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Malindi Guest House

Funguni Road Near to Ferry Docks, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 609 Tanzania
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#17 of 33 Speciality lodging in Stone Town
Established in 1976, Malindi Guest House Stone Town Zanzibar Tanzania is among the oldest Guest Houses in Zanzibar. It is located so close to Zanzibar Port (off Malindi Street) that you can walk comfortable to the famous,Guest House ratedby most authentic travel guide books as 'the best Guest House in Zanzibar'. As it is within Stone Town, staying at the Malindi Guest House get you a real feel of the Zanzibar life. Very ideal for the Budget Traveller .Rooms are quite spacious and very well furnished, self contained with ceiling fan and AC. There is a lot of tradition Zanzibar furniture and artifacts to enhance the guest feeling of their historic presence in Zanzibar.Malindi guest house is the best , clean and cheap in Stone Town and so near to shopping and forodhani park .Our rate is for bed and breakfast we serve breakfast at the top roof restaurant with good view while enjoy your breakfast.
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Free internet
Free breakfast
Evening entertainment
Rooftop terrace
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Breakfast in the room
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
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Family rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Arabic
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Lauraz wrote a review Jan. 2021
17 contributions2 helpful votes
The owner is not able to manage all reservations. I did booking, i went there and he told me that rooms are full. I met another people there with same story but they were waiting what will happen because they paid in advance. I had to go in another place
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Clare C wrote a review Dec. 2020
3 contributions
Do not stay here! We made a reservation with booking.com and when we arrived we were told we would have to pay $45 extra to stay in addition to the booking.com price and they didn’t even have the room we booked available. They seem to work with several different hotels in town, none of whom update their availability on their site. It seems that when you arrive if your room isn’t available they then try to ship you off to less expensive hotels in the area. We met three groups who were all staying at malindi, none of whom has reserved there but who had been ‘transferred’ their because their chosen hotel was actually full. Malindi tried to do the same to us but wanted to transfer us to a self catering apartment block which cost half the price of what we paid in booking, without any refund on our part. When we refused and asked to speak to management the receptionist became aggressive, shouting and swearing at us. We felt very unsafe and had to leave the hotel without knowing if they would refund our money or not (they did, to be fair). A truly unpleasant experience, avoid this hotel at all costs. The guests we met whilst waiting to solve our problem all told us they were unhappy- very poor breakfast, dirty, dusty and damp rooms, holes in mosquito nets, insects everywhere in the rooms. Finally we were happy they didn’t have space for us!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Matt wrote a review Jan. 2020
4 contributions3 helpful votes
My comments and story are familiar if you read through the reviews of Malindi. Booked a stay at Malindi for four nights with a friend through Booking.com. We read the reviews and decided to arrive early to ensure we would be guaranteed a room since it seems they are often "overbooked." We arrived around 8:30am and of course the room was not ready (as we anticipated). So we left our bags in storage and went for coffee. We came back at 11:00am and were told that the room would be ready at 12:00pm. At 12:00pm, we were told now that there are no rooms available and we would have to stay elsewhere. The gentleman working at Malindi, David, told us he had another room available at a different guest house on the other side of stone town. We said no problem BUT we were not going to pay more. David agrees to the original price and sends us off to the other guest house location. When we arrive, we are told we need to pay $20 more per night. We refused to pay that and demanded to be taken back to Malindi. Over one hour later, they agree to take us back to Malindi. David continues to tell us there are no rooms available...as we are staring at 7 available room keys hanging on the back door. So we cave and tell them that we will pay an additional $5 / night...and what do you know...a room opens up! This place is a S C A M. They pray on vulnerable tourists knowing they will pay more because they have nowhere else to stay. There are several individuals throughout Stone Town working together including the gentleman who runs Haliki House, cab drivers, etc. There goal is to scam guests to pay more money per night. We watched them do this to 7 other couples in our 4 days there. One couple paid in cash before they were given their room key...and then David REFUSED to give them their room key or a refund. They finally got the key when they agreed to pay more money. DO NOT STAY HERE. There are very nice hostels, hotels and guest houses throughout Stone Town that are closer, have air conditioning, proper mosquito nets, and working showers.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: Stay anywhere else but Malindi
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Paddy wrote a review Dec. 2019
Timbuktu, Mali3 contributions1 helpful vote
I booked Malindi Guesthouse over Christmas and New Year 2019 via booking.com. When I arrived with my brother, I was told that our room had been given away and that there were no rooms left. Malindi Guesthouse will double book your room and will not honour your reservation. I would not recommend staying there unless you want to risk turning up in Stonetown and having to spend an hour walking around to find another hotel. I messaged the hotel owner on WhatsApp afterwards (he wasn't even at the hotel!) and he confirmed that a booking.com reservation doesn't entitle you to a room. Confirming that Malindi Guesthouse does not care about your booking or their reputation. (See conversation screenshots below) I hope Malindi Guesthouse can improve their service and stop double bookings, as the Guesthouse seemed nice and it was a good price. But even at the low price it's not worth the risk of being left without a place to stay when you arrive in Zanzibar.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ayman s wrote a review Sep. 2019
Warsaw, Poland3 contributions6 helpful votes
I can not visit Zanzibar and Stone Town without passing by Malindi Guest House my favorite budget place, every time I visit Malindi there is a nice touch, out of the box, this is the place Must be called recycled materials design School bathrooms, Bed rooms, rooftop everywhere cool still some small touches here and there needs more attention but all in all Loved it , and always coming back thanks to Ibrahim (the Owner), David, and all ppl working there all the best
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Room Tip: Room Cairo, or Shahrazad
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US$12 - US$21 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Malindi Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Malindi Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Aromas of Zanzibar (0.9 km), Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral (0.8 km), and The Coins Shop (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Malindi Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, laundry service, and free internet access.
What food & drink options are available at Malindi Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Malindi Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tea House Restaurant, Taarab Restaurant, and Ma Shaa Allah Cafe'.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Malindi Guest House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to Malindi Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (0.9 km) and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) (0.8 km).