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“Nice Hotel in tourist area” 4 of 5 stars
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Jafferji House & Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   170 Gizenga Street, Stone Town, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in Stone Town
New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nice Hotel in tourist area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

This is a nice hotel option if you are in Stonetown. The hotel has been recently renovated, and sits in a small alleyway (with a lot of gift shops) in stonetown. We didn't check out all the hotels there, but have to think in terms of quality, it's up there, as Stonetown doesn't really have a lot of great options (its also very very small). The staff is great and super helpful, they allowed us a late check-out (3pm) as our flight was in the evening. Wifi is free and available in your room. The breakfast included in your booking was very good.

There are a couple of unique things you should know. Our room did not have a separate door for bathroom and toilet, so literally the bed is next to shower. Ok if you are a couple, awkward if not. There was no fridge in our room, but the AC was powerful. Since the hotel is located in this small alleyway, cars can't come through, so cabs will drop you off and you'll need to walk 3 minutes to hotel. Not a big deal, but something to consider. It's very easy to get cab, as there is a taxi-stand 3 minutes away. Also, since there are a lot of tourist shops in this alleyway, we got the pitch or hassle or fending them off every single morning we left the hotel to walk through this alleyway. Not great, but not terrible. There is also a forex exchange place that gives great rates.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JAFFERJI, Owner at Jafferji House & Spa, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

Indeed, Jafferji House and Spa, is an ideal base for Zanzibar Stone Town landmarks, few minutes walk to ForadhaniGardens and House of Wonders.

I am really happy that you enjoyed your stay and like the hospitality of the staff as well.

I look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Sincerely,



JAVED JAFFERJI
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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
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

I stayed at the hotel for 6 nights in the run up to my wedding on the other side of the island.
I booked in September so it worked out about £85/night.
They upgraded us to a suite called Karma Sutra without us asking and it was really stunning as the living area and bed were on different floors. There was also an outdoor shower/bath which had views of the ocean!There was also a terrace with loungers outside the room.
Room had A/C and free wifi.
Staff were helpful and polite and breakfast included good options and courses.
Location is good in stonetown as it is near shops and local attractions (forodhani gardens, house of wonder,cathedral) and near restaurants and the water.
I would stay again without question...the staff even gave us a book on departure!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JAFFERJI, Owner at Jafferji House & Spa, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Dear Guest

I am so happy that you loved our stay in the hotel for six days and Kama Sutra is one of the best suite in Jafferji House.

Next time you should stay in Jafferji House Sultan Suite and you will love the decor and ambiance.

I hope you enjoy my coffee the coffee table on Zanzibar and will remain in your bookshelf for years to come.

You are most welcome to Zanzibar

Regards

JAVED
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

Had one night in Stonetown And relied on Tripadvisors rating and review - they were spot on. Staff super friendly hotel really clean and the rooms are so neat. I was a single traveller And they upgraded me to the Freddy mercury Room - I felt like a Rockstar!!
I was too busy to stay for breakfast the next morning, and the only negative thing I can say is that aside from the complimentary bottle water in the room - I could have used a really big bottle of water.
Right in the heart of Stonetown this is an awesome hotel!!! (one tho g to note there is no Bar - alcohol here in the actual hotel, but that should be the deal breaker - go next door.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JAFFERJI, Owner at Jafferji House & Spa, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Dear Guest

I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay in Jafferji House and Spa.

Your review serves as a great motivator to the team and would help other travellers make an informed choice on their accommodation requirements when in Zanzibar.

I would like to thank you for this very helpful feedback and hope to welcome you back to the Jafferji House and Spa, sometime in the future.

Sincerely,


JAVED JAFFERJI
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Bushey, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

The hotel is ideally located in Stone Town itself and close to Forodhani, Beit al Ajaib and the Palace Museum. The decor is interesting with each room individually themed. From the outside, the appearance is deceptive, however, once inside, you are greeted by a tastefully decorated courtyard. The rooms are spacious and fully equipped with all the mod cons. The breakfasts are generous and staff extremely friendly. The place is suitable for families with kids or those looking for a romantic getaway....

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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JAFFERJI, Owner at Jafferji House & Spa, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Dear Guest

It is always a pleasure to read that we continue to execute service delivery with a bar of excellence and create an experience for our guests whilst in our hospitality. I will be delighted to share your review with the Hotel teams as its always gratifying when staff efforts are acknowledge by our guests.

I can not thank you enough for the time taken for such a detailed review and look forward to welcoming you back to the Jafferji House and Spa in the not so distant future.

Yours sincerely



JAVED JAFFERJI
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This was a stunning experience...unbelievable decor..like a palace!! so much attention was paid to the tiniest detail..excellent service!! Their managers Donna and Robert were so kind and helpful, they made us feel at home. Looking forward to staying with them again the next time we visit Zanzibar. Highly reccomended!

Room Tip: we stayed in the Princess Salma Suite.
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  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JAFFERJI, Owner at Jafferji House & Spa, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Dear Guest

Thank you for staying at the Jafferji House and Spa, it is very rewarding for both the team and I to receive such a glowing review.

Our biggest asset are the team we have, all staff across the hotel are very passionate about exceeding the expectations of our guests. Jafferji House and Spa is the centre of excellence when it comes to service delivery and looking after the needs of our guests.

Thank you once again and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Hotel.

Regards

JAVED JAFFERJI
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This hotel is a renovation of an Arabic house on a very close proximity to House of Wonders and Old Fort. The owner of the hotel, who is a photographer himself, must be a genious on details and you will see many pictures, small statues, exotic curtains etc... around you. They gave us one of their best rooms (Pricess SALME) which was immediately attracted my wife. We took tens of pictures in our room and hotel, including views from a very nice rooftop. In general hotel was quite new, clean and attractive.

Moreover, they have an outstanding chef, and the meal we had on the first night was the best in our stay at Zanzibar.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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JAFFERJI, Owner at Jafferji House & Spa, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Jafferji House and Spa whilst visiting Zanzibar.

It is always reassuring to read such positive comments and thank you for sharing your experience on tripadvisor. I will be delighted to pass your compliments onto my entire team and look forward to welcoming you back to the Hotel in the near future.

Next time you should stay in Kama Sutra Suite, it brings new meaning to accomodation in Zanzibar.

Sincerely


JAVED JAFFERJI
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London, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Wow!! what an Oasis, a truly remarkable hotel with great character and emotion in the heart of Stone Town. Having travelled the world reviewing some of the most iconic & luxurious hotels including the 7 star Burj Al Arab in Dubai to the famous chain brands Hilton, Kempinsky, Sheraton, Dorchester etc, this hotel is different and offers individuality.
Each suite is intimate but surprisingly big, with room names signifying different historical tales, the doors are classically traditional, the decor from the textures to the sights and the sounds are wonderful, amazing four poster beds, fully air conditioned, free wifi access, vintage furniture and photography, an actual experience and feeling of staying in Zanzibar.
An arabian/african feel to the architecture, not everything is like clockwork and things can often run slow, but that is what gives this place so much character. The staff are all very friendly (Alfons in particular) is a delight. From booking through the manager (Robert) to liasing with the very hospitable owner Mr Jafferji himself online, to checking in at 5am the service was wonderful.
Desi Info Magazine highly recommends this hotel for your short stay in Stonetown, Zanzibar.

Room Tip: The rooms are open plan, literally with the showers and bathroom out in the open - maybe a little di...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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JAFFERJI, Owner at Jafferji House & Spa, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Dear Reviewer

Thank you for staying at The Jafferji House and Spa on your recent trip to Zanzibar and for taking the time to share your review with us.

We appreciate your time you have taken to share your comments which will indeed help other travellers to make an informed choice on their accommodation when in Zanzibar.

I look forward to welcoming you back to Jafferji House and Spa in the not too distance future.

Sincerely


JAVED JAFFERJI
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Address: 170 Gizenga Street, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Stone Town
#3 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
#3 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#8 Family Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Jafferji House & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jafferji House & Spa is located in the heart of historical Stone Town, behind the Old Fort, which is just a stroll from the House of Wonders. It is conveniently located to Zanzibar’s most vibrant shops and restaurants on the sea front. Close to Forodhani gardens. Transfer time to and from the airport is about 20 minutes. History of the Building ... more   less 
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