We stayed at the Emerson Spice Hotel for 3 nights and we truly had a wonderful stay.
The staff are all very friendly and helpful, and you feel very well looked after.
The restaurant serves excellent food. Breakfast was lovely - it is served on the rooftop and consists of a plate of fruit, eggs any way you like them, and toast, and then some other freshly baked good which varies from day to day.
On our first night we had dinner at Emerson Spice. Dinner is also served on the rooftop and must be pre-booked in advance. The dinner was superb - we were thoroughly impressed by the quality and creativeness of the dishes. Dinner is a 5 course set meal, and by the end of it we were both very full and very happy! As it is a set menu if you ave any special dietary requirements do let them know in advance so they can cater for your needs.
The room was also wonderful. We stayed in a room called Camille and we were very happy with it. It was large and spacious, had lots of windows to let in the light, and had a lovely big balcony. The room was beautifully decorated, and you could see that great attention had been put into every detail. A previous reviewer mentioned they were scared by the decor (i have no idea why, it is beautiful) and said that they would have liked information on it. There is information available - on the table every room has a folder filled with information, including an explanation of the thoughts behind naming the room and an explanation of all the decor. It was so wonderful to stay in a room with such lovely decor and furnishings.
There are also additional touches that makes this hotel worthy of an excellent review. They go the extra mile with things like torches in all the bedrooms so that if you go out at night you can take the torch with you to ensure that you have light as you walk down the many streets of stone town. There is also a cell phone in every room, with it programmed to phone reception when you press 1. This is also fantastic, as again this is for you to take with you when you go out, and should you get lost or need anything, you can dial 1 and you will have reception on the other end of the line to assist you.
I also mention that we went out to dinner on 2 of the evenings we were in Stone Town, and as we were worried about getting lost in the maze of streets in the dark, we asked reception if they could send someone to fetch us and walk us back to the hotel, which they happily did. which was really great.
They also have a list of day tours and excursions that they offer. We did the city tour and the spice tour and both were fantastic.
I highly recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An inspired and lovingly restored Merchant’s House, this multi-storied small Boutique hotel has an inner courtyard, eleven unique antiques-filled rooms, and two of Zanzibar’s best restaurants. All rooms are equipped with a small fridge, air conditioner, fan, and high ceiling mosquito net. The rooftop ‘Tea House’ hosts one of Stonetown’s most renowned restaurants offering a stylish ambiance amidst the sound of the calls to prayer from the town’s many mosques. The five course ‘Taste Safari’, prepared daily by our Zanzibari chefs, is seafood based and celebrates the freshest and best the market has to offer each morning. The sunset hour is an integral and pleasurable part of the experience so diners are encouraged to arrive at around 6pm to enjoy a ‘Sundowner’ before dinner. On the Ground floor The Secret Garden, set amidst lushly landscaped hidden ‘Ruins’, open to the skies, has a Zanzibari inspired A La Carte Menu. Look out for live music performed by The Dhow Countries Music Academy. Open for Lunch and Dinner. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Emerson Spice Hotel Stone Town
- Emerson Spice Zanzibar Island/Stone Town