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Zanzibar House

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Private beach, white sand, sun-loungers, beach umbrellas
Private beach, white sand, sun-loungers, beach umbrellas
Private beach, white sand, sun-loungers, beach umbrellas
Private beach, white sand, sun-loungers, beach umbrellas
Outdoor pool, pool loungers

Overview of Zanzibar House

Zanzibar House

3.5 star property
Beachfront B&B in Matemwe with outdoor pool, restaurant

9.0/10 Superb

63 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
Matemwe, Matemwe

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • On a private beach
  • Nungwi Beach - 48 min drive

Getting around

  • Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.) - 69 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Cruise terminal shuttle (surcharge)


  • Minazi Restaurant - 10 min walk
  • Kilimajuu Villages - 10 min walk
  • Shadow Local Restaurant - 10 min walk
  • Mtambo Sisi Kawa Sisi - 4 min drive
  • Dolphin Local Restaurant - 5 min drive

About this property

Zanzibar House

Zanzibar House offers a private beach where you can enjoy beach umbrellas, beach massages and sunloungers, plus you'll have access to on-site scuba-diving and snorkelling. Guests in the mood for pampering can indulge in massages, aromatherapy and manicures and pedicures, and the outdoor pool provides fun for everyone. The coffee shop/cafe is a great spot for a bite to eat, and cold drinks are served at the bar/lounge. Other features include a poolside bar, a hot tub and a sauna. Fellow travellers like the helpful staff and location.


English, French, Italian, Swahili

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 7 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM until 10:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the cruise terminal, ferry terminal and airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • There is no front desk at this property
  • The host will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*
  • Cruise terminal shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • BBQs
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Snack bar/deli

What to do

  • On a private beach
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Pool table
  • Fishing

Working away

  • Business centre
  • Meeting rooms


  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Beach sunloungers
  • Beach towels
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Pool loungers


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 2012
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • An outdoor pool
  • Spa services
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only


  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Swahili

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Television
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Dressing gowns and slippers

What to enjoy

  • Furnished balcony
  • Individually furnished

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the on-site spa services. Services include body scrubs and manicures and pedicures. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.


On-site venue – This beachfront restaurant specialises in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy al fresco dining (weather permitting).

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city and collected at the property. Exemptions or reductions might apply. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 90 per vehicle (roundtrip)
  • Cruise ship terminal shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Renovations and closures

The property is closed between 20 April and 30 June.

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 70.0 per night
  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve rollaway/extra beds

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place.


<p>This property does not have lifts.</p><p>This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p>

Also known as

Zanzibar House B&B Matemwe
Zanzibar House Matemwe
Zanzibar House
Zanzibar House Matemwe, Zanzibar Island
Zanzibar House Matemwe
Zanzibar House Bed & breakfast
Zanzibar House Bed & breakfast Matemwe

Frequently asked questions

Is Zanzibar House currently open?
The property is closed between 20 April and 30 June.
How much does it cost to stay at Zanzibar House?
As of 4 February 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Zanzibar House on 8 February 2023 start from €156, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Does Zanzibar House offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Zanzibar House does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Zanzibar House?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Zanzibar House?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Zanzibar House?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Zanzibar House?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Zanzibar House?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 90 per vehicle roundtrip.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Zanzibar House?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
What is there to do at Zanzibar House and nearby?
Have fun with on-site activities such as fishing, snorkelling and scuba-diving. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub and an invigorating swim in the outdoor pool. Zanzibar House also has a private beach and a sauna, as well as a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Zanzibar House?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant that offers al fresco dining and international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Minazi Restaurant (10-min walk), Kilimajuu Villages (10-min walk) and Shadow Local Restaurant (10-min walk).
Does Zanzibar House have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a furnished balcony.
What's the area around Zanzibar House like?
Zanzibar House is a short 5-minute walk from Muyuni Beach and 9 minutes' walk from Pwani Mchangani Beach. Travellers say that this bed & breakfast is in a good location.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities


6/10 Good

Unfortunately our experience was not as nice as we had hoped. As two women in their 20s and 30s we felt that we were at times treated as children. We were informed by a male staff member that we were “not allowed” to eat breakfast at the table overlooking the ocean, even though the owner specifically informed us of this option the day prior (likely because he did not want to walk the extra distance.) Our ‘Garden View’ room was a view of the parked vehicles in front of the hotel. The room also lacked any storage space or shelves for suitcases and belongings, leaving our 4 bags blocking the door due to lack of any space. Breakfast had no fresh coffee, only instant, and ended abruptly—when I returned on the hour to refill my tea, I was told breakfast ended and the female staff would not bring back the tea kettle for hot water. I informed the owner I was gluten free on arrival, but no arrangements were made. This meant my breakfast options were limited to a fruit cup and eggs. Sauna/hammam must be requested in advance, as we were told it was “off”. The staff did not offer to turn on when we asked about it. In conclusion, beautiful hotel but not a beautiful experience.
2-night trip with friends
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2/10 Poor

This is the worst hotel experience we have had after travelling for many years across many continents. The management is poor. The owner could often be overheard berating and yelling at his staff in front of hotel guests. When issues such as a broken pool filter, slow wifi, or power outages came up, his response was to shrug and say, “This is Africa, what can you expect?” The menu at the hotel restaurant is a set menu consisting of seafood and meat dishes. As vegetarians, we found it difficult to eat here and ended up going to a hotel down the beach (Mandhari Villa - highly recommend) for dinners. We booked a “garden view” room and it was up a set up steep stairs on top of the guard house at the entrance to the hotel, completely separated from the main hotel building. Our privacy was not maintained and we had a knock on our door from housekeeping at 9pm despite not calling them for anything. There are multiple cats on the property that seem to be pets of the owners, and they wander through the lobby/restaurant/pool area at all times. The towels were not changed daily despite us having to pay an extra surcharge for a second person. This led us to wonder what the extra charge was going towards. The restaurant and pool staff however are very nice and attentive. They are working under poor management conditions and still keep a smile on their faces. All in all we would absolutely never recommend this hotel to any family or friends.
MA, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful place; nice and helpful owners, tasty food. The beach is peaceful...but fyi, has serious tides and seaweed. But there are a few lovely spots to float around at. It is an easy day trip to other more swim-happy beaches and about an hour to Stonetown. This is a place to go an relax. But options through hotel or beach dudes are plentiful if you want activities.
3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Our host Maximo was great! Food was spectacular. Service was decent.
Caitlin, 2-night trip with friends
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8/10 Very good

Beautiful, well-decorated property. Relaxing atmosphere with plenty of lounge chairs, daybeds and tables on a beautiful beach. The four-course dinners were leisurely and tasty. The staff was very welcoming.
Becca , 2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

My stay was pleasant from arrival till departure. Everyone was nice and accommodating. Thank you and Happy Holidays. To anyone out there looking for “a feel at home” this is the place to stay.
Kira, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The best hotel we stayed in in Zanzibar
We stayed in 5 hotels while making our way around Zanzibar and really enjoyed 4 of them. Of the 4, this one really was the best, a cut above in every respect -- fantastic atmosphere, gorgeous property, great management and staff. As you drive down the horrible dirt road that leads from the highway to the property, you'll think you must have made a wrong turn. But you haven't -- keep going.
Loren, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

My "Zanzibar House" in Matemwe
The whole place is amazing. Unlike the 50+room hotels this is a smaller establishment which adds to the peaceful beach front atmosphere. It's in a great location to go south for a day trip to the spice farms, caves, or fishing communities. Or go North to Membe Island for diving/ snorkling or Nungwi for a big party. Extremely warm artistic decor and the food was fantastic.
Kelly, 1-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

A Hidden Gem
Zanzibar House is an exceptional place and a beautiful experience. Georgia treated me like family from the moment I arrived. The location is inspirational, meditative and a place to disconnect from the stresses of the world. Thank you.
The Travel Guru, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Stay in Zanzibar house
We had lovely time in Zanzibar House. The place is clean and nicely decorated. Owners are amazing. Everyday we were spoilt by great Italian food. Staff are friendly and helpful.We had very memorable experience. Highly recommended!
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