Grounds are beautiful...road up to lodge is horrible. Lodge is remote and serene. THE STAFF IS IMPECABLE! Wonderful people and good cooking. Make sure you get a bungalow AWAY from the trees ==closer to the lodge -- the BUSH BABY(look them up on the internet) screams will keep you up ALLLLL night as will the perimeter lights. The power going in and out is A NORMAL WAY OF LIFE -- even at the hospital where I was working -- so not the lodge's fault. THE MISSING or LIMITED HOT WATER - is the ONLY downfall -- aside from the credit card machine at the front desk not functioning when we checked out --so had to pay with cash?!?! Learn to take shower before other guests arrive or first thing in the morning before they get up -- very small hot water tanks.
Wear flip flops around your room -- the redish orange paint on the floor will stain socks and skin. As with ANY hotel anywhere in the world -- Take all your valuables with you when you leave the room for any great length of time.
Maybe not cheap if you are a backpacker but it certainly is compared to one of the business hotels I had to stay in in Dar both before and after my visit to Zanzibar.
Being in Stone Town, the location is fantastic (if you ignore the touts on the street). The hotel has a run down feel (like much of Stone Town) but once I got to my room I found all the basics (aircon, ceiliing fan,TV, fridge, hot water shower) and a high degree of cleanliness (higher than I was expecting). There was even a guy who came round the rooms in the evening to give them a spray against mosquitos (which weren't a problem). Rooftop restaurant only serves breakfast but there are plenty of nearby restaurants serving some excellent food.
Overall, highly recommended
One of the Cleanest and best maintained hotels in Stone Town, It is a short walk away from the more premium shops and from must see spots such as the Fort, Museum, Slave Market and Freddy Mercury's House. The food in the restaurant on the top competes with the view for attention, neither giving way. All in all, a fantastic way to experience a true Zanzibar house in modern comfort.
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Some charm, like arched doorways and decorative details. Bathroom horrible--all aspects of it. Terrible mattress. No views, maybe a wall of a building, for many rooms. Pay much more for an ok view of the green space in front. Great location with much more expensive hotels nearby.
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