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Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

The hotel is execellent. They have an amaizing rooms in front of the beach and prepare a very good typical zanzibar food. They help you in every think like a friends, it's important when you travel alone.

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dorota30, Owner at Vanilla House, responded to this review

Hi Joseph, thank you so much. We are very happy that you like Vanilla house and staff who are ectually my family. We will do our best to make more interesting activity from and around our house. Welcome again. We will host you life part of the family. Greetings Dorota Katende

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 24, 2013

We stayed on the ground floor and had both the rooms there and shared a bathroom. The rooms were lovely and spacious and clean. The bathroom left a little to be desired but as there was no hot water and you couldn't get more than a trickle out of the taps in the sink. However, this is Africa and the...

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dorota30, Owner at Vanilla House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your opinion. It pleases us when we hear that our guests had a fantastic time with us. We are really sorry for your unpleasant situation in Kenya, hopefully it didn’t intervene your overall feelings toward this journey. We are also happy that our staff occurred to be so helpful. You are warmly invited to visit...

Pavia (Italy)
Reviewed July 13, 2013

We have just left Vanilla House, where we stayed 1 night in the 1st floor room, in the terrace. We have few comments. Jambiani is amazing, the view from the terrace of Vanilla is wonderful. However, we were not satisfied at all about the room and, above all, the toilet! We know that we are in Africa, but we walked...

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dorota30, Owner at Vanilla House, responded to this review

I personally also love this place. Jambiani with its beaches is but a paradise. We do our best to provide a nice atmosphere also in Vanilla House itself. Most of our guests are very pleased when staying with us. We are very thankful for your remarks. Our guests' opinion is always valuable for us. Unfortunately, the very day of your...

Castelldefels, Spain
Reviewed May 24, 2013

My family together with our friends were there during 3rd week of May this year. Vanilla house was under general refurbishment so we were placed in the semi-detached hour next to Vanilla. House we stayed in looks almost the same like Vanilla (you can find that on the pictures). The place is just unreal. The sound of waves wakes you...

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dorota30, Owner at Vanilla House, responded to this review

It is very nice to read that our Clients felt with us like at home. It is our main goal to make your vacation unforgettable and unique. As you said, it is not a hotel, and you will not experience here hotel-service and every amenities connected with it, but you can experience here a real Zanzibar life – and this...

Genoa, Italy
Reviewed January 9, 2013

I stayed here at the end of the year 2012 and the first day o new year (3 nights) The house is just close to jambiani village (nice to take a walk in village to see real life of jambini). My room was on second floor, I think better that the first floor so you can see the sea and...

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dorota30, Owner at Vanilla House, responded to this review

Vanilla House is indeed rather like a homelike place, and not as a hotel. I am sure that all those who wants to exeprience real Africa's life will appreciate the atmosphere of Vanilla House. It is small but nice and friendly place. I am sure you have already noticed this. I invite you again to Vanilla House. You are always...

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Amenities

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Business Center with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Vanilla House is a small 4 room house of a local nature situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean ! Vanilla House has been built by Dorota Katende, an African Safari & Zanzibar Island guide and author of two books: "Dom na Zanzibarze" ("The House on Zanzibar") and "Kobiety na Zanzibarze" ("Woman on Zanzibar"). The house is decorated in Swahili style with elements woven from the palm leaves (makuti) with typical Zanzibar furniture such as carved large sultan's beds or chairs made from cow skin by local people. Apart from rooms all other places are to be shared with all guests. There should not be more than 8 guests in the house. To fully enjoy your stay here you should be tolerant, willing to understand different culture and cooperative in the organization of time and order. On the terrace above the house in the makuti shade you can admire the breathtaking ocean view. There are 4 rooms, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen where the cook bustles about. Everything is very simple, but sufficient enough to rest from the civilization. In the Vanilla House you can, if you want or even sometimes by chance, become a witness or even a creator of a history - the content of third Dorota's Katende book! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Vanilla House

Address: | Jambiani PO BOX 8244, Jambiani, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Jambiani
Price Range: $42 - $61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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Vanilla House Zanzibar Island/Jambiani
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