We have just left Vanilla House, where we stayed 1 night in the 1st floor room, in the terrace. We have few comments. Jambiani is amazing, the view from the terrace of Vanilla is wonderful. However, we were not satisfied at all about the room and, above all, the toilet! We know that we are in Africa, but we walked trough the village and we could see with our eyes that local people use fountains and so on. How is it possible that no water was available for us? Neither the WC, nor the shower, nor the lavabo.
We read the the owner always says that Vanilla is a real Zanzibar experience, so we shouldn't complain about the fact that the shower was a dirty tube close to the WC, with a dirty floor etc. We answer that, if the standard offered is so low, then why paying almost 50USD? It doesn't need that much improvement. Just a decent toilet, and maybe the glass at the room windows.
And also, please fix the steps of the stairs, because it was dangerous.
We can't say anything about the room at the ground floor. Maybe they seemed better.
Finally, few suggestions. Put signs on the road!! It took 30mins to us to find it! Second, no one of the staff is checking the identity of the guests. Next time, I can go without booking, tell to the staff that I booked and spend a free night there.
Besides that, again, Jambiani is really worth the trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vanilla House is a small 4 room house of a local nature situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean ! Vanilla House has been built by Dorota Katende, an African Safari & Zanzibar Island guide and author of two books: "Dom na Zanzibarze" ("The House on Zanzibar") and "Kobiety na Zanzibarze" ("Woman on Zanzibar"). The house is decorated in Swahili style with elements woven from the palm leaves (makuti) with typical Zanzibar furniture such as carved large sultan's beds or chairs made from cow skin by local people. Apart from rooms all other places are to be shared with all guests. There should not be more than 8 guests in the house. To fully enjoy your stay here you should be tolerant, willing to understand different culture and cooperative in the organization of time and order. On the terrace above the house in the makuti shade you can admire the breathtaking ocean view. There are 4 rooms, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen where the cook bustles about. Everything is very simple, but sufficient enough to rest from the civilization. In the Vanilla House you can, if you want or even sometimes by chance, become a witness or even a creator of a history - the content of third Dorota's Katende book! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vanilla House Zanzibar Island/Jambiani