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The Z Hotel,

Zanzibar, North Coast
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The Z Hotel

The Z Hotel: What we think

We love to dislike the Z Hotel because there is not much to like about it.  Built over three storeys and all bunched up on top of itself you don’t really get a sense of space.  It’s in the centre of the busy village of Nungwi and attracts the young European market looking for inexpensive fun and a party.  Credit to the hotel, it has great rooms and a relatively good restaurant but the location, good beach or not, it is very busy and difficult to find your own space.  However, it is cheap and cheap for a reason.  We recommend Essque Zalu or Ras Nungwi if you are looking for somewhere in the north of the island. 

The Z Hotel only gets 1 out of 5. Very sadly it is just too busy in that area of the island and the design of the hotel, all on top of itself, does not create any atmosphere at all. It is all rather fake.
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The Z Hotel: Interesting Facts

  • 35 rooms, 6 types
  • Infinity pool
  • Very busy area
  • Great beach

The Z Hotel: In depth

The Z Hotel is located in Nungwi village which is in the north of Zanzibar, only an hour’s drive from the airport and Stone Town.  Zanzibar is only a 20 minute flight from Dar.

The main area of the hotel is built round the swimming pool area.  So the rooms, restaurant and reception are built up around this main focal point of the hotel.  The restaurant actually has stunning views over a lovely beach and this is one of Zanzibar’s best beaches, but it is extremely busy.  The pool is the dominant feature with a rather happening bar that looks out over the beach.  There is a TV room and children’s play room in by the main reception.

The rooms are built up in blocks, almost stacked on top of each other. There are various room types but all of them are quite nice.  They have TV’s in the mosquito net of the bed, modern bathrooms and air conditioning in all the rooms.
All the activities can be arranged from the reception and there is also an activities centre for snorkelling and diving.

The Z Hotel: Breaking news

The Z Hotel:      How much do you know about Zanzibar?
19 Mar 2014
You chose Zanzibar as destination for your next holidays. For sure you saw amazing pictures of the beaches and the town… But what do you really know about this place? Today we give you some general information about the archipelago, everything you need to know to understand and enjoy the ...   Show me more >

The Z Hotel:      Among Tanzania’s best… Diving, off the beaten tracks
26 Feb 2014
Zanzibar, with its kilometers of coral reef and its extraordinary marine life, is one of the most famous locations among divers. But also other islands, as well as the coast (and surprisingly the mainland!) offer great chances to practice this sport in a stunning natural environment. Here you are 4 ...   Show me more >

The Z Hotel:      Zanzibar ruins. Chasing hidden treasures… (part 2)
10 Feb 2014
Here we are again, with the second article dedicated to the ruins that you can visit in Zanzibar. This time we’ll go off the beaten track, to discover some hidden historical treasures of this archipelago. Let’s go! Dunga Ruins Dunga ruins are located on the main road to Chwaka halfway across ...   Show me more >

The Z Hotel:      Zanzibar ruins. Memories of days gone by… (part 1)
13 Dec 2013
Like in all those places with centuries’ history, also in Zanzibar plenty of marks from the past are still visible. More than ten ruins sites are actually open for visits, and it is possible to arrange day trips to discover these magical places. Let’s have a look! The Old Fort This ...   Show me more >

The Z Hotel:      Zanzibar, have a look at the calendar!
28 Nov 2013
Quite obvious to choose the right time to go to Zanzibar depending on the season, when the weather is sunny and it doesn’t rain. But if you really feel like discovering the culture and the traditions of this island, you should also consider the calendar of the main events happening during the ...   Show me more >


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