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Zanzibar Palace Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kiponda Street | 831, Stone Town 3392, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #3 of 29 hotels in Stone Town
Sydney, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Intriguing authentic hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

The is a great hotel, beautifully decorated, and it has an espresso machine!! We enjoyed the breakfasts but dinner was a real treat. We had the Swahili experience, it was delightful. The service and presentation outstanding, and the chef came along later to ask what we liked the most. The house wine was extremely good, and its not necessary to spend more. While not in the centre of stone town, stone town is so small it does not matter at all.

Our only minor issue is the canopy bed in the Rosewood room is not suitable for tall people. (All rooms have names not numbers!!!) although I am not six foot, I needed to lie diagonally.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

This is a lovely hotel. It speaks volumes when a hotel and its staff get all the small things right...and the Zanzibar Palace Hotel manages this with aplomb.
It's a beautifully and carefully restored building, the rooms are spacious, comfortable and well appointed. Most importantly, the staff are polite, helpful and remarkably friendly - there seemed nothing they couldn't do to help.
The breakfasts are wholesome and tasty. We tried the 'Typical Swahili Dinner' one evening, which was absolutely delicious.
In addition, we arrange a tour through the hotel that was excellent.
Certainly a good choice in Stonetown and, compared to many of the seemingly over-priced hotels in Tanzania and Zanzibar, the Zanzibar Palace Hotel ticks all the boxes.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Brighton
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39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Have to admit that on arrival it was reminiscent of the "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" neighborhood. When escorted and oriented to our beautifully decorated, and very comfortable rooms - with the built in fitness program of going up the stairs - we were delighted. Typical Zanzibar décor makes it feel like you actually live there. And then, there is the wonderful experience of breakfast provided in the homey restaurant area. Food was excellent, staff was friendly. Location is very good for visiting all kinds of markets, both touristy and very local. Port is a short walk away for those doing ferry trips. Wifi in the reception area was very good. A laptop can be provided for those without their own device. Frans and Mark were both very welcoming and good with directions and help getting around. We stayed in Shaba room, our friends in Sultana and we were all pleased with the experience. I would highly recommend this as a true cultural experience in a very unique town.

Room Tip: Plan for your own stair climbing ability. Staff will help with your bags, so don't worry about...
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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35 hotel reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

This is an insider tip and the place to stay when visiting Zanzibar. Next time I am coming back to Zanzibar I will definitely stay here! An excellent choice for a stay in historical Stone Town/ Zanzibar!!!!! PS: Internet is very reliable here. Good food and service.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Loved the Zanibar Palace Hotel. The hotel had typical Zanzibar decor. It is located minutes from the port and easy walking distance to the markets-in fact there were stores just around the corner for last minute purchases. Pictures and descriptions on their site are accurate. We were in the Sherali suite. Very large room even with a second bed in the room to make it a triple. Huge windows along two sides of the room. Very large bath area. It seemed much care was given to the decor of the hotel. We were a group of 10 occupying 4 rooms. Service was stellar. The hotel was very clean. Wholesome fresh food and juices. Had dinner there one night and it was fabulous. My son and I shared a lobster dinner and it was out of this world good. Almost more than we could eat. That says a lot since my son is a growing 15 year old! We stayed there the last two nights of our vacation. This mean't we had a late night flight to get back to the states. The hotel graciously let us use the spa shower to freshen up before our long travels back home. This was extremely appreciated and accommodating! Two thumbs up for everyone at the Zanizibar Palace hotel. I wholeheartedly recommend staying here. Great value for the money in an upscale property in Stone Town.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We found some great value for money! Housed in an unpretentious looking building palace hotel is stills something of a landmark in the little town of Zanzibar. The décor is functional and arabian-like but not unpleasant. The rooms are very spacious, the bathrooms spotlessly clean and disinfected, the sheets and linen are fresh. All in all, we found it great value for money.

Room Tip: first visit to this small hotel and loved our room
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This was our second visit to Zanzibar Palace Hotel in Stonetown. It was just as good as the last time. Its situation was really convenient for what we wanted to do. The rooms are quirky but we loved the room we were in this time which was on the top floor. Only down side is if you have difficulty climbing steep stairs. Food and service was good on the night we ate in. If we go back to Stonetown again we would definitely go back to the Zanzibar Palace.

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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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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 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
#2 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
#3 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#3 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Business Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Zanzibar Palace Hotel 4*
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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