Our credit card was charged even before our arrival for the accommodation. Upon check-in management tried to confiscate one of our passports - we blatantly refused, apart from it being illegal they have already been paid. None of the other resorts we visited in Tanzania and Zanzibar had any problem validating your credit cards or with payments of deposits on arrival.
ROOMS: The rooms were a great disappointment. Dirty and inadequate. Management did come with the "we use salt water" nonsense. So did the previous accommodation and their linen wasn't stained with make-up, or had dirty marks on the blankets. Bathrooms have dirty run-offs as well as dirty finger marks. Air-conditioner was noisy. Room kettle plug didn't fit the socket nor was any adapter available. The guy at the front desk responded with "I know".
Food was adequate.
Saturday did not offer a restful day on the beach. The resort allows day visitors, plays loud music all day long.
Despite the fact that management is fully aware of the real danger of armed robbers on the south side of the beach, it seems as if no action apart from mentioning that you should not carry valuables and that you are advised against going there is taken.
Our family was subjected to a violent armed robbery on the beach.
Upon checking out at 4 am on a Sunday morning, we were subjected to yet another robbery attempt by a band of armed people (I guess around 10) on motorbikes on the way to the main road. This was a large group who seems to have been informed of our departure. They were posing as police - luckily our driver listened to our warnings not to stop and race to the main road. They stopped chasing us when they realized that we will reach the main road. It is not worth while staying at South Beach Resort Tanzania whatsoever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Kigamboni area or better known as South Beach, features an exclusive location on the Indian Ocean front. It is located comfortably away from the hustle and bustle of the city, 8 kms from the Kigamboni ferry.Thirty-six (36) well furnished, air conditioned rooms with one double bed and one single bed in each room. Every room also offers a private balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean.South Beach Resort is the perfect location and environment to cater to all your functions from Birthday Parties, corporate day-out parties, corporate team building events and entire company family day out events up to 4000 people! Our premises facilitates and supports the company's goals, whether it is to bring departments closer together, or to provide excellent entertainment and catering to the entire staff and their loved ones. our state of the art conference centre equipped with all the essential technology, stationary and comfort is the best in South Beach which can accommodate up to four (4) different conferences at once or open up into one large hall for up to 400 people. The conference hall can also be converted and decorated to host amazing, memorable wedding parties! ... more less
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