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Plot 3, India street, Bagamoyo Tanzania
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Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
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Airport transportation
Public wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
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Fantastic place to stay in Bagamoyo - either when camping or when staying in the spacious and authentically decor'd historic old building. Really relaxing outside dining, bar & garden area. Delicious food. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Firefly.
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We stayed at the Firefly for 5 nights and had a brilliant time. The place has a great vibe to it. The buildings and the grounds are very authentic and the staff could not have been more helpful. Food sometimes took its time but was well worth the wait. Overall, if you are in Bagamoyo, I’d highly recommend the Furefly.
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A really characterful and charming place to stay as a base to explore Bagamoyo. Friendly staff and nice food. The garden is an oasis and a great place to relax, eat and talk in the evenings. Very close to the beach too. Thanks
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This place is located next to the beach (and many more), in the middle of the old town. It’s crazily beautiful and the breakfast is awesome. Many eateries nearby outside, art markets etc. The pool and lounge is amazing. The staff is super nice. I very happily missed my ferry out of here 😁
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We did a 11 day circuit of Tanzania spending 2 days in Bagamoyo and stayed at Firefly. It is an amazingly atmospheric property with rooms in an old Swahili/Arabic mansion and huge grounds at the rear where there is tented accommodation or where you can pitch your own tent. The grounds border the beach but there seems to be no access to the beach from the property. The rooms are lovely old Swahili/Arabic with high ceilings so cool in the day. We loved them but some may find them "rustic". Our suite had a bathroom. The rooms upstairs are in row with a big passage space running across outside where you can sit. In between the mansion and the grounds is the lounging area with a nice small swimming pool, bar & kitchen. The property tries to be eco-friendly and that is very good. Unfortunately the staff service is lethargic - on our arrival no staff bothered with a warm welcome or our bags. We came down for breakfast on the first day and sat around waiting for service and although there were staff nearby no-one bothered to enquire after us. After ordering everything was served together and late. The eggs were cold and I sent them back - and this when there were only two tables been served. In the room our bathroom had a plug hole with a covered filter. When the bathroom is cleaned the cleaner does not bother to open the cover and clean the filter hence it was clogged with dirt and I had to point this out to staff. We would have loved to have some info on the history of the old mansion itself and the property overall (there is a garden in the grounds and a recycling unit)- no info was available on any of this in the rooms or in the lounge area at all. A bit of info on the town of Bagamoyo with recommendations of places to visit would have been great as well - again nothing. The property describes itself as a boutique property - we would expect a bit more staff service/attention in such places. The owner (we were told her name is Joanna) was around several times but did not once bother to introduce herself or enquire with us on how our stay was or how our day went. Nether did any of the staff - seemed rather nonplussed with their customers which sent out weird vipes. Amazing property but let down by the above hence the average ranking. Hope Joanna improves.
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Response from impitracker, Owner at Firefly
Responded Sep 9, 2019
Hello there, We thank you for taking the time to review Firefly, and we are grateful that you enjoyed our lovely building. Addressing your disappointments, we apologise for our lack of attention to you, with busy season and a music festival In the area, our wonderful little team perhaps needed a little extra rest. Thank you for the reminder We apologies for the upset caused by the cold eggs, which I assume were then warmed for you, and of course for the dirty drain. It’s fairly difficult to open those drains through, you might have enjoyed your stay more if you had spent the time experiencing our in house spa, or approached me with your interest in all of our environmental projects. I would have loved to share our actions and ideas with you. I am generally involved in spear heading these things, whilst the Firefly management team care for our valued clients. I apologies if this was perceived differently. It is a pity you did not tell us of your deep interest in the buildings and surrounding areas. We have wonderful guides who would have been happy to share their knowledge with you. We wish you better luck with your next hotel experience. Best regards Jo
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$57 - $58 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
TanzaniaPwani RegionBagamoyo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Firefly
Which popular attractions are close to Firefly?
Nearby attractions include Old Boma (0.2 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 The Funky Squids beach bar & grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Firefly?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Firefly have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Firefly offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.