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Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Emerson Spice
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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41 reviews 41 reviews
39 hotel reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

From the moment you enter this amazing establishment you are transported to another world! I had expected this - to be honest - and we weren't disappointed. Our only disappointment was the fact that we were unable to meet the extraordinary Emerson himself who had sadly passed away only a week or so before we arrived. However, we were given... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We recently stayed at Emerson Spice at the end of a five-week long trip around East Africa. I can safely say that this is not only the best place to stay and eat in Stone Town, but it was also by far the most welcoming, luxurious and elegant hotel we stayed in during our trip. The staff were attentive without... More

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

Dear Katie, We're so proud that after five weeks in East Africa that Emerson Spice your last destination was the best; always good to end a long trip on a high note! Simba's a morning person without a doubt and his ear to ear grin is always an inspiration in the morning! Our 'Bits and Bobs' box gets added to... More

New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed here for 6 nights (5 nights in Kate one in Aida) and cannot stop talking about it as the best hotel we have ever stayed in. It really spoilt us aesthetically, and we now have to try not to measure other hotels that we stay in by this standard - they will never compare!!!!! The hotel staff deserve... More

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

Dear Sergey, What a fabulous review! We're all very flattered that two New Yorkers on their Honeymoon were so impressed with Emerson Spice and chose to use the hotel as a base to explore the island. Everyone, especially Sabri and Omar, from the hotel staff asked me to say . Now we just need to wait another year until... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the sort of place that makes you smile all the time. Wonderful helpful and friendly staff from the manager to the waiters, delicious food, fascinating rooms - I was entranced. Forget the resort hotels (I stayed in two disappointing ones) - Emerson Spice was by far the best bit of Zanzibar!

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

Delia! We're so glad that you enjoyed your time here so much and that we made you smile. Emerson's philosophy was that if you stay in a hotel that you should be able to enjoy yourself, Hence features like an outdoor bath and a swing on the balcony. All our rooms bar one have outside space with with either a... More

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I just got back from Zanzibar and the highlight of my trip was my first lunch at Emerson Spice and then my final dinner at the sister restaurant Emerson on Huwndazi. Both hotels are an oasis of calm in quite a busy environment, with staff that are helpful and friendly. Both were by far the best meals I had on... More

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

Claire! Thank you so much from both Emerson Spice and Emerson on Hurumzi for your rave review of both our restaurants! Emerson on Hurumzi, formerly Eemrson and Green has only recently reopened after a four month makeover, much needed since the 'Grande Dame' of Stonetown was originally opened back in 1997. Both rooftop restaurants have their own appeal: here is... More

Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking into Emerson feels like stepping back in time. Like other reviewers have said, magical, whimsical, and exotic are definitely key words to describe it. It's a beautiful old building that has been refurbished as a modern hotel. But fear not - you won't be giving up any amenities: the bathroom is fully equipped, and there are both fans and... More

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

We're so glad that you were 'transported' into the Emerson Spice experience! Always intended as an oasis within the Kazbah it's always gratifying to read that not only the style of the hotel but also it's substance with the essential mobile phone and choice of fan or a/c is appreciated! The call to prayer is an unavoidable part of staying... More

Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wish I could have stayed longer! Whole experience was magical - I had the whimsical Turandot room with lush furnishings, indoor AND outdoor shower and private swing on the balcony! Extremely helpful and friendly staff and lovely small touches - like a comprehensive toiletries box in the bathroom, and a mobile phone you can take with you into stone town... More

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

Thank you so much for such a lovely review. It's always great to read that our 'Solo' guests feel well looked after and can explore the unique maze of Stonetown streets with confidence. Our receptionists are all kept up to date with all the activities we offer our clientele: we recently sent all our reception staff on the Safari Blue... More

Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As there is no vehicle access directly to the hotel, you will need to take a short walk from the parking area near the beachfront. This was not an issue as our driver Abdul very kindly helped with our luggage giving us the opportunity to look around and get our bearings. From the moment I arrived at this hotel, I... More

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

thank you for taking, (such a lot!), of time to write such a super review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Abdul, one of drivers, all of whom were handpicked many years ago, in order that our guests have a knowledgable and reliable guide throughout their stay with us. Like wise the majority of our staff, all Zanzibari, have... More

Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While we were at Emerson spice for 3 days in Mid-August- the hotel became the best hotel in Stone Town (per tripadvisor). I would so agree with this as this is an absolute little gem and excellent boutique hotel in the heart of Stone Town. The rooms we saw was very nice- we even got offered a day room due... More

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Natasha! What can we say but thank you so much for all your wonderful compliments. Flattery will get you everywhere!!! It was a pleasure to,look after you during your stay in Stonetown, and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon! With best regards, Russell and The Emerson Spice Team More

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10 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Emerson Spice is set in the heart of Stonetown. There is no through street so you have to walk a little bit to get to it but that is part of the adventure. While walking you get to see the daily life of the residents and the architecture of the older buildings. As you step into the hotel it is... More

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Joanne and Jessica, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It's always a pleasure to welcome guests, especially those who really get into the spirit of all Stonetown has to offer. I'm so glad you had the chance to take in not only everything at Emerson Spice but also a rooftop dinner... 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): $$
Also Known As:
Emerson Spice Hotel Stone Town
Emerson Spice Zanzibar/Stone Town

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