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L'oasis Lodge & Restaurant
This popular and clued-in place has a mix of African-style rondavels and airy stilt houses set around pleasant gardens, including several rooms with telephone/internet connection and power-surge protection...
Michamvi Sunset Bay
Formerly Michamvi Watersports, this large, South African-owned resort just north of Kae village and overlooking Chwaka Bay has an array of comfortable rooms with the standard amenities, a restaurant, and – uniquely for Zanzibar’s east coast – sunset v...
The African Tulip Hotel
On a green, quiet side street, this lovely place successfully merges an African safari theme with a genteel ambience...
Sea Cliff Hotel
Dar Es Salaam
Sea Cliff has an excellent, breezy setting overlooking the ocean at the northern tip of Msasani Peninsula. Rooms are in the main building, or in the less appealing and view-less ‘village’, next door adjoining the shopping mall...
The Arusha Hotel
One of the first hotels in Arusha (though it barely resembles its former incarnation) and now one of the best, it’s smack in the city centre, but the large lush garden at the back gives it a countryside feel; nonguests can use the pool for Tsh5000...
A lovely choice, with 14 stone-and-thatch cottages set on a long, palm-shaded hillside sloping down to Chole Bay, a genteel ambience and a spa...
New Mwanza Hotel
This three-star place has five-star pretentions, but it’s second-fiddle to the newer Gold Crest across the street...
Jb Belmont Hotel
Dar Es Salaam
Spacious, modern rooms, a restaurant and a modest business centre in a 21-storey highrise opposite the post office.
This big complex with comfortable rooms is all about the views, though rooms are plenty comfortable...
Pearl Of Zanzibar
Diagonally opposite the Chavda Hotel, this place has decent, clean rooms (some with balcony) around an inner courtyard, although it doesn’t quite live up to its potential. Breakfast is served, but otherwise, there’s no food.
Ocean Paradise Resort
An agreeable choice if you’re seeking a resort, with accommodation in spacious, round bungalows, a raised restaurant with commanding views over the water, large, green gardens dotted with palms and sloping down to the beach and a huge swimming pool...
This small, Italian-run hotel directly on the beach has a mix of garden- and sea-view rooms, most in individual bungalows in small gardens fringed by the sand. There’s a bar and restaurant on-site...
Ndame Beach Lodge
The German-run Ndame Beach has no-frills, good-value adjoining bungalows on the beach, and a restaurant and bar. It’s on the northern edge of Paje, en route to Bwejuu.
This long-standing and often busy place has small but otherwise good rooms featuring cable TV and hot water. It’s a good meeting place, though the great Kilimanjaro views from the rooftop bar are only for guests.
Princess Salme Inn
Formerly Annex of Malindi Lodge, this friendly place between Bandari Lodge and Warere Town House has been spruced up a bit. The rooms are basic but clean, with Zanzibari beds and fans, and most sharing cold-water bathrooms...
Malindi Guest House
This long-standing guesthouse has whitewashed walls, well-maintained rooms with fan or air-con, and a small rooftop restaurant...
Warere Town House
Warere has good-value rooms (some with small balconies and all with hot water) plus a rooftop breakfast terrace and a trim gravel-grass entry area planted with bougainvillea...
Funguni Palace Hotel
Opposite Malindi Guest House, with clean rooms with fan and TV, and a rooftop breakfast area. It’s good value, and conveniently located near the port, although we’ve heard from several readers who had money stolen from their rooms.
Renovated several years ago, but now beginning to fade, Clove has decent but rather spartan rooms (check out a few) with fans. The family rooms also have small balconies with views down onto the square below...
Tembo House Hotel
This attractively restored building has a prime waterfront location, including a small patch of beach (but no swimming), efficient management and comfortable, good-value rooms – some with sea views – in new and old wings...
Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel
Dar es Salaam
Spacious rooms and expansive gardens, plus a pool and a fitness centre. It overlooks the Gymkhana Club golf greens.
Smiles Beach Hotel
Smiles, at the quieter edge of west Nungwi, has well-maintained, well-appointed rooms in somewhat stern-looking two-storey tile-roofed blocks overlooking a manicured lawn and a small patch of beach...