Abuso Inn is located in the heart of Stone Town, on a little square just off the main tourist haunts. The square provides a small parking area and is guarded by a friendly watchman, who also makes sure any touts following you back off before you reach the hotel.
Don't let the crumbly look of the exterior fool you - practically all of Stone Town looks like this. Walk up the little staircase (it's not accessible for wheelchair users) and you find yourself inside what once must have been a very grand home. Hardwood floors, darkened by generations of walking feet and polishing hands, stained-glass interior doors, wooden shutters on the windows, Zanzibari beds and Zanzibar chests in your rooms... it's all very lovely.
The place is kept meticulously clean. A/C and showers work and the water is hot. There is no safe in the room but "the room IS the safe" we were told - this is a family business run by honest people who take pride in looking after their guests.There is always somebody around to keep an eye on things and we felt that our belongings were perfectly safe.
It's quiet at night and we slept very well.
Breakfast is buffet style and consists of traditional chapatti, zanzibari rolls, fruit and eggs prepared to your liking on the spot. Try the local honey, it's delicious. It's served on a lovely shaded rooftop terrace with views over the harbour.
At USD 75.- for the room, including breakfast, it's very good value for Stone Town and we would go back without hesitation. The only suggestion we'd have is to get new mosquito nets for the beds - ours had mutliple holes in it. Despite this small issue the Abuso Inn is highly recommended.
- Also Known As:
- Abuso Hotel Stone Town
- Abuso Inn Zanzibar/Stone Town