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The Swahili House

Mchambawima Street | P.O. Box 3705, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Zanzibar
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Last week stayed with my wife 1 night at the Swahili House, we where personal greeted my the Manageress (Bonita) who later took my wife for special shopping, as my wife needed some special kango for our daughter and Bonita was kind enough to show her the shop, we stayed in room 2 in the front, I think its one... More 

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Thank Edwin_8
Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

location is perfect in the heart of town. The service is very kind and very helpful.. The room is just beautiful made in a very special way. the rooftop restaurant has an amazing view with very nice chairs!! I recommend every aspect of it..

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Thank Lutof
Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The Swahili House was recommended to us by our guesthouse in Paje: it is ideally located in the heart of Stone Town, 5min away from the main market and 5min the other way from the touristy alleys. It is a fantastically decorated and maintained historical building with a rooftop that gives breathtaking views of Stone Town and the surroundings. The... More 

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Brighton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We stayed two nights on the second floor at The Swahili House on arrival in Zanzibar. It is located in the heart of the historic area near the huge Darajani Market and not far from the Anglican Cathedral whose spire stands prominently on view from the rooftop terrace of the hotel. On arrival, the taxi dropped us off two blocks... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I stayed in room 17 on the third floor and paid 45 USD or equivalently, at the time, 75,000 TZS, per night, single occupancy with breakfast. The room and the bathroom are quite bright, airy and spacious, with three windows in the main room and another in the bathroom. The main room includes a king size canopy bed with mosquito... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

On a recent trip to ZNZ I spent one night at the Swahili House (SH). I was due to leave on the ferry the next day so it was easy and convenient to be in Stone Town. I booked a night on Booking.com and it stated its a 3* hotel with aircon (which is much needed and appreciated). I paid... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

When arriving at this hotel during afternoon with 33°C and climbing the steep hotelstairs the first thing we wanted to do was having a shower. Though there was no water. Problems with government watersupply was pretexted. They told us within an hour everything would be arranged. We went to the city center to eat something and later came back. But... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Not a bad place to spend a night in Stone Town. Big rooms, central location and atmospheric building...rooftop bar with ok food. Perfectly suitable for a quick stop. You might find it unsuitable for a week in Zanzibar.

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Budapest, Hungary
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The hotel looks atmospheric, the room romantic, so you pay the price. The money was taken as we arrived. Then it turns out there is no air conditioning, it's maintenance. Whatever, we thought. But it turned out later that there is NO WATER. Normally they have, but it doesn't help me right now smelly, stinky, sticky... We agreed they would... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

It was a long way up the stare cases before we reached the restaurant. But we finally made it. The staff was good and friendly. And the food was good too. I had the best Pilao there! I would recommend anyone to try it out.

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