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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. Each spacious room comes with air conditioning and Zanzibari-style furniture and décor. The rooms also include satellite TV and an electric kettle. The private bathrooms are equipped with a hairdryer. Guests can relax by the swimming pool or on the roof-top terrace. The restaurant serves a variety of local Zanzibari and international cuisine. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Dhow Palace Hotel is located just 984 feet from Stone Town Beach and 1640 feet from the House of Wonders. The Ferry Port is 0.6 mi away and Zanzibar Airport is 3.1 mi from the hotel.

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

Dhow Palace Hotel has been welcoming guests since Nov 18, 2013

Property Highlights

Located in the best-rated area in Zanzibar City, this hotel has an excellent location score of 9.4

Breakfast Info

Continental, Vegetarian, Halal, Kosher

Free private parking available at the hotel

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Room Type
1 full bed
1 twin bed
1 full bed
2 twin beds
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Travel Sustainable Level 3
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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Zanzibar City
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  • Esther
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Breakfast was simple and good. Staff were awesome. Location is close to all.
  • Hang
    - Beautiful hotel, I feel like staying in a palace! - Good choices of food for breakfast - Great location, closed to some of my favourite restaurants and cafes - Caring and professional staff & customer care services
  • Feenstra
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Beautiful property and wonderful staff! The rooftop view is spectacular. My room was comfortable and had everything I needed. The food from the restaurant was also delicious! I had leave before breakfast time to catch my flight and the lovely...
  • Debashish
    Location is the best.Food could have been better....
  • Christina
    Character. Location. Competent, polite staff. Comfortable beds. Good shower!
  • Stacy
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    We loved everything. Dhow Palace is an absolutely beautiful place in old Stone Town Zanzibari style. We love the old windows, the little balcony, the a/c on hot days, the location in the middle of everything but slightly tucked away, the gorgeous...
  • Erin
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    I arrived on the first ferry, so was very early, but the staff was happy to let me store my bags while i walked around and went on a day tour. The breakfast was great- good variety of fruits and pastries, omelettes made on the spot, as well as a...
  • Niranjala
    United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
    The staff are so friendly And Helpful. Love the interior Best Breakfast
  • Adam
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Location is excellent, very cool atmosphere. Balcony from the room above the pool was neat! Okay value for the area.
  • Kimberley
    Beautiful traditional hotel, swimming pool, laundry service, safety deposit box at the front desk, Standard breakfast, taxi available to the airport

Property questions and answers
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  • Hello; I’d like to have a room with a king bed or at the very least a queen. I don’t see this option available. Is that because they are sold out?

    Hi yes the rooms are sold out, thank you
    Answered on 22 February 2021
  • Hello! How much is airport pick up for 1 person from ZNZ? Thanks!

    Dear Guest the airport pickup will cost you $15 from the airport to our hotel. thank you
    Answered on 3 October 2022
  • Hi, we are due to land at the airport at 2:10am, do you offer the pickup service at this time? Could we check-in at this time? Thank you

    Dear Guest, Yes we do offer airport pick service at our hotel thank you
    Answered on 19 June 2023
  • Hi, Does the triple room has 2 twin beds and 1 full bed like shown on the picture? Thank you

    Dear Guest, yes it has 3 beds inside, thank you
    Answered on 19 June 2023
  • Is front desk open for check in 1h30 am thanks Melanie

    Dear Lovely Guest, Our front desk is open 24/7. thank you
    Answered on 19 June 2023
  • hi do you serve halal food

    Dear Lovely Guest, yes we do serve halal food in our hotel, thank you Best regards Nawab
    Answered on 5 February 2023
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Hotel area info *

1 Restaurant On Site

  • Restaurant
    • Cuisine
      African • Indian • European
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Brunch • Lunch • Dinner
    • Ambience
      Family-friendly • Traditional
    • Dietary options
      Halal • Vegetarian • Dairy-free

Amenities of Dhow Palace Hotel
Great facilities! Review score, 8.2

Most popular amenities
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness center
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathtub
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Pool view
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Cleaning products
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack
  • Aerobics
  • Live music/Performance
  • Tour or class about local culture
  • Bike tours
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
  • Temporary art galleries
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Cycling
  • Pool table
  • Game room
  • Fishing
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Satellite channels
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Fruit
    Additional charge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Kids' meals
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Accessible parking
Front Desk Services
  • Private check-in/out
  • Concierge
  • ATM on site
  • Baggage storage
  • Currency exchange
  • Express check-in/out
  • 24-hour front desk
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Suit press
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Mosquito net
  • Wake-up service
  • Tile/Marble floor
  • Soundproof
  • Private entrance
  • Car rental
  • Packed lunches
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Elevator
  • Family rooms
  • Hair/Beauty salon
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Entire unit wheelchair accessible
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Upper floors accessible by elevator
2 swimming pools
Pool 1 – indoor
  • Open all year
Pool 2 – outdoorFree!
    • Kids' pool
    • Beauty services
    • Beach chairs/Loungers
    • Fitness center
      Additional charge
    Languages Spoken
    • Danish
    • English
    • French
    • Hindi
    • Norwegian
    • Swedish
    • Swahili

    House rules

    Dhow Palace Hotel takes special requests – add in the next step!


    From 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM


    From 5:00 AM to 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 11 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
    3+ years
    Extra bed upon request
    $30 per person, per night

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

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

    All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

    No age restriction

    There's no age requirement for check-in


    Pets are not allowed.

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