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Zenji Hotel
Ranked #1 of 31 Stone Town B&B and Inns
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Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

Looked at the website and really was a great place to stay. Even though on the road it was surprisingly quiet and great location only a minutes walk from banks and the bustling market. Breakfast was great each morning and the rooms were really sweet. We stayed In the "treasure chamber" a little double room with a shared bathroom outside great to have a little balcony and ac! Would definitely come through again if we came back to stone town.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Zenji is a good option if you're travelling on a budget. Rooms are nice with aircon and mosquito nets, although the bed was not very comfortable, we struggled to sleep. We had the room with a bathroom in the hallway - I'd recommend paying a few extra dollars to upgrade as the bathroom is pretty awful - you're basically showering over the toilet. Rooftop for breakfast was really nice, location is pretty good (near the port, so do be mindful), and the cafe out the front does great cheap meals. Staff were friendly and helpful, although we had one guy who worked evenings - I think his name was Alex, who had really weird behaviour and terrible customer service - for example, our night flight was delayed by two hours and when we arrived the driver wasn't there to pick us up, so putting safety first (it was late and the airport was deserted by that stage) we jumped in a taxi, when we arrived Alex lectured us for ages saying it was our fault (!?). Definitely put a damper on our experience. But the other staff are helpful in organising trips and the hotel is pretty good value.

Room Tip: Dont go for the most basic budget room (with a private bathroom, but toilet is in the hallway).
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We have stayed at the Zenji hotel 1 night. The room was pretty basic. We had the last room available and the bathroom was in the hallway. However, it was very clean. Our host arranged a first trip to a private beach and then a morning on a desert island for a good price. I felt very welcome and would return if I go back to Stone Town. I agree the location is noisy: Mosque, port round the corner but nothing really hard to handle.

Beyonce :)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Laetitia G
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Friendly staffs, clean rooms, rustic setting, rooftop setting, reasonable pricing, what else can you ask for? the only comment is its a little bit noisy as its near the main street and a mosque (5am azan). nothing an pair of ear plugs cant fix. bottom line, this place is a gem!

Room Tip: Make sure the room is not facing the main street.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Zenji had a friendly staff, a great included breakfast and comfortable rooms. Although it's not in the center of Shangani, it's only a 5 minute walk away. The room we stayed in had a huge bathroom, air conditioning, mosquito nets and a safe. This hotel is definitely worth the value and they are very welcoming.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Staying here has rocked my faith in Trip Advisor. Poor location, noisy, depressing and actually not that cheap. Bed very uncomfortable. Characterless place. It is clean and staff are pleasant. Reviews bear no resemblance to the reality. My advice would be to pay a bit more to stay in old town. This is a stay to be endured, not enjoyed.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Zenji continues to please the eye, the palate and the sheer sense of welcome that its friendly staff exude at all times. I have been here before and so am biased I guess, but really for a small hotel, not far from downtown Stonetown, and value for money you cannot go far wrong. Annaloes, the owner is friendly, helpful and aware of the needs of the "mzungu" without compromising on the need to retain and add to Zanzibar's cultural roots.

Room Tip: We stayed in Sense of Jasmine and loved it. This is Zanzibar ... you want to hear noise and bustle a...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank iringa_KJ
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Additional Information about Zenji Hotel

Address: Malawi St, opp Cine Afrique | P.O. Box 661, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Stone Town
Price Range: $42 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Zenji Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the middle of bustling Stone Town, Zenji Hotel welcomes guests for a relaxing stay on the rooftop or in one of the 9 authentic rooms. The rooms have a ceiling fan and air conditioning, some rooms have balcony. All rooms have a different atmosphere referring to the rich Zanzibar heritage and culture. The breakfast, including homemade bread and jams, fruit juice, fresh fruit, different types of tea and real espresso coffee, is served on the rooftop from which you have a beautiful view over Stone Town and the harbor. ... more   less 
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Zenji Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town

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