Dhow Palace Hotel

Reviews of Dhow Palace Hotel

Good(79%) From 33 travellers
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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 G & Ms P - Hampshire
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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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
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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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Mr & Mrs R - Honeymooners from Manchester
Arrived on: 23-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Dhow Palace Hotel review

Really nice old colonial type manor house, with great period feature and some funky old bits of furniture.

Not really got a problem with the place, but our room faced onto the street which was pretty noisy especially because Ramadam had just started. Also the room was well hot at night and the air con unit sounded like one of the safari jeeps, which I suppose drowned out the noise from street level.

The rooms were quite quirky and had some funky antiques in there. Mosquito net had a few holes in though.

Top location right in the middle of Stone Town. But didn't really stay there long enough to use all the facilites etc. Staff seemed very friendly though.

Breakfast wasn't much cop, but I suppose we had been spoilt at Pongwe where they were top drawer.

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Miss B & Mr D from Northern Ireland
Arrived on: 8-Jan-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Overnight at Dhow Palace Hotel

We spent our last night at the Dhow Palace Hotel. The hotel has a lovely cool feel to it and the courtyard pool was very useful for cooling off. The room was large with a four poster bed which overlooked the pool area. It also had air conditioning and an electric fan which was essential to battle the heat. Definitely an oasis in the hustle and bustle of Stone Town

The roof terrace and restaurant looked lovely although we chose to eat in a local restaurant for dinner. We had a very early start the next morning but were impressed we were still able to get some breakfast at 5.30am!

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Mr & Mrs W - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Dhow Palace Hotel review

The room was surprisingly small on the 3rd floor with no lift, had we been staying longer than one night we would have asked to be moved.

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Mr & Mrs I - York
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Dhow Palace Hotel review

Rooms were clean and staff helpful, beware of the surrounding roads as I think tar had been spread over them for a road building project and you could lose your shoes, very sticky!

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The Weaver bird family - Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Character hotel in central Stonetown.

As described, this hotel is clean and well-located. The architecture and interior was full of character and like a step back in time.

Unfortunately staff were a little bit unhelpful and not particularly polite. Maybe we had been spoiled by our previous hotels. Nonetheless, we really enjoyed our experience in Stonetown - a complete contrast to the safari and Pongwe beach and for the first time, we were mixing with locals in a real environment.

ps the swimming pool is a real bonus at the end of a hot days sightseeing!

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Parrot fish honeymooners - Peterborough
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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One night at Dhow Palace Hotel

We were a little disappointed with the condition of our room following our stays at Selous Impala Camp and Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel; it was clean but looked like it could do with some renovation work and our mosquito net did not provide enough protection as it struggled to cover the whole bed! The decor of the hotel in general was great, very traditional and there is a pool but we did not have time to use it. The location of the hotel is perhaps its best asset - we only had one afternoon and evening in Stone Town but were able to pop back to our room at various points to drop off shopping, use the toilet etc because it was right in the midst of everything else. We were also delighted to be able to get a light breakfast at 5.30am before our airport transfer for our flight home.

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Expert Africa Admin
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Enter a different world at the Dhow Palace

a wonderful place to stay amidst the heat and noise of Stone Town. Exotic, tastefully decorated and the pool is wonderful.

Service was good and efficient but not as personal as at Lake Manze. Great views from the restaurant at breakfast.

Only criticism was the shower/bath - it looked lovely but the flow of water was very slow and we didn't want to waste water by filling the bath tub area.

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Dr M & Mrs C - desert and dunes
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Dhow Palace Hotel review

A good comfortable and well placed hotel. Location is the key; step out onto the main shopping street in the Old Town or take a turn down a side street and into the winding side streets and haggling opportunities.

The hotel has a relaxing pool in which to cool off at the end of the day. You'll get plenty of exercise getting in and out of the Zanzibar beds, and the Turkish style baths add to a greatly eccentric experience. Fine for the couple of night stay we had to experience Stone town and close to everything we wanted to do there.

Also close enough to the airport to get there in plenty of time - in fact too early given a very relaxed attitude to checking in!

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