"Beautiful facilities, great food, awesome owner"
Across-the-board-5s aren't something I give out easily, but for this wonderful Zanzibar spot, it's a no-brainer.
The hotel is beautifully designed, the main foyer opens up to a nice pool. In Paje, the tides recede a long ways, so the pool is a great option for when the water's out too far to swim. The place is perfect for a relaxing beach vacation.
The owner, Dina, makes the hotel a cut above. Like host at a classic & classy establishment, she takes true care in her facilities and her guests' experience. She engaged with every patron I saw, and took time to help with any travel, food or accommodation questions people had. This level of hospitality is rare and special.
The food and drinks are excellent. The host's special (coconut-crusted fish) was one of the best meals I had during 5 weeks in Africa.
The rooms are clean, with big beautiful beds and nice bathrooms. Good hot water. Prices were reasonable for nice facilities.
The location in Paje is relatively good, a little South of town, but a nice beach walk or quick cab ride to other hotels or bars. Paje itself is a bit isolated, and there's not much to do. Kite surfing seemed popular, but nobody looked to be enjoying themselves, very serious faces. I preferred relaxing on the beach, swimming, and eating seafood for a couple of days, which this spot is perfect for. If you want to go to Paje and experience Zanzibari relaxation, Kilima Kidogo is an ideal hotel.
Jonathan from Vancouver, BC