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Uppsala, Uppsala Län, Sweden
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2013

We stayed at James Guest House for 2 nights. We stayed at this place because everything else was sold out. Originally we had booked the place for 4 nights, but after two days we had had enough. James Guest house is a hostel and so we didn’t have high expectations (we have studied/lived in several African countries and we know... More 

5 Thank 32NCK
Uppsala, Sweden
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2013

We booked this hotel in December 2012 for a family holiday. The Hotel owner demanded more money than the mentioned price in their webpage, but we agreed to pay more as all the other hotels were booked. We were told to pay in advance for the whole 5 nights when we reach there. The rooms were dark and full of... More 

3 Thank Raj C

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Tel Aviv, Israel
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2013

we booked 2 nights by phone at the guest house for 5 people, at a 12$ p/p rate. though the low price we were told that there's free wifi and fans in the rooms. even though we told the owner our arrival time, the rooms were not ready when we got there. at that time,only after we asked, the owner... More 

2 Thank Tamar T
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2013

We just stayed for two nights in this place and it's by far the worst hostel I've ever been to abroad (and I've traveled a lot). The owner is rude and absolutely unpleasant. He charged us the money upon arrival, wasn't avilable for our (many) complaints, didn't supply what he promised us (free wi-fi) and treated us like a liability.... More 

4 Thank Yuval R
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2013

I stayed at James' Guesthouse for six nights. I was a little anxious before I arrived because of the low price and the reviews I had seen about other places in Nungwi -the cheapest but most decent I could find. I was nicely surprised by how clean,new and nice the rooms were. There was a little issue with the room... More 

1 Thank LepAar
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2013

We travelled in a group after a 5 week tour of Africa and this was the final leg, we found this place after a muffled Skype call and checked in a few days later. 7 people for 3 days. We were overcharged but didnt mind too much because of the short notice. After 1 night, I decided to leave my... More 

3 Thank Jon M
Hamburg, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2013

CHEAP AND EASY TO FIND After a quite expensive stay in Stonetown I expected to only find expensive B&B's at touristic nungwi beach. We saw the signs of James' guest house all over Nungwi village when we arrived with the daladala. This way it was easy to find it. Though we did not book anything in advance and the two-bed-rooms... More 

2 Thank AndraAndraAndra
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2012

My husband and I stayed at James guest house last December for 10 days in a double room and without prior booking. We arrived in Zanzibar and found this guest house straight away as it is very close to the beach. It is not located on the beach therefore it is cheaper but it is literally a 3 minutes walk... More 

2 Thank Happy-JSJ
Winchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2011

Upon arriving at James's Guest House after a long flight my first thoughts were to have a shower, unpack and explore the area. When i arrived there was an assistant at reception who seemed to know little about my booking. When I eventually got the key to my room i was disappointed to find my room was cramped, dingy and... More 

8 Thank April1991
Hamburg, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 November 2011

I went to Zanzibar for a couple of months to do a research. I am so happy about discovering James Guest House. The price is very reasonable and it was always relaxing at that place. The room had a comfortable bed with a mosquito net, a table and chairs and a clothes cupboard. It also had a fan. Both the... More 

1 Thank Jamis2011

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
James' Guest House is perfect for Backpackers and travellers looking for good, clean and safe Low Cost accommodation. The beaches are 2 minutes walk away. The village life is close by with all the bars, restaurants and night life needed to make a holiday fun. The Dive Centres and other activities are easily found on the near by beaches. Any excursion can be arranged for you by the Hotel staff. Transfer from the airport can also be arranged on request. ... more   less 

Additional Information about James's Guesthouse

Address: Nungwi 73000, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Nungwi
Price Range: $72 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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“do not book any rooms in James Guesthouse”
 of 5 bubbles tomekm208, 16 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Go with a double or single room. Group rome aren't looked after so much as the aren't money makers.”
 of 5 bubbles KiliKat, 31 Jan 2015 | Read review
“This is a general tip for Nungwi, prices are mostly in US dollars. Make sure you have a reasonable exchange rate in mind if you don't want to be overcharged for paying in shillings.”
 of 5 bubbles LepAar, 27 Aug 2013 | Read review
“Make sure you agree a specific rate when you check in (preferably when the manager is not stoned)”
 of 5 bubbles 684JonM, 25 Aug 2013 | Read review
“If as a last resort you had to come here as every bit of Nungwi and Kendwa was fully booked, then I'd advise that you pay nothing up front and only pay on the day you depart.”
 of 5 bubbles WillyW258, 27 Sep 2011 | Read review
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