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Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its a stunningly beautiful, romantic hotel with real charm. The staff were very helpful and happy to walk us to locations when we felt we might get lost, and provide a phone to call them if we did. (As it happened we got lost a lot, but the friendly residents of Stonetown were always ready to help with directions). The... More

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LeucadiaLisa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment you arrive it is clear you are in another world. Each room has its own character and just when you think they can't get more beautiful you look into another. I loved the sounds of life going on around the hotel - NOT tourist party life, real life. I can't say enough about the staff, they all... More

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Lisa, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a complimentary review. We're so glad that you had the opportunity to explore some of our eleven rooms during your stay and appreciated each one's individual style and ambience. The team here are all Zanzibari and proud to carry on a tradition of welcoming all nationalities and... More

Chicago, Illinois
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120 reviews 120 reviews
46 hotel reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Emerson Spice is more than just a regular hotel. It is a place where you can immerse yourself in local culture and a part of history. The decor, the staff, the attitude, everything is welcoming and gives you a touch of Zanzibar. Each room is unique in decor and layout, and they all are named after a significant person. We... More

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loungelover1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

What can we say but . Thank you so much for such an amazing review. We're so glad that you enjoyed our Indian Gem of a room, Siti: she obviously made an impression!!! The Emerson philosophy is all about comfort, hospitality and always a soupçon of fun which is reflected in each and very room. Swings, hammocks, and... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I live on the island, and had the chance to spend a night at Emerson. The visit of the all building is of course a must . you learn so much about Zanzibar history and dive straight in into the authentic sultan spirit... Wonderful colors and artworks inside . The rooms are amazingly renovated and decorated with several paintings and... More

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loungelover1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

for your great review. To have such high praise from a Zanzibar resident is extra special for us! We're so glad you took in all that Emerson Spice has to offer after a painstaking three years of renovation undertaken by Babu Emerson some eight years ago. Each room has it's own theme with flamboyant colours and fabrics... More

Muscat, Oman
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for the first night of our week in Zanzibar and it was great. Truly excellent service from the moment we were picked up by Abdul (who was friendly, courteous and who offered us extra taxi services throughout our trip at competitive rates) and from all hotel staff, right until we left. The room (L'amour) was colourful with... More

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Gabriella, It was such a pleasure to welcome you both to your first visit and thank you for choosing to stay with us! All our drivers are hand picked and all of them are qualified guides as well so perfect for showing you the island. Your room named 'L'Amour Toujours L'Amour' after the actress Dorothy L'Amour who famously starred... More

London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful old hotel that harks back to a bygone era where huge 4 poster beds, open plan rooms, elaborate balconies and antiques make for a truly memorable stay. The staff are really friendly, sincere, welcoming and helpful. If you are interested in the history of Zanzibar and Stone town, make sure to either stay here or at... More

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

What a flattering review. We're so happy that you enjoyed the 'Emrson Style' of the hotel, ideally situated, as you say, for exploring Stonetown's ancient kazbah. Everyone is so pleased that you felt well looked after and must apologise for our 'mood lighting'. We are currently looking at improving practicality with the addition of some suitably positioned spotlights... More

South West Rocks, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thanks to Emerson's amazing vision and style Emerson Spice is a brilliant gem in our minds forever. We were a party of 7 friends and family spending special birthdays in Africa with Stone Town our penultimate stop on a wonderful holiday on safari in Africa. This hotel is exquisite with glamorously themed (huge) rooms, sensuous fabrics and no detail forgotten.... More

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Everyone here at Emerson Spice has asked me to say hello to you all and are asking when you're coming back! It was a pleasure to have you to stay and to enjoy a glass to two with you all after dinner under the stars overlooking the roofs of Stonetown! We are all inspired by Emerson's unique vision... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us stayed at Emerson Spice after the completion of a trek up Mt Kilimanjaro in mid September. It was a fantastic way to end our holiday and relax before flying home to Australia. The staff were extremely helpful and organised for all our washing to be done (free of charge) which was mostly very dirty hiking and cold... More

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Graham, Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write such a great review of us. And many congratulations again to you, Susan, Jeff and Penny for the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro! We were so glad to have you as our guests to relax and re acclimatise! Here at Emeraon Spice we understand that, after a... More

adelaide
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42 reviews 42 reviews
36 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group stayed here - and for a few nights myself and my wife tried out the Emerson on Hurumzi which is not a scratch on this place. The Emerson Spice has larger rooms, regular hot water and air conditioning. Also the restaurant on the roof is great. Both the Emerson Hurumzi and Emerson Spice are a bit dark and... More

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review. We were so glad that your group were able to stay with us despite all the stairs. There is only one hotel in town with an elevator and that only goes to the second floor. As you say the higher up you go the more light breeze you have which is a... More

Bangor, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Having just returned from our honeymoon we wanted to review all the hotels we stayed in. We spent one evening at Emerson Spice for a well need refresh between our 4 night safari and our beach resort on the beach side of zanibar. Having seen photographs of the hotel online before travelling the true beauty of the rooms cannot be... More

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Jo, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We're so glad that you enjoyed the ambience and amenities and we all want to say for your compliments about the service as well. Yes, Stonetown is all about stairs I'm afraid; elevators are a rarity here being very difficult to install... More

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Address: Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Emerson Spice Hotel Stone Town
Emerson Spice Zanzibar/Stone Town

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