This is one of the most tastefully beautiful hotels I've ever seen. Set in the heart of historic Stone Town, this building has been completely renovated with grace and modern Italian style while still being true to the Arab and African influences that make Zanzibar such a fascinating place. Amazing. Rashana and Renaulto, the Italian couple who manage the hotel, are always present, always have a recommendation for a restaurant or outing, and are attentive to the smallest details. We arrived in the middle of the night to find a warm welcome from the front desk attendant and a welcome fruit plate waiting for us in our room. The staff are courteous, helpful and kind, even helping to make arrangements for travel to other hotels. There can't be many places to better enjoy breakfast or a cocktail while enjoying watching ships sail in and out of port and the sunrise or set over the Indian Ocean than the romantic rooftop restaurant. The dinner menu didn't seem to take true advantage of the local culinary abundance, but the dishes they make are good, and there are plenty of other options within an easy walk of the hotel.
- 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