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Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Ranked #7 of 34 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
1 review
“Fantastic!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Our stay in the Zanzibar Palace Hotel gave us the opportunity to experience the city and Stone Town at any moment of the day and evening. Inside the Zanzibar Palace Hotel we felt very welcome in a relaxed atmosphere wit great service. Our room was extra-ordinary with a bath room on top of the roof. Imagine to shave with a view on the sea. Outside the hotel we walked directly into the attractive streets of Stone Town. We really recommend the Zanzibar Palace Hotel. Actually to experience both the Zanzibar Palace Hotel and the city is a very good combination.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

as having to get an early flight Rainbow tours booked us in a hotel close to the airport in Stoe Town ,giving us a day to look around this old and historic town. very picturesque. the hotle gave us a beautiful old room with a 4 poster bed,but the facilities 1st class with aircon and deep bath and 20th century plumming. advise tripper to go down to the beach at night to see the sunset and have a meal at one of the beach side restaurants

Room Tip: we had the Sultana suite that had a lovely balcony with first class and old furniture plus 4 poster...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

Dynamics, the small team of Zanzibar Palace Hotel!
An opulent building in a maze of streets that lead to the ballad. Each room is unique, with a special decoration of very good taste. Friendly staff and available.
A very good restaurant. An address to remember and recommend.

Room Tip: Suite Dunia. Bathroom on terrace, private corner on the roof of the hotel from you will have a view...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

A delightful place to stay and to come home to after our walkabouts, the Zanzibar Palace Hotel and its staff always made us feel most welcome. The well-trained staff were friendly, helpful and gentle - nothing was too much trouble. We loved the location which seemed to be in the centre of everything. Our room was fun - we stayed in the "Arabic" room (we wanted to taste the local flavour!) on the top floor (oh my knees - steep stairs!) with a wonderful view over rooftops. Air conditioning, ceiling fan and mosquito nets kept the room very comfortable. Robert was charmingly informative about places to eat (although the food there was great), where to have sundowners and cocktails, where to shop, how to shop and everything else we wanted to know. We loved it, will have fond memories if it, and recommend it to anyone.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lilongwe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

We enjoyed three wonderful days at the hotel which has been renovated with a lot of love and knowledge. From our "Arabic" room at the top floor we had have a great view over the roofs of Stone Town including a small balcony to enjoy a sundowner. The service was extremely friendly and helpful, at the restaurant we were served the biggest lobster we have ever seen. A perfect place for a couple of romantic days.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at the Zanzibar Palace Hotel for the last two nights of our month long stay in Tanzania. What a wonderful way to end our dream holiday! We were welcomed with the customary cool drinks and hand towels, and throughout our stay, the gracious staff and owner, Frans, took care of us so graciously and beautifully, it was hard to leave. They answered questions, discussed life in Stone Town, gave us local tips for sightseeing, shopping, places to eat, how to not loose our bearings, arranged last minute taxi service and really made us feel at home. Our breakfast was delicious. The hotel is an amazing architectural and historical building which has been lovingly restored with beautiful features and furnishings in keeping with the original Indian Family design, a tribute to Frans and his vision. We had the honor of staying in the Dunia Suite....yes, it's on the top floor, there are stairs, but it is gorgeous. A lovely bedroom area, comfy bed embellished with flowers on arrival, and then another flight of stairs to the roof top bathroom, which overlooks the city. It is spectacular and showering there during daylight/evening hours was marvelous. Having been born inTanganyika and returning after 50 years of absence, I felt so lucky that my Hawaiian/American Husband and I chose to stay and share such a lovely, locally owned and operated hotel. Fond Memories which we will treasure Forever.

Room Tip: While we stayed in the Dunia Suite, a gorgeous and unique space, the gracious Owner and Staff allowe...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at this hotel after our Safari before we moved on to the beach bit . What a great choice. The staff were fab,so friendly and helpful.After wandering around Stone Town (as I'm not very adventurous ) we ate at the hotel. The food was beautiful, the best we had in 2 weeks. As most people stay in Stone Town on their last night we recommended the food to everyone who was leaving our beach resort. We stayed in the Rosewood room it isn't the biggest but it was lovely. Although the bed is very high but very comfy. The stairs are steep but the staff carry your bags for you,they must be very strong! The little bar is lovely and intimate where you can chat to other guests. Breakfast was nice and sets you up for the day. We wandered Stone Town which was great but didn't see anywhere we would rathered have stayed. Don't forget Mercurys Bar I know it's commercial but they do fantastic cocktails(blow your socks off)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Property: Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Address: Kiponda Street | 831, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3392, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
#3 Business Hotel in Stone Town
#3 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#4 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
#4 Family Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Zanzibar Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zanzibar Palace Hotel is a luxurious nine room boutique hotel located right in the heart of Stone Town (an Unesco World Heritage site). It is independently owned and daily under Dutch management and an ideal home to explore and experience all the beauties of this magical town and Island. Zanzibar's rich history is integrated throughout the hotel by Arabian, Indian and English designs, this in combination with all modern comfort (airco, free WiFi, flatscreen TV's, etc). Each room/suite has its own unique decor with many local originating antique pieces of furniture, magical beds, Persian rugs, colourful silks, etc. Room rates for every purse definitely makes this a place to stay. In its adjacent building there is the Palace Luxury Spa, with its contemporary look and feel with one-of-a-kind art and furniture. As you walk through the front door, you notice the soft aqua blue interior colours along with the antique furniture. You are immediately put into a state of calm and relaxation. ... more   less 
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