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After a two day drive from Arusha to Dar es Salaam and one night at a lovely beach camp on Dar es Salaam's coast, it was time for my final trip and one of the trips I'd been looking forward to most - Zanzibar! We headed to the Island on a very decent ferry, taking about an hour and a half and as we came into port I knew immediately that I was going to love Stone Town. It was a short walk from the ferry terminal to where we were staying for our first night, down ...
... for dinner, joining throngs of locals and tourists alike in the thrilling selection of dinner from tables piled high with spiced seafood and beef kebabs, coiled octopus tentacles, gigantic calamari slices, chapati, falafel, pizzas and dessert crepes from various vendors. The vendors grill up your chosen meat and starches in front of you, put them on a plate with two toothpicks for utensils, and you take your meal to any of numerous waterfront benches in the ...
... driving was almost unbearable. I felt so sorry for Gonzalo because he was the one who had to pay attention to everything that was going on the road and take immediate measures. Even if I tried to be on the alert as well, as a good copilot, it was not the same. On the way back we stopped in the village of Paje to have something to eat. After coming back to our place we just had a quick shower and went to bed at about 21.30.
During our motorbike trip we got stopped by ...
... to the bus, where she has to do kitchen duty for dinner.
The trip martyr lets her know that SHE hadn't seen the beach, because SHE always thinks of others. She's given the reply that I didn't travel 12 hours (and the other side of the world) to not spend 10 minutes seeing our destination before dark because I'm chopping bloody vegetables!
Murray packs all the gear he needs, and a fair bit of the common gear, into the small backpack, and checks ...
... given a previous association, to see it in person was quite rewarding. More so given the lunch provided with uninterrupted views of the nearby port and beach. With 51 rooms, this building used to house the telecoms requirements of the area, however it is far more suited to being a hotel that evokes, for mine, a feeling of colonialism, not that this is at all the case. Rather, it has an Indian flavour which is evident in the decor and grounds (at least that's what they ...
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Total lack of professionalism
We have not stayed at this hotel but wanted to have dinner at its famous roof restaurant. We were not even allowed by the totally unprofessional receptionist to have a look at the restaurant before we would book a table there and he did not seem to care about his lack of kindness or worse, professionalism.
Having seen such attitude, and in view of all the other reviews, I am happy we did not stay there!
This hotel was recommended to us by a specialist UK tour company and I will be notifying them how very ordinary Emerson & Green really is!
I agree heartily with the other negative reviews. While the rooms were quite interesting in an antique-store way, they lacked any amenities, and the 5 steep flights of stairs made trips down to the reception a nuisance. Lack of phones and other amenities (hair dryers, shampoo, slippers) in the room was frustrating, especially given the price. The reception also misinformed us about the status of our lost luggage, causing us to make another round of frantic calls to the airline (from our international cell phone).
Extremely disappointing. Quite interesting rooms full of character but poorly done. Poor service from the reception through to the restaurant and alot of workers just constantly hanging around. No ammentities ... neither room service (ok), nor telephones in room (even to contact the front office).
A wonder to me how it can be ranked so highly ...
We were advised by a reputable specialist Africa travel agent to stay at the E&G, it apparently being the most impressive hotel in Stone Town. On arrival a miserable receptionist just about managed to grunt at us before directing us up the 5 flights of stairs to our room. We were given the West room situated at the top of the building. I couldn't find any room service with out going all the way back down stairs where a member of staff reluctantly took my order. Breakfast was appalling and my order of scrabbled eggs didn't even turn up.
Everyone seems to be raving about E&G and I'm not sure why. It is certainly unique and full of character, but surely that's only a positive when it does not detract from your enjoyment of a hotel. I can think of many "characterful" places that are nice to look at and visit, but necessarily places I would like to sleep in and I think E&G fits into this category admirably.
we stayed here for one night after staying on the coast for 3 nights. I have to say the walk up to the hotel was a little worrying but once you got there it was unreal. It was unusually decorated, clean and very different from anywhere else i have ever stayed.
We had dinner at the roof top restaurant and the atmosphere was fantastic. Would definately stay here again. If you like somewhere with a bit of character and in a great location this is the place to stay. Its a little pricey but defo well worth it!
We spent three nights here in March 2005 and were very pleased. E&G is one of those hotels that everybody in town knows about because it is so unique. Every room is individually decorated with real Zanzibari antiques in a different theme, and since we inadvertantly ended up spending each night in a different room we got to sample three different styles. The hotel was great. Great staff, great rooms, centrally located.
We spent three days at Emerson & Green in Fenruary 2005 and can only say that words cannot describe this hotel. It's the kind of place that you really have to experience in person.