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Terrace, Sun Deck
Hot Spring Bath
Food & Drink
Bar, Breakfast in the Room
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
Packed Lunches, Car Rental, Shuttle Service (surcharge), Airport Shuttle (surcharge), Currency Exchange, Tour Desk, Baggage Storage, Babysitting/Child Services, Laundry, Dry Cleaning
Safe, Non-smoking Rooms
From 12:00 PM
Until 9:30 AM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
One child under 2 years stays free of charge when using existing beds.
One child from 2 to 12 years is charged 50 % of the room stay per night and person in an extra bed.
The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.
Any type of extra bed or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are not allowed.
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Based on 85 reviews
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Centrally located in Zanzibar’s Stone Town, Dhow Palace Hotel is set in a historical building from 1559. It features a swimming pool, restaurant and roof-top terrace with panoramic views.
Score from 132 reviews Very good
Mizingani Seafront Hotel is situated just a 2-minute walk from the Zanzibar Ferry Terminal. The hotel offers a restaurant, outdoor pool and 24-hour front desk.
Score from 5 reviews Good
Offering a pool and restaurant, the historic Tembo House Hotel is located in Zanzibar City, a 3-minute walk from the Old Fort and House of Wonders. Free Wi-Fi access is available.
Score from 135 reviews Good
Warere Town House is located in Zanzibar City. Free WiFi access is available in public areas. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning,a safety deposit box and a fan.
Score from 58 reviews Very good
amazing room, like fairytale you feel like king and queen beautifull bathroom with tube hot water was working view on terrace on top wonderfull
the food on terrace for dining very bad. While fishmarket is around the corner! Very expensive. no airco (site says there is..)
All the staff is very friendly and approachable, food is good although breakfast just light and only 2 menu choices (continental or zanzibar bf), rooms are nice and clean, interesting hotel building, good location, easy to walk everywhere.
no AC in rooms (under the fan above the bed it's ok but in the room itself it might get a bit warm and humid). Once before 9am, housekeeping was trying to enter with key even without prior knocking.
Staff were excellent , friendly helpful indeed wiatress Glory went and got phone credit for me - excellent . reception staff were very helpful
very hard to find and intimidating at night - please put some signs on the walls sayinf this way swaheli house - currently they say the international hotel - the old name i believe
Great location and beautiful building.
A bit hard to find again at night!
The hotel was fairly centrally located to the main attractions. Interesting building and decor.
The stairs were rather menacing. There isn't parking close to the hotel which was not convenient when catching a taxi home late in the night. Wifi wasn't very strong or available in the room. Open bathroom with no door. Not ideal when sharing with a friend and we weren't advised when checking in.
Nice place…friendly staff...
Breakfast was tasty - but we found the portions a bit sparrow-like. We are british too..not americans used to whopping portions. I needed to go fill up on fruit at the market afterwards. Lovely view whilst we were eating it though….
The room is Aribic style, I like it.
Breakfast is not good, not worth the hotel price.
Great location, everything is walking distance (darajani market, forodhani, slave market, etc-even the port) GREAT view from the rooftop terrace (maybe the best in stone town) where bfast is served, very friendly staff, they clean the room twice a day and they set it up with the mosquito net every evening. Internet in the lobby area with very good signal.
Bfast is very poor(only 2 choices- european and indian/tanzanian). Be prepared for a bedroom-bathroom joined situation: there is no door separating the 2 areas- not very romantic!! there is no elevator, and there are 4 floors- the staff helps you with the suitcases on the check in/out, but the daily up and down stair thing might be tiring for some. They accept tzs and if you pay with card they charge around 4-5%. no toiletries are supplied, so better bring your own.
The staff was great. Room was god and clean african standard. The staff really help us during our stay, I was really sick and the where quick to assist any way they could. Hotel is right in middle of stone town!
No elevator that could help for the very step stairs.
Very nice staff and helpful. Rooms were lovely
Stairs are a bit steep
Great location and brilliant view of the city! Great rooftop pool!
Wifi only available downstairs so would be better if in the roof too terrace!
your roof garden is wonderfull! And the service great, very nice stuff!
Perfect hotel for single travelers. Staff was very helpfull, restaurant has great food.
Bathroom is separated from the room by a carved wooden screen. Unless you are a couple married for 30 years, you will not feel comfortable using it. Ok for single traveler.
Staff was friendly. Room was clean. Restaurant was very nice.
No internet. Hotel going to seed. Signs of poor maintenance everywhere.
I liked the hospitality of the staff. I thought that was impeccable. It was clean and well kept and the restaurant upstairs serve good food. I loved the breakfast!
I didn't like that AC was not working, there is very little entertainment within the hotel itself and there is no card machine. All of these are facilities you would expect for the price you are paying.
Nice rooms. Beautiful view and top terrace.
4 level without a lift. No room service, neither phone in the room to communicate with the staff. Impossible to find an adapter to no British plugs (only 1 for the hole hotel and you need to share it and the hotel don't want to buy another adapter...) They invite me to take a spice tour for 80 US$ and that really costs 25 US$...
Beautiful style. Nice terrace.
Works of improvement of the hotel were going on.
Nice room friendly staff en excellent kitchen
Airco and ventilator dis not work but i got another room
Location was excellent and the rooftop terrace/restaurant.
Air conditioning was available but didn't work, should give warning about the multiple steep flights of stairs!
breakfast, cordiality of the staff
very inclibed wood stairs, located in a pedestrian street behind the market. bad location, the taxi cannot drop you ou pick you up there
A very interesting old building
The morning of check-out there was no water in my room so was unable to shower. I was told they were doing maintenance. I was not impressed.
Nice, very interesting, old arabic house; Great view from roof top terrace;
No Credit Cards accepted although in booking.com offered!!! They insist on your last cash without any attempts to handle credit card payment via another company they are frendly with...
Hotel was beautiful, safe, clean and convenient. Excellent rooftop restaurant.
Manager was very good - she was able to mobilize extra facilities to somewhat improve Day 1 and also provide us a discount on the room for the terrible Day 1 Day 2 and 3 of our trip was good when we were shifted to a good room (#4). Very good location for accessing Stone Town. Decent value for money (we got $110 per night) Decent restaurant with a view of Stone Town (though not cheap)
Day 1 was terrible because the AC in the room (#11) wasn't working, half the lights were out and we were given two twin beds inside of 1 queen/king bed. (PS: the blame for the two beds was shifted to Booking.com!) Staff (ex-Manager) were ok but apathetic at times Super far from the North/East beaches (1-1.5 hours, ~$50 per round trip) Hotel tours are expensive (~50% higher than local guides)
The staff was friendly and helpful Great view from the terrace and the room.
The towels were not change even though they were left on the floor, not on the rack, always had to ask for new ones. The stairs are crazy, very difficult for children and elderly. The restaurant is on the roof, so even if you stay on the first floor you won't be able to avoid them. There is no division between the bathroom and the bedroom, it was very uncomfortable for me since I was with a friend, he had to leave the room everytime. You have to walk around 200m to get to a taxi, in most cases that is fine, but if you are travelling alone I would not recommend because you have to go trough dark alleys. We were a group and had no problems.
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