I have always loved Hiliki House, from back when it was called by another name. The general principle is "it is like staying at a friend's house".
For their prices you would expect it to just be a place to lay your head down at the end of a long day of wandering the streets of Stone Town, but they have taken the time to include little details that make it more than that. On our second evening we stayed in and were able to enjoy peace and quiet in the living room all to ourselves. Their breakfasts are healthy and filling, and I somewhat boldly advised them to add spice tea, which I hear they now do. The honesty bar is great, especially if you don't feel like heading out but still want something to drink.
During my last stay (first time there in two years) there were a couple of minor hiccups (no one to check us in when we arrived, a few mosquitoes) but these were quickly sorted out by a guest who feels quite at home there (as we did), and we were able to enjoy our weekend at Hiliki House/in Stone Town with no fuss. Hiliki House is close to most places, and a short walk brings you right to the heart of Stone Town. As someone who likes 'small' establishments Hiliki House works for me as I do not like bustling lobbies and hotels with hundreds of rooms/guests. The other residents quickly become new friends, and the staff magically appear only when you need them.
If you are looking for a small, quiet space with a Zanzibari-chic feel, Hiliki House is it. It'll take someplace quite special to make me switch to another place when I'm in Stone Town... For now, my heart is at Hiliki House, and I look forward to my next trip to Zanzibar.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hiliki House Zanzibar/Stone Town