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“Not exactly a Haven”
Review of Haven Guest House

Haven Guest House
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Haven Guest House
Ranked #17 of 32 Stone Town B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 11, 2013

This place was the cheapest on offer (at 30USD per night for a couple) in Stonetown, but awful value by Tanzanian standards, but I guess that is to be expected.

We got a bit of a raw deal: our bedroom was directly behind the check-in desk, which made us feel a little exposed and unsafe, as the front door to the guesthouse was never really closed. The room was small and dark with a cell-like quality and the mosquito nets were full of holes (which we attempted to cover using plasters - I'd recommend bringing a needle and thread!). It was, however, clean, and it felt like home within a few days. There was, however, hot water in the shower.

The manager was neither friendly or unfriendly, and breakfast was the most basic we had in Tanzania - mixed fruit jam on toast and tea or coffee, plus a mini banana (usually a fried egg is offered).

We found out after the first night that the steps of the Haven serve as something of a communal gathering area for locals, having heated debates, in the early hours of the morning. The noise was very loud, but it might have been better on the first floor.

The location is pretty good though - you're right at the southern tip of the historical maze-like centre of Stonetown, and close to tons of really lovely eating spots. We'd recommend having an evening meal on the roof terrace of the Dhow Palace Hotel.

A Haven this is not. If I were to come back to Stonetown I'd splash out on a less budget place just for a few days - I guess it was good value for Zanzibar standards but it simply wasn't all that nice.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

I spent just one night at the haven Guesthouse. It was overall good, considering the standards. The rooms are clean and the bed comfortable. The staff was not too kind to be honest. Not that they were rude, but not even particularly friendly. The location is perfect and the neighborhood so nice.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

A lovely little guest house which spotlessly clean and run by friendly and helpful people in the centre of stone town. I would definitely recommend.

Room Tip: Upstairs seemed better than downstairs. You can cook for yourself here too if that's what you...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2010

This little hotel can boast the most excellent of managers, a man very responsive to your needs and very proud of the manner of his management (rightfully so, as one van eat off the shining floors). The beds are not the best but that is minor.

It is not easy to get a good and inexpensive place in Tone Town, as the recommended sites are booked. We just wandered until we found this place and were delighted. This is not a place for those accustomed to The Hyatt, of course, but it sure beat out evn much more expensive lodgings in Addis Ababa, Kampala and many other towns.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 10, 2011
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  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Vuga Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3746, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
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Ranked #17 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Stone Town
Price Range: $18 - $19 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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