As you can see, we’ve mentioned the area on the island that each budget accommodation in Zanzibar can be found. To help you with any confusion about Zanzibar, have a look at our quick introduction to Zanzibar section.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
tired of bad and crappy hostels
want to avoid the “young party kids”
happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Included: We found a fun party hostel that isn’t too OTT, yet offers a wonderful social vibe for anyone looking to have a good time.
Note: Sorry folks, but Ten to Ten Hostel Zanzibar has closed its doors.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Zanzibar Archipelago explained: Zanzibar actually consists of several islands, the largest one known as Unguja Island, yet more commonly called Zanzibar Island. This is the island we are focusing on in this guide, and all of the hostels mentioned here are found in different areas on the island. Note: We’ve made sure to make it clear where exactly each hostel is located – check the handy map to double check your chosen hostel’s location before you book.
Money: It’s a really good idea to withdraw enough money in Stone Town before heading to more remote areas of the island. Paje only has one ATM that apparently only works sometimes, for example, so don’t get caught out!
Getting around: There are two options to exploring Zanzibar if you’re not taking a tour. Either take a local dala dalas taxi, or take a local bus from Stone Town to the best beaches. As there’s no need to rent a car, you needn’t have to worry about finding free parking.
It’s no wonder this hostel has been described as “paradise on earth” and “a super relaxing place to stay a short walk from plenty of nightlife”. We even added it to our list of “the best beach hostels worldwide”.
Picture this: wake up and feel the sand under your toes as you climb out of bed, and walk outside to see crystal clear blue water.
To be honest, it just keeps getting better. This hostel offers:
18 meter swimming pool
Hammocks, swings, day beds
So yeah, even when the tide is low and you’re feeling rather sluggish, simply take a dip in the pool instead.
Good to know: The bar also works as the reception area and is open until 1am.
Teddy’s is a great place not only for backpackers, but also couples, families and anyone that enjoys a private room amidst a social atmosphere.
There are private bungalows suitable for one, two, three or even four people and all of them come with an ensuite bathroom.
Honestly though, we’d opt for the spacious dorm rooms which come with a sand floor – super cool!
Fancy a cocktail? See you at the bar. Hungry? Breakfast is included.
The only downside about this hostel is that you can only stay for a maximum of 14 days. Well.. make the most of it!
Location: In the sleepy fishing village of Jambiani. On one side of Teddy’s is the ocean, on the other side is the village which is home to little shops and plenty of locals.
Let’s now wander barefoot to the equally stunning retreat oasis known as Demani Lodge.
“If green, tropical gardens with Palm trees, Banana, Papaya, Aloe Vera and Lemongrass, white powdered sand between your toes and an informal but social atmosphere sound appealing, Demani Lodge is the place for you!”
The keywords that stand out here are: cosy, laid-back, social and relaxed.
Sounds fabulous, right?
You should definitely consider staying here if these are your top priorities whilst in Zanzibar:
Relaxing in a hammock by the pool
Walking less than 5 minutes to reach the beach
Feasting on fresh local food at the hostel restaurant
Tick, tick and tick – Demani Lodge offers all of the above and more.
What’s more, the staff team is well connected to local guides and would love to help you book on to great activities and trips around the island.
You can get involved in everything from spice tours and a trip to Stone Town, to exploring Jozani Forest and scuba diving around the coast.
Back at the hostel, there is a fun BBQ (meat & vegetarian) and live music/DJ every Thursday evening. This is the perfect way to meet new people.
Otherwise, the bar always has cocktails in flow and the free breakfast each morning includes cardamom pancakes.
Important: It’s not possible to cook or bring your own food and drinks into the lodge.
As for rooms? There’s a huge selection! Single, double, twin, triple and family-size privates are all available, alongside a 10-bed mixed dorm for budget travellers.
All of the rooms come with mosquito nets and fans. Some privates also have an ensuite bathroom.
Location: Situated near one of the finest beaches on the east coast of Zanzibar in a small place called Paje. The beach is 100 metres from the hostel, and the nearby village is also just a short walk away.
Whilst Your Zanzibar Place may be listed as our #3 recommendation, it’s difficult to put any of these three hostels in front of the other.
Because yes, yet again we have another gorgeous accommodation to show you!
In fact, this is sister hostel to New Teddy’s on the Beach and used to be known as New Teddy’s Place.
So, let’s jump in and have a look at the highlights:
Free breakfast (eggs, pancakes, fresh fruit etc)
Woven palm leaf bungalows (makuti bandas)
Super fast free Wifi
Slackline, beach ball, darts
The restaurant-bar area stands to be the best place for hanging out at the hostel. Delicious food and drinks are ready to be served whenever you feel like it, and the bar is open to travellers and locals alike.
Digital nomads can also set up a work station here as it’s shaded and the wifi is fast.
Important: It’s not possible to cook your own food here.
Otherwise, make sure you take advantage of the outdoor seating areas surrounded by palm trees – there are swings, hammocks and even a little tree house!
Keen to do some kitesurfing? This is the best place on the island for it. Ask the wonderful staff about discounts on local lessons.
When it’s time to get some beauty sleep, you won’t be disappointed by the beautiful rooms, no matter which one you choose.
There are bungalows and Banda’s suitable for single travellers and couples. Otherwise, the more sociable dorms of 4 and 7-beds are ideal for a cheaper price.
Super cool: The dorm rooms have single beds instead of bunk beds!
Location: Situated in the south of Paje just a short walk from the beach and local village supermarket.
It’s likely that you will begin your Zanzibar journey in Stone Town, also known as Zanzibar city, mainly because the main airport is just south of the town and the ferry port from mainland Tanzania is here.
So, with that in mind we wanted to include a good hostel Stone Town in case you want to spend a night or two in the area.
zLife Hostel is a good base for a short stay as it’s super close to the main tourist attractions and is only a 10-minute walk to the ferry terminal.
Unlike many other hostels on the island, this one offers a communal kitchen as well as Swahili cooking classes.
There are bicycles for rent if you fancy exploring this way!
Choose between mixed and female-only dorms, and range of budget and deluxe private options.
Be aware: The $9 per night per person city tax is not included in the room rate.
Friendly staff will gladly help you book tours and activities around the island.