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Zanzibar Grand Palace Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Malindi | PO Box 271, Stone Town, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #21 of 30 Hotels in Stone Town
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“It is indeed a mini palace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012 via mobile

Highly recommended if you want to stay at stone town.
Very relaxing ambiance at the lobby.

The room was wonderful. I can still smell the fregrance of the room. Good value for money.

The hotel is at a walking distance from the port and the centre of stone town.
Staff were friendly and helpful. However there's a room to improve.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

I had reserved another hotel room for my one non-business night in Zanzibar but when I got there, they had run out of rooms! Fortunately, I found the Zanzibar Grand Palace... They were able to take me in at a very good rate, so really saved my trip. The front desk staff was very helpful and gave good advice for where to go. The location is lovely and the rooftop restaurant has amazing views and a good breakfast (included in rate); restaurant staff very accommodating and friendly. Close to the ferry and all the Stone Town sights. Extremely clean and felt safe in the room, which had some fine Zanzibar chests, high ceilings, and nice detail. I probably wouldn't have chosen it at first, but felt very lucky to find myself there. Thanks to this hotel, my trip was saved!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Nice new modern hotel with good location. Stone Town was very hot when we were there snd the excellent air conditioning was a blessing. Hotel has elevator which is great since the rooftop dining was delightful. Best of all was the assistance the manager Nic gave us. When my husband needed a doctor New Year's Eve. Nic called for the doctor and then made certain the doctor understood our problem and we understood the solution. He was great! And the next day Nic again was the hero involving our problem with the fee for a guide. It is personal attention like this that makes a stay special.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

I stayed at this hotel for a week having a holiday. The hotel is very clean (and I am very picky at that) and beautifully furnished. I loved having very good French press coffee at the cafe downstairs in the morning, looking over the small garden. Or having dinner at the roof terrace, looking over either the city or the docks at the waterfront. A nice extra is that the hotel makes use of their own grown vegetables.
The staff is very friendly and helpful, and looking at the 1st reviews, something has definitely changed. The hotel is beautifully situated in the center of town, very close to the waterfront. The busy and fascinating market, several museums and the lively buzz of the city is just around the corner.
Wether you're on holiday or on business, I would strongly recommend a stay at this very pleasant hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

Finding Grand Palace which is situated close to the ferryterminal was a greate relief. The hotel is manage by a forthcoming german in an zanzibarian style. This means: all is done, not neccessarily in a efficient sequence, but it is finished, and all is ok. Nice and clean hotel.

  • Stayed December 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

The staff were superb and made my stay of 3 weeks very pleasant and happy indeed - a home from home. They were warm, hospitable, helpful and polite. Very comfortable rooms and delicious food too. Excellent location by the port, in amongst the streets of Stone Town, near restaurants and attractions. Superb rooftop restaurant views. Yummy pizzas in cafe downstairs too.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011

The Grand Palace was a very nice and clean place to stay. It's too large to have an 'intimate' feel, but certainly gets the job done, and I imagine the AC in the summer time would come in handy. The staff at reception were very friendly and helpful when needing to exchange money, etc. The terrace where you eat breakfast has a fantastic view of the harbor, it's unfortunate you can't buy alcohol there at night, would be a nice place to watch the sun go down. Breakfast was ok, nothing to write home about. I would certainly recommend this place if you were looking for modern accommodation with good A/C!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Zanzibar Grand Palace Hotel

Address: Malindi | PO Box 271, Stone Town, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Zanzibar Grand Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zanzibar Grand Palace is where exceptional standards of luxury fuse with vintage traditional interior design and traditional hospitality and values. The rooms are decorated to ensure a traditional picturesque and soothing environment and are furnished with amenities to meet all your needs. Located in Stone Town, Zanzibar Grand Palace is strategically located nearby both the beach, the historic centre of Stone Town and the Darajani Market. We are located in the centre of Stone Town with all main tourist attractions within walking distance from the hotel, as well as numerous shops, restaurants and nightspots. ... more   less 
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