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“mixed reviews for our 3 rooms” 3 of 5 stars
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Zanzibar Hotel
Shangani, Stone Town 3246, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #28 of 29 hotels in Stone Town
Flagstaff, AZ
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“mixed reviews for our 3 rooms”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

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.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

The Zanzibar hotel became a home away from home during my stay. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. The rooms are beautiful, done in a traditional Zanzibari style, and the garden is a pleasure to relax in. The location is very convenient, right in the heart of Stone Town. Thankyou so much for a great stay!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2011

It is more secluded than the more famous Africa House, but you can use the facilities at Africa House (a one minute walk) without having all the crowds hanging around your hotel. Staff very helpful, but not overbearing.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Zanzibar, Tanzania
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2011

This is the sister hotel to the famous Africa House. Set in the heart of Stonetown this quiet, quaint hotel is ideal for all travelers. There is a beautiful garden surrounded by lush plants with the occasional visit from one of the adorable resident monkeys. Accommodation includes a delicious english style breakfast with a variety of fruit.

The owner, Denise, is a lovely woman who caters to your every need and tons of helpful information about traveling in Zanzibar. Thanks for such a lovely stay Denise!!!
I really enjoyed my stay here and would recommend it to anyone traveling to Zanzibar!!!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Glendale California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2010

The rooms are beautifully finished with attention to detail which is remarkable. The quality of the Zanzibar hotel has yet to be matched by any other hotel I have stayed in Tanzania . Service, staff owner/manager all excellent. Loved the huge garden which was totally unexpected in StoneTown. Anyone travelling to Zanzibar must stay in this place! Renovation was taking place on the exterior of the hotel so it was a bit noisy from 830am.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about Zanzibar Hotel

Address: Shangani, Stone Town 3246, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 29 hotels in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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