, so you can just wait to be picked up. The beach is great, as everybody knows, there is just low influence of the tides in comparison with most of the Zanzibar. The sand is amaizing, flat of whole beach is really huge, so local people are coming every evening to play football (everyday more than 6 "fields"). Lot of water sports possibilities, there are fields for voleyball, outside gym, etc. What is not so pleasant is, that locals lure you every day to make a trip with them, or to buy in their shops, but everybody can handle it. Hotel has own area on the beach with its bar and several parasols. It is watched by Masais and local Police. They take care about safety, also if the locals go too close to you (but not inside of the area), they expel them. So we could left our personal things on our loungers and never happened anything wrong. Breakfast and dinner are served in the hotel, lunch on the beach. We spent there 10 nights, it is true, that especially breakfasts are not so diverse, but I think it is sufficient. Taste of the food was great, 1 day a week there are local specialities, every day there is pasta, salats, beef, chicken, soup, etc. You can also choose different drinks, we liked juices (orange, ginger, pineapple, mango,..). There is also snack. What is nice, they serve before lunch fresh fruits, these fruits you can get also within lunch and dinner - mango, pineapple, maracuya, banana,... Freash and tasty - different as here in Europe :) The hotel is not so huge, I think max capacity is like 200 people and more buldings are being built. It is more like family hotel in African style, with really nice atmosphere and what I want to point out, people are really kind - special thank to the waiter Bethuel, Ali (he knows czech very well, eng. italiano,..), guide Ali, all Masais and others. If you have a problem (bulb), it is fixed in 10-15mins. Animations are almost every night - program like Michael Jackson show, Masais, acrobats,.. The hotel has it own pool, but just a fool would stay there :) Gym we noticed, but cannot rate. Rooms are simple, but fulfill. AC is working well. There are plenty of trips offered by local guides related to hotel for reasonable prices. I really have to admit, that we enjoyed the 10 nights there and recommend the hotel, thank you for the time spent with you.
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$63 - $97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about PalumboKendwa
Which popular attractions are close to PalumboKendwa?
Nearby attractions include Kendwa Beach (0.5 miles) and Bahati Beach Boutique (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at PalumboKendwa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at PalumboKendwa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at PalumboKendwa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to PalumboKendwa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bistro' del Mar, Essence Restaurant, and Fisherman lokal restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at PalumboKendwa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does PalumboKendwa have an airport shuttle?
Yes, PalumboKendwa offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to PalumboKendwa?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fukuchani Ruins (1.2 miles).
Does PalumboKendwa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.