Having read so many wonderful reviews I almost wondered if the hotel would live up to the 'uniqueness' and 'enthusiasm' to which other reviewers have written about The Emerson Spice Hotel, i needed of worried, on arrival we were greeted by the friendliest staff and 'Mr Emerson' himself, I knew instantly we had picked right and that this was the only place to stay if visiting beautiful Stone Town, the hotel is a beautiful warren of Arabic and Indian design at every turn with stunning balconies, arches and inner courtyard reminiscent of a Moroccan Riad complete with tiled water feature and fountain, the hotel was a former sultans palace I believe and so much care has been take to restore this beautiful building to its former glory, the bedrooms are decandent and luxurious each one with its own personality, we had Camille, decorated in pale blues and stunning red and blue stained glass windows that create the most atmospheric light in the room and bathroom, a fabulous four poster bed takes centre stage complete with nets and the room has the largest balcony from where you can watch stone town life go on as it has for hundreds of years below you, the rooms come equipped with everything you could possibly need even a mobile phone if you want to take it out with you pre loaded with some credit. I will post some pictures as its true that a picture tells a thousand words, I could enthuse all day about this wonderful special hotel. The other point to mention is the wondeful rooftop restaurant, located high above stone town open to the evening breeze, we booked our 5 course extravanganza about a year ago on Katias recommendation as it only seats some 25 guests and is very popular, its a set menu offering you the chance to sample the wonders of Swahili/fusion cuisine, it was more than wonderful, one of the most superb meals in one of the best settings we have ever had, we met new friends and chatted away late into the night sipping super cocktails and drinking great wine, the hotel also presented a fantastic birthday cake as a surprise as it was a birthday trip, a lovely surprise and it shows the hotel really care and go that special mile. We arranged a great walking trip through stone town with the hotel which was wonderful and an absolute must for anyone, equally it is just as much fun to wander and get lost in the maze of alleyways. My only regret is we didnt stay longer, Katai recommended we have a minimum of 2 nights and now I see why however it is a great excuse to go back as soon as we can and stay at the absolutely wonderful and very special place 'The Emerson Spice' Thanks all for making our stay so very special and a perfect end to our stay in the wonderful Zanzibar
They are all wonderful but Camille is very special with a fabulous large balcony
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July 24, 2013
Thank you for the very comprehensive review. You make us happy; your contagious smile travels all the way from UK. Even more, I thank you for the fantastic photos. Your black and whites are artfully original, and your pic of the setting sun resting on the Hindu Temple spire, for me, is the best sunset pic of all we have. Thanks again. Emerson
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