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“Beautiful and relaxing” 4 of 5 stars
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Hiliki House
Victoria St, Vuga, Stone Town, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #1 of 27 Stone Town B&B and Inns
The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Beautiful and relaxing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We spent two nights at Hiliki House in July 2012. It's a beautiful place located in a quiet area just outside the bustling center of Stone Town (it's an easy walk to the shops and historical sites). We had a large, airy room on the ground floor (right next to the reception). It was everything we wanted - elegantly furnished, cool, quiet, and very clean. Same goes for the bathroom. My only complaint is that there was a problem with the water heater in the bathroom, which wasn't fixed during our 2 day stay. It wasn't a big deal though, since the weather was so hot. Breakfast was plentiful and served upstairs in a bright, breezy room full of books, antique furniture, and lovely carpets. All in all, we were very pleased with our choice!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This guesthouse is a beautiful colonial-style house and has done a great job on the details. Its well maintained rooms are good in size and have stylish and very comfortable furniture. Very clean and welcoming, and a very friendly staff. We loved the relaxed and quiet atmosphere, the breeze coming in from the large windows in the common area, and the delicious breakfast. It's a really good choice to stay and enjoy Stone Town for a day or two. There is no outside area and the beaches in Stone Town are not great, so if you are planning a beach holiday I would recommend to go to the east side of the island. But first stop at Hiliki House for a few days!

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

We chose Hiliki House because it was better priced compared to the other main hotels in central Stone Town. It is an easy 7 to 10 minute walk to the main part of town so it was a good location overall. We stayed in 2 different rooms upstairs and both were uniquely decorated. The beds were comfortable and the air conditioning was in perfect order. The bathroom was very clean and nicely designed with plenty of hot water. The breakfast was basic but fine for a quick trip in Zanzibar. The common room was nice to lounge in and also nicely decorated. The staff arranged a few tours and even bought our ferry tickets back to Dar Es Salaam for us which really helped save us precious time. Great value for money and two thumbs up.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Pros: Beautiful guest house. Great decor. Very clean. Wifi in common areas is strong and fairly quick when it works. Staff are helpful and cheerful without being invasive. Will arrange pick up at airport. Located at the edge of the town centre, but you can walk to everything in minutes - Stone Town is small. Coffee they serve at breakfast is dynamite. AC and fan in rooms. Lovely common room where you can sit and wifi.

Cons: The breakfast consists of three types of breads, juice, french pressed coffee, and fruit. This is delicious the first couple of days, but we stayed here for almost a week and every day it was the same. No eggs or protein! By the third day, you want something different. Wifi didn`t work for 2.5 days straight. We were told it was because it was the weekend and there`s no one working at the wireless networks on the weekend but then we were also told that it's not a normal occurence.

We stayed in two types of rooms on the ground floor- one with the bathroom outside (#6) and one with the bathroom inside (#4). The bathroom outside is really just across a small hall. It really isn't a hassle to get to and from it. There were ants crawling around the sink in the bathroom outside of #6 (none in #4's bathroom) The bed #4 is bigger and more comfortable than #6. The price difference between rooms is $10.

Just a FYI in case you have friends or family staying in other places around town. The common room is not open to non-guests (we learned the hard way from a group of tactless French people who yelled at us for playing cards in it at 6:00pm). Agnes, the manager, handled it tactfully the next morning and informed us that non-guests are not allowed in the guest house.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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shinunakarume, Director of Sales at Hiliki House, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
Ever so grateful for your honest and objective review. We have made the changes recommended, i.e. eggs on the menu, which in fact to our defense we had before but perhaps this information was not well communicated by the staff. So to avoid this from happening again, we have introduced a print out menu with all the options.

With regards to internet connection, we are in the process of getting a Zantel mobile internet connection system (its a USB system) as a back up plan, which has had top review in Zanzibar, this being a plan B in the event WIFI is down. Again, thanks for bringing these concerns to our attention.

At Hiliki, we pride in giving local hospitable service and attending to our guests needs. Wageni (guests) in Zanzibar are treated like kings, and this is not because its a business, but rather because its our culture. Hence sorry for any inconvenience caused on your part and we welcome you back to our lovely island once again, this time we promise to provide working internet and eggs on the menu :)

Karibuni sana
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United Kingdom
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101 hotel reviews
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Stayed here for one night after arriving from Arusha before heading off to Nungwi. Very good choice - on a quiet street near the centre of Stone Town and close to an excellent Ethiopian restaurant. Room was very tastefully decorated and bed was comfy. The only minor gripes were that the wifi password didn’t work (which evoked sympathy, but not any positive action from the receptionist) and that our room (at the front, on the ground floor) suffered the headlights and engine noise of every passing car – happily there were few, however. The price was very fair and I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We absolutely LOVED staying at Hiliki! The staff are really friendly and helpful, the decor is very tasteful, the rooms are absolutely beautiful and clean, the rates are really reasonable, the breakfast was always delicious and the beers are always cold! There is free wifi in the common room and air conditioning in every bedroom.
We needed laundry done on one of the days and they actually refused to let us pay for it because they had had a problem with the machines and some of it was slightly damp when it was returned! I didn't want to leave!
There is no pool or fitness center but its close to all the attractions and the beach!
Well done Hiliki, I'm sure you are the best hotel in Stone Town!

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautiful but if you are going for a honey moon, room 2 is the best!
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed for one night in one of the room's with the bathroom across the hall. We thought it was absolutely excellent and very good value. The room was simply but beautifully furnished and the breakfast was delicious. Highly, highly recommend.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Victoria St, Vuga, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hiliki house is a colonial architectural style house with 6 bedrooms, a spacious, open and airy living room overlooking the famous Victoria Gardens, where guests can relish Swahili Continental style breakfast, relax and enjoy FREE WIFI. The house is idealy located, in a quiet residential part of the Stone Town but yet 5 minutes walk from all the important land marks. There are a total of 6 tastefully furnished bedrooms, all fully air-conditioned (split unit), swahili style bathrooms, comfortable mattresses and pillows and essential amenities. A small kitchen for guests is located on the first floor equipped with a refrigerators, hot water kettle, and crockery and cutlery, with an "Honest Bar" for a fresh beer, wine or sodas. Hiliki house offers tranquillity, comfortable, and hospitable service in the backdrop of swahili deco, the ONLY accommodation of such setup, standard, location and size in the stone town. ... more   less 
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