This is one of the most tastefully beautiful hotels I've ever seen. Set in the heart of historic Stone Town, this building has been completely renovated with grace and modern Italian style while still being true to the Arab and African influences that make Zanzibar such a fascinating place. Amazing. Rashana and Renaulto, the Italian couple who manage the hotel, are always present, always have a recommendation for a restaurant or outing, and are attentive to the smallest details. We arrived in the middle of the night to find a warm welcome from the front desk attendant and a welcome fruit plate waiting for us in our room. The staff are courteous, helpful and kind, even helping to make arrangements for travel to other hotels. There can't be many places to better enjoy breakfast or a cocktail while enjoying watching ships sail in and out of port and the sunrise or set over the Indian Ocean than the romantic rooftop restaurant. The dinner menu didn't seem to take true advantage of the local culinary abundance, but the dishes they make are good, and there are plenty of other options within an easy walk of the 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