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3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Plot 96, Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar | P.O. Box 4858, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #3 of 28 Stone Town B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Harare, Zimbabwe
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Al Minar Hotel was a warm and comfortable place to stay. The room was clean and air conditioned. The staff were warm, welcoming and extremely helpful. The hotel was located in a very convenient location and everything was walking distance. I absolutely enjoyed my stay and plan on going back again!

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Bony V, General Manager at Al-Minar, responded to this review

Dear 1RachelJane We are grateful to you for your lovely words in appreciation of our hotel and services.The encouragement from our valued customers help us improve on our standards.We the Staff and management of AL-MINAR Hotel would like to thank you for selecting us on your accommodation requiremnts in Zanzibar and wish to host you at our hotel ensuring the... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We absolutely loved our stay at the Al-Minar Hotel. The room was beautifully furnished, immaculately maintained and spotlessly clean with everything we could have wanted, including a great shower! The staff were wonderful and nothing was too much trouble. They got someone to show us where we could find a restaurant that was still open when we arrived late on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is located almost opposite to the Serena in a convenient location in the heart of stone town. Everything was walkable. The employees were very friendly. The room had air conditioning and was clean. The beds were a little hard but ok. The breakfast on the rooftop was good. The restaurant on the rooftop was good; they had a... More

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at Al-Minar for one night only, but found little to complain about. The Good: The location within Stone Town means that you can walk all over the place without getting tired. And this is in the quieter part of town, meaning much less bustle to disturb you. The service was pretty much spot on with friendly and helpful... More

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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What an amazing experience from start to finish our stay at AL MINAR was total perfection. The whole hotel is incredible and the staff couldn't do enough for you, we felt like millionaires. The reception area is WELL CLEANED, sleek and grand. The rooms are exceptionally well appointed with every little extra you can think of. It was these little... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Excellent house keeping team. Friendly staff. Great location, you can walk around stone town from the hotel. There's a beach you can walk to. Lots of restaurants and cafes around the hotel. The food may need some improvement.

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Astrakhan, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

We stay at al-Minar end of our tanzania visit. We got every thing in our room which you need for your comfort stay. Manager (manoj) is very polite person .if you like a good hospitality highly recommend al- minar . Will definitely coming back soon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Stayed here one night before continuing the journey to Dar Es Salaam. This is a rather new smaller hotel that has a very enthusiastic and service minded staff, some of them seem to have just had finished their exam from the ''hotel and tourism academy''. The twin bed room we had was rather small, but nicely decorated. The AC unit... More

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Bayreuth, Germany
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I stayed at Al minar-Hotel for two days in March 2014, as a single-travelling person. I was offered a fresh Mango-Welcome-Drink and the service at the reception was very polite and helpful. The hotel is located in the heart of old arabian stone town and therefore offers the best chances to explore the city and the near public beach at... More

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Zanzibar, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I had a pleasant time at minar hotel zanzibar.Every of my expectation was surpassed. i particularly loved the cleanliness.. The breakfast was amazing. Really good price and quality . The beds were so comfortable I cud not stop sleeping. I will defiantly go back The hotel staff is courteous and accomodated our requests very well. the MANAGER fulfills all our... More

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Address: Plot 96, Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar | P.O. Box 4858, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
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Hotel Class:3 star — Al-Minar 3*
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Al-Minar Zanzibar/Stone Town

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Located just a stone’s throw from Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town, the Al-Minar hotel is located centrally amidst the tourist district of Forodhani Gardens along the beach. The hotel itself embodies the essence of Zanzibar offering hand-carved beds, local artwork and the best local cuisine with modern amenities including state of the art bathroom, hot water and electricity backed by a generator. The best nightlife on the island is located minutes away as are the best restaurants, shops and other tourist destinations. Our hotel concierge will be happy to assist you with any arrangements regarding recreational activities during your visit. The rooftop restaurant at Al-Minar serves up an array of mouthwatering delicacies including local, Asian and Continental cuisine and the restaurants atmosphere showcases the spirit of stone town. tastefully decorated using local workmanship with modern amenities, the Al-Minar Hotel offers the best that Zanzibar has to offer with international flair ... more   less 
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