I stayed here with my 7 year old daughter and the staff really took us under their wings - especially the owners -Tausi and her husband . We felt like we were staying with family! The guesthouse is a charming little place, full of interest and character. The views of the fishing port from the open air, rooftop restaurant will keep you amused for hours and it's a great opportunity to take sneaky photos of local life!
First impressions of the area, if im honest, werent good. It seemed rundown and the fishing port smelt terrible as the cab drove through it. However, we never noticed the smell once in the guesthouse and the area? Well, you soon get used to it. On the door of Malindi, it warns guests not to walk left to the fishing port at night. I actually wasn't keen on walking RIGHT either as you have to walk down a little alleyway to get to the main road (which will take you to Stone Town within 10 minutes of walking). I called this alley 'Hey Baby Alley' as this was the greeting I used to get from some of the locals lazing around on the sitting walls down there. However, they didn't appear to mean anything malicious by it and although imtimidating at first, I walked down the alley everyday at least once a day with my child and never found myself feeling like I was in danger. Everyone was actually really friendly and helpful if you responded to their greetings (even 'Hey Baby' with a smile and a 'Poa!' and remember I was young female on my own. I'm sure with a man, I'd feel 100% safe. Anyway, if anyone really finds the area too claustrophobic, just get a $5 cab to run you in and out of the area to the busy places of Stone Town!
All in all, great place, good food, amazing staff and service. If you go on a tour ask for Achmad (or Hamada as he's also known) Great kid who'll provide an amazing tour with a really personal touch! The area is fine once you get used to it.
*Tip - The fishing port can get a bit noisy at night so take earplugs if you want an early night or have kids with you who go to bed early.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Established in 1976, Malindi Guest House Stone Town Zanzibar Tanzania is among the oldest Guest Houses in Zanzibar. It is located so close to Zanzibar Port (off Malindi Street) that you can walk comfortable to the famous,Guest House ratedby most authentic travel guide books as 'the best Guest House in Zanzibar'. As it is within Stone Town, staying at the Malindi Guest House get you a real feel of the Zanzibar life. Very ideal for the Budget Traveller .Rooms are quite spacious and very well furnished, self contained with ceiling fan and AC. There is a lot of tradition Zanzibar furniture and artifacts to enhance the guest feeling of their historic presence in Zanzibar.Malindi guest house is the best , clean and cheap in Stone Town and so near to shopping and forodhani park .Our rate is for bed and breakfast we serve breakfast at the top roof restaurant with good view while enjoy your breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Malindi Guest House Hotel Stone Town
- Malindi Guest House Zanzibar/Stone Town