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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
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“An absolute gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We were lucky as decided to stay 3 nights in Stonetown, so had time to fully enjoy the Farizah Suite and this hotel in general. The staff never stop smiling and were always interested in you - they greatly add to its charm. To the gentle water feature in reception to the very comfortable bed we recommend it. The Swahili meal was amazing and one of our best meals on the island. Close to everything we could not have asked for better.

Room Tip: The stairs are not as bad as some reviews make out. And as they carry the cases - no problem.
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  • Stayed November 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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  • 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
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Yes, yes, yes, stay here. Staying in Stonetown at the Zanzibar Palace Hotel was most enjoyable because the ambiance of Zanzibar was beautifully reflected in our uniquely decorated room. We had the greatest surprise of our trip when we entered the Dunia suite . . . a huge, elevated, curtain-draped bed sits within the extra-large room appointed with unique artifacts of this African Island. And then there is the lovely blue-tiled bathroom found one floor above with views and sounds of the port city in an open-air environment! That bathroom was definately one of the highlights of our trip! The staff are super friendly and helpful, and were of great assistance in getting our airline boarding info ready. The made-to-order breakfast with delicious fruit juice was way beyond par, with the hot and fresh croissants and coffee.

  • Stayed October 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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Taunton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

My daughter and I had a one night stay at the Zanzibar Palace on the way home after a diving trip as an antidote to the trials and tribulations of diving as well as giving us an opportunity to see Stonetown itself. The first thing to say is that if you wish to see Stonetown and get the feel of the place, the Zanzibar Palace is the ideal place to stay, as the hotel itself and it's location are a perfect introduction. The room we stayed in lived up to, and even exceeded the level of luxury I expected, but it was the staff that I most want to praise. Both the service provided by Robert and Mark as well as the other staff, were exactly what was required in a small, intimate boutique hotel like this and I for one would stay again...

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Waalwijk, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We only stayed one night in the hotel, but it was so good! We loved the it, the room was beautiful and the bathroom was great! It was a great welcome, very friendly! They gave us a good advice before visiting the city! The hotel was in the middle of the city, in few minutes you were at the market and the shopping areas. The breakfast was very good. we hope to come another time and spend some more time!! This hotel was a wonderfull end of our vacation. Thank you very much for your hospitality.

Hans and Corina

  • Stayed October 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

It is a small hotel with only 9 rooms, tucked away on a side street but only minutes from the main areas. Our room (Nadia) was on the first floor and added to the ambiance of the island. This room seems to be a bit smaller than the others, but was just fine for us. The website shows pictures of each room, so you could look on there if you wanted to pick a room. It was decorated with fresh flowers upon arrival. Robert, Mark and the rest of the staff were very helpful. They were also quite honest about which sights they recommend a guide for, and which we could do on our own, which was appreciated. We decided to go to Prison Island and see the giant tortoises last minute, and they had someone available to take us within 10 minutes. Also, we had to leave quite early the next morning before the kitchen opened, and they had a boxed breakfast waiting for us when we left. We had a wonderful time here and would definitely return.

  • Stayed October 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Wonderful staff room 4th floor arabica suite was great roomy light and comfortable good position only 10 min walk from main shopping areas markets etc + felt perfectly safe at all times helpful staff gave excellent advice on safety trips etc bar restaurant cosy but great would stay again def

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I echo the other guests in how friendly and helpful the staff are. First class!! We loved the rooms and the uniqueness of this place. One night we stayed on the second floor with an enormous bathtub and bathroom. We felt like royalty. The bed was quite comfortable. We stayed a second night on our way back from the beach and we stayed on the top floor which was fun. We had a small deck so we could look out over the rooftops while enjoying our coffee in the morning. But, getting the coffee up 3 flights of stairs was challenging! There are no elevators here which we didn't need but worth noting.
My only apprehension was navigating the streets at night back to the hotel. You have to pay attention to where to turn. One night we had someone from the restaurant walk us back.....made me feel safer.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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 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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Also Known As:
Zanzibar Palace Stone Town
Hotel Zanzibar Palace
Zanzibar Palace Hotel Stone Town

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