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“Location, ocean view, great staff - What else is there?” 5 of 5 stars
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Hurumzistreet | P.O. Box 1117, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #5 of 30 Stone Town B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Location, ocean view, great staff - What else is there?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

This is the perfect Hotel in Stone Towne! A short walk to the ferry, fine restaurants, One Ocean scuba divers or just about anything you might want to do in Stone Towne. The rooms are quant and clean, the staff is very helpful and you will never need a taxi.

But the best part is the roof top terrace with a great view of the harbor. A full breakfast is served on the terrace in the morning, but you will want to linger there in the afternoons or evenings on the comfortable couches and chairs.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Faversham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

The Clove Hotel - I loved it. From the friendly staff to the delicious breakfasts on the roof top terrace. The fresh fruit in Zanzibar is second to none and each morning there was a plentiful supply for breakfast. The Clove is a small hotel in a great location very accessible to all of Stone Town. It was easy to walk around the area to the sea front and boat trips to Prison Island to the plethora of little shops and cafes and restaurants. The roof top terrace proved a real plus both early morning and late evening combined with a very welcome chilled beer watching the light fade at sunset from the comfort of some large couches.

Lisette was really helpful in arranging tours and helping to rearrange flights for me. She also gave me a real insight into Zanzibar.

I would highly recommend the hotel for those with a sense of adventure wishing to see the real Zanzibar.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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1 Thank Jo R
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

This is a really nice little hotel which is easy to find just a few minutes walk from the fort (I never needed a taxi back at night). The rooms are a little small but have a big double bed and are clean and functional. They have a fan (no a/c). Lisenka, the hotel manager, will arrange anything for you and she (and all staff) are really helpful. Breakfast is egg the way you like it cooked and a small buffet on the rooftop terrace which overlooks the fort and sea. You can also chill out up here during the day and evening. Overall a really nice experience and a little retreat from the crazy town!

I do recommend having a taxi booked by the hotel to transfer you so that you have knowledge of a reputable driver!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Thank rob148
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Rome, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Great location - a short taxi ride from the ferry dock. Rooms are rather small but have all you need. Lisenka, Dutch manager, is very friendly and helpful. We were able to communicate with her via email during our Tanzania trip, prior to getting to Zanzibar. She will arrange the city tour, spice tour and your transfer to the beach for you. The rooftop terrace is great and breakfast is quite OK too.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank youngmcdonald
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Kampala
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Clove Hotel is a small, nice hotel with a good location in Stone Town. The rooms are small but nicely decorated and have all you need. The nice thing of Clove Hotel is the roof terrace with a few tables and some comfortable couches. There is a bar with some drinks and bites; you just take what you want and write it down in a small notebook per room. This 'trust' really makes you feel at home. I loved sitting there at night, with the sea breeze, listening to the sounds of the city, watching the colourful Hindu temple nearby, interrupted by the prayers from the many minarets around. The Dutch manager was very friendly and helpful. However, the other staff wasn't as helpful as she was. One evening we spent 10 minutes knocking the front door of the hotel to be let in, and when the door finally opened, the member of staff was annoyed with us rather than apologising to us. Also, one morning we had arranged for an early breakfast, but we had to go and wake up the sleeping receptionist. But anyway, maybe that was just coincidence. Overall, the hotel was great and I would still recommend it as a great budget option for Stone Town!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Ekeni
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Cologne, Germany
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We´ve been there two times now, and we will shurely come again.
with it´s family atmosphere and only 300 meters to the fishmarket
we would recommend that hotel to all stonetown visitors
nice people, great breakfast, comfortable rooms, great view from its rooftop
*****

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank silk c
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TA
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84 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed at Clove Hotel for 2 nights and would've made a reservation for more if we knew we'd love it so much :) The hotel is beautiful and the ladies who run the place are very friendly. The balcony on the roof is great, especially in the evenings when the breeze arrives. We also took the spice tour that was recommended by the hotel and it was GREAT. The prices are more than reasonable, and overall we highly recommend this hotel :)

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Michal D
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Additional Information about Clove Hotel

Address: Hurumzistreet | P.O. Box 1117, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Stone Town
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Clove Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town

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