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The Swahili House
Stone Town, 3705 Zanzibar City – Show map
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Terrace, Sun Deck
Hot Spring Bath
Food & Drink
Bar, Breakfast in the Room
Free! 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.
Free! 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.
Cards accepted at this property
The Swahili House accepts these cards and reserves the right to pre-authorize your card prior to arrival.
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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.
Beautiful, clean, safe, great staff, great location. Loved the views of the city from our room and from the rooftop restaurant. Great place. Good food.
Even though the room had A/C it didn't seem to make much difference; we closed the windows to keep the mosquitoes out when it became dusk, and it was hot and stuffy even with the AC. (Maybe we were doing something wrong?)
Nice spacious room, good food in the restaurant. Central location. We enjoyed our stay.
The Restaurant was a little expensive, the shower had no curtain. Wifi is only available downstairs (not in your room) and is a bit intermittent.
The location, right in the old town in a non-too much touristic area. The old building, charming. The breakfast on the roof
Management are crooks. I have been told by colleagues, a number of other reviewers are telling it...and unfortunately it is true. Every opportunities will be sized for overcharging, forgetting previous agreements, using a fake rate,... Until there is a change of management, I strongly suggest you find a similar hotel, not that one.
The rooftop is amazing and the personnel in the bar is quite friendly. The room is nice and very colonial style. It reallly brings you back in time.
The lack of an elevator and of a phone in your room is a real issue. If you need something and you are in the top floor it can be quite a hussle especially in the stirring Zanzibari heat. It seemed to be impossible for us to make phone calls and we felt the hotel was openly overcharging us for local calls. Being located in the heart of Stone Town can be an advantage for romantic or poetic reasons but it can be a problem on the logistical and safety sides. The swimming pool picture you see is quite deceiving to say the least.
Restaurant with very nice view. Room was spacious and comortable Common areas were well kept. Nice location
Credit cards not accepted unlike stated in the website. Airport Pick up had been cancelled but the Hotel sent people to pick me up anyway, which I did not require.
Friendly staff. Lovely views from the roof top Restaurant. Tranquil while in the heart of Stone Town.
No internet access in the rooms. However, Wifi available in the entrance courtyard.
Placed in an original building the hotel has good atmosphere and unique design. Its location is convenient for exploring Stowne Town. Very nice terrace for relaxing.
Personnel of the restaurant, impossible to reach the hotel by car and difficult to find it.
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