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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife had communicated with the hotel on a number of occasions and due to our flights being changed we ended up changing our booking from 4 nights to 1 night at Emerson Spice. The hotel is a charming and fascinating old merchant house that has spectacular views, architecture and quirky art pieces. We loved our time there. Russell greeted...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What more can I say other than that we have been back to this fantastic hotel 3 times in 2 years! Perfect location in the middle of precious Stone Town, lovely decor, excellent service. We cannot understand people who visit Zanzibar and head straight for a beach resort and only visiting Stone Town on a day trip....you simply have to...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our last two nights in Zanzibar were in Stonetown. We are blessed to stay in the "Emerson Spice" and also had breakfast, Lunch and dinner. The hotel is remarkable and every room has a unique design. From our check in till we left it was pure pleasure to be there. The food was extrem tasty and creative, the service was...

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Sebastian, We're so pleased that we were able to spoil you both during your stay. And thank you choosing Lunch & Dine with us throughout your stay. The Restaurant Team have asked me to say <Ahsante Sana> and look forward to cooking for you again soon! Best regards, Russell & The Emerson Spice Team

Munich, Germany
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As you walk through the charming but run-down alleys of Stone Town, you might think how beautiful this city must have been or could be again, if it were only restored. Then you see the one building that is perfectly restored, see and feel it radiate its Arabian Heritage and you wonder: What would life be inside. Well, stay at...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed October 26, 2016

Totally unique, I felt like a princess from days of yonder - if only I had a rich merchant husband so I just pretended that this was my palace (the story goes that this was the home of a rich merchant). The tall ceilings and open windows ensure breeze, and the place has a rich, safe feel to it. You...

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Spice_management_1, Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

It was such a pleasure to have you to stay, and we're so glad the 'The Palace' was to your liking. Thank you for saying we treated you like a Princess - we aim to please! We look forward to your return visit. Best ergards, Russell & The Emerson Spice Team

Wolfsburg, Germany
Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

On arriving the building oozes with mystery, a historical landmark in Stone Town that has been transformed into a picture book fairytale with every room in a different theme! The hotel was fairly central and the staff made every effort to make one feel at home!! The roof top restaurant is a must at sunset and for a breakfast that...

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Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

Russell and his staff couldn't have been more helpful during our stay. Delightful rooms, with a mix of Indian and Arabic style. Each room was different, we had a peek before the other guests arrived. Delicious food, highly recommend the rooftop restaurant with the tasting menu. The staff organised a guide, Solomon, to show us around Stone Town. The tour...

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Oslo, Norway
Reviewed October 9, 2016

This hotel is absolutely fabulous. And Emerson Spice is probably the closest thing you come to a timecapsel ,I was transported hundred off years back.To a Sultan's palace. My room Turandot added to that feeling. It took me back to the stories my mom used to read for me from 1001 nights,and I felt like the Sultan's mistress in her...

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Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

If looking for a one of a kind place to stay in the heart of Stone Town look no further. Nice, intimate hotel with outstanding service. This boutique hotel features a limited number of rooms, each with it's own theme. Rooms are spacious, nicely set up, with beautiful balconies and bathrooms that are quite roomy. I stayed in Aida which...

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Reviewed October 7, 2016

Unfortunately we had only 6 days on Zanzibar and we stayed in a wonderful hotel in the nort; but if we come again to Zanzibar, a 3 night vaccation at the emerson spice hotel willl be a must. On our tour through stonetown we had some coffe in the hotel and the very friendly stuff showed us the hotel and...

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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: $170 - $222 (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 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#2 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#6 Business Hotel in Stone Town
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“Sunset on the rooftop are a must”
 of 5 bubbles 837wahlm, 1 week ago | Read review
“They are all great!”
 of 5 bubbles magyver_10, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“Higher rooms are brighter. Rooms to the courtyard are quiet, but obviously lack a view.”
 of 5 bubbles RichardMcDuff, 4 weeks ago | Read review
“Ecery room is unique and different, so just let yourself be surprised”
 of 5 bubbles 802karlheinzh, Oct 7, 2016 | Read review
“Peeked into many of the rooms, as doors are left open. Don't think you can go wrong with any of them!”
 of 5 bubbles TropicalInnOwner, Sep 29, 2016 | Read review
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