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“Great place, the warmest welcome in Zanzibar”
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Zenji Hotel
Ranked #4 of 30 Stone Town B&B and Inns
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“Great place, the warmest welcome in Zanzibar”
Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

We booked direct through email after seeing the reviews on trip advisor. This place was perfect for us. A few minutes walk from the ferry terminal and really close to all the major sights in Stonetown, less than 5 minutes walk to the House of Wonders. We were greeted by name and immediately felt like home from home. The room was great and facilities good, best shower we had in Zanzibar! We stayed 4 nights while we explored stonetown, before heading to the east coast.

The hotel is on the main road from the ferry terminal but the noise didn't bother us. We had a balcony and we loved spending time just watching all the action on the street.

The breakfast was served on the roof terrace and was very nice. They had a little restaurant at the front which was reasonably priced and served nice food and smoothies. Just down the road is Mercurys which was a little more pricey but had a sea view with great cocktails! We felt the area was safe, you can return to the hotel via a main road along the beach and past the ferry terminal, or through the backstreets.

The staff helped us with any enquiry and nothing was too much trouble. They sorted out a shared bus for us to the east coast, when we were dropped at our destination I realised I had left my hat on the bus. My very special travelling hat that has been with me for many adventures! As a long shot we rang Zenji, 30minutes later my hat was returned to me! Fantastic!

On our return journey we had one night in Stonetown but unfortunately Zenji was fully booked. Our advice, book early to avoid disappointment!

Stayed December 2013
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Zenji Hotel for a long weekend in Stone Town to start off our wedding week. We had very long travel, departing from San Francisco, CA, so by the time we arrived at the Zenji Hotel we were exhausted and relieved. We booked a shuttle through the hotel which arrived promptly at the airport and upon arriving at Zenji we were greeted with friendly smiling faces and we were escorted to the Spirits of Nature Room. The room had so much character and our balcony was facing the side alley, versus the main busy street, so it was not too noisy. This hotel is close to the ferry terminal but an easy walk to all of Stone Town. The breakfast area on the roof of the hotel was lovely and has a view of the bustling street below. All of the staff were so helpful and friendly our whole trip. This is a great boutique hotel who employs all local staff, has an NGO and a cute little cafe right out front. My parents stayed in the 10001 Nights room and that was a beautifully large decorated room. It was my parents first time to Africa and they were extremely happy with their experience at Zenji. We also recommended Zenji to friends that were passing through Stone Town for our wedding and we will certainly be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

You won't be able to tell from the outside of the hotel, but the inside is amazing! We stayed in the 1001 nights room and felt we had entered Sheherezade's world. Absolutely beautiful room! The location is very convenient (close to the ferry, close to town). Staff are very friendly, the boutique is nice and the coffee is great!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

Nothing more to say than beautiful rooms, very friendly staff, nice location, good food for lunch, lovely brownies, clean, personal, comfortable beds and great service. They do everything to make your stay comfortable.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

I firstly booked only one night at this hotel but ended up staying one week there! This small but delicate hotel is situated at a very convenient location, within walking distance to the harbor and the center of stone town. The hotel staffs are all well trained, smile, helpful and very kind, even the first day they greeted you in your name!! They also look into details on the room setting. Great breakfast is another surprise!! It's such a value for money place that I would love to recommend to everyone!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

We loved staying at this hotel. The bedrooms were very well designed with comfortable Zanzibarian beds and a lovely balcony. The staff very extremely helpful and the hotel itself is in a great location. Would definitely recommend!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

Stayed just one night at Zenji, and while it isn't the nicest place in Stone Town, it is very convenient. The shower in the shared bathroom didn't work very well, but this was a similar experience we had with other, similar accommodations in Zanzibar. Overall, I'd recommend it to someone who is traveling on a budget.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: 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 #4 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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