Best Zanzibar Hostels and Budget Hotels

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania. It is made up of Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island and many smaller islands. Stone Town is the capital of the area. It has a lot of energy and activity.

It can be difficult to find affordable accommodation in Zanzibar. There are very few hostels in the area and many of the budget hotels are located in Stone Town. It's important to weigh your priorities when booking a hotel in Zanzibar. Saving money will likely mean you compromise on location and quality.

How much do hostels in Zanzibar cost?

Average Dorm Price $23 ($16 to $35)
Average Private Room Price
(in a hostel)
$56 ($18 to $396)

A good hostel for solo travellers and couples.

Dorm Bed: $18.00
Private Room: $19.50
Overall Rating: 93%
New Teddy's Place is located in the southern part of Paje, which is a small village on the east coast of Zanzibar. The village is peaceful enough to be relaxing, but active enough to have a nightlife and plenty of bars and restaurants. There are also water activities in the area that you can enjoy including kite surfing and snorkeling.

The hostel is a pleasant and fun place to stay. It's near a beautiful beach with soft white sand. The hostel also offers guests some great amenities including a free breakfast that includes pancakes, eggs, and fruit.

The staff is friendly and helpful and they can help you organize a variety of activities including spice tours, tours to Prison Island, dolphin tours, deep sea fishing, and more.

Private rooms and dorms are available. Private rooms are either doubles or triples and have shared bathrooms. Dorms sleep up to seven people.
Paje , Zanzibar, Tanzania,

A good option for couples and small groups.

Dorm Bed: $23.50
Private Room: $22.33
Overall Rating: 90%
Mustapha's Place is more of a hotel than a hostel. They have private rooms and bungalows available that have a lot of character and charm. The hotel is a short walk from the beautiful blue ocean and the white sand beaches of Bwejuu Beach. This is one of the classic hotels in the area and you're sure to have a good time here. The rooms are original and fun and the hotel attracts a diverse group of guests from around the world. The ambiance is relaxed and friendly and there's a restaurant and bar on-site that many guests enjoy hanging out in.

The hostel offers guests a variety of amenities including a traditional Swahili buffet and aromatherapy massages. It's a unique place to stay and is the perfect place to base yourself during your time in Zanzibar.

Private rooms include doubles with and without private bathrooms, triples with shared bathrooms, quads, and six bed rooms.
Bwejuu , Zanzibar, Tanzania,

A good option for solo travellers, couples, families, and small groups.

Private Room: $27.00
Overall Rating: 81%
Ndame Beach Lodge is located on the eastern coast of Zanzibar. It's near beautiful, white sand beaches and turquise blue water. The hotel has 14 bungalows and 31 rooms that you can choose from. The area has tropical palm trees and beautiful gardens. It's a hotel that appeals to travelers of all types. Guests come from around the world. It attracts all ages of travelers and is also a nice option for families.

The hotel has the Sun Sea Bar and the Blue Doors Restaurant on-site. The surrounding village also has some good bars and restaurants that are just a short walk away. There's also a popular dive school and a kite surfing school.

Private rooms are available that sleep between one and five people. All rooms have private bathrooms attached.
Paje , Zanzibar, Tanzania,

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