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Emerson Spice

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent two nights at the Emerson Spice--cold have spent more. A great location in the middle of a bustling and unique city. Both the room and the hosts and workers at the hotel made our stay amazing. The breakfast on the roof was delicious--and made even better by the fabulously good-natured and able people who served us.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I spent three nights at Emerson Spice. The hotel and each room has been restored beautifully to reflect all the diversity and history of the Stone Town. The staff was very friendly and helpful in navigating our way around the narrow streets and ensuring we had everything we needed. Breakfast was enjoyed with a lovely view from...

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Harare, Zimbabwe
Reviewed April 19, 2017

From the porter collecting us from the ferry, to being welcomed with smiles, Hibiscus juice and delight- we knew this was a special place. Russel the manager was delightful and even walked us to our spice tour which was a nice touch. We stayed in the Kate room on the top floor and it was magical. The decor, the amenities,...

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Falls Church, Virginia
Reviewed April 11, 2017

Stayed one night in Stonetown - so glad we chose Emerson Spice. Each room is wonderfully decorated in its own style, service was excellent and the hospitality was personable. Had 3 meals at the hotel all delicious and very reasonably priced. The tasting menu is to die for! Breakfast on the rooftop was lovely. Lunch was quick but elegant. I...

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed April 4, 2017

Hotel was recommended by a good friend and what a wonderful pick it was. Great location in the heart of the city and not the tourist section. The staff was amazing as was the boutique hotel room which was suite-like in both its size and decor. Having breakfast on the roof with a delightful staff serving 7 different kinds of...

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Reviewed April 4, 2017

Perfect beginning for our honeymoon. We arrived unannounced without a reservation before the reception was opened, which confused the staff a little bit because of its unusuality. We were offered a complimentary breakfast (amazing after long flight) and their best suite. Thankfully it was low season. Welcome was very personal from all of the staff and a sparkling wine wating...

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Netherlands
Reviewed March 29, 2017

We arrived at 1am and booked the pick up service which was essential for an 1am arrival. There is short 5 min walk to the hotel. We stayed in Kate for 3 nights. Generous room with double balcony and bath and shower (one inside and one outside). Location is excellent. Building has lovingly been rebuilt and made to look old....

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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed March 25, 2017

We spent our last night here after our Tanzania safari and our Zanzibar beach stay and what a great way to finish. Beautiful boutique hotel with so much history. We stayed in 'Kate' which was outstanding. Very large, beautifully furnished room with balconies each side which allowed for a lovely breeze. Great view over the roof tops where you can...

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Reviewed March 19, 2017

Boutique Hotel of excellence. Very generous people, everything perfect. We felt like in a fairytale of 1001 night. Therooms are all different and all very special. Food is probably the best you get in Stonetown. Service is friendly and natural and individual. We travel a ozt but this was best of bests.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed March 17, 2017

My parents and I shared the Aida room (can sleep 4-5 people comfortably) for two nights and very much enjoyed our stay. The room was clean, air-conditioned, and uniquely decorated with delightful windows, places to sit, and upstairs sleeping area for other guests, and a beautiful balcony where we had breakfast served our second morning. The breakfast was delightful with...

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  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Emerson Spice
Emerson Spice
Cuisines: African, Seafood, International, Fusion
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
An inspired and lovingly restored Merchant’s House, this multi-storied small Boutique hotel has an inner courtyard, eleven unique antiques-filled rooms, and two of Zanzibar’s best restaurants. All rooms are equipped with a small fridge, air conditioner, fan, and high ceiling mosquito net. The rooftop ‘Tea House’ hosts one of Stonetown’s most renowned restaurants offering a stylish ambiance amidst the sound of the calls to prayer from the town’s many mosques. The five course ‘Taste Safari’, prepared daily by our Zanzibari chefs, is seafood based and celebrates the freshest and best the market has to offer each morning. The sunset hour is an integral and pleasurable part of the experience so diners are encouraged to arrive at around 6pm to enjoy a ‘Sundowner’ before dinner. On the Ground floor The Secret Garden, set amidst lushly landscaped hidden ‘Ruins’, open to the skies, has a Zanzibari inspired A La Carte Menu. Look out for live music performed by The Dhow Countries Music Academy. Open for Lunch and Dinner. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Emerson Spice

Address: Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Price Range: $175 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Emerson Spice Hotel Stone Town
Emerson Spice Zanzibar Island/Stone Town
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#1 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Business Hotel in Stone Town
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“The Kate. Even if you have to pay more, its worth every penny.”
Juliana789, Apr 19, 2017 | Read review
“Kate at the top of the building is spacious with good views.”
AJZ, Mar 29, 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are different so look carefully at their website to ensure you get what you want. Or, do what we did and leave it to chance.”
brooks1098, Mar 25, 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are unic and special.”
, Mar 19, 2017 | Read review
“Can give no real recommendation”
8340, Mar 6, 2017 | Read review
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