Beyt al Chai

Reviews of Beyt al Chai

Good(82%) From 44 travellers
Excellent
14
Good
22
Average
7
Poor
0
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 44 of our travellers who have visited Beyt al Chai, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs R - Wimbledon
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Average
Average

Disappointing accomodation at Beyt al Chai

While very atmospheric, Beyt al Chai is in urgent need of a makeover. The electrics were unreliable; beds were three feet above the ground and the furnishings were poor. Very steep climb to bedroom which was not suitable for anyone with handicap like my wife.

We were in this hotel beciuase the Serena was full. Current manageress, the third in two years, is very good and is trying very hard to get the owners to invest. However if they do not we believe this hotel should be taken off your list.

We were on a bed and breakfastr rate but ate in the restaurant one night. It was very good.

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Mr & Mrs S from Winchester
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 7 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Average
Average

Beyt al Chai review

This hotel is ideally situated in a safe area of the Town. It has a friendly, informal atmosphere with an unusual layout for a hotel, and a comfortable sitting room for reading.(not air-conditioned) The restaurant is well-recommended.
We were faced with a minor, but unresolved, plumbing problem, for which we were compensated by a free meal!
The manager, a Swedish lady, who had only arrived a month before, after 3 years in Zanzibar in some other capacity, is inexperienced, but trying hard. I am not sure she expected that some of her job would be answering naive questions from tourists, which elicited rather vague replies!. She provided us with an excellent town and tour guide (Salum).As a matter of interest, when I asked about Agnes Veillard,the manager thought I was talking about someone from the last century, so I presume that there has been another manager after Agnes
In the Bradt Guide the hotel is rated alongside the Serena. We would not agree.






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Mr & Mrs Firefly East Sussex
Arrived on: 16-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Beyt al Chai review

I was very glad that Expert Africa persuaded us to stay here rather than some of the 'big' name places or hotels. The old style interiors are very warm and authentic - we felt we'd stepped back in time.

Althought close to all the interest in Stone Town we liked the fact that it was in its own sleepy square..

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Ms. & Mr. Black-backed Jackal
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Terrible
Terrible
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Terrible
Terrible
Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Terrible
Terrible

The only thing that went wrong

The only thing that we regret during our honeymoon was to stay here. Since we arrive until we left it wasn't what we were expecting and not really a unique experience. We still don't know if it was the local travel operator (fisherman's tour) or if it was the Beyt al Chai staff but making the mistake of overbooking our first night there was something that we could never imagine since we planned our honeymoon one year before.

Beside this incident we can not understand also why someone knocked at our door at 6:00am asking if we were going to check out, since we were suppose to leave at 13h00pm as we agreed with the Beyt al Chai manager . Also the Sultan's room is nothing special; I would say pretty bad for what they advertise on the internet/guides. This is a place that we wouldn't recommend to anyone. The good thing about this hotel is it's location.

Although the hotel experience was horrible, we did like very much Stone Town. The Arabian and African style mixed together was interesting. The people very friendly and food at the local restaurants was very good.

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Expert Africa comments

There was a problem here when these travellers arrived: the specific (Sultan) room that they had booked at Beyt al Chai was overbooked. Only a smaller (Prince) room was available for their first night in Stone Town. We resolved this by moving these travellers for that night to the best hotel in town (the Serena - which is about 100m directly across the road from Beyt al Chai – at no cost to these travellers.

Thus we’re very sorry that these travellers disliked this hotel so much – but feel that their view may have been strongly influenced by the upset of the over-booking.

Mr. Prickly Pear - Dublin
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good

Beyt al Chai review

The Beyt al Chai is described in the book as being exclusive, but to be honest the hotel was adequate compared to some of the safari accomodation. Can not judge it based on other Stone Town Hotels. Was going to use restaurant there but after walking around the town we found somewhere we thought looked better and definetly had a better view (Sunset over ocean).

the location is only a couple of minutes from the main street in the town, very convienient for this.

The room itself looked better in the photos than reality. The shower was really a bath with a shower head that you had to hold up yourself and not exactly an en suite either, it was just in the corner of the room. The room itslef was large, but maybe a bit too big for the contents in it, a huge walk in dressing room was actually a free standing wardrobe. Also there was a sea view but dont think it could be described as supurbed.

The service was good from the guys there, but only had 1 night here.
The food for breakfast was good not sure on choices if you where here for more than 1 night.

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Mr and Mrs K - London
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

The perfect place to stay in Zanzibar for us

This small hotel made you feel more like you were staying in someones house. It was beautifully decorated but unpretentious. We enjoyed the big relaxing sitting room.

The staff were friendly and efficient and the location was superb for being out and about Stonetown.

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Ms. Crested francolin - London
Arrived on: 3-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Beyt al Chai review

A wonderful hotel which provides a feel of Stone Town's rich history.

The rooms would benefit from some updating (namely the air conditioning and the shower) but had a lot of charm and character. The view from the windows was lovely, and the location was perfect for walking around Stone Town.

A lovely end to a fantastic holiday.

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Mr Buzzard - Darlington
Arrived on: 17-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
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Beyt al Chai review

Stone Town wasn't for us but this hotel couldn't be faulted.

The building had great character; the rooms were immaculate; the staff were very friendly and helpful; the food in the restaurant was excellent and reasonably priced.

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The Y family from Surrey
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Beyt al Chai Hotel

Small hotel but great location, friendly staff and good food. Rooms were large and clean. Would definitely go again.

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Mr Baobab - Wimborne
Arrived on: 29-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Beyt al Chai review

We only stayed one night at Beyt al Chai and had to leave early to get a flight so missed breafast, so can't comment on the food.

The management gave us a room in spite of it not being "booking in" time, which we obviously appreciated but wondered why we had been booked into this B&B if it was going to be a problem arriving early. We were picked up and driven directly to the B&B from our previous accomodation at Chumbe so didn't have a lot of choice of arrival time.

Although this B&B is rated "Exclusive" in the guide book I would rate it further down the scale, obviously this rating may be relative. It is close to the main attractions of Stone Town (if you can call them attractions). Due to the continual harrassment from street vendors we decided to eat in the restaurant attached to the hotel, which turned out to be a good choice.

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