Dhow Palace Hotel

Reviews of Dhow Palace Hotel

Good(77%) From 31 travellers
Excellent
4
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 31 of our travellers who have visited Dhow Palace Hotel, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr and Mrs D from Kent
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Interesting hotel centrally located

A good quality hotel in the centre of Stone Town in a pedestrianised area.

It ought to be made clearer in the brochure that it is a no alcohol hotel, although there were plenty of hotels and bars nearby.

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Miss P from Stoke Newington
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
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Great Location

Great location for sight seeing and reastaurants. Not the most amazing hotel but good value for the price. I ran out of hot water in the morning. The beds are super comfortable.

Having stayed here before, I think I prefer the rooms in the old part of the building (we were in the new bit).

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Mrs C. from Fairfield
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Dhow Palace Hotel

Location was great for access to the center of Stonetown.

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The S family - Bristol
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Average
Average

Dhow Palace Hotel

The location in Stone Town is excellent but the facilities in the hotel itself are a little tired.

The staff did notice that it was my wife's birthday and brought a cake up to our room which was a delightful touch.

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The P family - New York
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Dhow Palace Hotel review

nice place. Centrally located in Stonetown, so its easy to walk anywhere. Room was clean, large and comfortable. Staff were helpful and friendly. Lots of old world ambiance. Incense at bedtime was a nice touch. Air conditioning at night was a relief for us cold climate people. Pool and courtyard are very nice.

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Three from Manchester
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Poor
Poor
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
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Activities:
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Single Rooms shoudl be avoided !!!!

The Dhow Palace is a hotel of faded grandeur. We had a lovely room on the 3rd floor with a balcony over the pool and the sweeping corridors filled with antiques are impressive.

Sadly the three single rooms the rest of our group had were on the ground floor, small, dark, dingy and generally didn't feel at all secure. When we enquired about those in these moving an immediate "sorry the hotel is full" fell from the receptionists lips almosy before we'd even finished talking. I suspect that the single rooms are often complained about and as such Expert Africa should really book doubles for single travellers and inform them they do not recommend the the single rooms,

Room 11 which a female friend was in had a window that opened out onto a flat roof with a doorway opposite and people coming and going all the time. She felt so unsettled my better half slept in her room that night and she shared with me, he confiemed the next morning the comings and goings went on into the early hours. Its not a particularly expensive hotel and EA do themselves a disservice by allowing the hotel to place single traveller clients in these rooms. Otherwise though its a good base for Stonetown as long as you get a good double room on an upper floor.

Overall Stonetown is an eclectic, shabby, interesting place to spend a night but I wouldn't linger more than one. We did spend a delightful last night high in the rooftops at the Cafe at Emerson Spice Hotel the food and service fantastic and a great view of the town and out to sea.

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The O family from London
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Dhow Palace Hotel

Hotel was very convenient, with good facilities and the room was excellent. Some staff (but not all) were very helpful, and they facilitated our trip to a spice farm - though the promised breakfast on our last day, when we were leaving very early, did not materialise.

It's worth telling guests that the hotel won't accept credit cards for any extras (meals. laundry etc) and their exchange rate for dollars is poor.

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The D family from Hants
Arrived on: 3-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
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Excellent

Dhow Palace stay

Lovely old building, nice rooms, efficient reception, good aircon.

We didn't have a very good meal in the rooftop restaurant and ( not surprisingly) there was noone else there! When we went to book, with plenty of notice, as advised by reception, they seemed unprepared.

Breakfast was served downstairs in the juice bar area and rather haphazardly laid out in quite a small area. Wasn't very appealing.

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Mr C from Ontario, Canada
Arrived on: 8-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
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Service:
Good
Good
Food:
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Average

Dhow Palace Hotel review

The hotel is centrally located so it is convenient to all amenities. The staff was friendly. Breakfast was included but somewhat limited in selections. My room was old but clean. I believe my bathroom is situated right next to the kitchen so it was noisy in the morning until I learned to close the bathroom door.

The rooster woke me up at the earliest light which was before 5 every morning. We were not sure about the quality of the food in the hotel so we did not stay for lunch or dinner. The internet-connected computer in the lobby area is a good convenient feature.

There is very limited space for hanging up clothes and no cloth line for drying hand-washed clothes.

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Mrs. B - Bridgewater
Arrived on: 24-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Activities:
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Facilities:
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Dhow Palace Hotel review

This hotel is really well located in Stone Town, at the quiet end of a great street for shopping and eating.

The hotel is essentially two buildings conjoined, surrounding a pretty courtyard and a great cooling swimming pool [very much appreciated in the heat of the day!]. Rooms are of various sizes and configurations, and we were showed several before making our choice [a nice touch]. The rooms are small, but fairly well appointed, with some nice, authentic furniture, and a comfortable bed and en-suite bathroom.

There is a great roof terrace from where you can watch the sun set [a much nicer location than the bar of the Africa House Hotel - crammed every day with coach parties from the nearby resorts all bussed in to have one drink and watch the sun go down]

Sadly, meals at the Dhow Palace can't be recommended - the menu is a mix of simple European dishes, which were not particularly appealing.

Overall, this is a comfortable place to spend a couple of days in Stone Town.

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