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Boutique and art hotel: A touch of italian luxury : Mashariki Palace Hotel

The Mashariki Palace Hotel was once the domicile of the first Oman's Sultan religious councilor and now,restored beyond the pristine magnificence, is the privileged residence for travelers choosing refined hospitality in a historical settings.
The 18 no smoking rooms are all unique,with high ceilings,several have balconies,some have sea views,others a living area or mezzanine floor,but all are inclosed in this original ancient palace with cool,thick walls,Arabian beds,stucco decorations and carved doors bringing you the essence of old Zanzibar with a twist of modern chic.
The terrace restaurant for " a la carte" breakfast ,a lunch snack or a sunrise aperitif with dinner menu,has a touch of Italian taste with the flavor of the island spices .
Booking is needed and more for the romantic dinner under the stars, at " ONE-TABLE RESTAURANT" on a little terrace just for you and a few close....
Come and be charmed !

The terrace restaurant for " a la carte " breakfast ,a lunch snack or a sunrise aperitif with dinner menu,has a touch of Italian taste with the flavor of the island spices .
Booking is needed and more for the romantic dinner under the stars, at " ONE-TABLE RESTAURANT" on a little terrace just for you and a few close....
Free Wi-Fi in the common areas.
Daily boat tours to the fantastic white sand bank island or for a half day to the best snorkeling of zanzibar at a island in a 20 min .boat trip.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Architecture, Diving and Snorkeling, Luxury Travel
  • Written April 6, 2013
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  • stub2007 profile photo stub2007
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Funguni Palace: Heart of Stone Town

We had a very pleasant visit at Funguni Palace and so appreciated the friendly staff. Since the location is so convenient, we could walked all over the city from the hotel so saved a great deal in transport costs. It was also a great way to see what life is like for people who live in Stone Town as we ordered chipatti and pilau from the nearby street sellers and restaurants, a mere stone's throw away from the hotel.

Breakfast served on the roof overlooking the city was a real highlight, as was cable TV, free wifi and airconditioning!

Free wifi
Free breakfast on the roof
Air conditioning

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Photography, Architecture
  • Written November 29, 2011

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  • Reviews: 1

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Funguni Palace: Convenient Stone Town

Funguni Palace Hotel was an affordable and convenient location from which to explore Stone Town. It's an easy and well-lit walk to Forodhani Gardens for supper in the evenings, which is Stone Town at its best. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly and welcomed us in as family. Air-conditioning was definitely a bonus in the stifling heat of summer!

Convenient location for exploring Stone Town

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Architecture, Budget Travel, Historical Travel
  • Written November 29, 2011

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Stone Town: A Boutique Hotel

Love Zanzibar in general and Stone Town in particular. I can only speak for the hotels I know, those being the Zanzibar Palace Hotel, - a beautiful smaller hotel with only 9 rooms. It has athmosphere, great service and is both clean and safe. Only a few minutes walk from the ferry terminal. The rooms all have a different motive, with English indian and Arabian designs that are very pleasant on the eye and just nice and relaxing. There is an atrium in the middle of this three story building. The staff was very helpful and always there for us. I am sure it did not hurt that we pretty much had the hotel to ourselves, as I was the Tour Manager with a small group of people. We occupied all but two rooms. The tour members were delighted with the hotel and constantly praised the staff. Granted, the staff was well taken care of by us as well.

Rooms all had bathrobes and in-room safe, and the all important mosquitonets. The Continental Breakfast was far above any conventional Continental breakfast, the tables were literally loaded with goods. Dinner was not included in the tour, however the reports I received from ther tour were excellent, as were my my own opinions.

Althought he hotel can arrange for several tours, we had our own arrangenments and did a Stone Town walking tour and a tour to prison Island.

I am hardpressed to find faults with this hotel, but if pressed, I personally had a bout with mosquitos, but not really the hotel's fault.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel
  • Written October 14, 2009
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Tembo Hotel: The most famous hotel in Zanzibar

Tembo Hotel is a famous hotel and an impressive old building on the waterfront of Stonetown. Rooms are furnished with antique Zanzibari furniture and sunken Persian baths with showers, and include fridge, telephone, satellite tv, hairdryer and air-conditioning. The service standards are not too good for it's price.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Beaches, Backpacking, Adventure Travel
  • Written December 8, 2008
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Narrow Street Hotel: Small hotels in the old town

Narrow Street Hotel is a budget hotel in the old part of Stonetown. The hotel has only 8 rooms. It's a simple, but charming hotel located 2 minutes walk from the ferry, behind some narrow streets. So it's quite fast to walk here. The streets in this part of the town are almost all the same, and the area is like a labyrinth.

The aircondition didn't work, and it was very hot at night. Usually I don't expect much for a hotelroom when I only pay 20 USD (USD15/20/35 sgl/dbl/tpl). Altogether I liked this hotel.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Beaches, Adventure Travel, Backpacking
  • Written December 8, 2008
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Tembo House Hotel: Gret location in Stone Town

Tembo was about the only hotel that was open at the end of May which is still officially the rainy season. We booked directly with the hotel without any problems at all, for 1 night costing US$110.

It's in a great location and within walking distance of all the main sights and right on the sea front, boasting great views of the sunsets. Stone Town itself is pretty small anyway so you can see most of it within 2 days or less. Appox. 5/10 min walk to House of Wonders and the old fort

Tembo is an old colonial style hotel with the old part dating back to 1885. It's a lovely hotel and the rooms are clean and basic, most with a view of the sea or the swimming pool.

The food was quite nice there and as there was a power blackout on the whole island (which has lasted nearly 3 weeks) we had little choice but to eat there. Most of Stone Town is without electricy (via generators), which means many of the restaurants and cafes were closed of a night. Breakfast was a little to be desired, consisting of mainly bread and fruit.

Unfortunately my luggage was left behind in Nairobi (which is often the case) but the staff were helpful enough and didn't charge us for the calls we made to the airport. My bag turned up at Tembo the next morning.

Mozzies are not too much of a problem in Stone Town but as with most of this part of the world you do need to sleep in a mosquito net. Night service will come around sunset to spray the room and drop the nets, although the little buggers still get in!

All in all I had a good stay at Tembo and would reccomend it, but don't go with high expectations.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written June 11, 2008

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Tembo House Hotel

Tembo House Hotel is a comfortable, colonial-style hotel with a terrace restaurant stretching to the beach. The service was excellent and the food was good, particularly breakfast.

We enjoyed a stunning view out to sea from our bedroom.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written December 31, 2006
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TEMBO HOUSE HOTEL: WOW !


The Tembo House Hotel is a real ‘WOW’. It has an understated front that opens into a dramatic courtyard that has a fantastic swimming pool surrounded by the inner balconies of the spectacular rooms. Go past this to sit on the terrace and have a cold drink or a great meal as you take in the sights of the ocean and nearby islands.

The hotel is an old building that housed the American Consulate in 1834. In 1884 it become the premises of Cowasjee Dinshaw & Partners who managed trading companies in the western Indian Ocean. Their name is still on the main entrance of the hotel.

Facilities
• Fantastic swimming pool in the courtyard
• Own beach in front of the terrace restaurant and bar
• Bahari Restaurant (local and international cuisine)
• Internet Café
• Laundry

Rooms
• Most with balconies overlooking the ocean or swimming pool
• Air-conditioning
• Refrigerator
• Telephone
• Satellite TV
• Mosquito netting/fans
• Large Zanzibarian beds

Even if you do not stay here, come for a meal on the terrace. The food is fantastic and you can enjoy authentic African dishes with a gentle breeze and a fantastic view. The swimming pool is the best of the few in Stone Town. Go for a dip! Changing rooms and toilets are pool side.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Food and Dining, Spa and Resort
  • Written October 18, 2006
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MALINDI GUEST HOUSE: GOOD PRICE, GREAT VIEW


The Malindi Guest House is slightly paradoxical. When you first walk in and up the stairs to reception you feel like you are in an ornate and very tall house owned by a very rich person. The decorations and decor are ornate and reflect Zanzibar history and culture. A long walk all the way to the top reveals an amazing open roof bar and restaurant area. This is one of the best places for a cheap ice cold beer to see the sunset and the port area at night.

The other side? The rooms are very basic, but you do not pay much to stay here. You get a comfortable mattress on the floor with clean sheets, a very good mosquito net and a large fan overhead. No furniture, but a great low price to stay here. The only other odd thing is that it is a semi-industrial site near the port, which is not that nice at night. It is a reasonably safe area at night, but you may want to take a taxi back at night. At the very least go for the cold beer visit! I did when I visited someone staying there who felt their stay was excellent. The staff are friendly and helpful!


Great bar at the top and wonderful views of the Port.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Study Abroad, Budget Travel
  • Written October 18, 2006
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COCO DE MER: PRETTY NAF


I think it is very telling that I didn’t take any pictures of this hotel. It was dark, dingy and my room was an oven. Even with the loud ceiling fan. I had a strange room in the shape of a ‘C’ and the best thing about it was the hot water shower. Except that you want a cold shower here in Zanzibar and in the rooms here. No air-conditioning at all. The beds are poor and the mosquito nets looked a bit worn. You can get in here for less than $40 by haggling. They will negotiate.

Stone town either has luxury hotels at a luxury price or cheap places that leave a lot to be desired. This is not a luxury anything.

There are 2 redeeming values about the ‘Mer.

1) Its location – right in the heart of Stone Town attractions

2) Its bar. They always made me popcorn and the beer was ice cold

If you are looking for something in Stone Town, this is not it. There are cheaper, better and cooler guesthouse a little less central than the ‘Mer.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Beer Tasting, Budget Travel, Singles
  • Written October 18, 2006
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Clove hotel: Attractively priced hotel

I did not stay in the Clove hotel, but it was almost next to my hotel (Emerson & Green) and we could see the breakfast room from our roof top.

Though I did not see the inside of the hotel, nor any of the rooms, I would say that the hotel's website and price list suggest it to be a very attractive option if you travel on a lower to intermediate budget and want to stay in the heart Stone Town.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 13, 2006
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  • Veghel profile photo Veghel
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Emerson & Green: Kipembe room

This page only describes the Kipembe room of the Emerson & Green hotel. For a description of the hotel, please see my separate tip.

The Kipembe room -- situated on the second floor right under the South room -- was a nice room. It is comparable to the West room, but a bit less beautiful than the South room. The bathroom of Kipembe is not in line with the other bathrooms and, though still acceptable, it needs renovation. The Kipembe room does not offer nice views, but is does have airconditioning. As the price is much lower than the West room (US$ 110 versus US$ 165), I would recommend the Kipembe room (if you can't get the South room at US$ 165 of course).

The Kipembe room does not have a patio or balcony, but there is a small inside room between the bathroom and the bedroom. This room has a desk and two chairs.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Luxury Travel
  • Written August 13, 2006
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Emerson & Green: West room

This page only describes the West room of the Emerson & Green hotel. For a description of the hotel, please see my separate tip.

The West room -- situated on the top floor -- was a nice room, but just a bit less than the South room. The main disadvantages were the noise from streets overnight and the various features that make the South room so unique. Still the West room is a very nice place to stay! And the views are definitely more beautiful than the views from the South room.

The West room has a balcony with a table, two chairs and many plants with beautiful flowers.

The West room does not have airconditioning, but was reasonably cool overnight (in July 2006).

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Luxury Travel
  • Written August 13, 2006
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Emerson & Green: South room

This page only describes the South room of the Emerson & Green hotel. For a description of the hotel, please see my separate tip.

The South room was the best Emerson & Green room that I stayed in. Access was by a beautifully carved wooden door, after which a small bridge led to a private patio. On the right of the patio was the bedroom, on the left a semi-covered bathroom, with the bath tube partly outside in the open air. The patio itself offered much privacy (also for the bath tube!) as well as a table and two chairs. Besides there were many plants with beautiful flowers.
The South room does not have airconditioning. As it is situated on the top floor and has windows all around, the room was still reasonably cool overnight (at least in July 2006).

Just look at the pictures and try to find a similar room somewhere else. I think you won't find it!

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written August 13, 2006
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