Where to stay in Zanzibar ?

Zanzibar, an idyllic archipelago located in the Indian Ocean is the perfect place to come and enjoy the sun and beautiful white sandy beaches for a few days or weeks of holidays. 

Zanzibar offers many varied activities that can easily be done. Among these activities, we find in particular, diving, kite surfing, swimming with dolphins etc. 

However, when you are not familiar with this place, you may wonder where is the best place to stay on the island depending on your budget. 

Having lived on the Zanzibar archipelago for two months, I was able to tour the island and I therefore offer this article to help you choose where to stay in Zanzibar.

Where to stay in Stone Town?

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Stone Town is the capital of Zanzibar. Arrivals on the island of Zanzibar by boat are made in Zanzibar and arrivals by plane are made through the airport located only a few kilometers from Stone Town. 

Stone Town is part of one of the most important cities in Zanzibar, this city with its mix of Arab, Indian and African culture is a must visit

In Stone Town, you will find many establishments to stay in according to your budget. Stone Town is perfectly located in order for you to visit the whole island. Indeed, it is as easy to go north as south of the island to visit the island. There are also many day trips from Stone Town.

However, please note that the island of Zanzibar is not extremely large so you can easily visit it by taking the bus (dala-dala) or taxi. 

By choosing to stay in Stone Town, this is not the place to have the best hotels by the water.

Where to stay in Stone Town on a small budget (5$ to 30$ per night)?

For travellers with a very tight budget, I advise you to opt for youth hostels or Guest Houses. There are not many on the island, but you will still find some.

Among the good quality youth hostels and Guest Houses in Stone Town, I recommend the following:

HotelsPrice 1 pers./nightPrice 2 pers./nightHotel review
Zlife HostelApprox. 10$ for bunk in dormitoryApprox. 19$ for private room8.6/10
Lost & Found ZanzibarApprox. 12$ for bunk in dormitoryApprox. 24€ $ for double bed in dormitory8.8/10
Malindi Guest HouseApprox. 7$ for bunk in dormitoryApprox. 20$ for private room7.3/10
Bottoms Up HostelApprox. 13$ for bunk in dormitoryApprox. 27$ for private room8.2/10
Ten To Ten Stone TownApprox. 15$ for bunk in dormitoryApprox. 32$ for private room8.7/10
Amira’s Roomz ZanzibarApprox. 11$ for bunk in dormitoryApprox. 20$ for private room8/10
Balcony HouseApprox. 27$ for private roomApprox. 27$ for private room8.5/10

Where to stay in Stone Town with an average budget (30$ to less than 100$)?

For travellers with a larger budget but who still want to spend no more than 100€ per night, I recommend one of the following hotels:

HotelsPrice 2 pers./nightHotel review
Retro 3*Approx. 30$7.3/10
Shangani Sea ViewApprox. 36$8.9/10
Apco ZanzibarApprox. 50$8.1/10
Mizingani Seafront Hotel 4*Approx. 76$8.9/10
Spice Palace Hotel 4*Approx. 60$8.7/10
Forodhani Park Hotel 4*Approx. 67$8.5/10
Al-Minar Hotel 3*Approx. 54$8.8/10
Dhow Palace Hotel 4*Approx. 75$8.6/10

Where to stay in Stone Town with a big budget (more than 100$)?

Some travellers want to enjoy their stay in Stone Town, I recommend one of these hotels: 

HotelsPrice 2 pers./nightHotel review
Beyt Al Salaam 4*Approx. 103$8.3/10
Park Hyatt Zanzibar 5*Approx. 376$9.1/10
Kisiwa House 4*Approx. 200$8.8/10
Mizingani Seafront Hotel 4*Approx. 110$ view over the sea8.9/10
Maru Maru Hotel 4*Approx. 142$8.5/10

Where to stay in the northern part of Zanzibar?

Kiwengwa beach, Zanzibar

If you want to enjoy the island’s beautiful fine sandy beaches, I advise you to pack your bags on the edge of one of Zanzibar’s beaches. Zanzibar has a lot of beautiful beaches, so making a choice can be complicated. 

In the northern part of the island, the waterfront villages where you can stay are mainly:

  • Nungwi : located at the Northern edge of the island
  • Matemwe : on the northeast coast of the island
  • Kiwengwa : located below Matemwe on the east coast
  • Pongwe : located below Kiwengwa on the east coast

Where to stay in the northern part of Zanzibar with a small budget (5$ to 30$ per night)?

If you want to enjoy a hotel or a youth hostel on the beach at an affordable price, I recommend one of these hotels:

HotelsPrice 1 pers./nightPrice 2 pers./nightHotel reviewVillage
Makofi Guest HouseApprox. 20$ for bunk in dormitoryEnv. 40$ for private room9/10Nungwi
Badolina BungalowsApprox. 21$ for bunk in dormitoryEnv. 65$ for bungalow9/10Nungwi
Baby Bush LodgeApprox. 15$ for bunk in dormitoryEnv. 25$ for private room7.2/10Kiwengwa
PolePole House KiwengwaApprox. 18$ for bunk in dormitoryEnv. 27$ for private room8.2/10Kiwengwa
Keys BungalowsApprox. 27$ for private roomEnv. 40$ for private room7.6/10Matemwe
Mohammed BungalowsApprox. 29$ for private roomEnv. 40$ for private room8/10Matemwe
Kigwedeni Villas 3*Approx. 32$ for private roomEnv. 32$ for private room7.7/10Nungwi

Where to stay in the northern part of Zanzibar with an average budget (30$ to less than 100$)?

If your budget allows it, by choosing one of the hotels below, you will enjoy very good facilities on the edge of a beach in northern Zanzibar.

HotelsPrice 2 pers./nightHotel reviewVillage
Jua AppartmentApprox. 48$9/10Kiwengwa
Baridi villaApprox. 42$9.4/10Kiwengwa
Sunrise Lodge ZanzibarApprox. 74$8.8/10Kiwengwa
Sea Crest HotelApprox. 70$9/10Kiwengwa
Kamili View AppartmentsApprox. 142$9.3/10Kiwengwa
Salama Mbuyuni BungalowsApprox. 47$10/10Matemwe
Villa Kiva Boutique HotelApprox. 90$9.1/10Matemwe
Tamani Villa- AnnexApprox. 54$9.3/10Matemwe
Seles Bungalows 3*Approx. 70$8.9/10Matemwe
Zanzibar Bahari Villas 4*Approx. 80$8.5/10Matemwe
Green’s NungwiApprox. 44$9.5/10Nungwi
Maama Nungwi LodgeApprox. 62$9.4/10Nungwi
Amaan Beach BungalowsApprox. 62$7.8/10Nungwi
Aluna Nungwi 4*Approx. 90$8.9/10Nungwi
Season Lodge ZanzibarApprox. 70$9.1/10Pongwe
Azao Resort & Spa 4*Approx. 75$8.5/10Pongwe

Where to stay in the northern part of Zanzibar with a big budget (more than 100$)?

If you want to enjoy exceptional services in a paradisiacal setting with a big budget, enjoy yourself and choose one of these hotels:

HotelsPrice 2 pers./nightHotel reviewVillage
Pongwe Beach Hotel 3*Approx. 187$9.5/10Pongwe
The Island – Pongwe LodgeApprox. 447$9.4/10Pongwe
Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort 5*Approx. 627$9.6/10Pongwe
White Paradise Zanzibar 4*Approx. 194$9/10Pongwe
Marafiki BungalowsApprox. 118$8.9/10Pongwe
Amaan Beach Bungalows 3*Approx. 100$7.8/10Nungwi
Double Tree Resort (Hilton) 4*Approx. 232$8.4/10Nungwi
Warere BeachApprox. 169$8.4/10Nungwi
Kiganja Approx. 114$9.4/10Matemwe
Zanziblue 4*Approx. 180$9.4/11Matemwe
Zanzibar Pearl 4*Approx. 170$9.1/10Matemwe
White DreamApprox. 110$9.6/10Kiwengwa
Marafiki BungalowsApprox. 120$8.9/10Kiwengwa
Kiwengwa Beach Resort 5*Approx. 277$9/10Kiwengwa

Where to stay in the southern part of Zanzibar?

Makunduchi, Zanzibar

In Zanzibar, it is possible to find accommodation on many of the beaches along the coast. Choose to stay in the southern part of the island if you want to enjoy  kitesurfing, visit Jozani Forest, or swim with dolphins. 

If you wish to stay in the southern part of the island, you have the choice between these main villages:

  • Paje : an idyllic place for kitesurfing
  • Jambiani : adorable and authentic village with possibilities for kitesurfing as well. 
  • Around Chwaka Bay

Where to stay in the southern part of Zanzibar with a small budget (5$ to 30$ per night)?

I recommend the following hotels and hostels for backpackers and small budgets:

HotelsPrice 1 pers./nightPrice 2 pers./nightHotel reviewVillage
Summer Beach PajeApprox. 22$ for bunk in dormitoryApprox. 34$ for double bunk in dormitory9.3/10Paje
Summer Dream LodgeApprox. 18$ for bunk in dormitoryApprox. 30$ for double bunk in dormitory8.9/10Paje
Simba Garden LodgeApprox. 17$ for bunk in dormitoryApprox. 50$ for private room7.5/10Paje
Moringe HomestayApprox. 14$ for bunk in dormitoryApprox. 21$ for private room9.4/10Jambiani
New Teddy’s on the BeachApprox. 23$ for bunk in dormitoryApprox. 63$ for private room9.1/10Jambiani
Barbara HouseApprox. 22$ for bunk in dormitoryApprox. 31$ for private room9/10Jambiani
Sangado BungalowsApprox. 16$ for private roomApprox. 32$ for private room8.8/10Michamvi
Milele LodgeApprox. 13$ for private roomApprox. 31$ for private room8.6/10Michamvi

Where to stay in the southern part of Zanzibar with an average budget (30$ to less than 100$)?

For a higher budget, I recommend these hotels:

HotelsPrice 2 pers./nightHotel reviewVillage
Mbuyuni Beach VillageApprox. 42$8.5/10Jambiani
SafiSana LodgeApprox. 46$9.3/10Jambiani
Molly HouseApprox. 31$9.9/10Jambiani
Kasuku VillaApprox. 36€9.8/10Jambiani
Blue Oyster HotelApprox. 90$9.2/10Jambiani
Ifa Beach Resort 3*Approx. 90$8.7/10Jambiani
Uhuru BeachApprox. 57$8.6/10Jambiani
Lemon Drop ZanzibarApprox. 31$9.4/10Paje
Ebb and Flow ApartmentApprox. 80$8.9/10Paje
Arabian Nights Hotel 4*Approx. 90$8.3/10Paje
Jaribu Beach HotelApprox. 67$9.1/10Paje
Mnanas Beach BungalowsApprox. 90$8.8/10Pingwe
Bellevue Guest HouseApprox. 70$9.1/10Bwejuu

Where to stay in the southern part of Zanzibar with a big budget (more than 100$)?

Finally, large budgets will turn to these types of hotels with luxurious amenities.

HotelsPrice 2 pers./ night Hotel reviewVillage
Spice Island Hotel & Resort 4*Approx. 133$8.6/10Jambiani
The Loop beach resortApprox. 107$9.3/10Jambiani
Fun Beach ResortApprox. 100$9.2/10Jambiani
B4 Beach ClubApprox. 126$9.3/10Paje
Waterfront Zanzibar Beach HotelApprox. 100$8.8/10Paje
Arabian Nights Hotel 4*Approx. 106$8.3/10Paje
Kisiwa on the BeachApprox. 335$9.3/10Paje
Milele Beach ResortApprox. 167$9.4/10Pingwe
Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa 5*Approx. 207$7.5/10Pingwe

Zanzibar is full of luxurious beachfront hotels. You will find an extraordinary choice of hotels in paradisiacal and magnificent spots.

Makunduchi beach, Zanzibar

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