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Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at Kiponda B&B for my whole stay in Zanzibar i.e 7 nights.Its location was very convenient as it is central therefore easy accessibility to Forodhani gardens and Banks(ATM's) within stone town.The staff were friendly and breakfast prepared was always hearty.The WIFI was good at the roof top area and the rooms on the upper most floor.I loved the...

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Heikezanzibar, Manager at Kiponda B&B, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review in tripadvisor. We are glad that you had a good time and enjoyed your stay with us. We are certainly lucky to have such a central location and are proud to offer a breakfast that is more varied than at most places of our standard. You are always welcome to...

Tubingen, Germany
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kiponda B&B means coming back home to me. After a few days I really felt as if I come home in my own african flat. The neighbours greet you, the staff greets you warmly and I just love this personal touch. Kiponda B&B is a unique and very personal, authentic place where you can always have company or be completely...

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Heikezanzibar, Manager at Kiponda B&B, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this flattering review. We are happy that we could make you feel at home here. It was a pleasure to have you staying with us for such a long time and everyone has grown fond of you. Karibu tena - Welcome again.

Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I strongly recommend the Kiponda to anyone who is traveling to Stone Town. It s very well located. It takes 5 minutes to walk to the Forodhani park and it takes less than 5 minutes to approach the sea. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms are simple but very nicely furnished. Whenever I am traveling to Stone...

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Heikezanzibar, Manager at Kiponda B&B, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and your kind comments. We are a town hotel but within a stones throw of the seafront and forodhani park where you can have dinner at one of the stands of the night food market. Karibu tena - welcome again

Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got the address from friend and we don't regret the tip! Our stay was great. The rooms are clean, big with fans and well furnished. The bathroom was also very nice and efficient. The bar is really relaxing and the barman very nice. The staff is helpful and friendly. Breakfast is very good, with fresh fruits and juice. We...

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Heikezanzibar, General Manager at Kiponda B&B, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. The "bar" on our rooftop is actually a service of our staff. The hotel only serves breakfast but the staff provide guest with drinks if requested and sometimes even do delivery services for food from neighbouring restaurants etc. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay. Karibu tena...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 12, 2017

Kiponda is in a great location - very walkable to restaurants, the seashore, and other stone town attractions. The breakfast was tasty and included the only "real" coffee (not instant) of our entire trip. The wifi was consistent, and the advice and directions given by staff was helpful and easy to follow. We took a fan room, which was a...

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Heikezanzibar, Manager at Kiponda B&B, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about us. We have rooms with fan and rooms that have additional air conditioning. In the summertime (December til April) it can get hot (around 30-32C) and does not cool down much at night. So for those who do not like such heat they should book a room with AC...

Reviewed January 9, 2017

It was a last minute booking and the manager was nice enough to inform us to enable us book but the room we were given (No. 1 - triple room) was horrible. It had an awful smell from the bathroom that just wouldn't go away no matter how much air freshener was used which made my showering / sleeping experience...

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Heikezanzibar, Manager at Kiponda B&B, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have already solved the problem with the smell in the bathroom of room no 1. There was a problem with the drainage pit but it is solved now. We apologize for that. Certainly there are no bed bugs. If I remember correctly you had been on the beach shortly before leaving and it sounds...

Reviewed January 7, 2017

Perfectly located in Stone Town, next to Forodhani Garden and with several restaurants around. I had a nice bedroom with fan - good value for money. The breakfast was quite good and served on the roof top. I felt warmly welcomed.

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Heikezanzibar, Manager at Kiponda B&B, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for taking the time to review us. Having this nicely located place we want to add to the guest well-being a personal touch and authentic Swahili hospitality. We are glad that it worked out for you. Karibu tena - welcome again. Heike

Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

We booked months in advance for a specific room but when we arrived we had been switched to another, which was much smaller and had a window overlooking a busy construction site. We were upset with the mistake and the manager was not at the hotel to speak to us when we checked in. However, the next morning she apologized...

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Heikezanzibar, Manager at Kiponda B&B, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for your review. As we had already told you we are really sorry about the inconvenience with the wrong room. You checked in in the late evening and I was already out the office. I had asked my receptionist to explain to you why you did not get the specific room you had asked for although...

Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

The toilet and the bathroom had this odor that even with air freshener it was still smelling the same, the floor was slippery and the toilet seat had brown stains inside. We dreaded having to go inside the toilet. Surprisingly the hotel had good reviews and quite a number of guest, so we concluded that maybe it was only our...

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Heikezanzibar, Manager at Kiponda B&B, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your review. Seems like in your case we were not able to live up to our expectations and our own goals. We have had complaints about bad smell in that room before but thought we had solved the problem. It seems we did not solve the whole problem. We had a booking right after you...

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Acceptable place to stay. Nothing amazing. Room 1 downstairs had bathroom that smelled like urinal even when dry and "clean" and in its glory the hotel might have been amazing, it is run down and has a layer of grunge around it. They did make us a special breakfast before we got to the 7 am Ferry and escorted us...

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Heikezanzibar, Manager at Kiponda B&B, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. In room No 1 some time ago we had a termite problem and had to spray so they would not eat up the ceiling beams etc. Unfortunately some of the smell of the spray remained. Not everybody notices it but obviously for you it was noticeable enough. We apologize for that and will try to...

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  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Multilingual Staff
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast Available
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Kiponda Bed and Breakfast is in a historical house dating back to the 18th century when it was built as part of the palace; simple and functional yet friendly and welcoming, nested in the charming Stone Town of Zanzibar. This beautiful old original Swahili house is just a walking distance from the harbor and a stone throw from Forodhani Garden and the House of Wonders. The small and simple B&B is an integral part of the neighborhood – meet our friendly neighbors and feel at home in the middle of this buzzing town rich in culture and full of stories. Peaceful, authentic, comfortable and furnished simple but with style, this place has it all if you are out for the true experience. Built in Arabic style – with one interior portico, thick walls and plenty of natural ventilation – sitting at the roof top seating area where we also serve breakfast makes it easy for you to dream up your own story of ancient times. Kiponda B&B is one of those special little hotels you‘ll want to return to again and again, and that’s what many of our guests do. We offer simple quality accommodation and services without fake luxury – a true Zanzibar experience. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kiponda B&B

Address: Nyumba Ya Moto St, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania (Formerly Hotel Kiponda)
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Price Range: $40 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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See which rooms travelers prefer

“Room 21 has a good view”
 of 5 bubbles lydia822015, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“Wi-Fi on the top floor is the best.”
 of 5 bubbles tutee2015, Jan 9, 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a room on top floor, located by outside terrace and internet location if important”
 of 5 bubbles travelworldnow, Nov 10, 2016 | Read review
“Ask for one of the rooms on the top floor. They are nicer and the wifi works in them.”
 of 5 bubbles 22mishan, Oct 6, 2016 | Read review
“Higher is better--21 or 22. but if you need AC, then ask for it. All rooms are tight fit.”
  • basic but clean and great bed
 of 5 bubbles JoelZ195, Jul 28, 2016 | Read review
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