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“A very central hotel in Stone Town”
Review of Chavda Hotel Ltd

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Chavda Hotel Ltd
Ranked #31 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed here 3 nights. The receptionists were very helpful with everything we asked for.
The rooms are big, but no view. They might need a little upgrade, especially the bathrooms, but nothing to complain about. It was clean, and shower, toilet and AC worked as it should.
They have a very nice rooftop restaurant where they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The staff is very helpful, but veeery slow, even when it's not a lot of guests in the restaurant. The food had very different quality. Breakfast was good with a lot of fresh fruit and of course different variety of eggs. The pizza we had for lunch was not very good, but eatable. They actually serve some local Zanzibar food, and it was really good!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Kristin L
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Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

Unfortunately we were hugely disappointed with our stay at Chavda. The hotel has so much potential (it is a huge building, the rooms are massive, rooftop restaurant with a decent sunset view, leaves you with the impression that with a bit of effort and time, the place could be spectacular) but unfortunately there was no evidence of any management at this place or any desire to make it into a good hotel.
Positives:
1) one of the guys on reception was friendly and helped us with our queries - finding a pharmacy etc;
2) good central location;
3) wifi throughout.
Negatives:
1) rooms are big but dated. Bathroom needs revamping (even more dated than the room itself) and wasn't very nice.
2) breakfast was one of the worst we had across Tanzania - no fresh juice, despite there only seeming to be 4 guests in the hotel, there was no cutlery - simple things but when you are paying a fair amount of money for bed and breakfast, it is the small things that make a difference. Similarly in the evening, the rooftop bar could be a great place to hang out - the view is great.
Unfortunately the hotel doesn't seem interested in making this a nice place to spend time - the staff were watching tv, no music, fairly indifferent to us being there.

We have nothing to compare this hotel to in Stone Town - but we assume you can get something better for your money than we felt we were getting here.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

The rooms are nice but not a nice view. The staff are very helpfull. But one big negativ is. They not acept cc!! I was in big truble about that and i must paid the room with my last cash.
Nice view from the top over the town. Breakfast are good.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Thank ralf-reiner
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Wouldnt recommend this hotel from our experience, as recon you could find much better for the price range.
Rooms large, no view, entrance in a small alley. My husband and I were dying for a shower on arrival after travelling for 24hours. The water wasn't hot, the shower head snapped off the wall and the bathroom ended up saturated. We had to hold the shower head for each other to quickly shower under the cold water. We spoke with management to be moved to another room (mind you they had told us this was one of their best rooms ). They did move us promptly to another room with a working shower. Internet in hotel only worked in lobby area which is frustrating to sit down there while mosquitoes eat you.
Location was good and a very short walk to main street and not far to beach front.
Hotel staff spend there time pressuring us into doing the spice tour which we declined in the end cause they continued to ask us and up sell packages... Not what we wanted after travelling for 24hrs.
Our highlight of our stay in stone town was a seafood platter on the beach front and a must visit to the night fisherman markets for pizza and sugar cane juice :)

Room Tip: Don't bother look for another hotel in similar price range
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bec R
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

I stayed a week and the staff was very friendly. We had a lot of great conversations and laughs.
while there I came down with the flu and Alex from the front desk sent Ali up to my room to check up on me. He came saw I was sleeping and ok and reported back. This, to me represents real friends not just staff guest.

The rooftop restaurant is a great place to eat, good food, good staff and fair prices.

Rooms all air conditioned . Just stay out of a single room. They are so small you can't move in them.

They upgraded from 101 to 504. Hard to believe I was in the same hotel. Very nice room.

Room Tip: Get a double room.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Travelloverdelmundo
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

A little late adding as we were there in October.

Room was nice and large; we only ate at there for breakfast but all was fine with good views over Stone Town. Staff always friendly and helpful and the room kept clean. Any issues we had were resolved straight away (mainly down to power cuts Stone Town wide).

Out of the door, turn left and you are soon at Jaws Corner and into the heart of Stone Town.

The only negative mark was we were meant to be picked up from the airport and there was no-one so we had to sort the taxi ourselves; they did sort one for us on the return.

If I went to Stone Town again - and it is a great place - I would stay there again

Room Tip: Get a room that is on second floor or higher - more windows and probably better circulation of air
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lowsnowman
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Central to everything in Stone Town and great views from the roof-top restaurant - it is one of the highest buildings. We stayed three nights.
Room was fine with interesting old decor, king-size bed with mosquito net, good aircon, and the bathroom was fine. But remember to turn off the hot water as it was making funny noises when left on too long. We also turned off the fridge during the night as it was a bit noisy.
No free bottled water was provided, the only hotel that we stayed at in Tanzania that didn't provide water.
Most staff were very friendly and helpful including the reception, waiter and cleaning staff.
Nice fresh fruit was included with breakfast as was toast, breads and home made biscuits - the first morning we had an especially yummy biscuit with spices.
We had one meal there which was good though service a bit slow, especially considering we were the only ones dining!
Generally, it was very quiet (except for a rooster at 5am) and not many other people there that we saw.
You need to not mind stairs, as it is about five levels to the restaurant (no lift).

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank NettyA
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Additional Information about Chavda Hotel Ltd

Address: Baghani Street | East of Kenyatta Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range: $100 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Chavda Hotel Ltd 3*
Number of rooms: 37
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Chavda Hotel Ltd Zanzibar Island/Stone Town

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