Hotel Review: DoubleTree Resort Zanzibar Nungwi
The DoubleTree Resort Zanzibar Nungwi is a resort in the North of Zanzibar. While I liked the location and the hospitality, I wasn’t totally happy with my stay as you can read in this extensive review.
When we decided to go to Zanzibar, we were debating about which hotel would fit our needs. We were thinking about more luxurious options first but settled on the DoubleTree Zanzibar Nungwi in the end as the value for the money seemed incredible.
- Classification: Four Stars
- Room Category: Ocean View Room
- Month of Stay: July
We booked a standard room with all inclusive for just 100 US-Dollar a night, which is a heck of a deal. Yet, for that price you shouldn’t really expect a proper luxury resort and that starts with getting there through really bad roads. The check-in was very nice and kind though and were treated really well thanks to my Hilton Diamond Status.
Ocean View Room at the DoubleTree Resort Zanzibar Nungwi
Speaking of the status, we were also given a very nice upgrade to a so-called Ocean View Room. These rooms are located on the very front of the building and offer direct and unobstructed views of the ocean, which I thought was beautiful.
There’s a nice little balcony with some furniture under a wooden roof, too.
Let’s get to the room itself, which wasn’t as great as the view. Upon entering, there’s a small entrance area before you get in the actual room, which comes with a spacious King Bed with two nightstands on one side.
Opposite of the bed, you can find a flat screen television, which also had some international channels.
Right next to the television, there’s a small working desk with a wooden chair, which sadly wasn’t particularly comfortable.
Lastly, next to the bed, there was a chair with a small table by the balcony and a medium-sized wardrobe on the other side.
While overall not a bad design, everything felt a little simple and not particularly luxurious. Cleaning was another issue as the room just wasn’t properly cleaned, neither when we arrived nor during our nights on Zanzibar. On another note, the welcome gift was quite cute.
The bathroom was a little worse than the actual room, in my opinion. It did not only have weird tiles, but also just a single sink, a toilet, a shower and lots of space for hanging your stuff.
While I appreciated the little window, which brought daylight in, everything else was mediocre at best. Especially the shower was really bad.
All in all, I’d say that the rooms at the DoubleTree Resort Zanzibar Nungwi are alright for the price tag, but you really shouldn’t expect anything luxurious.
Breakfast at the DoubleTree Resort Zanzibar Nungwi
Each morning, we had breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant. With the right table, the views and the atmosphere are what you are expecting on an island like Zanzibar.
The buffet though wasn’t particularly great. There were juices, bread rolls, cold cuts, cheeses, vegetables, some fruits and muesli. Not only was there not much choice, the quality wasn’t very good either.
The best part about breakfast was ordering freshly prepared options like omelets or pancakes.
Honestly, the DoubleTree Zanzibar Nungwi is far off and thus I can understand that it’s a little tough to get tons of food here, but I was still a little disappointed by the breakfast spread.
Lunch & Dinner at the DoubleTree Zanzibar Nungwi
Having booked all inclusive, we obviously ended up enjoying various meals at the hotel. Let’s start with lunch, which is served either as a buffet or a la carte. We ended up with mainly eating a la carte and had spaghetti, pizza and a burger, for example.
It was all okay, but once again nothing seemed particularly high quality. We also had a hot dog once, which was really bad.
Dinner was even a weaker spot as it was always served as a buffet. Not only were the buffets disappointing in terms of size, but once again nothing was really good. We tried some stuff here and there, but never were really happy.
Thus, we ended up eating at the a la carte restaurant (not included for all inclusive) the remaining days and were much more happy. We had a beef filet, a soup and a local meat dish, for example. All were good, yet not exceptional.
All that said, I’d only recommend eating in the a la carte restaurant at the DoubleTree Zanzibar Nungwi as the all inclusive food just wasn’t good. On the other hand, there’s also not much choice around, so you might not be able to escape.
Beach, Gym & Pool at the DoubleTree Resort Zanzibar Nungwi
Staying at the DoubleTree Zanzibar Nungwi obviously is not about the food or the rooms, but more about the location. The beach right in front of the hotel is really nice with white sand and crystal blue water.
Interestingly, the seasons on Zanzibar are really special with the water taking all the beach at one time and then giving free dozens of meters.
As the DoubleTree Nungwi is separated from the main beach by a stone wall, which is more than a meter high, you can also enjoy the hotel’s beach, even if the water is high up.
That’s actually especially enjoyable as you can immediately get into the water from the resort instead of walking into shallow water.
However, this also means that people are passing by the beach chairs (which were just okay comfortable, but there were at least enough of those with brilliant views), trying to sell you something. It’s better when the water is further away as the vendors are passing on the main beach and not the hotel’s beach, but it’s still somewhat annoying.
Nevertheless, the beach is definitely the hotel’s highlight as you can also go for very nice and longer walks along it and just enjoy its beauty. The pool on the other hand, located a little further into the resort, is rather small and mainly consists of the pool bar.
As there were just a few more loungers and it was not really great for swimming, we didn’t end up spending any time there. More so in the gym, which is okay for a very basic workout, but otherwise disappointing for a resort.
We also had a treatment in the spa, which we though was alright, but again nothing special. Another nice spot worth talking about is the upper floor of the restaurant, which is a bar combined with some activity options like billiard or darts.
Summed up, I think that the beach of the DoubleTree Resort Zanzibar Nungwi is really great, while everything else about the resort feels rather mediocre.
Overall impressions of the DoubleTree Resort Zanzibar Nungwi
The DoubleTree Zanzibar Nungwi isn’t a place I would return to, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad hotel, at least not when you consider the value for the money. You’re staying somewhat at the end of the world at a pristine beach and are treated by very nice staff. On the other hand, you shouldn’t expect too much of the rooms, the cleaning or the food. So, if you are looking for a brilliant beach in a location far off, this resort is for you. If you like fine dining and luxurious rooms, better look elsewhere in the Hilton portfolio, for example at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort!