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“Flamingo Guest House is by far the worst place I ever slept!!!”

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Flamingo Guest House
Ranked #10 of 31 Stone Town B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Me and my boyfriend didn’t expect a lot cause it was cheap but what we experienced was absolutely horrifying! I woke up in the middle of the night cause a rat was crawling around on me!! Absolutely terrified, I went to the receptionist who couldn’t care less. He just told me that this could not be possible and that we both must have been dreaming. He didn’t want to give us a new room, no apologies, he wasn’t helpful at all! We somehow managed to move the rat out of the room and to fall asleep again. But, and I am absolutely sure that this is because of the rat, we both got very ill that same night...
Besides that the room was very noisy cause there were windows to both sides of the room, which couldn’t be shut, they were just wholes in the wall covered with mosquito nets. Apparently the mosquito nets were not even working: there were plenty of mosquitos in the room and they also got inside of the mosquito nets which covered the beds.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

I stayed here during my time in Zanzibar. Ok, so it's cheap and in a good location but the place was disgusting. There were rats crawling over me and my boyfriend in the middle of the night. They got in through a huge hole in the wall of our room which opened out into the corridor where the staff stood talking loudly during the early hours of the morning. When I informed the staff the next morning of the rats, I was told it was impossible and myself and my boyfriend must have been hallucinating. There was no hot water, the bathroom was covered in human hair and dead flies and the bed felt like it was made of bricks.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank DevonshireDumpling90
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

This is a very basic place to stay but if you are looking for a room to stay in a few days it's great. The rooms are v clean, comfortable beds, fans, mozi nets, you can choose ensuite or not (I'd recommend as it's only $15 a night for ensuite incl breakfast). The breakfast is basic but filling... fresh fruit, omlette, plenty of bread... great when it's included in that price! The staff are v laid back and you may have to ask for some loo roll a towel etc but they will bring it. Things could get a little noisy in the evening at weekends. Not for you if you're coming on a luxury holiday but perfect for a budget stay.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Very Cheap. Very Clean. Great Breakfast included. Basic but does the job when travelling around Zaznibar. Stayed here on 3 separate occasions - unless you're looking for bar/restaurant/pool/luxury then I don't see why you would stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank AliceJ35
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

we stayed there 3 nights, its quite resonable for a budget trip, it has room with private shower and without it, simple but enough breakfast, clean room with mosquito network.
I had just a problem with a rude staff because of just 5 min delay in breakfast, which solved with the others apology, immediately!
you can reach any of stonetown attractions by 5-15 min walking and also you can reach the port by 25 min walking or 5 min drive!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank SHOTGUNN
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

A great budget place to stay at in Stone Town. Basic, clean rooms, friendly staff and good location: 10 min walk from Forodhani Gardens and the old town. Breakfast is simple, but good, served on the rooftop. There's a free safe at the reception to store your valuables. Really liked the staff, there were super friendly and nice. I stayed there the first two nights and then went back twice when travelling around Zanzibar. And would stay there again!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Katica035
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

It's a budget option, so don't expect much. There's water, there are mosquito nets and fans, the beds are comfy enough and eating your basic breakfast (toasts, jam, eggs, fruit) on the rooftop is a nice start of the day. Don't expect the receptionist to greet you with a smile and show to the most interesting places though:) All in all, I'd recommend the place to all budget travellers.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Mkunazini Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
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Ranked #10 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Stone Town
Price Range: $31 - $34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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