Our traveling group of 3 couples had various experiences in our 3 rooms. First our scheduled ride did not meet us at the airport, we finally hired a taxi. The hotel manager apologized and offered us a reserved table at Africa House (sister hotel) for sunset drinks, very nice. One room had no hot water the first night, the AC was very noisy, and $70 was stolen from locked luggage while we were out for the day. Second room was very acceptable, although one chair had only 3 legs, limiting seating to the love seat. Third room had persistent trouble with the AC. Hotel manager (always attentive to any complaint throughout our stay) moved this couple to another room. This room developed trouble with AC as well so they moved back to original room, now with working AC.
Breakfast each morning was served on the 3rd floor balcony of Africa House with a beautiful view of boats on the ocean, very picturesque. Service was slow and lackadaisical the first morning, but improved the next 2 mornings. Fresh fruit and hot breakfast was consistently delicious and filling.
This hotel has the character of an old African building in need of maintenance. Watch out for the top 2 steps on the first flight of stairs: The top step is about 4" high, the next step down is about 9" high. A lovely cat sleeps in the dry fountain, rescued monkeys live in a large cage in the garden, and a resident bat hangs from the ceiling in the 2nd floor sitting area,. I was completely charmed by this hotel. Others in our group were less satisfied.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A haven of peace and tranquility nestled in the heart of bustling stone town. This impressive landmark, dating back to the 1800’s, and boasting a private garden of lush tropical vegetation, was the first ever hotel on the island. A rich 19th-century air of elegance greets you as you walk through the original Zanzibari door. Beautiful beamed ceilings, marble floors, Persian carpets and magnificent crystal chandeliers recreate the glamour of yesteryear. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed and the ambiance embraces the uniqueness of the local culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zanzibar Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town