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Warere Town House
Behind Cine Afrique, Stone Town, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #7 of 31 Hotels in Stone Town
Jinja, Uganda
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“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

My Boyfriend and myself stayed here last month and couldn't ask for a better place to stay! It was very clean, and the our room was lovely! The breakfast was nice and the rooftop terrace was a very pretty, however what made it so special was the staff. The were always so friendly and welcoming, and were always more than willing to give us directions and advice of what to see and where to eat. Overall an excellent place to stay, and very good value.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012 via mobile

We planned to stay here one night and ended up staying three. Rooms are simple (stayed in two different rooms), at times with kinda old, but cool deco n furniture. I'd imagine it may not be everyone's cup of coffee, but I liked it a lot. Showers had enough water pressure and plenty of warm watter. Free internet seems to be the norm at most places. Breaksfast was fairly basic, but nice enough - was served on the roof terrace, which was very pretty. Hotel is little bit away from Stone Town, but no trouble actually, walk to Stone Town under 10 minutes, even in the dark - felt safe. Defo would go back.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Thank you for writing a review for us Vildo! Karibuni tena when you are next in Zanzibar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I stayed here for two nights during my stay in Stone Town and could not have picked a better place. Even before I arrived, I had contacted them online to book the room, and ended up emailing the manager a few times with random inquiries. She was always prompt and courteous with her replies, despite the fact that I really did ask A LOT of questions!

When I first arrived, vines full of beautiful flowers cascaded down the front of the property as I walked up: Idyllic! Inside, the town house is quiet and clean, and I had a very comfy room. It was also very easy to walk to and from central Stone Town. Since I only had a few days in Zanzibar, I wanted to make the most of my time there, plus it can be hard to navigate the streets of Stone Town when you first arrive. The staff was incredibly friendly and went above and beyond to be helpful, marking locations of interest on a map, and helping with directions. One of the managers even let me use his personal laptop to check my email, and contact my family.

The town house does offer pick up and drop off at the airport and ferry terminal, but when I left to take the ferry to Dar, they even arranged for a taxi to pick me up at the Dar ferry so I could easily get to the airport! Never once did i get the impression that I was imposing, or asking too many questions. The staff at Warere Town House is superb, and made what was already a great trip even better. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Thank you Amy for writing such a lovely review! We are glad we could make your stay in Zanzibar memorable. We hope to see you again in the future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We stayed here for one week as part of our honeymoon. we could not have asked for a friendlier place to stay. the staff were extremely helpful in everything that they did and could not do enough for us. the hotel is beautiful and the rooms are clean and tastefully decorated. there is a stunning roof top terrace where you can watch the sunset in the evening. the hotel is tucked away near the ferry port but it was only a five minute walk to forodhani gardens and the centre of stone town. it has great links with the local transport and excursions.

we would like to thank Georgio and the other members of staff for making our stay so memorable.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Thank you Abby and Ben! We are glad we could help make your honeymoon that little bit more special! Karibuni tena when you visit Zanzibar again
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

The location is out of town. 10 mins and you're there. when our taxi pulled up we thought "umm, what?!" the hotel is located back form the street, a street that is connected straight to what seems like an industrial area/sea port. Seems shady at first but like many others have detailed it was very safe. And for this price you can't expect to be in the Beverly Hills of Stonetown.

The staff was awesome! Georgio was the head and he was very knowledgable and you could tell his absolute number one concern was our comfort. The only bone to pick is with the breakfast girls on the rooftop. They could use a day of customer service training.

The room and bathroom is nothing to right home about. It's a bed to sleep in and nothing more but again for this price we can't expect all the frills. The bathroom was clean but could probably use some updating on the fixtures, ceiling, etc. Completely workable, don't get me wrong, but a facelift may be in order in the next year or two.

Expect a walk to town. Expect a weird neighborhood for a hotel. Expect a little grunge. But also expect an awesome staff.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Thank you Brian and Angie for reviewing the Warere. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the hospitality of our staff. Unfortunately upkeeping an old building ilke the Warere is a full time job! We actually just refurbished and retiled all our bathrooms in April 2012, when we also did our yearly painting and maintenance. We hope to see you again in the future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We (2 adults, one 4YO child) stayed at Warere Town House for 4 nights. It was a great place - really warm and friendly staff, willing to go the extra mile to arrange tours etc; clean and cool rooms with good fans/AC; and a bargain, to boot!

We'd gladly stay again - always a good sign. And I specifically want to respond to a couple of reviews mentioning concerns about accessibility/safety. We found it very easily. It's a great place from which to explore Stone Town (if you want to, you can always pay $1 for a taxi ...) but you can easily walk into town from there - maybe 15 mins? And it is perfectly safe. I took my 4YO for a walk around there at 2100h, when she couldn't sleep, on the first night of Eid. Not even a hint of trouble. It's a friendly and safe town, so you can get more for your money by staying a little further out.

Thanks, Warere - we'll be back.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Thank you Tom, Hilary and Lucy for reviewing the Warere. We are really glad you enjoyed your stay with us! We often take our children walking in the evening and they love the liveliness too! Karibuni tena
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

The Warere Town House Hotel in Stonetown is a well-run, clean, and comfortable establishment. Everyone who worked there was friendly and so, so helpful. It's within walking distance of everything and safe. The breakfast was great on a terrace overlooking the bay. What I also liked is that they had an array of books for reading if you weren't into going out. I highly recommend this hotel if you're in Stonetown and you don't want to pay a fortune for a room.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Thank you Nancy! We hope the rest of your trip through Zanzibar went well!
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Address: Behind Cine Afrique, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#7 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Warere Town House is one of the oldest hotels in Stone town providing authentic, affordable accommodation for over thirty years. We are a small, family run hotel that prides itself in making your stay on our spice island memorable.The Warere has been newly renovated to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Come relax with a cold drink on our rooftop after taking in the sites of Stone Town. Enjoy the comfort of your traditionally decorated room while using our free wi-fi connection. Let our exclusive Town House be your home away from home in this exotic spice island, Karibu. ... more   less 
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