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Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel

Mazizini Mbweni Stone Town, Zanzibar City 4858 Tanzania
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#5 of 59 hotels in Zanzibar City
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Madinat al Bahr a “city on the sea” is a unique and only palatial hotel hugging the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and enhanced by a white sandy beach on the best of the Zanzibar’s coast. Purpose designed and built, the state of the art resort hotel exudes the grandeur of an Ottoman palace combining the rich culture, colors and warmth of an African heritage wrapped in captivating modernity. Lovingly decorated inch by inch regardless of cost to compliment the structure, the resort hotel depicts stunning ambience and surroundings to please any hard to please critic. Embraced by lush landscaped gardens and dancing palms, the resort hotel overlooks some of the finest sand banks and enchanting islands visible over the local fisherman canoes.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Children's television networks
Parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Personal trainer
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Game room
Hiking
Snorkelling
Billiards
Darts
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Nightclub / DJ
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Free shuttle or taxi services
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Steam room
Waxing services
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Convenience store
Currency exchange
Executive lounge access
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Newspaper
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
Doorperson
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Shoeshine
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Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Dining area
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Minibar
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
City view
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
Pool view
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HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Arabic and 5 more
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Bertha F wrote a review 2 Apr
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The charismatic Sayed and Team were tops. Spectacular hotel and service that makes one feel special!!. Sayed made us feel so much at home. We had a special photoshoot done on premise with no fuzz. Thank you soooooo much Sayed and team for a great experience. We loved it!! BK from Namibia
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Gene S wrote a review 2 Apr
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This luxurious hotel is beautiful with the most gorgeous chandeliers I’ve ever seen! It has a wonderful view and very friendly staff! The food is fresh and delicious! The overall service is great! Be sure to book your stay! You will not regret it!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Lucy R wrote a review Mar 2024
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Wonderful lighting system Friendly Staff Good food However the hotel can arrange the tours to nearby places,to the beach.The hotel should provide a map of the hotel to all guests because I could not locate the gym until I went to physically enquire at the reception. I was celebrating my birthday but the hotel system did no recognize that .I was expecting at least a happy birthday message.
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Ishimwe Nadine U wrote a review Mar 2024
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The property is so beautiful! My fiancé and I did our prewedding shoot here and it was amazing! The staff were so supportive, honestly the best staff ever. A huge shout out to Ali. The couple spa massage was also a great experience, definitely recommend. The only recommendation I’d have for the property is a bigger shower and bathroom. I stayed in the standard premium room!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Getaway59467722116 wrote a review Feb 2024
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The hotel was nice,we had very professional reception, they gave us a nice clean room with sea and pool view with all facilities. Me and my wife met Mr Ali the guest relation advisor who spent all effort to give us a wonderful time in the town and and also around the island, he is really professional and we would like to give him special thanks. We will definitely recommend the hotel to our friends.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Team Madinat, Owner at Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel
Responded 27 Feb 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your delightful experience at our hotel. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay from the professional reception to the clean room with a breathtaking sea and pool view.It warms our hearts to know that Mr. Ali, our guest relations went above and beyond to ensure you had a wonderful time in the town and around the island. We will be sure to pass on your special thanks to him , as recognition for his exceptional service means a lot to us.We greatly appreciate your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back in the future Regards Team Madinat
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HATUNGIMANA A wrote a review Feb 2024
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The accomodation is very amazing and the food is very nice. The service is excellent. However, when we went to the airport, the driver dropped us in the bureau de change to look for dollars. We missed either the dollar and the flight. We had to stay at airport for 18 hours waiting for another one. Advice: Tell always your drivers to wait for your clients until they get in airport and make sure that they have took the flight.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Response from Team Madinat, Owner at Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel
Responded 27 Feb 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your positive feedback on our accommodation, food, and excellent service. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.However, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience you experienced with our transportation service during your departure. Your feedback is valuable and we will certainly address this matter with our drivers to ensure they are aware of the importance of waiting until our guests safely enter the airport and confirm their departure.Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for bringing this to our attention. Regards Team Madinat
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Ali S wrote a review Feb 2024
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Nice place to be on holidays and even normal days for its special treatment and well skilled staff that will make your stay comfy n pleasurable Special thanks to reservation manager Mr Said Ali,such a responsible guy 🙏 without forgetting the 👩‍🍳
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 27 Feb 2024
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind words and for choosing our place for your holidays. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the special treatment and the well skilled staff that made your stay comfortable and pleasurable.It was our pleasure to have you as our guest, and we look forward to welcoming you back for another enjoyable stay. If there is anything else we can do to make your future visits even more special. Regards Team Madinat
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Favour U wrote a review Feb 2024
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Very lovely ambience, neat, quiet surroundings , wonderful breakfast spread and lovely staff. I highly recommend. The weekend evening buffet and life band performance was also a plus for me. 20 mins from the airport is just your best bet..
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Date of stay: February 2024
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NorthStar778836 wrote a review Feb 2024
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The grounds look beautiful but on closer inspection there are many problems. We came to this hotel for our honeymoon we are leaving deeply disappointed. On arrival to the hotel we were given no information on where anything was in the hotel. Gym, spa, restaurants or info on facilities we had to work it out ourselves. Still don't know where the gym is?! Male staff are not really pleasant, they just stare and stare at you not even smiling. There's security at the front entrance they are nice and polite but once your inside the hotel, the lobby area there are men above and to the side just staring at you, no smiles just staring. Makes it a bit uncomfortable. The beach is absolutely filthy. There are old tyres and lots of empty plastic bottles along the beach, it's filthy. The hotel has a lot of male staff standing around staring at you, I don't understand why they have not utilised the staff to clean the beach?! We wanted to use the beach but it was too dirty. The pool is also dirty and aged had broken drainage. The time we were here I did not see one guest go inside the pool. Also be careful of the bridge it is very dangerous when wet, it slopes backwards?! Everything is charged in dollars, even though you are not American. On arrival we were NOT informed we could not bring outside food and drink into the hotel. We went to stone town and brought a few snacks back with us, on our arrival staff stood there staring hard at us. We did not understand but put 2 and 2 together. We went to our room took out the hotel hand book and had a read. No food or drink allowed on the premises. No one told us this. After finding this out we didn't do it again. It's $20 per buffet meal per person. Food at the hotel was average. Breakfast buffet was very basic. If a hotel doesn't want guests to bring food in they need to be able to provide what guests need. We wanted chocolate, crisp and sweets one evening there is no shop within the hotel and no shop locally to purchase anything. I even went to order a cake from restaurant, they don't provide a basic sponge cake, muffin or anything similar. We are on holiday we want to enjoy ourselves. The location is not great, there is nothing in walking distance so bear that in mind. It's $20 to get a taxi up the road, 10 min drive. It just felt like all they more interested in is extracting dollars from you. No real customer care, if your having a good time, if your needs are met. Also our room was dated. Glad to be leaving
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Damien B wrote a review Feb 2024
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Not value for money” Charge in dollars with poor conversion rate , as you walk in there's men walking around like it's a military compound , not a smile in sight. Unpleasant , unwelcoming atmosphere. Need more women at reception to give a soft pleasent feel , too many men walking around doing absolutely nothing and looking like security. pool side is dirty & unkept , pool looks like it hasnt been cleaned in years , very little poolside maintainance . The Hotel Beach is one of the worst beaches I've ever seen in my life , was dirty, litter everywhere, and unkept, took one look and ran in the opposite direction. Have no idea why the hotel has made no effort to clean up disgusting beach . The breakfast menu was underwhelming, nice desserts were nonexistent. The local area is a ghost town , went for a walk to find a fruit Market and came back with nothing because the local area is extremely impoverished. I thought I'd find mangos and nice orange's, but came back empty handed . Locals are nice, but area is painfully poor , so has nothing to offer close by. I bought water and fruit back from Stone Town , Staff stared at me & my wife as they wanted to bleed us dry of every penny like a casino . The pool has an overarching bridge which was wet and is extremely dangerous in its design , more about looks than safety. Not child friendly in its design , nor for pregnant women, neither , you couldn't pay me to go back to that hotel .
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Aromas of Zanzibar (5.3 km), Nakupenda Beach Nature Reserve (4.9 km), and Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral (5.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Breadfruit Restaurant & Cafe, Puzzle Coffee Shop, and Taarab Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Madinat Al Bahr Business & Spa Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Hindi, Arabic, and Swahili.