Pros: Terrific hotel with wonderful pool, views, right on the beach, good food selection and quality, superb staff. A bit pricey for being right in stone town (and therefore not on the nicest beach), but a great place to stay for those who don't have time to get out to the further parts of the island
Seated majestically on the beachfront in Stone Town, a designated UNESCO Heritage site, the architecture reflects its Swahili culture with a unique blend of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. Featuring 67 spacious guest rooms including 11 suites, brilliantly combing contemporary style and timeless regional accents.
At Boutique Hotel Matlai, you can spend time at the beach enjoying volleyball, beachside drinks, and sun loungers, plus activities like scuba diving and snorkeling are nearby. Guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in deep-tissue massages, body scrubs, and mani/pedis, and the outdoor pool provides a splash of fun. The restaurant is a great spot for a bite to eat and cold drinks are served at the bar/lounge. Free bike rentals and a terrace are other highlights, and rooms at this upscale hotel offer upscale touches like private pools and soaking tubs.
At Kono Kono Beach Resort, you can spend time at the beach sipping drinks. The outdoor pool provides fun for everyone, while guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in spa services. The restaurant is a great spot for a bite to eat and cold drinks are served at the bar/lounge. A poolside bar and a garden are offered, and rooms at this luxurious hotel get the details right with private plunge pools and Egyptian cotton sheets.
Al-Minar Hotel is just 4.7 mi (7.5 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 15 per vehicle one way. Guests looking for a bite to eat can check out Terrace Restaurant, which serves international cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. Rooms feature bonuses like sofa beds and refrigerators, along with fireplaces and 24-hour room service.
A great choice for a stay in Michamvi, Kichanga Lodge offers an airport shuttle (available on request). Guests can indulge in massages or mani/pedis, then grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. An outdoor pool and a beach bar are offered, and rooms at this upscale lodge have conveniences like washers/dryers and sofa beds.
A great choice for a stay in Pongwe, Seasons Lodge Zanzibar features an airport shuttle. You can splash around at the outdoor pool, grab a bite to eat at the restaurant, or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. A beach bar and a terrace are other highlights, and rooms offer up nice touches like bathrobes and slippers.
For a thousand years, Zanzibar was one of the worlds crossroads of trade, with Persians, Arabs and Europeans attracted to its exotic exports. Stone Towns architecture is testimony to that cultural heritage. Masterfully restored, the Zanzibar Serena Inn, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World occupies two historic seafront buildings within the town, commanding majestic views of the Indian Ocean.The hotel offers the best in island hospitality. All bedrooms overlook the azure waters of the Indian ocean while the interiors echo Zanzibars rich Arabian heritage.Dining is a feast of variety, with local seafood reflecting many cultural influences. Transport is free to the private Mangapwani Beach with its exclusive beach and water sports activities. There are also excursions to the spice gardens and Jozani Forest.
Pros: Simple but friendly, good quality option in stone town.
Cons: Kayak's price was ~$30 less than booking at the hotel. The person at reception couldn't match the rate even though I was standing at the reception desk while booking.
Maru Maru Hotel is just 4.9 mi (7.8 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available 24 hours) for TZS 15.00 per vehicle roundtrip. You can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant, or indulge in massages, body scrubs, or mani/pedis. There's a rooftop terrace and a bar/lounge, and rooms at this upscale hotel offer LCD TVs and minibars.
Pros: Big clean comfortable beds, spacious room, great wifi, fridge in the room, excellent tv reception with lots of channels
Cons: We didn't have hot water the first day. They fixed it the second, but the water pressure wasn't very good- I don't have thick hair and it took awhile to rinse the shampoo out...
It's set back a ways from road so you need help with your bags an the food in the restaurant is limited and prices are high.
Better breakfast at the Serena
Nestled in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar - Stone Town is the perfect base from which to experience the sensory Island of Zanzibar. Formerly the Old Court House, the hotel has now been restored, developed and decorated with traditional Zanzibari influences. Just 20 minutes’ drive from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, this inviting Stone Town hotel is set amongst historic buildings and offers easy access to vibrant markets and Stone Town attractions, including the Sultan’s Palace and the House of Wonders. This charming Stone Town hotel provides the ideal setting for impressive business and social events, conferences and weddings for 6 to 200 people. The conference center offers eight versatile meeting rooms and breakout spaces, a complimentary 24-hour business center, contemporary A/V facilities and inspired catering services. The top floor of the conference center is a tranquil, open space, flooded with natural light and offering magnificent views over the city. Unwind in a comfortable guest room or suite, beautifully decorated with traditionally hand-carved furniture and equipped with everything you need to relax and stay productive. Stay connected with complimentary WiFi, browse channels on the 40-inch TV and work in comfort at the spacious desk. Savor delicious European specialties in the stunning rooftop bar and restaurant or sip a glass of wine as you admire splendid city views at sunset. Our friendly staff look forward to welcoming you to our hotel in Stone Town with a warm chocolate chip cookie on arrival.
Villa de Coco offers a private beach where you can enjoy the shade from a beach umbrella or relax in a sun lounger, plus scuba diving is nearby. The outdoor pool provides fun for everyone, while guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in massages. The restaurant is a great spot for a bite to eat and cold drinks are served at the bar/lounge. A terrace and a garden are other highlights, and all rooms offer patios and room service.
Twisted Palms Lodge & Restaurant offers an airport shuttle (available on request). For a bite to eat, guests can check out Twisted Palms, which serves seafood and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A beach bar and a bar/lounge are other highlights, and rooms offer furnished balconies or patios and rainfall showerheads.
Located just 4.8 mi (7.8 km) from the airport, Forodhani Park Hotel offers a shuttle (available on request). After having fun at the outdoor pool, you can grab a bite to eat at the coffee shop/café. There's also a rooftop terrace, and rooms offer LCD TVs and room service.
Winner of the Conde Nast Gold List award in 2013, Ras Michamvi Beach Resort promises a premium experience where you can hit the private beach to enjoy beach umbrellas, beach massages, and beachside drinks, plus you'll have access to onsite snorkeling. The outdoor pool provides fun for everyone, while guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in massages and body treatments. The restaurant is a great spot for a bite to eat and cold drinks are served at the bar/lounge. A poolside bar and a snack bar/deli are other highlights, and rooms at this upscale hotel offer up nice touches like memory foam beds with premium linens.
Qambani Luxury Hideaway is a composition of 06 modern villas, each with view to the Indian Ocean.
Qambani has 2 pools (1 big infinity pool (25 x 7 meters 1 small salt water pool) and is surrounded by 270 m beach.
Meals are served in the dining room or at one of the sea view areas on the 3 hectare blooming grounds. Daily changing menu with fresh ingredients and possibility for individual wishes. A variety of Swahili to International dishes.
Free Wi-Fi is available.
Wedding packages, Self-help bar and coffee machine, Sonos sound system, premium Cuban cigars, gym, TV room with desk (DSTV satellite channels, apple computer and color printer/ scanner), free use of kayaks, reef shoes, snorkeling and windsurfing equipment.
The Hideaway is sustainable and eco. Grey water is filtered and recycled for use in gardens.
20m2bodybuildingequipment, treadmill, exercise bikes, yoga mats, TV.
Air-conditioning and overhead fans.
Michamvi, East Coast 65 km, 80 minutes’ drive from airport / Stone Town.
Transfers from airport. $ 100 one way
At African Sun Sea Beach Resort & Spa, you can spend time at the beach enjoying beach umbrellas, beach massages, and sun loungers, plus scuba diving is nearby. The outdoor pool provides a splash of fun, while guests in the mood for pampering can visit the spa to indulge in deep-tissue massages, aromatherapy, and mani/pedis. Offering a beachfront location, Food with Love serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 2 bars/lounges and a poolside bar are other highlights at this luxurious resort, and rooms offer balconies and refrigerators.
Kisiwa House is just 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available 24 hours) for TZS 40000 per vehicle one way. Guests looking for a bite to eat can check out the restaurant, and the bar/lounge is the perfect spot to grab a drink at the end of the day. A rooftop terrace and a snack bar/deli are other highlights, and rooms at this luxurious guest house offer plasma TVs and minibars.
Cons: The room had a strong smell of mould. It was advertised as 33 m² but was not more than 11 m². There was barely room to get into the bed on either side of the single bed. The room was advertised as having a double bed. Since my night there, I have had a persistent chronic cough.
Beyt al Salaam is just 5 mi (8 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle. For a bite to eat, guests can check out Beyt Al Chai Restaurant, which serves fusion cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge and a garden are other highlights, and rooms at this upscale hotel offer LCD TVs and refrigerators.
Zanzibar Hotel is just 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle for USD 15 per vehicle roundtrip. Guests looking for a bite to eat can check out the 2 restaurants, and the 2 bars/lounges are nice spots to grab a drink at the end of the day. A snack bar/deli and a garden are other highlights, and all rooms offer refrigerators and minibars.
At Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, you can spend time at the beach relaxing in a sun lounger, plus activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, and parasailing are nearby. The outdoor pool and indoor pool provide a splash of fun, and guests can also take advantage of an outdoor tennis court and a spa tub. Offering a beachfront location, Bahari Restaurant serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A nightclub and a rooftop terrace are other highlights, and rooms at this upscale hotel offer upscale touches like fireplaces and tablet computers.
Pros: Beach front,To get to location from Airport will take 1hr 30min.Roads are not good ,you go through village not great travel at night roads are very bumpy.Not worth $250 per night with breakfast only
Pros: Had the best experience at this resort. Staff was super nice. They remember uour face and make sure you are comfortable and part of the group. Room was stunning and right on the beach
Cons: As a vegetarian, i didn't have too many options. It was either rice with veggies or potatoes. Maybe add more options
Nestled between swaying palm trees, pristine white beaches and the historic fishing village of Nungwi, the beautiful Doubletree by Hilton Resort Zanzibar-Nungwi in Tanzania is situated on the northern tip of Zanzibar - only an hour's drive from the Historic Stone Town and Airport. Our exotic and elegant hotel features modern amenities suited for both business and leisure travellers. * Free form swimming pool and built-in pool bar * Fitness center * Tour desk to assist in planning your leisure activities and excursions * Wireless internet access in all Guest Rooms * Wireless internet in all public areas * Variety of restaurants and bars onsite * Beach sports and activities * Variety of massages and beauty treatments available * Live Zanzibari music The Doubletree by Hilton Resort Zanzibar-Nungwi offers a memorable culinary experience, ranging from fresh seafood BBQ's on the beach to fusion cuisine served in the Ngalawa restaurant, with impeccable service and an extensive wine selection. Plan the beach wedding of your dreams or renew your vows under the starry night sky, Nungwi style. Welcome and 'Karibu' to the magic of Doubletree by Hilton Resort Zanzibar-Nungwi. Our staff look forward to welcoming you upon arrival with a warm, signature Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie.