Our family of 4 needed some rest and relaxation and the Firefly was the perfect place. Life at the Firefly centers around the gorgeous pool. The upstairs rooms are lovely. Happiness, the manager, did everything to make sure we had everything we needed. The food was excellent. We spent 5 nights in Bagamoyo and loved learning about the history and seeing everyone in town strolling the beach in the evening or out to see live music at Poa Poa on Tuesday evenings. Firefly does not have beach access, but you can walk a couple of blocks to the beach. If I had one wish it would be for Firefly to upgrade windows and towels (pool towels would have been amazing!) but otherwise, it was truly magical.
This is quite an exceptional small boutique hotel in the old town of Bagamoyo. Situated in an old (19thc) house with exquisite old doors and decor. It is a relaxed and very informal place with the common dining and relaxing area around a small circular pool. Contrary to what previous reviews had mentioned, I found the staff attentive and friendly and the service fast enough. This is not a luxury hotel and Bagamoyo itself has a few attractive old buildings and some ramshackle old houses to see but not much more. The hotel is in the centre of town and there is noise from the roads and the fish market/mosque, but that’s the nature of small towns.
We camped at this lodge and we're the only ones in the campsite. The staff are really friendly, but the ablution and camping facilities are sorely lacking. The toilets and showers are frankly disgusting and there are no changing facilities. I don't think the loos have ever been cleaned. Even the toilet handles are filthy. I wouldn't recommend. The general hotel area is lovely though, so definitely book a room rather.
A nice place with a very pleasant atmosphere. The outdoor place is very scenic with nice places to sit or lounge and a pool. Some review mention a staff that seemed like being "interrupted" by the guests, but we saw the staff as very helpful and waiting for your service request. They're not "in your face" but still there, in the background, to serve you with information or food/drinks. The food served is simple and at the same time tasty. Our room was very nicely decorated. The entire building was created from previous ruins which gives a special feeling to it. All the windows have bars, but can still be opened for fresh air. Owner Jo was very helpful in providing contacts for next stops on our trip. As for the covid-related questions I have to answer in this review: Staff and guests are very relaxed towards covid-measures (which are anti-scientific and unnecessary anyway). So, when we return by the end of the year we will probably visit Firefly again.…
Firefly Lodge is a place you should definitely go to when in Bagamoyo. The people there are lovely, the vibe is so relaxed and the place looks amazing. Can't get over the room we've had there. Also the food they serve here is great! We recommend this place for sure. And don't forget to go to the museum of slavery.
We felt like we were interrupting the staff when we arrived - we were not made to feel welcome at all. The pool area is the only nice thing about this hotel. The room we had felt like a cell overlooking a filthy smelly open piece of property next door. The food was very average and the "service" was incredibly slow.
Firefly had a great outdoor scene - pool, lounge chairs and pillows, a swinging day bed on the second floor. The food, while delicious, took a LONG time - nearly 2 hours for the simplest of meals that make it a bit frustrating. Most optioned for bottle drinks as it was easier and quicker than mixed drinks (by 30-45 minutes). Esther provided a wonderful massage - relaxing way to start the day in Bagamoyo!
The welcome is friendly but soon fades if you are not part of the "in-crowd". WiFi rarely works, breakfast is simple unless you want pay way too much for something more. The dorm i was in reminded me of a prison dungeon with a cold shower. I was the only one in it, but if any more, there would be no privacy at all. Ordered one meal, that was just a lot of stuff thrown in together. Not impressed at all. Value for money: Definitely not. When asking staff for anything, you feel like you are interrupting them. The pool was good to get in and cool off. Do not recommend.
Not my first visit to Firefly Bagamoyo. I love it and return as much as I can. Living in Tanzania in a very remote area Firefly provides a perfect combination of relaxed holiday in an authentic, not over the top environment. The moment you step in you can feel a wave of positive energy and peace. The food is spectacular, you have to try the signature Firefly fried chicken and Thai Kingfish. It’s cozy, it’s slow, it’s perfect. And you have a guarantee to always meet someone interesting to chit chat with. Or find a hidden spot for a quality time with yourself. Whatever is that’s you need - Firefly will provide.
Stayed for 2 nights. Place looks nice. Food ist good, though expensive. Too expensive, no AC, Wifi ist weak, service personnel lazy, everything takes too much time. Because TripAdvisor demands two hundred letters for a review I write this sentence.