I stayed twice at The Swahili House, formerly The International Hotel, near the main markets off Creek Road. Like many hotels in Stone Town it has steep stairs and no lift, but lots of historical charm. The restaurant is on the fifth floor, and has great views. It is located down a narrow alley, inaccesible by car or taxi, which adds to its charm. The rooms are lovely, but several have open-plan bedroom and bathroom, which do not suit everyone’s taste. In spite of specifically requesting closed bathrooms for a group of friends, one room was open-plan. Two weeks later, and insisting on closed bathrooms this time, we were again given a room with the bath in the bedroom, and toilet in full view. Both times the hotel was full and the rooms could not be changed. As I had booked both dates several months ahead this is unacceptable, and I will not book again, as my booking requests are not honoured.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the bustling heart of Stone Town the building was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. In the 125 years that were to come the building was home to one of the many Sultan families and then became a hotel some years ago. After purchasing the hotel, renovations started in May 2008. Most of the hotel has been restored into its original state, but we have been making some changes as well. The result is The Swahili House - a sparkling hotel with traditional influences and modern day facilities in combination with authentic Swahili hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Swahili House Hotel Stone Town
- The Swahili House Zanzibar Island/Stone Town