We were incredibly happy with our weekend stay at Mashariki Palace.
The hotel is beautiful, with soaring ceilings and a cool, calm feel in the lobby. We were lucky to be upgraded to the top floor room with ocean and town views, and a little balcony to enjoy the breeze. The amenities (toilet, shower etc) were brand new and all the interior design was stunning. I kept finding new nooks and crannies perfect for a lazy afternoon with a book, and it was great to see the renovation photos.
Restaurant was lovely, again with amazing views and the breakfast was great. Unfortunately we didn't manage a dinner at the restaurant, but I'll def try for a meal next time.
But most of all the staff were great. Welcoming, helpful etc. They arranged airport transfer and towels for our trip with Safari Blue, as well as a guide to take us for dinner at Emerson Spice. The also organised a guide for a walking tour around Stone Town. We were celebrating my partner's birthday and the staff surprised us with a personalised cake, and bottle of bubbles (which is why we missed dinner at the hotel!) when we got back from a day out.. as well as a few small gifts and a birthday card. Way above and beyond the call of duty!
Thank you to the staff and host.. we will be recommending the Mashariki Palace to all our friends!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stone Town, Zanzibar, exotic, magic and still evokes its incredible past of sultans, missionaries, traders, adventurers and explorers. These magical islands off the Swahili East African Coast have been a real magnet since time immemorial and all those who passed by left their marks. Stone Town, on the Unguja Island, for a certain period of time was even the capital of the Omani Empire. Everywhere you can still see and feel the cultural and architectural fusions echoing Persian, Arabian, Indian, Colonial and African influences. Stone Town today is home to the "new" Mashariki Palace Hotel. Mashariki, which means "east" in Kiswahili, according to the old documents seems to derive its name from its position, in fact of all the sultan's palaces it was the one located more to the east (the Sultan residence was in the near-by palace known as Beit-al-Sahel). Constructed by the first sultan of Zanzibar approximately 200 years ago, Mashariki Palace served as the residence of the Imam, the Sultan's first religious counselor. The building hosting the boutique hotel has now been carefully restored as per the original plan in order to reflect the antique glory and magnificence.The Mashariki Palace Hotel is a privileged residence for those travelers favoring refined hospitality in a charming setting. When you wander through the ancient corridors, your thoughts naturally drift to the past splendors of a lost era and to the secret memories of a bygone time ... all jealously preserved by its thick walls. Relaxing on the spacious terrace while overlooking the tropical seafront gardens, the sparkling blue waters of the Indian Ocean, and the Old Town; mosques, churches, temples, palaces and simple homes all around you. You cannot help wondering about the many generations of sailors who have come and gone with the Kusi and the Kaskazi; the monsoon winds allowing all journeys across the ocean. As the sound of the muezzin calling to prayer mingles with the laughter of children at play, and as the red sun sets over the sea while the starry African night advances, the live pulse of this vibrant town becomes so strong that past and present become but one. The legend of One Thousand and One nights - is alive in Mashariki Palace Hotel, Zanzibar ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mashariki Palace Hotel Zanzibar/Stone Town