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“Highly recommended place to stay for Stonetown visits” 5 of 5 stars
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Warere Town House
Behind Cine Afrique, Stone Town, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #7 of 30 hotels in Stone Town
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Highly recommended place to stay for Stonetown visits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Warere Town House was a wonderful place to stay for the three nights we were in Stonetown! The rooms are stylishly decorated with traditional finishes, especially the more spacious balcony rooms, and absolute value for money. I commend the friendly and organised staff, who arranged a Spice Tour and transfers for us at very good prices. The breakfast of bread, fruit and eggs was a great way to start the day, and the restaurant area on the top of the building was perfect to escape from the heat every now and again. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, April 6, 2013
HI CourtneyB,

Thank you for writing such a lovely review for us! We are really glad you enjoyed your stay. Karibuni tena when you are next in Zanzibar!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Really enjoyed my stay here. Spacious and stylish rooms. We had a balcony room and I would reccomend this option. The bathroom was very nice and included a lovely shower with seating area. Effective mosquito net - unlike some places we stayed! Fans are very efficient and room was a good temperature. Lovely touches around the place such as local art and wooden carvings.
Breakfasts were lovely and so nice to have them on the roof terrace which had great views. Reception staff were very helpful and so friendly. Trips offered by the hotel were the best value we saw of anywhere we stayed on the island. We went to turtle island with the hotel and it was a great day out - our guide was super.
Location wise it is a few minutes walk from the very centre but Stone Town is a very small place and you are at all the key sites in less than 5 minutes. It also has the added bonus of being only a minute or two from the ferry port - but is just off the main street so feels quiet and calm.
Best of all it is excellent value for money. Very good price. I would stay here again in a heartbeat if I were to return to Stonetown.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, March 7, 2013
Hi Hcb81, good to hear we are stylish ;) thank you for the great review. Reception staff work hard to make our guests stay enjoyable, I'm glad they could help you organise your trips on the island. Karibuni Tena!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Warere Town House was an excellent place to stay. In the middle of Stown Town, within 5 minutes from the ferry and with an exceptionally kind, friendly and helpful staff. I stayed there for 5 days around Christmas 2012 and I felt looked after and not at all lonely as I was there by myself.
The breakfast served on the terrace were nice, the reception staff were beyond being helpful and after those few days I did feel like I stayed with a good friend or a family there.
I will certainly stay there again if I'm ever in Zanzibar and I would recommend this place to everyone.

  • Stayed December 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, March 7, 2013
Hi Kat, thank you for writing such a lovely review! We are glad you felt at home and enjoyed your Christmas holidays with us. We hope to see you again, Karibu tena!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

It has taken me awhile to write this review. I stay often at the Warere and it has truly become a home away from home. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful without being invasive. Although it is off the beaten path, once you get in to the grounds you feel as if you are in a world apart. There is a feeling of freedom and the staff does everything possible to make sure have everything you need to make yourself feel at home. The rooftop has self-serve chips, nuts, icy cold beers, soda and water and a great atmosphere for lounging. They even have options for gluten free snacks which is not often seen in Tanzania!

The overall price can't be beat! We often travel with children so that is important. Moreover, the staff clearly love children. Our little ones can roam free (with extra supervision on the stairs) and we know that any member of the staff will be on the lookout to make sure they are safe. We are always sad when we plan a trip to Zanzibar and the Warere is full since the service elsewhere just can't compare to the warmth and flexibility of the Warere staff.

Room Tip: Room advice- request any of the front rooms on either the 1st or 2nd floors. They have a small balc...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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, March 5, 2013
Hi 616rpm!, thank you for reviewing the Warere! You are right our staff love children and are always on hand to keep an eye out or play reception! We are glad you found our little garden an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the town and trust we will see you again in the future.
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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

This is an excellent place to stay. The staff were extremely helpful and the rooms are beautiful and very clean. Try and get a room with a balcony. Their free breakfast is also some of the best we had anywhere in Zanzibar.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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, March 5, 2013
Hi Vinet, we're really glad you enjoyed your stay with us and especially our breakfast! We hope to see you again in the future!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Having stayed in and around Stonetown a few times I did find Warere House a little bit away from the acion. But this can be a good thing, and its definately walking distance. The price is really god and the rooms are spacious and neat. Breakfast was lovely and is served on top in the terrace. The staff are really helpful, we really enjoyed our stay and will return!

Room Tip: Pay a bit extra and get the a room with a balcony, its stunning!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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, January 17, 2013
Thank you for your review Maryannejane! I am glad you find that the Warere offers great value for money, and that you especially enjoyed one of our four balcony rooms. We do hope to host you again in the future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The path leading to Warere Town House is not the nicest, however when you come out from it it reveals a pretty town house and some friendly staff. Rooms are not incredibly spacious but are big enough and have bathrooms with hot showers. Mosquito nets on all beds and in one of our rooms we had a fridge. The air con and fan kept the rooms nice and cool.

Breakfast consisting of your choice of eggs, bread, pancakes, fruit juice, tea, coffee and fruit is included in the price and served on the roof top terrace with great views of Stone Town and the surrounding area.

The staff were really helpful - they bought our ferry tickets for us to save the hassle of mazungus in the ferry port!!!

I would recommend Warere to anyone looking to stay in Stone town. It is not right in the centre, but about a 10/15 minute walk to the main shops/outdoor food night market. The road is quite dark in places on the walk back so I'd recommend bringing a torch, but it did not feel too unsafe. It is very near the ferry port and so is ideal for anyone coming from the ferry - I'd recommend getting the Kilimanjaro ferry which goes to Dar es salaam and is 1.5 hours if you are looking to get a ferry.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Hi Loretta11 thank you for reviewing us. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the view from our rooftop terrace. Our staff do go out of their way to be as helpful as possible, I'm glad they could save you from the hassles of being a mzungu in Stone Town ;) We hope to see you again in the future!
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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
#8 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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