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The Swahili House

2.5 of 5 Inn   |   Mchambawima Street | P.O. Box 3705, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #16 of 28 Stone Town B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Cairo, Egypt
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent three nights at Swahili house, We loved the Swahili style in the rooms and the lovely wooden stairs, the traditional architecture was very special and gave the place a beautiful atmosphere. Great location (in the heart of Stone town) and in a walking distance from all the nice places that worth visit in Stone town, Which you can... More

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Zanzibar, Tanzania
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the opportunity to spend one night at this boutique hotel. Very traditional architecture and in walking distance from all the interesting sites in Stonetown. We had the room 8 that was lovely. View from the 4th floor roof amazing. The only negative are the steps to go up. Certainly would go back.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were dismayed to discover live fleas in the bed of our room. When we alerted the General Manager, Rachel, to the problem, she at first denied the problem flat-out and then after some prodding reluctantly agreed to accompany us to our room to take a look. She glanced at the bed from several feet away and pronounced that she... More

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Chisinau, Moldova
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Great staff were very helpful during my stay. Hotel is located 5 min walk to ferry station, but it-s worth to pay 2000 tsh for someone to guide you there! Rooms are spacious, clean, with good zanzibari style furniture. Single issue is (if you are a couple, and haven't been married for 30 years) shower and toilet area offer no... More

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Southern Highlands
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I stayed at the Swahili House for one night and on a business trip. Unfortunately the house is under massive renovation and this was not mentioned during my reservation, which was disappointing (and very noisy!). The bathroom setting was pleasant, but the two of the window glasses were broken and patched up with duct tape which made the whole room... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Gorgeous hotel - Room two was beautifully decorated. Would have benefitted from better linen and mattress as well as more powerful shower but still a very pleasant environment. Room is cleaned twice a day, reception is helpful. Gorgeous terrace with restaurant - food is good but could be better. However the vista makes up for it! A warning for those... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I didn't have the best experience at this hotel, sadly. I was really looking forward to it but it was not great. When I arrived I checked in and was shown to "my" room, which had other people's stuff in it! Turned out my room had been double booked so I was taken to another room which had not been... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The Swahili House is an attractively presented traditional hotel. Rooms are all different, with comfortable 'Zanzibar-style' box-netted beds. In most rooms the 'Tadelakt- style' bathroom is integral to the bedroom, with varying heights of screening for privacy.The room did feel hot as the a/c was not very strong, so it was necessary to use the fan all the time. Yes,... More

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5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We stayed here for one night. (An expedia special offer which stated: full board. Too bad it was not full board after all...not the fault of Swahili house however, and they helped out in a great way). Rooms are mostly clean(we saw 3), but rather worn out. Airco was broken (room 9) and wifi is only available at the reception.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

It's a rather typical hotel style for Stone Town, though not the most premium choice; there are at least 5-6 other hotels around the town, which are closer to Western standards. Besides the fact that the hotel does not fully meet the expectations of someone used to Western hotels, it felt relatively clean and the location is not bad. The... More

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Address: Mchambawima Street | P.O. Box 3705, Stone Town, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Swahili House 2.5*
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The Swahili House Hotel Stone Town
The Swahili House Zanzibar/Stone Town

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Located in the bustling heart of Stone Town the building was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. In the 125 years that were to come the building was home to one of the many Sultan families and then became a hotel some years ago. After purchasing the hotel, renovations started in May 2008. Most of the hotel has been restored into its original state, but we have been making some changes as well. The result is The Swahili House - a sparkling hotel with traditional influences and modern day facilities in combination with authentic Swahili hospitality. ... more   less 
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