My family stayed in this fantastic hotel, regrettably only for 1 night at the end of a week on Zanzibar. We had been booked into another hotel but when we read the reviews we switched, and are very glad we did so. From the moment we arrived in the calm, and coolness of the hotel reception which is decorated in neutral earthy colours, we knew we had made the right choice for the night.
We were greeted by Farooq, who I think is the manager, and who gave us a bit of history of how the old palace had been restored and a guided tour of the premises. The refurb has been carried out in such a tasteful manner and in total harmony to its surroundings and history.
We were taken to rooms 21 and 22 I think and had our own shared landing sun lounging area and as many amenities as one could try to immagine for a 4-5 star hotel.
Once we had ventured out and visit some of the many sights and atractions Stonetown has to offer, and been stifled by the heat, the crowded labrynth of narrow streets and alley ways it was an absolute pleasure to return to the hotel. We felt as though we had arrived back in some sort of oasis, and this was only enhanced by adjourning to the rooftop bar / terrace for a cocktail whilst watching the crowds gathering in Fodorahni Gardens, the Dows sailing past on the coast and a spectacular sunset beyond.
As stated earlier our only regret with our stay at the Mashariki Palace was that we were staying for only 1 night. If in Stonetown, I would really loved to have stayed another night. It is the only city in the world where I have ever felt like I had entered into a new world when I left the streets and walked through the doors of a really special hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stone Town, Zanzibar, exotic, magic and still evokes its incredible past of sultans, missionaries, traders, adventurers and explorers. These magical islands off the Swahili East African Coast have been a real magnet since time immemorial and all those who passed by left their marks. Stone Town, on the Unguja Island, for a certain period of time was even the capital of the Omani Empire. Everywhere you can still see and feel the cultural and architectural fusions echoing Persian, Arabian, Indian, Colonial and African influences. Stone Town today is home to the "new" Mashariki Palace Hotel. Mashariki, which means "east" in Kiswahili, according to the old documents seems to derive its name from its position, in fact of all the sultan's palaces it was the one located more to the east (the Sultan residence was in the near-by palace known as Beit-al-Sahel). Constructed by the first sultan of Zanzibar approximately 200 years ago, Mashariki Palace served as the residence of the Imam, the Sultan's first religious counselor. The building hosting the boutique hotel has now been carefully restored as per the original plan in order to reflect the antique glory and magnificence.The Mashariki Palace Hotel is a privileged residence for those travelers favoring refined hospitality in a charming setting. When you wander through the ancient corridors, your thoughts naturally drift to the past splendors of a lost era and to the secret memories of a bygone time ... all jealously preserved by its thick walls. Relaxing on the spacious terrace while overlooking the tropical seafront gardens, the sparkling blue waters of the Indian Ocean, and the Old Town; mosques, churches, temples, palaces and simple homes all around you. You cannot help wondering about the many generations of sailors who have come and gone with the Kusi and the Kaskazi; the monsoon winds allowing all journeys across the ocean. As the sound of the muezzin calling to prayer mingles with the laughter of children at play, and as the red sun sets over the sea while the starry African night advances, the live pulse of this vibrant town becomes so strong that past and present become but one. The legend of One Thousand and One nights - is alive in Mashariki Palace Hotel, Zanzibar ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mashariki Palace Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town