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“Great location but poor service”
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Drifters Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Pangani B&B and Inns
Dublin, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great location but poor service”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

we stayed in the huts on the beach - all reasonably priced - It was going ok - staff were not as friendly or helpful as the other places on the beach but we didn't mind. The last night a rat was in my hut- I asked to change my accommodation as i needed a good nights sleep before the long drive the next day! the manager just started laughing at me. When i threatened to leave she finally moved me. I didn't like the attitude and disrespect she showed me. I asked if rats were a problem for her resort and she said yes but only in the kitchen - so beware.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

After spending a couple of nights there, we scape. And we did not scape before because first they do is ask for the money of the nights you plan (originally) to stay.
Either staff are nice, the atmosphere is not nice at all and owners does not look like enjoying from clients nothing else but the money.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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london
2 reviews
Reviewed December 8, 2013

We stayed in their 'luxury chalet' recently: the toilet/shower area is open, with not even a curtain to divide it off from the rest of the room. On one bed was a stained bedsheet, while the other one had a mattress so thin I could feel the narrow wooden boards underneath all night. There were constant dog fights (as a result of the natural animosity between 2 males vying for a female) which resulted in cruel treatment of one dog by 2 different staff members on 2 separate occasions which was very upsetting to witness. Beware, the price is per person, NOT per room and is certainly not worth the money. Breakfast was much smaller than any other we have eaten for half the price on my other 4 trips to Tanzania and we did not feel at all welcome by the manager.,All very sad in what is a beautiful location.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank christy71
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Washington, D.C.
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181 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had a great dinner at Drifter's. For $10 per person we got prawns, salad, sides and a really nice atmosphere. Food in the Ushongo area is pretty expensive but this was worth it. Also Leonardo Da'Vinci's cafe (next to the art shop) was an excellent and cheap place to go for lunch. Amazing lobster there.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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United States
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We arrived at Drifter's in the early afternoon, and went ahead to check out our rooms after lunch. We had found out about Drifter's from a friend, and checked the website in order to see what it offered. We were impressed, and decided to book. However, when we saw our rooms it was a different story. Nothing was as advertised, and with two kids in tow we were let down. We spoke to the management, who claimed the following:

1. The website isn't actually their website, and they are not responsible for the content. (despite the URL being listed on the brochure they handed to us!)

2. When the above contradiction was pointed out, they claimed it's a sharing website with a bunch of different lodges listed. (not true, another blatant lie)

3. Which meant they believe somebody edited the information on their part of this so-called sharing website, but they had no idea who. Or why they'd edit to make it sound better than it actually is!

After all of this, we were told to leave if we didn't like it. By both the management and ownership.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Riz K
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in drifters on two ocassions in May/June 2013. Both times I went fishing and scuba diving in the indian ocea. Food is great and company is even better. Would highly recommend. its worth the terrible drive from Tanga on the pangani road!

  • Stayed May 2013
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1 Thank Bazwall1
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

Best place on this strech of beautiful beach. We arrived as guests and left as friends. Gorgeous moon raises, friendly atmosphere, good music and fun. Good selection of food and fresh fish and sea food.

Stayed April 2013
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2 Thank Dan C
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Property: Drifters Lodge
Address: Main Rd | Ushongo, Pangani, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Tanga Region > Pangani
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Pangani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Drifters is a beach lodge on the east coast of Africa in Tanzania, near Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. We have budget and luxury accommodation. We offer diving, swimming, fishing and boat trips. ... more   less 
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