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“Friendly and well located” 5 of 5 stars
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Hurumzistreet | P.O. Box 1117, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #5 of 29 Stone Town B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Friendly and well located”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Good clean rooms, tasteful decorations and a wonderful roof terrace made this a place great stop-over in Stone Town on the way to the East Coast. The hosts are kind, friendly and really helpful, and little touches such as the library and the drinks fridge with its honesty system were appreciated. There is a lovely spice shop just below by the way - run by a kind lady anyway - and you are a walk away from most good things in Stone Town.

Room Tip: Try and get a room with a bit of a breeze running through - facing the front of the hotel?
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  • Stayed December 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Clove is a very nice place for vivsts to Stonetown, it is placed en the heart of Stonetown and the staff is very nice and helpfull.
The rooftop terrasse is a small oasis in a hectic town.
We plan to come back again!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

The Clove Hotel is located in the heart of Stone Town, allowing for short walks to shops, restaurants, and ferries. The staff is extremely accomodating and willing to make helpful recommendations, as well as arrangements, in regard to your travel. The rooftop is a nice place to relax. Breakfast is standard, with eggs, toast, and fruit. The only downside was that our room was pretty hot, but the air circulation may have been improved if we would have opened our window at night.

Room Tip: I would suggest requesting a room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

For an inexpensive hotel in Stone Town this place was wonderful. Lisenka and the staff were very very helpful and friendly, its a great location and the breakfast on the roof was very very good. They were also very good at arranging tours and helping with transportation to the beaches.

Room Tip: We asked for a family room as we didn't want to share a bed.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

This is the perfect Hotel in Stone Towne! A short walk to the ferry, fine restaurants, One Ocean scuba divers or just about anything you might want to do in Stone Towne. The rooms are quant and clean, the staff is very helpful and you will never need a taxi.

But the best part is the roof top terrace with a great view of the harbor. A full breakfast is served on the terrace in the morning, but you will want to linger there in the afternoons or evenings on the comfortable couches and chairs.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

The Clove Hotel - I loved it. From the friendly staff to the delicious breakfasts on the roof top terrace. The fresh fruit in Zanzibar is second to none and each morning there was a plentiful supply for breakfast. The Clove is a small hotel in a great location very accessible to all of Stone Town. It was easy to walk around the area to the sea front and boat trips to Prison Island to the plethora of little shops and cafes and restaurants. The roof top terrace proved a real plus both early morning and late evening combined with a very welcome chilled beer watching the light fade at sunset from the comfort of some large couches.

Lisette was really helpful in arranging tours and helping to rearrange flights for me. She also gave me a real insight into Zanzibar.

I would highly recommend the hotel for those with a sense of adventure wishing to see the real Zanzibar.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This is a really nice little hotel which is easy to find just a few minutes walk from the fort (I never needed a taxi back at night). The rooms are a little small but have a big double bed and are clean and functional. They have a fan (no a/c). Lisenka, the hotel manager, will arrange anything for you and she (and all staff) are really helpful. Breakfast is egg the way you like it cooked and a small buffet on the rooftop terrace which overlooks the fort and sea. You can also chill out up here during the day and evening. Overall a really nice experience and a little retreat from the crazy town!

I do recommend having a taxi booked by the hotel to transfer you so that you have knowledge of a reputable driver!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Additional Information about Clove Hotel

Address: Hurumzistreet | P.O. Box 1117, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Stone Town
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Clove Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town

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