We only spent 2 nights at this lovely hotel, before travelling up north of the island. It has been renovated beautifully and the room we had at the top of hotel was wonderful with views over the town. Sorry, can't remember the room number, but it was next to the restaurant. I was a bit worried about being next to the kitchen, but we weren't bothered by any noise. It's difficult to sleep in in Stone town because of the call to prayer and the cockerels! Breakfast was delicious, wonderful fresh juice, really enjoyed the fresh orange juice and will miss fresh passionfruit juice which is just heavenly. The second day there were some different sausages which wern't cooked so well which we mentioned to the waitress. This obviously was reported back to the owner as she made a point of commenting on this when we checked out. Shower was powerful and spacious. We had our first meal in the restaurant which we both enjoyed, the crab ravioli was really tasty (mine wasn't gritty at all). We wouldn't hesitate in recommending this hotel, although you do need to be aware that there are a lot of stairs, the location is great with a few mins walk to the sea and also the town and restaurants.
- 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