After arriving, my friend and I waited for around 90 minutes for our room to get ready. We were told nothing except to sit down and wait for a few minutes. Once we got our room, a 10 minute walk down the beach, we saw that there were no electrical outlets and the room seemed unfinished. We asked for an extra towel (since there was only one) and an extra mosquito net for the second bed and were told "later." They never arrived. We were moved the next day to a better room and the first night was discounted.
We tried to have lunch the first day and an hour after ordering were told that it will take some time to get the food. They told us to wait until "half past." We asked what time it was now and the server didn't know. It turned out that there was no food in the restaurant which we only found out after 90 minutes of waiting.
The staff seem completely disinterested in doing their jobs. The servers will nap while there are tables needing cleaning. They do not seem to understand that direct answers will make Westerners less angry than stalling and indirect answers. Another case is the wifi. Every time it cut out we were told that the password must have changed. It cut out frequently.
The room (the second one) was hot and like others mentioned, the water was salty. I left after four days on the beach feeling dirty and exhausted.
On the positive, the beach is pretty. You won't be able to swim except between around 2PM to 6PM. The tide goes out so far that to get to water you will need to negotiate 45 mintues of walking around sea urchins and coral. Again, pretty, but I wanted to swim.
In general, everything is overpriced, moves at a snail's pace, and I will not return to Bwejuu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The White Beach Hotel is a new small family hotel on the East Coast of the tropical island of Zanzibar. The hotel is situated directly on the beach and overlooks the beautiful fine white sands.We are about 50 km far from Stone Town airport and are easily reachable in about 50 min of transfer on paved road. The White Beach Hotel offers 6 deluxe rooms of different sizes. The rooms are exceptionally clean and all have modern, attractively tiled bathrooms. The showers have hot and cold water.We prepare seafood for you in the traditional Swahili style. There are also plenty of meat and vegetarian options on our menu. Our fully stocked bar offers a variety of cold beers, selected wines, cocktails and tropical juices.Our staff are always friendly and courteous and do their best to provide an impeccable service to all our visitors. We are looking forward to welcoming you as our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Beach Hotel Zanzibar Zanzibar Island/Bwejuu