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Zanzibar Coffee House
Ranked #4 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
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Vantaa, Finland
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“Nest in the heart of Stone Town”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

We stayd two nights in this unique "petite hotel" in the middle of Stone Town. Room was good and clean considering local standards. Bathroom at the corridor was not so nice experience, but for two nights it was ok... Think they also have rooms with own bathroom. There was a nice cafe downstairs with good coffee and cakes. They roasted their own coffee there, so it was certainly fresh. The location of this hotel was in the middle of narrow streets of Stone Town. We thought it would be better to stay at the hotel, when it become dark... There was a nice patio upstairs where you could relax and see the town.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

You enter a cool doorway escaping the heat of the day and are immediately enveloped in the warmth of the staff.Rooms are simple yet beautiful.The rooftop terrace breezy and breakfasts are delicious as are the snacks in the cafe.The hotel is spotless and staff are wonderful.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Our stay here was one of the highlights of being in Zanzibar. It has an old world feel in the rooms and the building with a beautiful roof-top terrace for breakfast with great views of of Stone Town. The rooms were very comfortable and the breakfasts were delicious and included homemade jams. We stayed in the Espresso room and the Macchiatto room. Of course, the coffee was incredible. The staff - both in the hotel and the coffee shop part - were astoundingly sweet, especially after they found out we were honeymooners. They even had a delicious welcome cake for us when we arrived. They also, unrequested, knocked of 10% on our bill because we had to move rooms due to our late reservation. The Coffee House is a great central place to walk through the maze of streets in the old town. Everything was perfect - the only reason I have to knock off one star is because they burned a hole in one of my shirts they were laundering. I discovered it literally moments before we were leaving, and they couldn't do anything about it that late. It's probably not going to affect anyone else traveling there - but perhaps don't have them do your laundry. But if you're spending time in Stone Town, this is a great place to stay, for the building, the rooms, the food, and the staff.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Hard to find in the labyrinth of Stone Town (well for us anyway!), but when you find it you walk into the nicest baristas and staff in ST. The staff are super friendly, always with a smile on their face - they clearly enjoy where they work and what the do. Coffee is quality - I love the coconut and lime Lassi (so refreshing) and the food is top notch as well. Even when it overflows the staff dont get flustered, they have this down like clockwork - big up to the management and staff.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cochrane, Canada
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

The coffee house is a wonderful old building in the winding lanes that form the heart of the old town. The staff were welcoming and thoughtful. Our room was large, classy, comfortable and cooled off at night. The breakfast on the roof was outstanding - great service, food and view. Call to prayer at 5 a.m. was the perfect start to the day in this most interesting cultural mecca. Along with a highly recommended stay at the coffee house, I recommend a personal guided tour of the old town which includes the market, the museum and the former slave market. Female tourists may be more comfortable with conservative clothing and a headscarf when exploring this city.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

Stayed in Excelsa room on the top floor. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Like the room decor and comfort. Having the personal bathroom/shower outside the room did not bother me. The hotel is not accessible by car, so your driver/you will need to carry your bags to this place from the parked car some 5 min away. I took one star off because the water in the shower was very weak, making showers a time-consuming ordeal. Also, make sure to bring your own shampoo ( or buy in a pharmacy nearby).

  • Stayed November 2012
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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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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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:
#2 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#6 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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