Zanzibar Coffee House

Reviews of Zanzibar Coffee House

Good(82%) From 49 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 49 of our travellers who have visited Zanzibar Coffee House, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Dr C from Isle of Wight
Arrived on: 24-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hotel with character and cool roof terrace

Lovely quirky place in the heart of Stowntown just round the corner from Emerson & Green Hotel.
Staff are super friendly and there is an excellent, relaxed coffee shop on the ground floor. Quite a haven.
Rooms are good with interesting decor; the place feels like a proper heritage Omani influenced house.

Best part is the rooftop terrace: you can have a sundowner beer (honesty fridge) looking out over the rooftops.
Breakfast is served there too - a perfect boiled egg and toasted muffin was just the job. Oh and a good coffee of course.

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Mrs & Mr H - Ontario
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zanzibar Coffee House review

A 1 star hotel in the middle of a slum (garbage in the streets, run down buildings). Wifi mostly wasn't working.

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The M-W family - London
Arrived on: 4-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A beautifully historic place!

We loved our stay at the Zanzibar Coffee House! It oozed style and atmosphere - great rooms (our connecting rooms were perfect for our family) - great cafe at the bottom - and an amazing roof top veranda to enjoy breakfast and take a rest from the hustle and bustle of Stone Town.

The coffee served was top notch - "The best!" according to Anne, who is a coffee aficionado.

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Mr & Mrs T - Victoria, Australia
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Interesting place

Most people i suspect choose a hotel on the waterfront whereas Zanzibar Coffee House is about 200m inland amongst the maze of laneways in Old Stone Town.

We had a suite which was nice as that meant we had aircon which was nice given how muggy Stone Town got the minute you walked away from the seafront

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Mr & Mrs Mackinnon from Manchester
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Full of character and charm!

We had a great stay at Zanzibar Coffee House, the building itself is quirky and charming. We had the most amazing room - Cappuccino suite which was full of character.

The location is excellent and we really enjoyed being at the very heart of StoneTown. The roof Top terrace is a lovely sanctuary and we enjoyed escaping up there once we needed a break from the hustle and bustle. Service was very good and the room was spotless.

We would highly recommend The Coffee House when staying in Stone Town.

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Mr M & Ms T from Washington DC
Arrived on: 18-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Zanzibar Coffee House review

Really cool building and our room was great. Beautiful roof with views of Stonetown.

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Mr & Mrs G - Huntingdon
Arrived on: 6-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Zanzibar Coffee House review

Really loved having this experience at the end of our trip. I had read 'The Last Slave Market' by Alastair Hazell and would really recommend it to give an understanding of Stonetown. The Coffee House was perfectly located, although we were a bit anxious about finding our way back after dark!

The rooftop terrace is very special for drinks (help yourself from a fridge and record in a book) and especially a delicious breakfast looking out on the rooftops.

The room was huge and very atmospheric but beware the stone steps to the bathroom - I have a very painful stubbed big toe!

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Mr H and Ms K - Knaresborough
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
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Great Coffee

Stone Town is a culture shock even for those of us who have been there before. If you are an old hippie drug wise youd be very happy.

If you are a Cats Protection subscriber you will hate it.
The Coffee House is an overnight hostlery for people flying out or shipping in.
It's clean, central and very noisy.

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Ms B - London
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Zanzibar Coffee House review

I stayed in Cappuccino Suite. My room was clean, spacious, full of charm and charming best describes the people who run this delightful place. The water pressure wasn't great in the shower, but the hot water was abundant within 10 minutes of turning on the hot water switch. There was airconditioning, but except for, briefly, one evening, I didn't need it.

In the evening Siti not only sprayed insect repellant and closed the mosquito net around the bed, she also left ylang-ylang flowers on my pillow, filling my dreams with sweetness.

The open top floor room where breakfast is served is a joy and can be used any time (I particularly liked it for sunset).

The location of the Coffee House, deep in the warren of the old town streets meant that I got hopelessly lost one night and that bags needed to be carried some distance from the car that dropped me off, but it also gave the place great atmosphere and a sense of being in the community rather than in the more touristy area. Stone Town is small, so nothing is very far from anything else anyway.

I also recommend the cheese and date crepes for lunch.

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Mr & Mrs M - Belfast
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great coffee, not the best location though

Zanzibar Coffee House is in the heart of what my wife and I came to call 'the labyrinth': it is very hard to find your way to and from, which can be scary, particularly at night (we ended up having to ask at other hotels for directions/a guide). I think if you were based here for a week you would get your bearings, but for a 2 night stay it isn't great. ZCH staff weren't very helpful with directions.

Nice touches were a honeymoon cake on our arrival (delicious, we felt bad that we couldn't eat it all) and a self-service fridge full of beer and soft drinks (great after that stressful and hot trip back through the alleys!). The room (Macchiato) was a bit pokey but was very clean (no insects, first place in Tanzania we could say that). There is a safe, but you need to bring your own padlock (which we had).

Breakfast on the roof was nice (excellent bread) but could have been more varied. It didn't seem to make sense that smoking wasn't allowed on the roof when it was in the coffee house downstairs. Staff did a decent job re helping us with our bags and cleaning the room, but weren't overly friendly. We were particularly unimpressed at being questioned over how much beer we had taken from the fridge when we had paid for this each morning - it didn't take long to convince her of our honesty but it left a nasty taste and staff should really have been communicating better with each other.

ZCH is definitely a good coffee place - the best I'd drunk all holiday - but more of a guest house than a hotel. We have no regrets about staying here but don't think it is a good place for honeymooners - somewhere out of the labyrinth (probably near the seafront) would be better, if probably more expensive.

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