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Al-Minar

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3.5 of 5
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Plot 96, Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar | P.O. Box 4858, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Al Bahah, Saudi Arabia
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's really a good place to stay before you head to your final destination in Zanzibar.. It's really great value for money hotel.. The staff is really friendly.. Since I'm Muslim.. The reception gave me a wake up call Fajr time without even I ask for it.. I find that really nice of them.. The only downside is that there... More 

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We are just finishing our stay at this hotel, and have enjoyed our stay here very much! I requested a quiet room as the hotel reviews had said that the could be some noise from the back alley it is down. We were given "The Cave" which is set off on its own beside the actual hotel. It is a... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rooms are clean and comfortable. Staff are helpful. Very central for a walking tour around Stone Town. Very well priced in comparison to hotels right next door. Restaurant is OK for Indian food but expensive. Probably better going out for dinner. Breakfast is good. The main attraction of this hotel is the price and location combined with reasonable quality.

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Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Al-Minar is a convenient and clean hotel with an excellent central location in Stone Town. All major sights can easily be explored on foot from this hotel. Rooms are spacious and have big beds, the comprehensive breakfast is served on the rooftop restaurant overlooking the hotel‘s neighbourhood. Hotel staff, e.g. Jacqueline and Juma at the reception, are very helpful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This reasonably priced hotel has an excellent location in Stone Town--a stone's throw from the Serena and easy to walk to all the Stone Town attractions. The room smelled a bit musty due to the humidity and the bed felt a little damp. If you can ignore that, the room was fine. The room provided air conditioning (although mine did... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hotel interiors are all very nice. Good wifi, friendly staff. Breakfast was very nice at rooftop. The location is very good, but the entrance cannot be reached by car, so a short walk is needed to reach it.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The Al Minar is the best place to stay in Stone Town. It has a great location, right in the centre of things but is still quiet and calm and a great reprieve from the endless touts who pester tourists unashamedly. We spent some time looking through the lonely planet recommended accommodations- all of which are riding on the previous... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I really enjoyed my stay. In the first room the AC didn't work properly, so they kindly let me switch into another room, and into yet another room from which I finally had reliable wifi. Rooms are very clean and very well maintained, breakfast very accommodating of vegetarians.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

What a pleasant stay. Super helpful staff, very comfortable room. Central location Just what I needed. Tucked away yet close enough to the bustle for one to appreciate the quiet. Close to many yummy eating places

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

A bit hard to find, this hotel is a true hidden gem with excellent rooms, a superb breakfast (on the roof terrace) and friendly staff. Arriving from Dar es Salaam, we were pleasently surprised by the value for money, quietness and well-equipped bathroom.

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