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“Good location and beach but nothing more”
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Sunset Kendwa
Ranked #141 of 170 Hotels in Zanzibar Island
Reviewed July 29, 2013

After two weeks camping safaris I went to Zanzibar to relax. Sunset bungalows did not meet any of my expectations. The shower doesn't work very well and most of the time the water was cold. The beds and towels were dirty. When I asked for cleaning my room they didn't do it. The service in the restaurant/bar was very slow and the people were not friendly. It's expensive for what you get. Hotels/restaurants in the neighbour were better!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We're experienced travellers that do not need much luxury but this place did not meet any of our expectations. There are way better alternatives within the same area and price range.

Minus:
Bad and slow service (both in the restaurant and reception). A lot of smiles and kind words when you arrive but once you actually need help, there is no real interest in helping.

Bad and uninspiring food and a very minimal breakfast.

No "peace and quiet" due to party go-ers that end up in the restaurant. On other days, the management themselves organize parties with loud music all through the night.

Most serious is that they try to skim you on your money whenever they can. "Wrong" change in the restaurant, Taxis and tours organized by the reception are suddenly more expensive than agreed and/or are double the price of similar trips, any booking issues arise at the time of your checkout when they know you have a plane to catch and therefore are forced to pay instead of resolving the issue.

Plus:
A beautiful beach (but so are all other places in Kendwa and East Nungwi)

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Teun v
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Good location right on the Kendwa beach
Spacious rooms
Service was average
No wifi at all
No place to go outside except the resorts of the same type
Breakfast is very basic
The beach itself is very good: clear sand and no tides

Room Tip: Rooms at the beach level seems to be more convenient for staying in terms of spending most time at t...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank Alex-124
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

I stayed here for 5 nights during july and actually had a great time. Our 3 bed room was large and spacious. It had a fridge, a porch, a safe and a decent shower. Be aware though, that sometimes a water quality can be really poor. Sometimes the water both smell and taste aweful. Remember to brush your teeth with bottled water.

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- the breakfast was horrible. Fruits with ants on them. Horrible coffee. Fruit juice with more sugar than fruit in it. The complimentary spanish omelette was decent though. Not much food, but free. Everything else on the meny is ridicolous! Expencive and low quality food.

TIP:
- for a good meal, exit the main gate and folllow the road 300 meters to "fishernan local restaurant". 6.500 - 8.000 for a great seafood meal. Fresh king fish, tuna, calamari and octopussy everyday. Try it! You wont be dissapointed.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
1  Thank Flipcider
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Stayed here for a week with friends. The rooms are lovely and a descent size with huge beds. The restaurant is perfectly positioned, with a fabulous beach. The bungalows are also only a minutes walk away from the beach. The one thing that let it down was the restaurant and its staff. Our food took over 1 and a half hours the two times we ate here, with no apologise. The staff were also very ignorant. When the food finally came, some of the orders were wrong and the food wasn't very good. Would recommend going next door for food, but the accommodation is lovely.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Sam12366
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great rooms, very clean. Breakfast not that great, very basic.Really good restaurant and bar next door. Security guys at sunset were running some sort of scam, making beach traders pay them if they wanted to sell anything to the guests. A bit disconcerting, when they are just trying to make a living.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank seasons8
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Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

These beach bungalows were wonderful! Huge rooms with fridges, fans and air-con. The staff were really helpful and there was a great bar and restaurant who made a huge effort for a member of our party whose birthday it was one evening. Lots of sun beds available. Also a great restaurant next door with wifi and amazing sushi!!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Thank stephjm88
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Additional Information about Sunset Kendwa

Address: 3546, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#103 On the Beach Hotel in Zanzibar Island
Price Range: $84 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunset Kendwa 3*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Sunset Kendwa, your place to stay in the tropical paradise of Zanzibar's north coast. Fringed by powdery-white sand beaches, azure waters, and thriving coral reefs, the exotic spice island of Zanzibar is the most idyllic of tropical destinations. We offer a wide range of brightly decorated traditional rooms and bungalows, as well as all the facilities you will need to help you ease into Zanzibar's relaxed pace of life. Right on the perfect sands of Kendwa beach on Zanzibar's north coast, this is the perfect place to unwind, spend your days swimming or sun-bathing, snorkelling, scuba diving with our award winning on site water sports centre Scuba Do Zanzibar ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sunset Bungalows Hotel Zanzibar
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Sunset Beach Hotel Zanzibar

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