Absolutely stunning accommodation in a collection of old adjoining buildings that have been carefully and lovingly restored in traditional style and furnishings. It is therefore not for those who must have the latest technology, chrome, glass, shiny surfaces and modern lines.
We stayed in Camille for 4 nights and it was delightful although the shower/bath being open to the room may not be to some peoples liking - we loved it. During our stay there was a regular turn over of guests and vacant rooms were left open and staff encouraged us to look in other rooms. Every room is different, and most in significant ways, so that each room has its own charm, character and quirks. I wouldn't say that any room is better than any other it is a matter of matching room features to what you want. All rooms have drinking water supplied, mosquito nets and a repellant made to a local recipe that is very efficient. You don't need an alarm or wake up call as the early morning calls to prayer from the mosques in Stone Town can't be slept through anywhere.
Very thoughtfull features of each room are the re-chargable torch (as street lighting is poor) and the programmed mobile phone which guests are encouraged to take with them on excursions. If you get lost, and you will if you do any exploring of Stone Town, or need assistance you simply ring hotel reception and someone will come and escort you.
All staff were extremely friendly and helpful. They arrange transfers, tours and just about anything else that you could think of and it goes on your room bill. Safe deposit for your valuables is provided in reception. During our stay Emerson was in the hotel most of the time either in the reception area or in the Tea House and he sets the hospitality standards for all his staff - he enthusiastically chats with guests, makes recommendations on what to see and do, places to eat and quietly overviews all that is happening around him.
Breakfast can be taken in your room but the Tea House is a much better option as you have the 360 degree vista of historic Stone Town before you plus the opportunity to chat with the staff and other guests. The quality of the breakfast is excellent and we would recommend having at least one evening meal in the Tea House which was a very sophisticated blend of flavours and dishes.
- Also Known As:
- Emerson Spice Hotel
- Emerson Spice Hotel Stone Town
- Emerson Spice Zanzibar/Stone Town
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Emerson Spice, a new Zanzibari experience. This labour of love is a journey into the transformation of a near ruin into a five star fantasy that can only be experienced on the beautiful Islands of Zanzibar. We have opened the cafe and Tea House restaurant and we now have 10 of our 12 rooms open to guests. ... more less