Pros: Beautiful guest house. Great decor. Very clean. Wifi in common areas is strong and fairly quick when it works. Staff are helpful and cheerful without being invasive. Will arrange pick up at airport. Located at the edge of the town centre, but you can walk to everything in minutes - Stone Town is small. Coffee they serve at breakfast is dynamite. AC and fan in rooms. Lovely common room where you can sit and wifi.
Cons: The breakfast consists of three types of breads, juice, french pressed coffee, and fruit. This is delicious the first couple of days, but we stayed here for almost a week and every day it was the same. No eggs or protein! By the third day, you want something different. Wifi didn`t work for 2.5 days straight. We were told it was because it was the weekend and there`s no one working at the wireless networks on the weekend but then we were also told that it's not a normal occurence.
We stayed in two types of rooms on the ground floor- one with the bathroom outside (#6) and one with the bathroom inside (#4). The bathroom outside is really just across a small hall. It really isn't a hassle to get to and from it. There were ants crawling around the sink in the bathroom outside of #6 (none in #4's bathroom) The bed #4 is bigger and more comfortable than #6. The price difference between rooms is $10.
Just a FYI in case you have friends or family staying in other places around town. The common room is not open to non-guests (we learned the hard way from a group of tactless French people who yelled at us for playing cards in it at 6:00pm). Agnes, the manager, handled it tactfully the next morning and informed us that non-guests are not allowed in the guest house.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hiliki house is a colonial architectural style house with 6 bedrooms, a spacious, open and airy living room overlooking the famous Victoria Gardens, where guests can relish Swahili Continental style breakfast, relax and enjoy FREE WIFI. The house is idealy located, in a quiet residential part of the Stone Town but yet 5 minutes walk from all the important land marks. There are a total of 6 tastefully furnished bedrooms, all fully air-conditioned (split unit), swahili style bathrooms, comfortable mattresses and pillows and essential amenities. A small kitchen for guests is located on the first floor equipped with a refrigerators, hot water kettle, and crockery and cutlery, with an "Honest Bar" for a fresh beer, wine or sodas. Hiliki house offers tranquillity, comfortable, and hospitable service in the backdrop of swahili deco, the ONLY accommodation of such setup, standard, location and size in the stone town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hiliki House Zanzibar Island/Stone Town