We stayed 3 nights in room 41 right at the top of the hotel. This room is a mini suite with 2 interconnecting rooms separated by a curtain with it's own balcony that has a view over the roof tops. The one room has a king sized bed and the other room has 2 singles. I found the mattresses very hard.
It is beautifully furnished with traditional Zanzibarian furniture and also comes with mod cons like air con and a small flat screen TV.
The huge blue tiled walk in shower room feels like you are visiting old Persian baths. There are 2 showers and the more modern one works well although I would recommend leaving the hot water on for more than the suggested 20 min.
The hotel has a small but beautiful pool in a traditional courtyard that is overlooked by the balconies of many of the rooms. This is a wonderful space with lots of carved wood, coloured glass and tiles. The pool is a real bonus after getting all hot and sticky from exploring the streets of Stone Town.
We only ate breakfast and a couple of light snacks in the hotel. The ordered food was perfectly fine and the breakfast was passable. I thought some of the baked items (bread and croissants) could have been fresher.
Other facilities include wifi (which seemed to work fine) and a public roof top terrace.
Probably one of the big bonuses of this hotel are the friendly and responsive staff. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble.
There are a couple of things to remember about this hotel; it has no license to serve alcohol and it has no lift. The lack of license isn't a big deal as there are bars nearby, but you won't be able to enjoy a sun downer on the roof top. The lack of lift is also not a problem if you are on the first 2 floors, but we were on the 4th floor which involved quite a lot of walking. Having said that, the porters help with luggage and our room at the top was lovely. PS the old world charm of the hotel means the windows don't seal so well. Bring mosquito repellant!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dhow Palace is an elegant, boutique hotel in the heart of historic Stone Town, close to all amenities, shops and restaurants. Furnished extensively with antiques in a truly Zanzibar style, this 150 year old graceful building has been modernised to take care of all your desires.The hotel offers an open-air interior courtyard with a spacious swimming pool and snack bar, where guests can relax and unwind in peaceful privacy. Bask in the sun on our serene roof top terrace where you can enjoy delicious local and international cuisine and tropical refreshments. The roof top terrace is an idyllic place to watch life unfold in the busy Stone Town streets below, or to witness the remarkable sunsets on this romantic island. Dhow Palace is a place to find tranquility, eat well and become wrapped up in the best of Zanzibar culture. Many of our rooms have balconies overlooking the peaceful interior courtyard and swimming pool; all have traditional Swahili beds, air conditioning and many other facilities, including cable television and hotspot wireless internet. Let the Dhow Palace sail you through your holiday whilst you enjoy the blissful climate and explore the history and culture that this beautiful island has to offer. Location and amenities:The Dhow Palace Hotel is conveniently situated in central Stone Town, close to the shops, markets and restaurants. The Dhow is also within easy access of Zanzibar's awe-inspiring beaches, watersports, excursions and historical attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dhow Palace Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town