Zanzibar Hotels

The Jambiani Sau Inn Hotel

This is a mid-size basic resort on the east coast of Zanzibar, neighbouring the village of Jambiani. This is one of the cheaper resort options available in this picturesque region. It is important to bear this in mind when making a booking. Though it is not cheap per se, the price you pay is mainly for the location and the facilities on site (such as the pool), rather than for the quality of the hotel’s services.

Accommodation at The Jambiani Sau Inn Hotel

The resort offers 39 rooms of two classes, standard and luxury. All rooms are en suite, some with striking sea views. Rooms are reasonably comfortable, but uninspired. Some of the standard rooms feel cramped. Furniture and décor is Western, and modern without being contemporary. This gives the resort a somewhat dated feel.

Food and drink at The Jambiani Sau Inn Hotel

Bed and Breakfast, Half and Full-Board options are available. The hotel’s restaurant is overlooks the sea, but again suffers from a lack of charm when it comes to décor. It serves both traditional Swahili dishes and Western standards. Fresh sea food, meat dishes and vegetarian options all feature on the menu. The hotel will also pack lunch boxes on request for those guests who are keen to take day trips. More pleasant is the large open hotel bar.

What’s on offer at Sau Inn

The hotel pool is a good size, but can get busy during peak season. It is clean and well maintained. The local beach is good for exploring and for swimming at high tide. Snorkelling on the coral reef is highly recommended. The hotel employs its own dive instructor. Excursions to Stone Town, Jozani Forest, Spice Plantations and on trips to swim with dolphins can all be arranged through the hotel.

Staff at the hotel try to be obliging, but their English is somewhat limited. The service lacks the confidence of that at other local hotels. Staff are also overly keen to sell tours and excursions to guests and these may well prove better value if organised independently. Telephone service is available, but again, guests may find themselves paying more for a service than necessary.

Overall, this is a comfortable hotel for someone on a budget in need of somewhere to sleep near a beach and a pool. However, guests will definitely benefit from being savvy enough to spot when the hotel is and isn’t offering them a good deal, and go elsewhere for the extras.

How to get to The Jambiani Sau Inn Hotel

Jambiani is approximately and hour’s drive from either Stone Town or Zanzibar Airport. The hotel will arrange transfers for an agreed rate. Alternatively a taxi will take you there and there is a shared minibus from Stone Town to Jambiani (see Getting Around [hyperlink] for further information).

Much of the coastline of this peninsula has been developed to reflect the luxury requirements of Western travellers. However, the surrounding villages and roads reflect the poverty of Tanzania. Although hotel websites may advertise these places as ‘charming and traditional’ they may simply appear run-down.

Although the tourist industry has proved a destructive force in many parts of the country, it is also useful to bear in mind that many resorts and hotels are now contributing to funds to support locals and environmental projects that are advancing through Zanzibar.

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