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Blue Oyster Hotel
is located in the Jambiani
area on the southeast coast of Zanzibar Island
off the Indian Ocean Coast
Situated in the village of Jambiani, this traditional Swahili hotel stands out from the crowd largely thanks to the warmth and efficiency of its German owners.
The small garden contains a boat-shaped bar and plenty of sun-loungers above a sandy beach. The main building has a reception downstairs and a very pleasant restaurant above.
The twelve standard rooms are arranged in three blocks of four, which do not have air-con but should benefit from a sea breeze. However the handful of airless lower cost rooms arranged around a courtyard behind reception need to be avoided until they get some air-con put in.
As well as offering various excursions around the island, guests can take a local fishing boat out onto the lagoon for snorkelling and fishing. There is also a dive school on site.
Blue Oyster Hotel is a modest and stylish hotel, offering perhaps one of the best and most authentic in-the-village options and great value for money. The only real compromise is the fact that there is no pool.