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Zanzibar Coffee House
Ranked #4 of 34 Hotels in Stone Town
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Lovely hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

We stayed in the Arabica suite, which was a very nice large and airy room. We were on our honeymoon and the staff had left a beautiful complementary chocolate cake in our room with a message of congratulations on, however I had booked under my maiden name and so the name they put on the cake was wrong. This wasn't their fault though and it gave us a giggle. The breakfast was served up on the room terrace and was very nice. The coffee was very good, as you would expect, but very strong! The hotel is located within a maze of small winding streets, so it can be difficult to find unless you have a good sense of direction, which I don't. It is very close to all the main sites in Stone Town and definitely a good place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Kate T
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

tucked away round a back street, a little difficult to find but all the taxi drivers know where it is. good comfortable rooms clean and tidy, we sayed in the room with the bathroom across the corridore, not a problem. Breakfast on the roof terrace was amazing. great place to stay if you want to explore stonetown, very central to all restraunts and places of interest.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Stayed here three times in three years and this place still delivers great standards and value for money in a vibrant and ever changing town. Super individual rooms that are spotlessly clean and provide all feasible mod cons at an affordable price.

The staff are charming, there is a superb rooftop for breakfasts (amazing coffees!!) and a friendly, safe ambience that make this a great recommendation. Finding it will test your orientation skills but well worth persevering.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bukavu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

The hotel has real character, the rooms are delightfully furnished with large beds and high quality linen and mattresses. The windows have shutters which is a plus. The interior of the hotel has wide arabian banisters and staircases. The breakfast is served on an arty and airy rooftop terrace with great panoramas of the city. The coffee was rich and the breakfast was generous and interesting. Highly recommed staying here- we stayed in expresso which is not ensuite

  • Stayed October 2012
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5 Thank Kate H
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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

If you like the idea of staying in an old Zanzibari house at the heart of the old town - so much so that finding your way back at night requires a good memory for landmarks and a bit of help from the guys relaxing on the street corners - then this is the place for you.

The rooms are compact but comfortable, the al fresco breakfast is generous and gives you a chance to survey the rooftops of the town and as you might expect, the coffee is first class.

You could not be better located in Stone Town than here - the market and good places to eat in the evening are very close by, and it is a short stroll to the town's main attractions. Service is friendly but not over-effusive, and the accommodation is fair value without being outstanding.

My wife and teenage sons and I thoroughly enjoyed staying here, and I would happily stay here again if I am lucky enough to return to Zanzibar.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank Henry229
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We stayed in Expresso room- subsided our expectations. The room was very large with excellent furniture and great view of the street from the window.

The ladies that work at the hotel are super...could not have been more pleasant and helpful.
Breakfast was the best we had been provided anywhere we stayed in Africa for a month. Coffee was the best Also.

Location is perfect....would not stay anywhere else on my return to stone town.

Highly recommend Zanzibar Coffee House.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We happened upon the Zanzibar Coffee House by chance, first we were avoiding people who insisted on offering a helping hand and then a down pour of rain. To our surprise, it was also a hotel. A very reasonable rate during the month of June gave us a perfect location in Stone town, connections to taxis and tour guides who also were reasonable and very knowledgeable. Our room was beautiful oasis of antiques, breakfast served in a roof top room that was also available for lounging during the day & evening--the view & the sounds of the city enveloped us during a late night picnic dinner. In the morning we could hear the prayers from the near by Mosque. This unintended stop lasted for three days and two nights. Their coffee is excellent, their homemade coffee soap has been the best soap I have every used for my face . . . friendly, clean, beautiful - I cannot say enough - a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Zanzibar Coffee House
Address: Mkunazini 1563/64, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#6 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#7 Business Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel offers a touch of magic and romance in an authentic Arabic house deep in the heart of Stone Town. Transformed into a stylish hotel with harmonious interiors, antiques and rich fabrics, it is one of the oldest buildings in Zanzibar constructed by the Wazir to Sultan Said Bargash in 1885. ... more   less 
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Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel Stone Town
Zanzibar Coffee Hotel
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