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“Centre of StoneTown” 4 of 5 stars
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Kenyatta Road | Shangani, Stone Town, Tanzania   |  
Ranked #2 of 27 Stone Town B&B and Inns
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“Centre of StoneTown”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

This proved to be an excellent choice as a Hotel to explore the various aspects offered by StoneTown, being situated very much in the centre of Town, Kenyatta Road.
The room was a good size, with en suite, and cleaned every day.
Breakfast was the best on the Island - the freshest fruit !
But most of all, the service from the staff made our stay here memorable, with their excellent help and advice...
Thoroughly recommended !

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    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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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

this is a great fairly cheap b and b to stay in . very centrally located it is a 2 minute walk from the shops, africa house for cocktails and restaurants. The rooms are fine and the staff helpful. The breakfast in the morning is delicious! I have now stayed hjere a few times and considering some of the posh hotels in the same area charge up to 300 dollars a night this is brilliant value at around 80 dollars per room per night.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Stone Town accommodation is not cheap and it doesn't seem you get much for your money, but the B&B perfectly hit that mid range accommodation bracket.

The place is sparsely furnished, but doesn't seem bare. It's kept very clean and has all the basic amenities that you need. The location is ideal for walking stone town and making your way in and out of the area. It has a very relaxed feeling to it and you don't feel like you need to escape from your room all day.

The cafe downstairs is a good bonus, and the breakfasts were really tasty.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Stayed 3 nights. Great place,great value. Would love to go back.Could spend lots of time in Stonetown as there are many attractions. Night market is not the greatest place for food and you get hassled a lot.

Room Tip: We had an upgrade to room with balcony and queen bed. Really lovely. Thanks Judi
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Nairobi, Kenya
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115 reviews 115 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We spent four nights in the hotel. They have just a few rooms, ours was spacious and acceptably clean, no balcony (not much of a view from the room either). Big mirrors available, as well as coat hangers, mosquito net, a table and two chairs and two night stands next to the king size bed. There was also a fridge, ac, cable TV. Bathroom was also very spacious, with water heater that you turn on or off and with a hair dryer. We were given soap, two big towels and one small towel (changed once during the stay). We were also given a complementary small bottle of water per person per day. The restaurant is open from 8 to 22, more water can be obtained there, but there is also a guy selling water and juices right in front of the restaurant at a cheaper price. Breakfast was the only thing we tried, but it was excellent! One can have a breakfast up to 10000 KES for free and the remaining amount was to be paid. The breakfast choice was excellent, the food quality great, prices reasonable, coffee superb (one pot is enough for two persons). Right next to the place are two more restaurants (recommendations for Lazuli), and the hotel is in a very central place, it is extremely close to the post office, the Internet place (the hotel does offer some sort of Internet, but we did not test it), the beach, the souvenir shops (Memories and Maki being the most noticeable), the restaurant Archipelago (recommendations, excellent lunch and dinner) and the exchange office with the best rates (first turn right after the post office). Taxi from the airport was 10 USD, so no need to use their service of hiring a taxi driver who would wait for you after your flight and transfer you to the hotel for 15 USD. The staff is extremely polite & friendly, ready and willing to answer all sorts of questions and to give helpful tips and ideas, as well as a small map (proved to be very useful for roaming around the place). Check out was at 10 AM, but they let us stay longer since our flight was much later during the day and there were no previous reservations for that particular room. There was a minor issue of insisting on using Pay Pal when paying a reservation (in the end, we did not pay anything, but just appeared at the hotel, so it took some telephone calls to sort things out since we were not in the list of guests who were arriving on that day), but all in all, staying here was a very positive experience and we will definitely come again on our next trip to Zanzibar.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This is the 2nd consecutive year lodging here for my Stonetown stay. Rooms are very comfortable and the food served in the cafe is the best in Stonetown. Favorites are the date scones and the falafel wraps. I highly recommend staying here.

  • 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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Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The street where this hotel is situated is one of the nices in Stone Town and it has a perfect location. Atmosphere is relaxed and it is clean enough and cosy. Breakfast was good, coffe was amazing. Lunch can be skipped here in favour of the Lazuli 20 m to the left. The Dolphin cafe next door has wifi and do not forget to visit Africa House hotel watch the life in the park below with a Savannah Cider in the sunset. We tried to find another less worn down place - do not bother. This is the best.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kenyatta Road | Shangani, Stone Town, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stone Town Cafe and Bed and Breakfast is located in Shangani on Kenyatta Road, just 2 minutes walk from most restaurants and tourist shops, 5 minutes from the Old Fort, and about 10 minutes walk through the narrow streets to Darajani market. Breakfast is served in the cafe downstairs which is open from 8am to 10pm. To book with us directly search Stone Town Cafe and Bed & Breakfast on your browser ... more   less 
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