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Balcony House is offering accommodations in Stone Town in Zanzibar City. Staff on site can arrange airport transfers. Balcony House has 11 bedrooms. Each room is equipped with mosquito net and ceiling fan. Some rooms have private private bathrooms, while others have access to shared bathrooms. Air-conditioning is available in most room. Some rooms have view to the ocean, others to the street. All rooms have access to a shared balcony, terrace, living room, kitchen, dining room and bathrooms. Free WiFi is available. Staff on site can organize many types of tours around Stone Town and Zanzibar upon request

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.

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Property Highlights

Located in the top-rated area in Zanzibar City, this property has an excellent location score of 9.3!

Breakfast Info

Continental, Vegetarian, Halal

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Room Type
Number of guests
2 twin beds
1 queen bed
1 queen bed
1 twin bed
1 queen bed
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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
Low score for Zanzibar City
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  • Natalia
    China China
    During my vacation in Zanzibar I stayed at Balcony House twice, at the beginning and at the end of my trip. The location is fantastic, close to everything you need to see and do in Stone Town. The place is very clean and has a nice, relaxing...
  • Michèle
    Canada Canada
    Balcony House is a great hotel and has a perfect location, walkable to anywhere you would like. I stayed in the Blue room and it was so lovely. Thanks to Saed at the front desk for the warm welcome 😊
  • Colorado
    United States of America United States of America
    The building is old and charming, very tall ceilings, the location is fantastic, close to everything, our room has the sea view, with a huge balcony on top, large room, great large common area and kitchen, free tea and coffee, laundry, the $5...

Managed by Balcony House

Company review score: 8.7Based on 981 reviews from 1 property
1 managed property

Company info

Balcony House opened in 2018 by a Danish/Zanzibari couple who, together will local staff, transformed the 1st floor of the historical 1890s building into our guesthouse in 2018 and expanded in 2021 to include a whole new floor above with full renovation. Our local and Danish team members are passionate, welcoming and always available for our guests both online and in-person before and during your stay. Balcony House's calm atmosphere accommodate needs for privacy and space for relaxation while also providing the opportunity to socialize with the other guests and staff members. We host both short and long term stays. Please contact us anytime with special requests or questions, and we will get back to you shortly.

Property info

Welcome to Balcony House – a lovely, friendly and spacious two-floored guesthouse situated in the very centre of historical, cultural and beautiful Stone Town in Zanzibar. Each of our 11 bedrooms has their own unique details and is also different in terms of room size, number/type of beds and facilities: for instance with or without ocean-view, en-suite private bathroom, air-condition or private seating-area. All rooms have full access to lovely common facilities such as a unique balcony, two furnished terraces, one large living/dining room, two lounges, fully equipped kitchen with free coffee and tea, washing machine & WiFi.

Neighborhood info

Balcony House is located in the very heart of charming Stone Town on Kenyatta Road next to number 23 just across the street from Lazziz bakery. The best location you could wish for and only 2 minutes walk to the incredible beach perfect for swimming, a walk, sunset-watching and hangout-spots! You are also only a few minutes walk from the coolest sea-view cocktail bars in town, great restaurants, cosy cafés for hanging out and watch sunsets, the must-visit Forodhani streetfood market and lots of shops. You can take a beautiful walk around Stone Town's narrow and ancient streets. We furthermore arrange tours around Stone Town and Zanzibar at cheap prices (e.g. spice tour, dolphin tour, boat trip to paradise-like sandbank, Prison Island tour etc.)

Languages Spoken


Area info

Amenities of Balcony House

Most popular amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Breakfast
  • Towels
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Beach
  • Snorkeling
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Game room
Food & Drink
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs $1 per day.
  • Street parking
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Concierge
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Express check-in/out
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Indoor play area
  • Board games/Puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
Safety & security
  • CCTV outside property
  • Smoke alarms
  • 24-hour security
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Mosquito net
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages Spoken
  • Danish
  • English
  • Swahili

House rules

Balcony House takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Until 10:00 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 8 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Crib upon request
$5 per child, per night

Prices for cribs aren't included in the total price. They'll have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

There are no extra beds available at this property.

All cribs are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Cash only

This property only accepts cash payments.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Must-know information for guests at this property

Please inform Balcony House of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

Quiet hours are between 23:00:00 and 07:00:00.

FAQs about Balcony House

  • Room options at Balcony House include:

    • Double
    • Family
    • Triple

  • The nearest beach is 350 feet from Balcony House. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Balcony House offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Game room
    • Snorkeling
    • Beach
    • Walking tours
    • Tour or class about local culture

  • Balcony House is 1.4 miles from the center of Zanzibar City. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at Balcony House is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • The prices at Balcony House may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.