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Emerson Spice

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Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staying at Emerson Spice is a must if visiting Stone Town! My wife and I had had a one night stay at the end of March 2015 and loved our experience. In our opinion it’s worth paying a little more for a truly unique experience -- we appreciate the extra pampering after arriving from our safari in the Serengeti. Rooms... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Ryan, Wow! What an amazing Review. Thank you so much from all of us! We love looking after our Guests after their Safari's..always good to get a good hot shower and relax on the antique Zanzibari Four Poster, or slump into one of the hammocks on the balcony. Our next day Laundry Service, complimentary, is always a relief too!... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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72 reviews 72 reviews
33 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to experience Stone Town at its very heart then look no further. Set in the bustling streets and alleyways of the old city this sensitive restoration of a pair of merchant's houses has been achieved with real style and panache. Each of the highly individual rooms has been lavishly decorated with Zanzibari colour and old furniture, subtly... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Toaster803, The Emerson Spice Team and I say 'Ahsante Sana Kabisa!' for such a Wonderful Review of our Hotel! As you say, '...... this sensitive restoration of a pair of merchant's houses has been achieved with real style and panache'. The Late Emerson Skeens moved from Manhattan to Zanzibar in the early 1990's and Emerson Spice is his third,... More 

Cairo, Egypt
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The decor and woodwork in this hotel takes your breath away. The airy entryway, the views from the roof, the attention to detail in the courtyard and enchanting fountain - really amazing and very unique. Our room - violetta - was huge and had a lovely tub. The mosquito net billowing and call to prayer close by was quite enchanting.... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Skylarmarie, Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write such a detailed and complimentary review. We're so glad that 'your breath was taken away' by the Architectural Features, Interior Design, and the Playing Fountain, which we all take so much pride in showing our guests, and the visitors to Stonetown alike. It took our founder... More 

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A very special place, so glad I found it on Tripadvisor. Loved the decor, the welcome and all the practical things including the mobile phone to use and the 1961 guide to Zanzibar. And especially liked the fact of the all in deal. You pay upfront and don't need to worry about all the endless extras. And the included wifi... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Jackie, Ahsante Sana! It was a pleasure to have you to stay with us. We are so pleased that you loved the Interiors at Emerson Spice, as well as the indispensable 'Retro' Guide to the Island! The Mobile Phone, provided for each of the eleven rooms in the Hotel, are not only for contacting Reception, Housekeeping, etc. But also,... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

A lovely boutique hotel very well located. it is a renovated house in the original Zanzibar style with local furniture. Each room is named after an opera character with its individual style and many have balconies looking over Stonetown. There is a great rooftop terrace for sundowners and 5 course prix fixe dinners which are very good value. The manager,... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Chere Elise, Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you to stay with us, and great to meet you and your friends....... As you say, Emerson Spice is a renovated late 18th Century Merchant's House, actually two Houses, merged together by its Founder and Namesake, Emerson, by means of a light and airy... More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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102 hotel reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It started already when I booked a room - confirmed that i wanted to stay 2 nights in the Kate room for 250 USD/ night. I received a confirmation and then an e-mail saying - "we have a spring offer so you will only pay 200 usd/night and we give you one free dinner for 2 included in that price".... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Hans, It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and your Guest, and have you staying with us! Our Reservation Team always make sure to inform prospective clients of any special offers, such as the 'Spring Special' that you were able to take advantage of. Choosing the right room for one's tastes and requirements, as well as advice on... More 

Mombasa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Emerson Spice is glorious. Right in the heart of Stone Town it's one of the most established hotels in the area and it shows inasmuch as the management - Russell - is hugely knowledgeable about where to go and what to do. The staff are delightful, the five course tasting menu fabulous - and not overwhelming or too much as... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear SandIsland, Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. We're so pleased that you found Emerson Spice to be 'Glorious'...we do too! Thank you also for complimenting my Team and I. I have lived and worked in Hotels in East Africa since 2008, when I moved to Zanzibar from London, so have picked up a... More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The Emerson Spice was such a great experience. The customer service there is so great – so welcoming and they waited on us hand and foot. Our room, known as Kate – named after Katherine Hepburn – was just so unique and cool. There are two big balconies, one of which has an outdoor shower (there’s also an indoor shower... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Sara, 'Ahsante Sana Rafiki!' from all of us here at Emerson Spice. It is always such a pleasure and privilege to have Newly Weds to stay with us, and we always make every effort to make them feel extra special, from the bedroom festooned with tropical flowers, to the bottle of 'African Passion' wine chilling for you on arrival!... More 

Juba, South Sudan
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Emerson Spice is the best hotel I have ever stayed in: the design is thoughtful and flawless; the food is delicious; and the staff, especially Manager Russell, are perfect. They cannot do enough for you, and made me feel like Katherine Hepburn, after whom my room was designed. I came here for R&R from deployment in South Sudan, and it... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Kate, What a very flattering review...it will get you everywhere!!!! We are so delighted to receive more and more guests seeking refuge from the harsh realities of life in places like Southern Sudan. And, increasingly, our Clientele are travelling from Entebbe, Addis Ababa, Harare, and Nairobi, and discovering both the warm and hospitable people that are all things Zanzibari,... More 

Helsinki, Finland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Don't even think about visiting Zanzibar without overnighting in Stone Town and in Emerson Spice. This quaint boutique hotel transports you through time to 19th century at a very personal level. Our room had a huge private veranda, an excellent spot for really immersing yourself into the beat of Stone Town around you! Excellent service and a nice rooftop restaurant... More 

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear B.I.P. Bears! Thank you for writing such a great review of Emerson Spice....'Don't even Think About.....not Overnighting at Emerson Spice' is a Fantastic and Flattering Accolade! We're so pleased that you enjoyed your Suite, 'Violetta', Emerson designed and named all the Suites at Emerson Spice after his favorite Female Icons. Being a Passionate Opera Buff, Violetta is named after... More 

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