Jafferji House

Reviews of Jafferji House

Good(85%) From 13 travellers
Excellent
6
Good
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 13 of our travellers who have visited Jafferji House, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms S. from New Orleans
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Average
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Great rooms, good service

I had the Stanley Suite and it was lovely for one person. I think the bed might be small if there were two people. The room, like all the rooms, has a great individual flavor and was fun to explore and a nice place to return to at night. The breakfast here left a lot to be desired, unfortunately. I did not eat any other meal here, so I cannot speak to their quality.

The staff was very friendly and helpful and even let me keep the room for a very late checkout, free of charge, when I explained that my flight wasn't until 6pm that night. It is also located in a very central area, perfect for exploring the shops and restaurants of Stone Town.

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Mrs V & Mr H - Greece
Arrived on: 22-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Myserious and Eastern in heart of Stone Town

We only stayed here for one night but were pleased with location and the staff. We were upgraded to superior room on arrival.

Rooms are very dark and have a strange smell in bathrooms, but very atmospheric. You are right in the thick of the back streets, and it can feel slightly alien and unnerving after safety of the Lodge experience. Recommend getting a guide and staying for more than one night if you want to truly experience what this place has to offer.

Visiting Livingstones (the old British Consulate) for sundown and watching locals somersault on beach to backdrop of the sunset was spectacular.

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Mr & Mrs AR
Arrived on: 21-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

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Very tasteful traditional style hotel in the best central location.

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Mr & Mrs AR
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
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Activities:
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Jafferji House

Very tasteful traditional style hotel in the best central location.

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Mopane squirrels
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Excellent
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Excellent
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A Riad in Stonetown

A comfortable stylish oasis in Zanzibar's answer to Marrakesh. Helpful, considerate staff. Lovely rooms and really good food.

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Jenny & John - Bristol
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Heritage at the expense of comfort ??

Jafferji House is a beautifully restored house in a great location in Stone Town and in many ways is a perfect place to stay. However we left with feeling that "heritage" had for us gone a bit over the top and the result was that it was not a very comfortable place to stay. The Princess Salme suite we had looked beautiful but the very low doorway meant that even somebody less than 5ft 6in risked head damage and the lovely mosquito netting round the bed did not close properly. We had nice looking authentic chairs but they were actually not very comfortable to sit in.

The breakfasts were adequate and the staff friendly we did have some language difficulties.

On reflection, it was our fault that Jafferji House was not quite right for us. We asked Expert Africa for a heritage property and this is what we got. Next time we may think a bit about the comfort angle

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Mr & Mrs H - Surrey
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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Facilities:
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Did not quite live up to expectations - the room (Adnan Suite) was unusual and looked better in the photograph than in the flesh. It had no windows with a view (the only two were very small and looked out on untidy roofs/condenser units &etc). The room was therefore gloomy and depended on its air conditioning.

Breakfast was good and the one evening meal we had was adequate. The general staff were very willing, but their understanding of English was not good and we had some minor problems in getting what we wanted sent to the room. By contrast, the reception staff were excellent.

The hotel was less than full and the dining room mostly had only one other table occupied while we were there and the atmosphere was flat.

We had the other evening meal out at the Emerson Spice Roof Restaurant which was outstanding.

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Mr and Mrs L - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

A short break in the city

We spent two nights here as we wanted to spend some time in Stone Town and doing it on a day trip from a beach lodge doesn't really work. We're glad we did as we enjoyed what the city has to offer, particularly Forodani Gardens in the evening.

The hotel was fine - a little impersonal for our taste and compared to the beach lodges on the island - we think we were the only guests on the nights we stayed so had no chance of interaction with fellow travellers and the staff albeit polite seemed to work to their formula rather than really listen to us - but this may just have been a language problem and didn't spoil our stay in any way.

Our room was lovely, and we were upgraded to one of the suites and the breakfasts were huge.

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The F family from Sherborne, Dorset.
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Good
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Perfect spot to explore Stone Town.

We loved it but it might not be to everyone's taste. This is the house of the most famous photographer in East Africa, not a luxurious hotel. His photographs adorn the walls, and his books are to be found in your rooms. The rooms are dark, but distinctive, with individual exotic characteristics.

We were intrigued by the plumbing rather than annoyed. It worked well enough and the stone bath was quite luxurious. A good safe deposit box in our room accommodated all our valuables with ease, along with three camera lenses and a camera. When I asked for someone to take us to a restaurant on the other side of Stone town a guide was provided at no extra cost. The staff could not have been any more welcoming.

We had a very comfortable and pleasant stay here. We ate a good breakfast of fruit, pancakes etc, but chose to eat elsewhere at dinner. Had we stayed longer dinner on the roof was an option we would have tried.

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Mr W - Surrey
Arrived on: 29-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average

Mixed feelings

We have very mixed feelings about Jafferji House. We were upgraded to the Karma Sutra Suite – which was beautiful. The suite was spread over two floors and with an outside bathroom! We poked our noses in a couple of other rooms which also looked lovely.

However the service was erratic and left something to be desired. Too often we had to ask for water, tea and coffee and loo roll for the room. Breakfast had the same menu every day; it was serviced at a snail's pace in a dining room that lacked atmosphere. Unfortunately some of the reception staff had poor English (surely a basic requirement) and so sorting out logistics was difficult. On the final day we had an early start and had been promised a take away breakfast – this didn't materialise.

Having said all that we did enjoy ourselves, the staff were very friendly and the hotel is in a great location – it just needs some attention to the detail of the service and it would be great.

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