Firefly

Firefly

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 A small pool that can entertain children.
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4.5
#1 of 7 guest houses in Bagamoyo
Location
4.3
Cleanliness
4.5
Service
4.5
Value
4.5
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HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Romantic
Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms

Location

Plot 3, India street, Bagamoyo Tanzania
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 48 out of 100
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Dar Es Salaam Intl Airport
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Kisauni Airport
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Mantra wrote a review Jul 2020
22 contributions3 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is fantastic. I stayed for a couple of nights recently in one of the upstairs rooms. The house is an old building, in keeping with the general vibe of Bagamoyo. Therefore, the rooms are large and the ceilings very high. You really get a sense that not much has changed since the house was built, except that it’s been touched up to cater to the modern traveler. The rooms are minimally furnished, but everything has been done very tastefully. The location is great: close to a couple of restaurants, steps from the beach, and on the edge the old town of Bagamoyo. The communal area around the pool is really nicely done. Hammocks, tatami mats etc - it makes it
easy to chat to other guests if you want. The food is delicious and the staff were a delight to deal with. The owner is also very helpful when it comes to answering any questions you might have. It’s a unique place to stay, and I certainly hope to return.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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dagusia_6 wrote a review Jan 2022
Mombo, Tanzania81 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Ann Jangle wrote a review Dec 2021
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had the best time at Firefly Lodge, felt like I was on a tiny island in the Caribbean. Coconuts palm trees and magicl pool space where theey serves great food and cocktails. The village surrounding it is another planet from the peace you experience at the lodge. Once you steo out of Firefly grab a piki piki or tuktuk to the heart of the village with the friendliewt people. Be aure to cover up because men are not used to seeing skin and we need to respect their strict Muslim culture. The accommodation at Firefly is very island vibe organic living vibes with white and cream t3xtures and dashes of color. I would live at this lodge. The staff are the friendliest I have ever experiences. As with amywhere in Africa, wifi was come and go but overall workwithable. Overall stunning experience and vibe!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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AlienTraveller1978 wrote a review Feb 2021
Mumbai, India532 contributions130 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
What is so much fuss about this place? Someone recommended me to go here, atleast for a drink. I went one afternoon for a coffee. Staff is uninterested. Coffee is okay but bit Burned out and Tired just like staff. When I asked for the wifi password, they said I have to pay for wifi. Seriously??? I visited their website to know more. These people when they are in Thailand, want everything free and included for a meagre money on a coffee or a drink. Here in Tanzania they show their true color. I usually stay out of muzungu's establishments, it's pretty pricey and lack a basic courtesy and imagination. Wanna make money for every damn thing and they picture the rest of the world as greedy and money minded.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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verber n wrote a review Jan 2022
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Simon P wrote a review Mar 2023
Copenhagen, Denmark79 contributions33 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived 6 adults and two kids with a hired bus directly from DSM airport, tired after a long journey from Denmark. The Firefly staff were very helpful and we had different rooms we could choose in between. The food at Firefly is very good and every one had good use of the small, but nice swimmingpool. The beach is broad, but quite dirty because of many fishing activities from the coast. But if you are prepared to walk some hundred meters to the south, you can swim i n some 33 degrees celsius warm water.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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gkempen wrote a review May 2022
Utrecht, The Netherlands17 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: April 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Philippa wrote a review Mar 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa353 contributions202 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: November 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Molly R wrote a review Jul 2022
Los Angeles, California, United States14 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Laurent - societyofexploration wrote a review Nov 2020
Heffingen, Luxembourg87 contributions15 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a nice place in an characterful Building close to all of Bagamoyo’s attraction. I only give three points, because the staff, while very friendly, were hardly trained:
- they didn’t bother to ask if we needed anything if we sat down at one of the tables, instead we had to find someone to take our order
- the waiting time for the food was way too long (we waited 90 minutes for lunch on the first day)
- they forgot to bring napkings (every time), the soap bottle in the room was empty, etc. etc.
all small details, but they add up.

Finally, the bathrooms could use a little investment :)

This said, it’s still a nice play to stay and probably the best option in Bagamoyo.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Sean B asked a question Jun 2017
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania234 contributions10 helpful votes
can we bring our well behaved scotty
Sean B asked a question Jun 2017
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania234 contributions10 helpful votes
can we bring our small well behaved Scotty dog can we bring our Scotty dog?
georgiezona asked a question Oct 2016
Shinyanga, Tanzania
can i get the manager's contact?
Answer from Herman E
Mambo
Joanna Turner +255 759 177 393
Alexandra B wrote a tip May 2023
20 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose the rooms with AC, Bagamoyo can be hot. Maybe some ear plugs for those with light sleep (piki pikis can be noisy:-)"
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Cathy wrote a tip Jun 2022
Grabouw, South Africa10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try and rather book a room with your own bathroom. "
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Christian S wrote a tip Jul 2021
Berlin, Germany21 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all upper floor rooms are good"
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Toby wrote a tip Jan 2019
Nungwi, Tanzania6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Doesn't really matter. Make your mind based on luxury or available budget."
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Neeral C wrote a tip Sep 2017
Mombasa, Kenya37 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"from the road entrance, room on the first right for couples! groups would be on the left from the entrance"
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PRICE RANGE
$67 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaPwani RegionBagamoyo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Firefly
Which popular attractions are close to Firefly?
Nearby attractions include Old Boma (0.2 miles), Holy Ghost Mission of Bagamoyo (0.3 miles), and Saadani National Park (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Firefly?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Firefly?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Firefly?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Firefly?
Conveniently located restaurants include Poa Poa Restaurant, Pizza Fresh, and Nashe's Cafe'.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Firefly?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Firefly have airport transportation?
Yes, Firefly offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Firefly?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Old Boma (0.2 miles).
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