Dhow Palace Hotel

Reviews of Dhow Palace Hotel

Good(79%) From 33 travellers
Excellent
6
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Average
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Poor
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Below are independent comments from 33 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 C from Ontario, Canada
Arrived on: 8-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Food:
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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
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
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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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Mrs W and friends - Hereford
Arrived on: 28-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Average
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Service:
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Food:
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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
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
Average
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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:
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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
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average
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
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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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
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Facilities:
Good
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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 - East Sussex
Arrived on: 26-Feb-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
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Location:
Poor
Poor
Rooms:
Average
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Service:
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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:
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Food:
Average
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Activities:
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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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