Really loved the location, very close to the beach.. It was homely, the stuff were exceedingly nice! got a ride from stone town, and back! Kassim did his best to ensure we comfortable and even offered to take us around the island! thanks for that! i just hated that we only had 3 days here! Have to come back for longer! Not forgeting the scrumptious surprise breakfasts!
If you looking for somewhere budget and still enjoy the Zanzibar beauty, id recommend this place.
We do not recommend this place. Not good value for money and very poorly managed. We were 4 adults and 3 children and since we live in Tanzania and have travelled quite a bit around the country including in Zanzibar (and around the world), we are able to compare.
Renting a property is more than just a quick fix to make easy money. It's a profession which requires skills, dedication, professionalism and organization. This was by far, our worst experience in Tanzania (and of all our trips). Here are some examples of what we had to deal with in hope to spare you the hassle.
The house, although well located near the beach, had no air circulation whatsoever. Hence, sleeping was very uncomfortable. Although, the house appeared to be clean, there was a foul smell in the water, bedsheets were stained, there was lots of mosquitoes in the house and other insect "friends" as well. A four-month old dog living there had ticks and the last thing we needed on our holiday was to manage other people's dog.
One day, we ran out of water due to a problem with the water pump. The next day, we ran out of electricity due to the negligence of the manager who forgot to recharge the credit for the electricity company. So, no air, no ventilator, no toilet, no shower in an excruciating heat and the seven of us... on New Year's eve!
Furthermore, we had a bad experience with the organization (or rather lack thereof) of our one-day snorkelling trip. It's hard to go snorkelling when no snorkelling equipment is provided and yet the other tourists on our boat had equipment!
It's a shame really because the house staff (2 cooks and 2 cleaning ladies) were really nice and friendly.
In conclusion, we had the impression that the property manager was more interested in partying and kitesurfing than doing his job. It was also our first experience booking through TripAdvisor. We wonder how it is possible that this house had received only positive reviews when we booked.
Beautiful hotel that is safe, comfortable, and private. The terrace was a great spot to relax or work. It is a very short walk away to one of the most amazing, white sand beach in the world and to kite surfing. The helpful staff are there to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. They are incredibly knowledgeable about the community, and activities in the area. Breakfast was included, and they offered pickups from Stonetown, or from the bus stop. The one room had a private bathroom, and the bed had a mosquito net. I highly recommend this location!
Cool place, cool staff. They'll feed you in the morning, and the wifi really works! Say hi to the dog Peanut for me!
Staying at Zanzibar Dream Lodge was like a dream come true. I did a lot of research before choosing this place and they exceeded my expectations! The lodge is located in Paje, a small village an hour away from Stone Town. The rooms are simple yet very cozy, clean and well-maintained. The place is only a 3-minute walk to the beach and 10 minutes away to the nearest supermarket. I have never met such hospitable and caring people before. The manager, Kassim, went out of his way to make my stay comfortable. I was treated like family! I will never forget this place! I have recommended it to friends and family. I will definitely come back!