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Dhow Palace Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kenyatta Rd | Shangani, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #10 of 29 hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Arabian style hotel in the middle of Stone Town, Zanzibar, the hotel is a converted from palace, some Sultan or a royal member lived there. Dhow Palace is indeed a magical place, good view from the top floor, intercontinental breakfast, friendly staff, and a pool. Huge rooms, authentic furniture, takes you back in time, Visited a friend (Ibrahim) after 27yrs,... More

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Dhowpalace, Manager at Dhow Palace Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Rikins Thank you for the time and trouble completing this review. We are very delighted knowing you enjoyed your stay with us, it is only by receiving such feedback from valued guests, such as yourself, that we are better able to see where we stand in terms of services we provide to our guests. I hope to see you... More

Juba, Al Khartum, South Sudan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel is built in old Arabian style, it felt like staying in Palace from the old times, the furniture and even the bathroom is made in a special way to suit the theme. Stayed for one night and wont hesitate to stay there again.

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Dhowpalace, Manager at Dhow Palace Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Maie S Thank you for the time taken and trouble completing this review. We are very delighted to note you enjoyed your stay with us, it is only by receiving such feedback from valued guests, such as yourself, that we are better able to see where we stand in terms of services we provide to our guests. I hope... More

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
23 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing has been changed to detract from the feeling that the sultan still lives here. The place is huge and takes advantage of every bit of shade an air in steamy Stone Town. The furnishings are spectacular--antique cradles, a portrait of the queen, inlaid Zanzibar tables and cabinets with painted glass tiles. The beds are huge and sit so high... More

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Dhowpalace, Manager at Dhow Palace Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Nomad 1248 Thank you for taking the time and trouble completing the review. We are very delighted knowing you enjoyed your stay with us, it is only by receiving such feedback from valued guests, such as yourself, that we are better able to see where we stand in terms of services we provide to our guests. It is particularly... More

Moret-sur-Loing, France
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70 reviews 70 reviews
59 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Dhow Palace is magical, and is a good value for money hotel. I got one of their three-bed rooms. Pros: 1. Room size is huge. If you're a group of 3, to say around 5, you'll fit in pretty well. 2. The receptionist is helpful with the tour/taxi arrangements, and comparing it to the other hotels, they don't overcharge.... More

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Dhowpalace, Manager at Dhow Palace Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Vodkacran23 We are delighted to read your review of Dhow Palace Hotel. I understand from what you write, that you were given one of the rooms in our historical old wing. Yes, these rooms are big and spacious, and can easily fit up to 5 people. All these rooms are unique, with their small quirks and "personality" - the... More

Crowell, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dhow Palace has a great location in Stone Town - a convenient walk from just about anything you'd want to see (we had half a day in Stone Town, which was more than enough for us). The room was rather small and the air conditioning did not do much, but the bathroom was unique and stylish. The hotel has an... More

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Dhowpalace, Manager at Dhow Palace Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Rayland44 Thank you very much for taking your time to rate and grade us. We are delighted to know that you had a pleasant time with us, and that the service from our restaurant staff was satisfactory. I am however sorry to hear that the air conditioner in your room did not perform - please do mail me directly... More

Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed 2 nights at this hotel Feb 28th and Mar 1st, 2014. Our original room had a malfunction of the air conditioner which made our first night very uncomfortable due to the heat. We did not say anything until the next morning when we spoke to a supervisor. we were immediately advised that they would make our remaining stay... More

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Dhowpalace, Manager at Dhow Palace Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Discojoe Thank you for your time taken and trouble completing this review. We are delighted to note that you overall enjoyed your stay with us,as it is only by receiving such feedback from valued guests, such as yourself, that we are better able to see where we stand in certain areas and what improvements we can make to further... More

St. Petersburg, Russia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Me and my husband stayed at Dhow Palace hotel for just one night and were fully satisfied. The interior is absolutely amazing, this is a real museum like other reviewers say. I even took some pics of its furniture :) The staff was very friendly to us. The room was with a nice decor and a small balcony. Very clean.... More

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Dhowpalace, Manager at Dhow Palace Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Polina_Ku Thank you for taking the time and trouble completing the review. We are very delighted knowing you enjoyed your stay with us, it is only by receiving such feedback from valued guests, such as yourself, that we are better able to see where we stand in terms of services we provide to our guests. I hope this is... More

Camrose, Canada
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
36 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This is a museum as well as a hotel. The furniture, wall hangings, decorations all recall a time long past but it also has modern amenities such as WiFi that works and air conditioning! We were pleasantly surprised by this hotel. The open courtyard and swimming pool with comfortable swing chairs and sofas around where you could sit and relax.... More

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Dhowpalace, Manager at Dhow Palace Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Albertameev Thank you for taking the time and trouble completing the review with such a detailed information. We are very delighted you enjoyed your stay with us, as it is only by receiving such feedback from valued guests, such as yourself, that we are better able to see where we stand in terms of services that we provide to... More

Hamilton, Canada
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
57 hotel reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

On the top floor (stair access) it has a great view. It is a very large room with sitting room, bedroom, bathroom and outdoor rain shower. Fridge included 4 small bottles of water, kettle for making in room coffee and tea, hot water in the bathroom, Wifi work well in the room and there was also a telephone in room.... More

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Dhowpalace, Manager at Dhow Palace Hotel, responded to this review

Dear HojasRojas Thank you for taking the time and trouble completing this review. We are so delighted to note that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for noting our entire services from the member of staffs, to the decor, charm of our hotel and the facilities and an unforgettable experience in room 40. It is only by... More

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This is an outstanding value for the money. The photos do not capture the charm of the hotel. The rooms are spacious and the decor is elegant. I concluded my 2 week stay in Dar and Zanzibar at the Dhow and found that it was a perfect way to say goodbye. The breakfast was the best of the places I... More

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Dhowpalace, Manager at Dhow Palace Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Helen_CU2014 Thank you for your time taken and trouble completing this review. We are delighted to note that you overall enjoyed your stay with us,as it is only by receiving such feedback from valued guests, such as yourself, that we are better able to see where we stand in certain areas and what improvements we can make to further... More

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Additional Information about Dhow Palace Hotel

Also Known As:
Dhow Palace Hotel Zanzibar/Stone Town
Address: Kenyatta Rd | Shangani, Stone Town, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#7 Family Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Dhow Palace Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dhow Palace is an elegant, boutique hotel in the heart of historic Stone Town, close to all amenities, shops and restaurants. Furnished extensively with antiques in a truly Zanzibar style, this 150 year old graceful building has been modernised to take care of all your desires.The hotel offers an open-air interior courtyard with a spacious swimming pool and snack bar, where guests can relax and unwind in peaceful privacy. Bask in the sun on our serene roof top terrace where you can enjoy delicious local and international cuisine and tropical refreshments. The roof top terrace is an idyllic place to watch life unfold in the busy Stone Town streets below, or to witness the remarkable sunsets on this romantic island. Dhow Palace is a place to find tranquility, eat well and become wrapped up in the best of Zanzibar culture. Many of our rooms have balconies overlooking the peaceful interior courtyard and swimming pool; all have traditional Swahili beds, air conditioning and many other facilities, including cable television and hotspot wireless internet. Let the Dhow Palace sail you through your holiday whilst you enjoy the blissful climate and explore the history and culture that this beautiful island has to offer. Location and amenities:The Dhow Palace Hotel is conveniently situated in central Stone Town, close to the shops, markets and restaurants. The Dhow is also within easy access of Zanzibar's awe-inspiring beaches, watersports, excursions and historical attractions. ... more   less 
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