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Tamarind Beach Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Uroa B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 14, 2012

Wonderfully located in Uroa, right on the beach, this place is beautifull. The staff is friendly and the food excellent. Thw swimming ppoll is just perfect, as are the sunbeds and the towels kindly provided by the management. We were alone on a magnificent beach of white sands!
The place has a taste of paradise, although the rooms and bathrooms are in need of a renovation (given the high rate charged). The village people are poor and will be delighted if you leave them your clothes, caps, medicine, etc.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

We spent a week in this hotel in June. The service was excellent and very personalised. The grounds and swimming pool are lovely. The food was extremely good and always served at the requested time. The rooms are very basic and very dark but spacious. All in all, we were delighted with our stay in a very authentic African atmosphere.

Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

Stayed there over a weekend! The hotel has everything to offer and the prices was totally fine as well! Its not one of the more luxurious alternatives in Unguja but good anyway! The service was very good and the staff very kind! The athmosphere was relaxed which i do prefer. You do not have many meters from the bungalows to the ocean -just pass the excellent Pool and then you are there! The biggest flaw for this hotel was evidently the rooms - wherein attaches bungalows.
I would strongly recomend a renovasion most soon. But anyway, you get what you pay for. If you are going for the a more luxurious stay at the islands of Zanzibar you have to pay at least 150 - 200 US/night! But anyhow that depends on the time of your stay - the season - which indeed can create really good prices and sometimes awefully high rates. If you are longing for picturesque villages Uroa is not the place - but for a decent stay with tremendous sunrises in the morning over the indian ocean to a decent rates - i highly recomend Tamarind!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Hannesofsweden
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

Old property, yes. Low standard, yes. But for us - 4 adults and 3 kids -Tamarind was pure luxury. Perhaps it is because the hotel and the surroundings represents something you consider being lost and only belonging to the past.
In this hotel you are not hidden behind high walls and your everyday life is not ruled by a lot of regulations. The three kids loved for example the possibility to use the pool also in the night. The extraordenary warm and friendly people working at Tamarind didn't see any troubles in making you breakfast or dinner outside the ordinary hours and they did their best to make you feel satisfied.
We lived only a few metres from the fabulous, very long, white beach with seashells, animals, kind locals, extremely few tourists and no huzzling beach boys.
If you look for the kind of high standard hotels you find all over the world - don't choose this one. If you look for genuin atmosphere - go to Tamarind and ask for room 17 och 18 - they are the best!
Dear Tamarind - your big family from Finland loves you. We had a good week also in Nungwi but it felt artificial and crowdy compared to you. Good luck!

Room Tip: The two rooms 17 and 18 are closest to the sea. The view from their verandas is breathtaking.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Titte T
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

Uroa beach, where Tamarind is located, is astoundingly beautiful, much less touristy than the beaches on the north coast and more "wild". Tamarind is located right on the beach and has a well kept swimming pool for swimming when the tide is low, definitely a bonus!

However the rooms when we stayed there in August 2011 were appalling. The access to the rooms is adjacent to open steps leading to an open terrace (no railing or anything) very dangerous for small children. Inside the room is musty and mouldy and dark. The decor leaves a lot to be desired, and isn't even of the standard of a "local local" hotel. We never had hot water although we asked for it to be turned on repeatedly. The shower was filthy and rusty and only trickled (cold) water the toilet moved when sat on. Also the light didn't work in the bathroom and was never fixed despite me telling them repeatedly The pillows on the bed are not very comfortable. We had originally booked for three nights but after the first uncomfortable night and lack of showering facilities we checked our and moved on.

Breakfast was good and hearty but we were disappointed by the quality of the food at dinner, everything tasted the same and we didn't feel great after eating there.

The staff were lovely and the manager was very disappointed when we decided to check out early. We told him he really needs to invest in his rooms to charge $90 per night b&b.

Room Tip: Make sure you see a variety of rooms before checking in!
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank TZnomad
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Reviewed October 27, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights during low-season. The hotel has a very nice local vibe to it, and we got a room right on the beach. It was nice to be so close to the beach that we could hear the waves at night. We enjoyed hanging out on the hammocks that were adjacent to the beach, and it was a nice relaxing time.

The pool is nice and the staff was quite attentive.

The hotel is quite tired and could use some upgrading. The shower is not enclosed, so there are some major drainage issues when taking a shower. The mosquito nets could also be replaced.

There was only one other couple staying there while we were there, and we were disappointed to find out that since it wasn't busy, the hotel decided not to turn on the back-up generates. We unfortunately found out about this in the middle of the night when the fan/AC stopped working for three hours, effectively ruining a night of sleep. The hotel staff did turn on the back-up generator the next night after we complained about it.

If you don't mind your room being a bit tired, and want to go to a place just to do some reading/hanging out on a secluded beach, this may be the place for you.

Room Tip: When you book, call and ask for a beachfront room with A/C. I believe there are a few rooms in the c...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank mc_ottawa
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Reviewed October 27, 2011

Tamarind Beach Hotel was the 3 night Zanzibar retreat we chose at the end of our family Kilimanjaro trip. We had a comfortable family room right on the beach. The service was excellent from the moment we were collected from the airport. The food was superb with generous portions. A range of excursions are offered. Wi-Fi connectivity was free and excellent. 24 hour security is visible. We will definitely be returning guests!

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Address: East Coast, Uroa, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Uroa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Uroa
Price Range: $71 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bungalows by the white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. Tamarind is affordable paradise. ... more   less 
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Tamarind Beach Hotel Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

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