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“Fantastic inn...but the property has been sold” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Beyt Al Salaam
Ranked #20 of 34 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, Oregon
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fantastic inn...but the property has been sold”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

I recently stayed at Beyt al Chai. It is a great place; I agree with the other reviewers who rave about the staff here, the rooms, the location (just a short walk from a public beach where you can do morning exercises with the fishermen, walk on the beach, ponder, etc...) However, I did learn just today that the property has been sold and that they are closing at the end of March 2013. Double check before you make a reservation.
Having said all of this, the team here was just as nice and attentive as if the hotel would live on in perpetuity. It's a pity it's not going to...at least in its current incarnation.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Beyt A, Manager at Beyt Al Salaam, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Greetings from newly refurbished 4 star boutique hotel and restaurant Beyt al Salaam!

I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you for acknowledging our service at former Beyt Al Chai hotel. The property indeed has been sold and now is part of the bigger Hotel Group that operates Doubletree by Hilton Resort Zanzibar Nungwi and Doubletree by Hilton Dar es Salaam. Soon we will be opening one morer hotel in Zanzibar, Doubletree by Hilton Stone Town.

The new management have inherited the great team with their can do attitude and attention to detail, we constantly monitor our guests feedback and ensure consistence in our service. We look forward to welcoming you again to our hotel and restaurant.

Gabriella Alexander
Revenue Manager
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Zaandam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

This hotel is really a good place to stay when you visit Stonetown for a few days. Just 5 minutes walk from the labyrint of little streets and peacefull and quiet so you can relax after walking around this beautiful place. There are just a few rooms and that makes this hotel very personal. The crew is nice and helpfull and the rooms are clean and cool. And that makes it really a good place to stay after the heat of the town.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Somerset West, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

We were quite impressed with the Beyt al Chai. The hotel only has 5 rooms and is a restored period building with lots of great history. The Islamic influenced architecture makes you feel like you are really some place exotic. The rooms have been lovingly renovated and are clean and functional, roomy and airy. The AC unit kept us cool at night and the step up shower had plentiful hot water. We actually had a suite, though we didn't really use the sitting room at all as it was dark and windowless. The bedroom had a number of windows that had partial sea views. The location is great, right on the western edge of Stone Town, only minutes walk from Forodhani Park and the labyrinthian streets and alleys if the historic town. The service at the hotel was excellent, we felt very welcome and the staff were always eager to please and help out. The downstairs restaurant was very good for our breakfasts and although we didn't eat our evening meals there, it is reportedly very good. There is free Wifi in the rooms but no TV. We really enjoyed our stay there and would definitely return there in the future. This hotel is recommended to all other travelers planning to stay in Stone Town. Really a nice spot!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DanO68
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Lillestrom, Norway
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

This hotel reminded me of something you see in movies from colonial Africa. My suite was placed on the 3rd floor. It contained a huge main room and adjacent shower room and a separate toilet. During the day the windows are kept open to let air into the room. The disadvantage of this is that the inside temperature was 29 degrees Celsius. The bed is surrounded by a mosquito net to keep any unwanted "friends" out of your bed. The only such thing I saw was a tiny gecko in my toilet room one night.

Stone Town suffer power outages regularly. The greatest disadvantage for you in this is that your AC will not automatically turn back on. Which means that if your trying to chill your room you run the risk of having your effort thwarted by a power outage, even if the outage is only a few seconds.

If you want to stay in something that feel authentic, and have a African experience I highly recommend this. If your a comfort creature that wants your room a steady X degree, and absolutely no chance of bugs this is not for you.

The hotel has an excellent restaurant. You'll eat breakfast here in the morning, but it is also highly recommended to try it for your evening meal. The service is great, and the food the same. The only negative thing is that it can take a while before getting the food. Estimate an hour for breakfast.

The hotel does not have fitness center or a pool. It is located 100m from the beach. However the beach does not have any sun-chairs, nor is the beach an excellent beach. The tours offed from the hotel is severely overcharged. For example a spice tour from the hotel cost 60USD per person, while we got it for 40USD for 5 people on the street.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank akaLars
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Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

Excellent service: unlike other restaurants on the island our waitress was attentive and discreet. The food itself was delicious, we ate their twice during our stay: the trio of tuna was a classic and the crab soup was wonderful, notably good wine was a very welcome addition. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the island.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alex B
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Cumbria
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36 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is a great hotel if you are after somewhere with character right in the heart of Stone Town. Our room was lovely, with lots of windows. The Serena Hotel is right in front of you so you don't get an open aspect. Room was spacious with a quirky way of locking the door (I ended up locking my husband in so he couldn't meet me as arranged which could have been difficult!). Only downside with the room is there was no shower just a bath attachment and the bathroom is part of the bedroom which might put some people off from a privacy point of view. Small friendly bar downstairs. The service was very slow when we had lunch in the restaurant and for breakfast but food was good. Upside for us was it's location, you could walk into the town and gardens at night without having to negotiate the narrow back streets that some of the other hotels were located on which meant we felt safe at all times. Well insulated we thought we'd be woken by the prayer calls all night as there is a mosque a few feet away but we managed to sleep through it.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stayed at Beyt al Chai for one night en-route to Matemwe in the North of the island and it was perfectly fine for a one night stay. You wouldn't want this to be your destination, but for a night or two en-route, it is perfectly fine.

The rooms are clean and quite comfortable and the location is right in the heart of Stone Town, so you don't actually spend that much time inside your room. Best bet is to get outside and explore Stone Town - the cobbled streets and night markets are great! Though, be warned, you need to negotiate quite a lot to get a fair price for any souveniers...!

I would happily stay here again, or refer it to family and friends, however, would make sure to let them know that it is old and historic, and therefore, not everything always works like clockwork - but that is part of the charm :)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Beyt Al Salaam

Property: Beyt Al Salaam
Address: | Kelele Square, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania (Formerly Beyt al Chai)
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Beyt Al Salaam 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For those who want to experience the charm of a classic Zanzibar setting with a touch of ancient Arabian mystique, the place is Beyt Al Salaam, formerly known as Beyt Al Chai. This is an exquisite 10-room boutique hotel within a traditional Zanzibar house, built on 3 floors in what was once a tea house. Sitting only a few paces from the sea, the house is cool and breezy. On a typical day, guests relax in our beautifully appointed lounge and rooms overlooking a square filled with hibiscus and ancient tamarind trees - simultaneously feeling the pull of the mysterious Indian Ocean that lies just beyond the trees and soaking up the ambiance of this World Heritage Site only steps away from the shops, restaurants and attractions of contemporary Zanzibar. ... more   less 
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Beyt Al Chai Hotel Stone Town
Beyt Al Salaam Zanzibar Island/Stone Town

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