The refurbishment done to this old building is remarkable. It's now a very comfortable hotel with excellent staff who are very attentive.
The food was average though and needs more thought and attention taking far too long to arrive and then isn't always what was asked for.
The position of the hotel is great and within walking distance to the various sights and places to see.
Stayed in a room that had a temple next to it which rang out at 6.15am in the morning, so if you like to sleep in, make sure you ask not to be put on that side of the hotel.
The rooms are fantastic, cool and modern. My only complaint is the shower. Very little pressure and not a great shower head. They should install a Grohe shower as they are the best and would give a fantastic showering experience coupled to a water pump, as I see them in most hotels around the world.
Amazing view from the upstairs bar and restaurant area of the harbour and ships going about their daily chores.
Sadly the hotel has no space for a pool, and in the heat it would have been great.
Loved my trip to Zanzibar and would stay at the Mashariki Palace again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stone Town, Zanzibar: Exotic and mystical, evocative of the centuries of sultans, traders, adventurers and explorers who came to these magical isles of Zanzibar off the Swahili East African coast, leaving a cultural and architectural fusion which echoes its proud history of Persian, Arabian, Indian, Colonial and African influences.Stone Town is now home to the new MASHARIKI PALACE Hotel. This is the Eastern Palace on the islands, once the seat of the Omani empire spanning a thousand miles, created by the first sultan of Zanzibar almost 200 years ago. The domicile of the Sultan's religious councillor is now restored beyond its former magnificence.The MASHARIKI PALACE Hotel is a privileged residence for travellers choosing refined hospitality in a historical setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mashariki Palace Hotel Zanzibar/Stone Town