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“Solid, Comfortable Budget Accommodation” 5 of 5 stars
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Warere Town House
Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 00100, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #14 of 34 Hotels in Stone Town
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Jstern115
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“Solid, Comfortable Budget Accommodation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

I stayed here for a total of four nights and I really enjoyed my stay. The staff is superb in every way and immediately made me feel comfortable. The hotel or "townhouse" is in an attractive Arabesque building, about a 5 minute walk from the center of town and 2 min to the ferry terminal. In general I felt safe walking to/from the hotel although I can understand why a solo female travler might be discouraged from returning late at night.

And the beds! Possibly the most comfortable hotel bed I have ever slept on.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Hi Jstern115, thank you for taking the time to review us. We aim to provide classy and comfortable budget accommodation in Stone Town so we are really happy to read the title of your review! And the most comfortable beds you have ever slept on... wow! That is quite a compliment. Karibu tena!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Unfortunately we stayed here for only one night. We would gladly have stayed longer.

Warere is fantastic because of its style and decoration: this really is a town house, and it is beautifully and stylishly decorated. It feels like going back in time or stepping into another world. I enjoyed this because it is not just a bland place that could be anywhere in the world: this is really Zanzibar, and the Zanzibar from the old days at that.

Our room was very spacious with huge beds and a breezy balcony and the largest bathroom we've had in all of Africa. And warm water in the shower! Bliss.

Breakfast on the rooftop terrace was excellent and delicious. Staff very friendly and helpful.
The location was fine in our opinion: a couple of minutes walking into the center. Yes, the street is a bit dark and unlit at night but we (3 girls) didn't feel unsafe.

A lot of good stuff for the small sum you pay here! I would stay here again without a doubt if I ever go back to Stone Town, and then hopefully longer than just 1 night.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Dear due_passi, thank you for your lovely review. We are really glad you enjoyed your stay with us, the huge beds and the breezy balcony off your room. We do hope to see you again if you every visit Zanzibar! Karibuni tena
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We stayed for couple of nights before heading to the east of Zanzibar. The room was great (room 15), but be aware that you can hear your neighbours when they're in the bathroom.
It is well located close to the harbour and the old town. The night food market is just 5min walk.
The staff is helpful and very nice. They can easily arrange for your transfers or transport needs.
And the rooftop terrace seals the deal. Great to have breakfast and great to relax in the evening having a cold beer in your hand.
Worth staying in, great value, recommendable.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Hi Wand1981! Thank you for reviewing the Warere! We are aware of the issue with the bathroom sounds and we will be fixing this during the month of May when we will be carrying out minor renovations. Otherwise I am really glad you enjoyed your stay with us! Karibuni Tena!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We stayed here for two nights and would heartily recommend it. The hotel is handily placed for the ferry terminal (make sure you get instructions for the short walk, though!). It has a lot of character and though the rooms are small, a good deal of effort has gone into making them comfortable and clean. The staff are very helpful, there is a nice eating area on the roof of the hotel, and it is very reasonably priced.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, April 25, 2013
Hi Frank, thank you for your lovely review! We hope to see you again in the future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

I spend six nights at Warere Town House, and it was all I hoped for. Perfectly situated right next to the harbour, and still a little off the beaten track. The staff was very welcoming and I felt safe and comfortable at once.
I very much enjoyed having a small balcony, facing the yard with palms, flowers, and people passing by. I would recommend this place for anyone looking for a nice and affordable accommodation in Stone Town.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Hi Harderpix, I am really glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Yes, our in room balcony, although it doesn't have a sea view, is a perfect place to chill and watch island life go by! Indeed we offer a single rate for our balcony rooms, but only on direct email bookings. Karibuni tena!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

It was really the perfect choice to pick this hotel in Stone town.
I was there with the entire family (parents and my 2 brothers) .
We booked 3 rooms one close to the other.
The location is great (5 min walk from the ferry,10 min from town center). Ropm clean, service perfect, all so friendly. I strongly reccomand the place. Pick a room with balcony.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Hi Aurdipas, thank you for reviewing us! I am glad you enjoyed the balcony room. I am sure we will be seeing you again :)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 days at the start of our Zanzibar trip and another night at the end. We were very happy with the great value. We had a triple room with a balcony and the beds were very clean and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful, arranging a city tour, spice tour and snorkeling excursion for us, as well as airport transfers at very reasonable prices. Breakfast was basic, but sufficient. We thought the location worked really well. Recommend this place if you want a comfortable and affordable option in Stone Town.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Warere, General Manager at Warere Town House, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Hi Lovemusic, we are really glad you enjoyed your stay with us and found the Warere safe, clean and ideally located. We look forward to having you again!
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Property: Warere Town House
Address: Mizingani Rd, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 00100, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Stone Town
#7 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#9 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Warere Town House is one of the oldest hotels in Stone Town providing authentic, affordable accommodation for over 30 years. We are a small, family run hotel that prides itself on making your stay on our spice island memorable. ... more   less 
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