We had five days at Al Johari in late September/October. It is not 5 star and, if you've enjoyed (and/or need) the high end beach resorts available elsewhere on the island, then perhaps Al Johari will fall short of your expectations. But if you are looking for location location and convenience to explore the historic town with comfortable surrounds and accommodating staff then the hotel will be an option. Yes there is no elevator - we were on the third floor - and the restaurant and bar are on the fourth floor but it was never an issue for us. And no we didn't carry our own 30kg luggage. We loved the hotels proximity to the vibrance of Stone Town with a short stroll to the waterfront, the many restaurant options, the daily local market, the historical buildings, and many shops - all those narrow winding laneways which demand you explore. The decor is in keeping with a restored merchant's house and our room which looked into local living rooms complete with the cooking smells came complete with a 5 am alarm (the local call to prayer) and the accompanying roosters but we think that is all part of the experience and the charm (and we are not easily pleased). We found breakfast adequate and whilst th choices might be restricted the staff were eager to ensure you were satisfied or that your eggs, etc were as ordered. A special thank you to Salum who from our first contact/inquiry went out of his way to ensure we had the best driver, day trip, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Al Johari means the Jewel in certain translations of Kiswahili and Arabic, and we invite you to experience the Jewel of Stone Town, Zanzibar. Al Johari is a small 15 room Boutique Hotel in the Stone Town area of Zanzibar, and was the result of a careful refurbishment combining two ancient buildings in Stone Town to produce an exceptional hotel property while keeping within the Architecture and dimensions of Stone Town history with an emphasis on modern state of the art amenities as well as the opulent luxuries of the Omani, Persian, Indian and Swahili influences. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Al Johari Stone Town
- Al Johari Zanzibar Island/Stone Town