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Princess Salme Inn
Mizingani Road, Malindi | P.O Box 2310, Stone Town 255, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #15 of 29 hotels in Stone Town
Aurora, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Clean budget accommodations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Booked on line for three days, on arrival i had second thoughts. The entrance is not appealing and the pungent odor from the fish warehouses across the street was not nice. I was greeted by very pleasant staff and shown to my room that was clean and neat. The smell of fish had disappeared and I settled in with a very hot shower. The mattresses have all been firm and comfortable. Rooms all have fans, some have a/c.
I decided not to travel around the island but to take it easy and explore Stonetown. Even though they were fully booked for the rest of the week they were able to shuffle things around and make room for me to stay another four days.
It is close to everything and the breakfast is a good start for each day.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

There is a reason this place is named as one of the best budget options in Stone Town. It is convenient and has a lot of great features that make it a bargain.

The rooms are cute, the shower facilities were good for what I have experienced in comparison in some places around Dar es Salaam. The staff took time to point out how to get around as well as recommending places to us. Finally, the breakfast was really great, lots of options. Would stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maputo, Mozambique
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

very hospitable service and a good price. good location, if you're travelling by ferry. rooms are small, but clean and with everything you need. wi-fi works in all rooms - usually fast, but for a few days if was slower (maybe because of a lot of guests). roof terrace is the place to meet other guests.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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13 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Located a 15 minute walk from the centre of Stone Town, Princess Salme Inn was a nice place to spend the night.

Staff was extremely friendly and hospitable and the room was nice with a good bed, mosquito net and ceiling fan. The en suite bathroom was clean and the shower was very nice.

On the roof there is a terrace with a self service bar consisting of two fridges with cold drinks. You just write what you drink on a sheet and pay when you leave.

A bit pricey but well worth it.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here my first night in Stonetown and liked it so much have another night booked.

Good location up near the ferry terminal. Very friendly and helpful staff and nice clean rooms with well hung mosquito nets.

Lovely roof terrace where breakfast is served and drinks are available, the breakfast is very nice and also includes eggs.

Fish market was not noticeable either olfactory or through noise.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

What is Princess Salme?
A quiet, comfortable place where the crew is friendly, kind and helpful, the rooms are spacey, quiet and very clean, unfortettable breakfasts served on the rooftop. We stayed from October 7th to 21th 2012 and our experience has been absolutely great. A special thank you to Angela, Gertrud and Neema.

Loredana and Claudio, Turin (Italy)

Room Tip: Our room, nr. 19, was excellent!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

A budget traveler needs good accommodation and breakfast. We got more than that. 24hrs desk – very helpful l staff, the bed was beautiful and very comfortable, clean bathroom, aircon, beautiful cushions, mains power in the room( lots- too much to name everything) ,a plug for the sink may be you should add. The management and staff are very helpful. Wonderful breakfast including free wifi and a computer at the lobby is connected to the internet for those who don’t have their own computers.

  • Stayed October 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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Additional Information about Princess Salme Inn

Also Known As:
Princess Salme Hotel Stone Town
Princess Salme Hotel
Princess Salme Inn Zanzibar/Stone Town
Address: Mizingani Road, Malindi | P.O Box 2310, Stone Town 255, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Princess Salme Inn is a bed and breakfast hotel perfect for travellers looking to see Zanzibar for less. When you're out and about all day, a comfy bed and hearty breakfast are all you need! So book Princess Salme Inn, a bed and breakfast in Stone Town Zanzibar where you pay less and sleep well. Princess Salme Inn is a simple but comfortable bed and breakfast hotel in Stone Town growing incorporating its customer needs. It is in an old Arabic mansion with traditional touches. The hotel has remained one of the cleanest in the area and still maintains the lowest rates in town. Our team will assist planning and recommending tours, transfers and even safaris ... .. Our rooms are simple with the highest level of cleanness. We have variety of rooms to suite your needs and budget, and leaving you satisfied at the end. From Backpackers to Honeymooners, from cheap / budget customers to mid-range customers. The rooms are naturally decorated in Zanzibarian style with traditional Zanzibar beds. We are working hard to bridge the gap between client satisfaction and management perception of good service. Your honest reviews even if they are bad and good ones, all help us grow better. ... more   less 
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