We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

“Affordable paradise... with some annoyances” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Garden Palms Hotel

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Pwani Mchangani
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Garden Palms Hotel
Save
You added Garden Palms Hotel to your Saves list
Wroclaw, Poland
Level Contributor
126 reviews
83 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Affordable paradise... with some annoyances”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

I spent two weeks there. The stay at Garden Palms had its ups and downs (but pluses prevailed). Let's start from beginning.

Facility is being run by a couple of Poles, which are super-friendly; you wish you had such management everywhere. They can pamper you in every manner if you only allow for. Staff is also very nice and helpful especially if they are given a small tip. Generally locals are less snippy than e.g. in Egypt.

Advantages: resort is small (total ~6 huts, 3 higher standard of furbishing with air-conditioning, rest without A/C rather Spartan equipped) located in a remote location, far away from airport and from hordes of tourists! Sense of being alone on the island was really priceless.

Marvellous Indian ocean - memorable sunsets and sunrises (6:30 pm and 6:30 am)

Almost whole beach only for you

Small pool is always clean, and you needn't share it with others.

Management can organize you a sightseeing tour which will be safe for you and reasonably priced. I personally recommend at least one diving nearby coral reef of Pemba Island .

Weather in July / August is very good, almost all the time sunny, 25-27 centigrade, however ocean temperature could be have been higher (23-25 centigrade)

You can eat delicious dishes at quite reasonable price. My favourite ones were seafood (Excellent Red / White Snappers) - don't even try beef or chicken... Local cows and chicken are lousy

Disadvantages: Frequent problems with running warm water and shortages of power. Thousands of nasty mosquitoes. Not very sophisticated facility equipment.

Overall: Even with aforementioned annoyances - the stay at Garden Palms was a life time experience. For sure if you expected 5 star hotel, you will be totally disappointed. Having in mind that you landed in Africa, and this resort more or less reflect what may expect in African resort, you shouldn't be surprised by local conditions.

Price/Value Ratio: Excellent. I would go there once again.

Room Tip: Unless this is a local summer time, and you needn't desperately air-conditioning take normal roo...
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank wodzik
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

58 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    34
    6
    1
    8
    9
See reviews for
11
26
4
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (3)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Polish first
  • Russian first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Cape Town
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

Garden Palms is situated right on a beautiful beach. Their cottages are quite nice and, if swimming in the ocean isn't your thing, they have a beautifully kept pool.

A group of about 15 of us went to spend the day at the beach and eventually landed here and loved every minute of it. The staff was super helpful, the owners were incredibly nice, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon.

We got drinks and food which were excellent from the restaurant. It wasn't overpriced and tasted great! When my wife and I return to Zanz, this place will definitely be at the top of our list to stay at!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank mbjonesan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Pwani Mchangani
12.4 mi away
Melia Zanzibar
Melia Zanzibar
#1 of 11 in Kiwengwa
4.5 of 5 stars 1,204 reviews
12.1 mi away
Zanzi Resort
Zanzi Resort
#1 of 166 in Zanzibar Island
5.0 of 5 stars 345 reviews
28.6 mi away
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Zanzibar - Nungwi
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
28.0 mi away
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel
#1 of 19 in Nungwi
4.5 of 5 stars 565 reviews
5.2 mi away
Uroa Bay Beach Resort
14.3 mi away
Next Paradise Boutique Resort
Next Paradise Boutique Resort
#1 of 5 in Pwani Mchangani
5.0 of 5 stars 482 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Garden Palms Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Garden Palms Hotel

Property: Garden Palms Hotel
Address: P.O. Box 3554, Pwani Mchangani 255, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Pwani Mchangani
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Pwani Mchangani
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Garden Palms Hotel Zanzibar Island/Pwani Mchangani

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing