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“A Gem and Zanzibar's finest coffee” 5 of 5 stars
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Zanzibar Coffee House
Mkunazini 1563/64, Stone Town, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #8 of 31 Hotels in Stone Town
Sydney
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A Gem and Zanzibar's finest coffee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Hard to find in the labyrinth of Stone Town (well for us anyway!), but when you find it you walk into the nicest baristas and staff in ST. The staff are super friendly, always with a smile on their face - they clearly enjoy where they work and what the do. Coffee is quality - I love the coconut and lime Lassi (so refreshing) and the food is top notch as well. Even when it overflows the staff dont get flustered, they have this down like clockwork - big up to the management and staff.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cochrane, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The coffee house is a wonderful old building in the winding lanes that form the heart of the old town. The staff were welcoming and thoughtful. Our room was large, classy, comfortable and cooled off at night. The breakfast on the roof was outstanding - great service, food and view. Call to prayer at 5 a.m. was the perfect start to the day in this most interesting cultural mecca. Along with a highly recommended stay at the coffee house, I recommend a personal guided tour of the old town which includes the market, the museum and the former slave market. Female tourists may be more comfortable with conservative clothing and a headscarf when exploring this city.

  • 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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philly
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14 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Stayed in Excelsa room on the top floor. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Like the room decor and comfort. Having the personal bathroom/shower outside the room did not bother me. The hotel is not accessible by car, so your driver/you will need to carry your bags to this place from the parked car some 5 min away. I took one star off because the water in the shower was very weak, making showers a time-consuming ordeal. Also, make sure to bring your own shampoo ( or buy in a pharmacy nearby).

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

We stayed in the Arabica suite, which was a very nice large and airy room. We were on our honeymoon and the staff had left a beautiful complementary chocolate cake in our room with a message of congratulations on, however I had booked under my maiden name and so the name they put on the cake was wrong. This wasn't their fault though and it gave us a giggle. The breakfast was served up on the room terrace and was very nice. The coffee was very good, as you would expect, but very strong! The hotel is located within a maze of small winding streets, so it can be difficult to find unless you have a good sense of direction, which I don't. It is very close to all the main sites in Stone Town and definitely a good place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Varsity Lakes, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Zanzibar Coffee House is a beautifully renovated, former sultan palace. It offers a café with probably the best coffee I have ever had. Additionally, there are some 8 rooms for rent. Every one of them is kindly decorated. Beautiful! Such a calm oasis in the pulsing city of Stone Town. Go there!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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huddersfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

tucked away round a back street, a little difficult to find but all the taxi drivers know where it is. good comfortable rooms clean and tidy, we sayed in the room with the bathroom across the corridore, not a problem. Breakfast on the roof terrace was amazing. great place to stay if you want to explore stonetown, very central to all restraunts and places of interest.

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Stayed here three times in three years and this place still delivers great standards and value for money in a vibrant and ever changing town. Super individual rooms that are spotlessly clean and provide all feasible mod cons at an affordable price.

The staff are charming, there is a superb rooftop for breakfasts (amazing coffees!!) and a friendly, safe ambience that make this a great recommendation. Finding it will test your orientation skills but well worth persevering.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Additional Information about Zanzibar Coffee House

Address: Mkunazini 1563/64, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#10 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel offers a touch of magic and romance in an authentic Arabic house deep in the heart of Stone Town. Transformed into a stylish hotel with harmonious interiors, antiques and rich fabrics, it is one of the oldest buildings in Zanzibar constructed by the Wazir to Sultan Said Bargash in 1885. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel Stone Town
Zanzibar Coffee Hotel
Hotel Zanzibar Coffee
Zanzibar Coffee House Stone Town

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