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Kitete Beach Bungalows
Ranked #16 of 20 Paje B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 6, 2009

The bungalows are beachside with incredible views. Rooms are clean with mosquito netting. The hotel is next to Paje by Night which has great pizzas and pasta (although service is a bit slow), as well as free internet connection.

The service, however, leaves room to be desired. There were seven of us and we requested one triple and two doubles. Management made a mistake of renting out one of the doubles and wanted to charge us for two triples and one double. Given our backpacker status, we argued over the mistake for over an hour before management relented unhappily. Then, upon checkout, a bunch of restaurant checks not from us appeared in our bill which management declared we must pay.

Rooms are worth the stay though. Just be more cognizent of your bill is all.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 6, 2009

My partner and I stayed at Kitete for 10 days around New Years 09.
This hotel is right on the best kitesurf spot in Paje. The rooms look out over the lagoon so it is possible to check wind conditions without even leaving the room!
The rooms are super clean, simple, no air-con but during the time we stayed there we had strong breezes coming though the room so it wasn't needed.
The hotel staff are very friendly and the restaurant is without a doubt the best on this part of Paje with consistently good food compared to other 'hit and miss' restaurants nearby. The restaurant staff are great too. (no alcohol sold in this restaurant though, you can BYO from the other bars)
The hotel also has little beach huts with sun lounges for its guests. There is no pool- but with the amazing lagoon in front, a pool is not even necessary.
If your looking for great, simple, clean accommodation right on the beach then this is for you..
Kitesurfing? PERFECT for beginners, and great down- winders for advanced riders.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2008

We booked 5 nights at Kitete Beach Bungalows after learning that the hotel we had reserved burned down a few days before our arrival. The staff at the reception desk was very friendly and helpful, and even taught us a few phrases in Kiswahili. During a couple nights of our stay, the hotel lit a bonfire on the beach, which was a nice way to end the evening.

While the rooms were pretty basic, the beds were comfortable with good mosquito nets. The housekeeping staff did an excellent job of cleaning up all the sand we brought in with us each day. There was no a/c, but there was a ceiling fan and a floor fan, which kept the room cool enough, unless the power was off or there was a brownout. I don't think the power problems were unique to this hotel. When we visited other places in Paje, the power was off there too, during the same time frame.

In the bathroom, there was a shower, but no tub. Our shower was slow to drain, and we had to remember to flip the switch for the hot water in advance. It also took about an hour for the toilet to refill after flushing. When the tank was full, the toilet worked without problems.

Breakfast was included with the room, and usually consisted of one egg (cooked to preference), toast, juice, coffee, and sometimes fruit or cooked vegetables. Service for lunch and dinner was slow, but it didn't see slower than anywhere else in Paje. Plus, the restaurant was on the second floor, so you got a wonderful breeze and a nice view of the beach.

I'm not sure if it was because we were visiting during Ramadan, or if this is always the case, but the hotel had a "no alcohol" rule. The restaurant did not serve alcohol, and there was a notice in the room stating that you could not bring alcohol onto the property. We were ok with this rule, but we hadn't been advised of it at the time we booked and paid - it was only after we were in the room that we saw this information. You may need to clarify this rule if drinking in your room is important to you.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank laceytravels
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Reviewed February 26, 2008

Kitete Beach is a wonderfully simple and beautiful place to stay. It is not modern and does not have internet, access to a bank, or any air conditioning in the rooms. However, it is the most natural and exotic-ly beautiful place that seems so untouched, my husband and I had the most wonderful stay. The beach is more beautiful and vibrant than I have ever seen. That alone is worth the stay. They have their own restaurant which serves affordable and good food. The portions are smaller but very tasty. You must bring ALL of the CASH you need for the entire stay. There is NO access to a bank. You have to pay up to $60 USD return to go back to Stonetown to get money. No way around this. Taxis can be bartered and we got back to Stonetown for $30 USD one-way. We took a dala-dala for $4 USD from the market and we sat in the back, it was quite the experience and we will never do it again. We were riding with fish, millions of flies, spiders, and were overpacked with passagers which got a little painful (the ride is over an hour). But it was part of the experience...one way was more than enough. Maybe riding up front is a better way to go?

Paje by Night hotel is directly adjacent and seems to share the same waterfront and beach chairs. The rooms at Kitete were very simple but clean, no toilet seat, the toilet could only flush once in an hour and the fans were totally pathetic but there was a wonderful breese at night. Some rooms have fridges. The views all around this hotel are gorgeous and the locals are friendly.

The restaurant at Paje by Night is a rip off and the food isn't better than at Kitete and the prices are twice with even smaller portions. Also the service was not nearly as good or friendly. I would not recommend them. The beer is about $3.5 USD.

  • Stayed: February 2008
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Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2016
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Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2016
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  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kitete Beach Bungalows

Address: PO Box 177 | Paje Beach, Paje, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Paje
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Paje
Price Range: $88 - $121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kitete Beach Bungalows 2.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful , fresh boutique hotel that caters for families,singles and newly weds. We are renowned for the quality and friendly nature of our staff. Outstanding sunrises,vast powder white beaches, delicious cuisine, local and international water sports at your door step and traditional dhow cruises a stone throw away.In three simple words: heaven on earth. ... more   less 
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