Hotel Verde Zanzibar - Azam Luxury Resort and Spa
9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nice place and a good value
"This hotel is not in Stone Town. It is on the waterfront north of Stone Town and the ferry dock, about a fifteen minute and $6 cab ride from Stone Town. It consists of several buildings around a central garden. It has some large family units which we did not see.
We stayed in a club room, which was upstairs and had a lanai, a large comfortable bed, and a large bathroom with tub and shower. Tile floors, ceiling fan, and air conditioning. The room had a safe and a refrigerator. The decor is bright and cheery, with lots of creative use of color (purple bedstead and mosquito net, red tile floor). The room was spotless. Hot water supply and pressure were adequate.
The hotel is on a beach, although it is not one of Zanzibar's best beaches, and offers boat rides to a nearby island with a better beach. When we were there the sea was calm and you could walk out a long way without getting into deep water. When you arrive you are given flowers and you find a hibiscus on your pillow after your bed is turned down. Staff are friendly and competent. The breakfast, which was included in our room rate, was copious and excellent, with a good selection of breads and cereals, omelet bar, fruit, and juices. The outdoor restaurant is quite good. The hotel also has a sports bar for more casual dining. Staff build big bonfires on the beach at night, which are a nice touch.
Free internet service is provided. There is a tour desk/concierge and a gift shop with very tasteful offerings, far better than most of what is pushed on you in Stone Town. The hotel also has a spa and a custom tailor on the premises.
This is a nice, relaxing, family-oriented place to stay, with moderate prices and good food. It is away from the bustle of Stone Town but is an easy cab ride away."
- Travel date: Mon 14th of April 2008
Great spot for a night or two but expensive food!
"The hotel room was nice and clean. Facilities were ok - the pool is falling in, and had some algae, but as the beach was not that great for swimming the pool was a refreshing option. We stayed on the east side of the island prior to Mtoni, so we had high expections for the beach. The neighbouring property is where a oil refining plant is located so with unlucky direction of the wind, you can smell it. You definately can't walk far along the beach, as there is garbage and it becomes very industrial. The restaurants were superb, but you are going to pay for it. $18 USD for 8 pieces of sushi. $15.5 for fish. If you are experienced in this area, you will know the prices are Outrageous. Try and buy water before you get there as they charge $3 a bottle, which is a rip off. Taxi into Stonetown was only $5 USD or 5000 tsh.
Good stay for one or two nights, but very little to do if you plan on staying longer."
- Travel date: Wed 27th of February 2008
"We stayed for a week over Christmas, 2006 and enjoyed ourselves immensely. The property was lovely and the staff were very helpful. The food at both restaurants was quite good over Christmas and once the turkey was over, the food at the main restaurant was extraordinary! I would return for the food at any time. One of the local taxi-drivers who work out of Mtoni Marine, Abdullah, was almost our private driver for the week, taking us into town and returning for us when we told him we would be ready to leave. The night we went into Stone Town for a special dinner he even came to the restaurant to guide us back through the alleys to the car. Wonderful kindness and service!"
- Travel date: Wed 5th of December 2007
Nice beach / Stone Town combination
"A group of friends and I decided to stay at Mtoni Marine Center during a short trip to Zanzibar. We wanted to visit Stone Town and also have some beach time, and this hotel provided a nice mix. It's about 5 minutes from Stone Town, but is quiet and has a pleasant, small beach. It's worth noting that the beach and water here are not nearly as impressive as the northern beaches in Zanzibar, but it does enable a nice combination for a short trip. The hotel was nearly booked and we had to stay in different categories of rooms - I stayed in a newer room in a concrete building - it was very pleasant with tile floors and canopy bed, but was essentially a western-style building. My friends had a higher-priced room in a tropical bungalow, which they also enjoyed."
- Travel date: Thu 19th of July 2007
Overall nice experience, though pricey, location a drawback
"Mtoni was our choice as a reasonably nice hotel, fairly close to Stonetown for sightseeing and the airport for an early departure on our last day.
Our (Palm Court) room was comfortably and tastefully furnished and had a lovely balcony. The bathroom had a tub in addition to the shower and did not depend on the usual water boiler. The normal rooms look like they would get quite a bit of sun, possibly road noise. Breakfast was excellent, as was the restaurant food, although that was a bit pricey (for Tanzania). The food at the sports bar was alright. All members of staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Drawbacks: slightly further from town than we thought, so found ourselves more dependent on taxis than we had wanted; some not-very-pretty oil tanks next door (but no smells) and the hotel is right near a mangrove, so lots of mosquitoes!"
- Travel date: Mon 16th of October 2006
Mtoni is great
"Several of us stayed at Mtoni recently and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The rooms are pleasantly furnished and were kept very clean. The atmosphere at the bar is great. Enjoy dinner on the beach at Mcheza Bar or dine at the Mtoni Marine Restaurant where you will surely be happy with the quality of food on offer.
The staff were all friendly and helpful. We would certainly stay there again."
- Travel date: Thu 12th of October 2006
A wonderful place to stay.
"I have been staying at the Mtoni Marine hotel three times, and I certainly will stay there next time I visit Zanzibar too. What is specially nice about Mtoni Marine is that the hotel is situated within walking distance from Stone town, yet out of town on a nice private beach. If you think that the few kilometres are too far to walk, you can take one of the local dala-dalas that pass regularily on the road behind the hotel. We have always had clean, nice rooms and we have been very friendly treated by the management and the staff. Dining on the beach at night with a wonderful view of the ocean and Zanzibar city is an unforgetable experience. Take a drink at the sunset bar an watch the most beautiful sunset."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of May 2006
Mtoni Marine - the best
"We went on honeymoon and had the most fabulous time! We were supposed to only stay there 3 nights - after being taken to spend our next 3 days at another hotel up the coast we quickly cancelled and booked the rest of the stay at Mtoni.
I am not too sure about the previous review, but we had clean rooms, awesome food and as for the dogs... you leave them alone and they leave you alone!
It is the most friendliest and beautiful place EVER!!! The staff was great, the service excellent, the scenery - out of this world ...
We are planning our next trip this coming Jan!!"
- Travel date: Thu 6th of April 2006
Dirty, Filthy Mtoni!
"After numerous e-mails we booked a family bungalow for the new year celebrations.
What a DISASTER!!!
The room was absolutely filthy! the bedding was stained and dirty and the management couldn't care less.
After rejecting 5 rooms we were finally forced to endure a small double room for five of us, Stephanie 'the manager' laughingly refused our requests for a refund.
On eventually leaving the room we found some dirty womens underwear left under the bed.
As for the swimming pool, it was also dirty and had been closed.
Most importantly my 10 year old son was nearly attacked by stray dogs whilst on the beach by the supposed good restaurant, thank goodness I was close by!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is one place to avoid at all cost!!!
DO NOT GO TO MTONI MARINE!!!!"
- Travel date: Sat 4th of March 2006