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“Just like home in Stonetown!”
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Zenji Hotel
Ranked #2 of 31 Stone Town B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Just like home in Stonetown!”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

Highly recommend Zenji! The staff are friendly and truly helpful. The rooms are clean, cute and comfortable. The breakfast on the rooftop was excellent and a great way to start out each day. We were at the hotel with a group of students and felt that the hotel and staff were encouraging and instrumental in making our time in Stonetown all that it could be. When we go back to Zanzibar we will definitely be booking our hotel and any tours through Zenji.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

Zenji is fantastic! Wonderful rooms, just book early so you get the best one. The staff is friendly and willing to help with anything and everything you want. The manager is hands-on and a very nice man.
Good breakfast
Good wifi
Good security
Good location
It is a home away from home. I am absolutely sure you will enjoy you're stay here. Highly recommend that you stay at Zenji.
I loved every minute of it.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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7 reviews
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

When we saw that Zenji was north of the Old Town, we were worried we'd be a little out of the way. However, it was about a 10min walk north of Forodhani Gardens, and close to some amazing old houses and local food markets (head toward the Old Clove Distillery).

The service at Zenji must be commended. Chris (the manager) could not have been more helpful. He helped us rent a scooter to explore the island, he told us where to eat and which swimming pools you could sneak into! The breakfast was pretty good, although the home-made jams were exceptional and the wifi worked well for us most of the time.

We spent almost a week here and we'll stay there next time we come through.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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haverdal
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

A very friendly small hotel. The Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The breakfast was a nice experience with very good coffee, fresh juice and home made marmalade:)
The price was reasonable and I and my family really would like to come back!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

We stayed twice at the hotel. The first time was quite accidentally and we had the chance to meet the owners of the hotel, a dutch couple. They ensured that there was best service at the hotel: we were able to choose a room by checking all opportunities, a free welcome drink was offered. The room was very comfortable and cozy, (with AC and a fan). The included breakfast was delicious - buffet with a choice of fruits, fresh juices, homemade marmelade and the best coffee we had so far in Tanzania.
Due to this experience we stayed there another night at the end of our vacation. Unfortunately this time we enjoyed our stay considerably less. We got a small room heading to the main street, which was very noisy during the night. This time no welcome drinks were offered, the free Wifi didn't work most of the time. The breakfast coffee was unpalatable, the buffet with less choices. We would definitely give Zenji another shot, but only when the watchful eyes of the owners are present ;)

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

Hotel is fair but not excellent concerning the cost return ratio. Out guidebook mentioned excellent facilities. Well, this is by far overrated.
Pros: Security okay, rooms clean, roof top available.
Cons: you will never ever sleep ar night because of container loading trucks going constantly to the port (bangs loudly every 5-30 Mins). Breakfast is okay but nothing really special. WiFi is extremely unreliable, stabdard rooms are very small and beds authentic but squeaky if you turn at night. Location is not really central.

Summary: Either spend more and get a really good hotel or spend less and get what you paid for. I think Zenji is vastly overrated by most reviewers here. It's expensive middle class.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Rooms were clean, comfortable and very good value for money. Location is good, all of stone town is walking distance away. What really set Zenji apart was the service, super friendly and helpful. Recommendation of restaurants and activities were spot on. I booked all my excursions through the hotel, such an easy painless. process. The excellent service and having someone deal with all the organizing of my activities made this a 5 star stay.

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Zenji Hotel

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 #2 of 31 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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