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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 27 Stone Town B&B and Inns
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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25 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Kampala
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Swahili House get my full recommendation as a place to stay when in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Due to a last minute change in plans, we had not booked in advance and being a party of 11 people, we were not confident in getting somewhere to stay. The Swahili House moved things around to ensure that they had room for... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When 3 families with 6 adults and 6 children ranging in age from 14, 12, 11, 7, 5, and 3months turn up looking for a place to stay for a night in Stonetown; Swahili House, a beautiful place in the center of the city with charm, character and a lovely staff was the answer! Full view of the city from... More 

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Dar Es Salaam Region, Tanzania
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I did not have much contact with the staff here. Very teep stairs so would not recommend it to elder people or families with small children. Small room, poor cleaning and stains on the sheet. Breakfast was only OK. Nice view from the rooftop though.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

After walking through the market place which is noisy and very busy you arrive at an oasis of calm called Swahili House. The entrance is welcoming and the hotel itself an amazing building. Beautifully restored from a merchants house it is on 4 levels with a terrace restaurant on the top floor. Our bedroom ( the Sultan Suite )was wonderful.... More 

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9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

we wanted to stay in a place with great location in the centre, with swahili & sultan of znz spirit , for reasonnable budget. got the room online, with great rates. Super friendly staff, almost too Familiar upstairs at the Bar ! Everyhting worked well, room at first floor, hot water, fan, clean, great bed, little terrace . Only the... More 

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Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We loved thi splace...The staff are extremely friendly.. Rooms are clean,... Great location.. Roof top Excellent breakfast.. We were surprised that they had a small plung pool after a busy day shopping...

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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*
Number of rooms: 22
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