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Zanzibar Palace Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kiponda Street | 831, Stone Town 3392, Tanzania   |  
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Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
1 review
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“excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Dynamics, the small team of Zanzibar Palace Hotel!
An opulent building in a maze of streets that lead to the ballad. Each room is unique, with a special decoration of very good taste. Friendly staff and available.
A very good restaurant. An address to remember and recommend.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

A delightful place to stay and to come home to after our walkabouts, the Zanzibar Palace Hotel and its staff always made us feel most welcome. The well-trained staff were friendly, helpful and gentle - nothing was too much trouble. We loved the location which seemed to be in the centre of everything. Our room was fun - we stayed in the "Arabic" room (we wanted to taste the local flavour!) on the top floor (oh my knees - steep stairs!) with a wonderful view over rooftops. Air conditioning, ceiling fan and mosquito nets kept the room very comfortable. Robert was charmingly informative about places to eat (although the food there was great), where to have sundowners and cocktails, where to shop, how to shop and everything else we wanted to know. We loved it, will have fond memories if it, and recommend it to anyone.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lilongwe
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We enjoyed three wonderful days at the hotel which has been renovated with a lot of love and knowledge. From our "Arabic" room at the top floor we had have a great view over the roofs of Stone Town including a small balcony to enjoy a sundowner. The service was extremely friendly and helpful, at the restaurant we were served the biggest lobster we have ever seen. A perfect place for a couple of romantic days.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Santa Barbara, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at the Zanzibar Palace Hotel for the last two nights of our month long stay in Tanzania. What a wonderful way to end our dream holiday! We were welcomed with the customary cool drinks and hand towels, and throughout our stay, the gracious staff and owner, Frans, took care of us so graciously and beautifully, it was hard to leave. They answered questions, discussed life in Stone Town, gave us local tips for sightseeing, shopping, places to eat, how to not loose our bearings, arranged last minute taxi service and really made us feel at home. Our breakfast was delicious. The hotel is an amazing architectural and historical building which has been lovingly restored with beautiful features and furnishings in keeping with the original Indian Family design, a tribute to Frans and his vision. We had the honor of staying in the Dunia Suite....yes, it's on the top floor, there are stairs, but it is gorgeous. A lovely bedroom area, comfy bed embellished with flowers on arrival, and then another flight of stairs to the roof top bathroom, which overlooks the city. It is spectacular and showering there during daylight/evening hours was marvelous. Having been born inTanganyika and returning after 50 years of absence, I felt so lucky that my Hawaiian/American Husband and I chose to stay and share such a lovely, locally owned and operated hotel. Fond Memories which we will treasure Forever.

Room Tip: While we stayed in the Dunia Suite, a gorgeous and unique space, the gracious Owner and Staff allowe...
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at this hotel after our Safari before we moved on to the beach bit . What a great choice. The staff were fab,so friendly and helpful.After wandering around Stone Town (as I'm not very adventurous ) we ate at the hotel. The food was beautiful, the best we had in 2 weeks. As most people stay in Stone Town on their last night we recommended the food to everyone who was leaving our beach resort. We stayed in the Rosewood room it isn't the biggest but it was lovely. Although the bed is very high but very comfy. The stairs are steep but the staff carry your bags for you,they must be very strong! The little bar is lovely and intimate where you can chat to other guests. Breakfast was nice and sets you up for the day. We wandered Stone Town which was great but didn't see anywhere we would rathered have stayed. Don't forget Mercurys Bar I know it's commercial but they do fantastic cocktails(blow your socks off)

  • 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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Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

My mother and I have spend 3 nights in this wonderfull hotel:
The location is perfect, the people caring and friendly, the rooms a dream (I do not believe you can find any better place to relax after a day in stonetown), the cook simply amazing, (even if the prices are a bit high I fully recommend to try one of his dishes), the decoration make you feel like you are in a fairy tale... what else???? I guess you should really go there to see for yourself!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Our stay at the lovely "olde world" Zanzibar Palace Hotel was great. The owner, Frans was friendly and very helpful as were all the staff. The evening meal prepared by the chef was fantastic!
The location of the hotel was perfect for taking in a tour of Stone Town.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Additional Information about Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Address: Kiponda Street | 831, Stone Town 3392, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
#2 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
#3 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#3 Family Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Zanzibar Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zanzibar Palace Hotel is a luxurious nine room boutique hotel located right in the heart of Stone Town (an Unesco World Heritage site). It is independently owned and daily under Dutch management and an ideal home to explore and experience all the beauties of this magical town and Island. Zanzibar's rich history is integrated throughout the hotel by Arabian, Indian and English designs, this in combination with all modern comfort (airco, free WiFi, flatscreen TV's, etc). Each room/suite has its own unique decor with many local originating antique pieces of furniture, magical beds, Persian rugs, colourful silks, etc. Room rates for every purse definitely makes this a place to stay. In its adjacent building there is the Palace Luxury Spa, with its contemporary look and feel with one-of-a-kind art and furniture. As you walk through the front door, you notice the soft aqua blue interior colours along with the antique furniture. You are immediately put into a state of calm and relaxation. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Zanzibar Palace Stone Town
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