Dhow Palace Hotel

Reviews of Dhow Palace Hotel

Good(77%) From 31 travellers
Excellent
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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.
Mrs W and friends - Hereford
Arrived on: 28-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
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Excellent
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Rooms:
Average
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Service:
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Food:
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Average

Dhow Palace Hotel review

Quite faded really. Staff were very helpful. Did see rsther large rat in foyer which no-one else seemed to mind.

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Ms G & son - Australia
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
Average
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Facilities:
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Dhow Palace Hotel review

Check-in efficient. The Air con in room failed overnight.

We were upgraded to a fantastic rooftop suite for our second night.

Staff really helpful in letting me use the phone to call the Azanzi about a lost shirt and to reconfirm our flights.
Beautiful hotel antiques.

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Mr & Mrs W - Wilts
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Average
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Service:
Average
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Food:
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A delightful hotel

This is a lovely looking hotel with beautiful decor. Our room was on the 3rd floor so there were a few steps to climb. I'm not sure if there was a lift or not. The room was of a nice size and comfortable. The bathroom was pretty small with the toilet so close to the sink you could wash your face at the same time. The shower was of a morrocan/persian style with an hand held type shower head on the wall. We did get a strong musky smell and a few times a sewage smell which wasn't too pleasant.

We did have an evening meal at the hotel which was a bit to be desired and only had 1 breakfast (we were only there for 2 nights) again nothing special.

The hotel is in a good location and is a few steps away from the Africa House Hotel in which you can have drinks on the balcony and watch the sunset. (Drinks very pricey though) Overall this hotel is pleasant and we did like the decor.

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Ms P & family - Belgium
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Average
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Facilities:
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Dhow Palace Hotel review

Attractive hotel good for our one night in Stone Town - perhaps not for a longer stay.

Beautiful and cold pool!

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Miss I & Mr F - London
Arrived on: 5-Mar-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Good
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Dhow Palace Hotel review

We really liked the way the hotel had been renovated and furnished - all those beautiful antiques! The staff were really friendly and helpful, Our room was great - and it was a nice touch to find a nice basket of fruit appeared as we were there on honeymoon!

The pool is really pretty and shady and was a godsend - it was so hot and humid when we arrived, compared to Arusha/Kilimanjaro area. I would definitely recommend people choose hotels in Stonetown with pool!

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Ms A & Mr M - London
Arrived on: 3-Mar-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Dhow Palace Hotel review

The Dhow Palace has an excellent location in the heart of Stone Town and only 2 min walk to the waterfront.

Although the service was less personal to that of other smaller lodges that we stayed in, it was still very good.

On our departure day we had to leave very early, yet the hotel's chef gladly prepared for us breakfast to take with us.

It is a good value for money option in Stone Town.

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Mr & Mrs S - Godstone
Arrived on: 26-Feb-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Poor
Poor
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
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Facilities:
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Dhow Palace Hotel review

It was OK but I would not return to this hotel.

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Mr & Mrs B - London
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
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Activities:
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Facilities:
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Good location for seeing Stone Town

The Dhow Palace was fine for accomodation, breakfast and snacks, but we chose to have an evening meal there on our first night. It was disappointing. Advise other visitors to eat elsewhere

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Mr G & Ms P - Hampshire
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
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Food:
Average
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Dhow Palace Hotel review

Our one-night stay at the Dhow Palace was pleasant enough: we perhaps needed an extra day to sample more that Stone Town can offer. The hotel was clean and the rooms were stylishly presented, if dated (deliberately, we presume). Staff were generally pleasant although the on-site restaurant (in which we had both lunch and breakfast) was no better than average, in terms of both food and service.

We also took the opportunity to take in a Spice Tour and trip to Prison Island that we had Fisherman Tours organise for us (as they were conducting the transfer to Stone Town from Fumba). These were fine although I didn't feel that at US$ 138 they represented good value for money. As a small example, at the Spice Farm the cost for pouches of spices were 3 times those in one of the smartest Stone Town souvenir shops! That said, it was pleasant to have a dedicated driver and guides. Our Fisherman Tours pick up the following morning was late in arriving although not much - and we made our flight from Zanzibar airport with ample time to spare.

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Mr & Mrs R - Cardiff
Arrived on: 2-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Dhow Palace Hotel review

Maybe we are comparing with Shooting Star which was so impressive - Dhow Palace was an excellent location to explore Stone Town from although the sister hotel, the Tembo may have been better as it had sea views and looked as if it had been renovated more recently than the Dhow Palace.

Dhow Palace had great original character and very helpful staff but did seem a little tired in places. We did not eat main food here as we preferred to use Forodhani Gardens but did have breakfast which was fine but limited in places - there was fresh fruit but there was no fresh coffee opiton and the fruit juices seemed to be made from concentrates and sweetened.

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