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Jafferji House & Spa
Ranked #12 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Geneva, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
122 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

We stayed there beginning of January.

The place is amazing, with a fantastic decoration, in all parts of the hotel. We had a nice room, clean and richly decorated, and really enjoyed it.

The breakfast was good.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2013

This place is so unique , the staff are so polite and the rooms are magnificent , we enjoyed our 2 night stay , and have great memories , Livingstone bar was a good place to go for drink and unwind ,

Carolyn and Tony , Wilmslow

Room Tip: All rooms are great , you wont be disappointed
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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New City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights very recently. This place seriously needs to renovate. First, there is no vehicle access on the street where the entrance is, so you have to lug your suitcases from around back, and they didn't bother to send any porters (I was with a group of 7). Next, you walk into the main lobby and the first thing to assail you is a closed, old, musty smell, like they haven't opened a window in 50 years or more(there are no windows). Next, our rooms were not ready. The rooms are also old and musty. It is unfortunate since the place itself is quaint. The bathroom in our room stank of being old and it was crumbling. The menu is never varied. They make you pay for every drop of cold water you consume in a bottle. Every other place gave you cold water to drink. Sit down to dinner with the aroma and taste of mosquito spray coating your food, utensils, and dish ware. Since they spray a few times a day, the room is permeated with the smell, and since they have no windows to open, the smell is embedded in the fabrics, walls, etc. to a point that whatever you choose from the limited menu begins to taste like bug spray. Staff has no clue about hygiene and food standards. flies swarm around the buffet. Flies were in the milk pitcher on the table for breakfast, and when asked, the staff dumped the milk, and just added new milk to the same pitcher (without bothering to wash it). I realize Zanzibar is part of Africa, and the standards are different, but this IS supposed to be a public hotel. All in all, I would recommend you stay FAR away. Yes, you may get smaller rooms somewhere else, but you will surely breath better. This place seriously needs renovation.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Jafferji House is located in the heart of Stonetown. The rooms are clean and each one is different. There is no lift and lots of steps. Not so good for someone elderly or with health issues. Breakfast is good but the menu for dinner needs improvement. Our melas took a long time to be served and the restaurant staff tries very hard, but their English is limited. The rooms do have A/C and also ceiling fans.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Corona, California
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2013

As an agent, Took a group to this property last week, stayed two nights. Some liked it, some did not. The staff is exceptionally friendly and accommodating. I was a little disappointed that, with meals included, the same menu was used for lunch and dinner, with no variation, but if you are not a picky eater, you'll find options on the menu to select from. Personal choice was that water should have been included, at least the smaller bottles, while eating breakfast, dinner or lunch, and just charge for the soft drinks, not both. I think the breakfast buffet can do with some improving. I was never sure about the alcohol, everything says no alcohol served, but apparently it can be arranged if you drink it in your suite, as we did one night. Nominal charge for ice as it must be obtained elsewhere. The alcohol policy needs to be refreshed, and clearly stated. Convenience to shopping can't be beat. Very easy to shop and take packages back and come and go as you please. A/C worked well. Spraying for mosquitos just before lunch/dinner was not very hygienic, nor comfortable breathing it. While this is common, care should be taken when it is done, especially with eating utensils in plain sight. These are things that can be fixed, it is not a reason not to book the property. It is quite old and there are areas that reflect that, but I don't think this is a reason for not booking it. Other options in Stone Town have very very tiny rooms, or are not as convenient. I think the rooms in Jafferji house were quite spacious, though a bit dark in some of them. Don't compare this property with beach property on the island, compare it with like properties in the heart of Stone Town. Also be aware that there is no lift (elevator), and plenty of stairs.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Uppsala, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2013

We had a lovely one-night stay at this original and luxurious hotel. With excellent location we were close to everything while we still enjoyed the feeling of being in a secret place. The rooms were nicely decorated with a personal touch and the service was excellent! The only disappointment was the breakfast which standard needs to be raised in order to keep up with the hotel in general.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Mississauga, Canada
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying at this awesome cozy place in the heart of Zanzibar. I found it to be reminiscent of the days gone by where one was pampered and catered to. It was beautiful and décor was simply decadent and in keeping with Stonetown. I just loved everything about the hotel, from the service, to the food to the suite I stayed in. I would highly recommend the Hotel to newly married couples, singles and just about anyone looking for an unusual atmosphere to relax in. I had a wonderful time and cannot wait to go back to Jafferji House for another episode of "Far From the Madding Crowd!". Every little detail was taken into account and the furnishings left you in awe.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the street are really quaint!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Jafferji House & Spa
Address: 170 Gizenga Street | Gizenga Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Stone Town
#3 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
#4 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#8 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Jafferji House & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jafferji House & Spa is located in the heart of Zanzibar's historic Stone Town, behind the Old Fort, which is just a stroll from the House of Wonders. It is conveniently located to Zanzibar's most vibrant shops and restaurants on the sea front. Close to the Forodhani gardens. Transfer time to and from the airport is about 20 minutes and 10 minutes from the Ferry port ... more   less 
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