Zanzibar Coffee House

Reviews of Zanzibar Coffee House

Good(82%) From 48 travellers
Excellent
16
Good
21
Average
10
Poor
1
Terrible
0
Below are independent comments from 48 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.
The P family from Norfolk
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Zanzibar Coffee House review

I liked the quirkiness of this place but the rest of the family didn't. I guess having a school outside your window starting before 7 and a view of a man having a p in the alley below you are not to everyone's cup of tea.

The real problem was that after our first night of 2 we were told to settle our bill as we were leaving. There had been a mix up in the booking (African end) because of a change in flight times not being passed on to the hotel. When we arrived they didn't ask us why we were a day late nor tell the local agent when we hadn't appeared.

This meant that we had to pack and wait for new accommodation which the local agents sorted out extremely well. They acknowledged their error but couldn't understand why they had not been informed by the hotel when we hadn't appeared on our first night. This rather soured our opinion.

Don't stay here if you like quiet rooms, comforts or luxury. The photos in their brochure do give a rather grand view.

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Ms F & Mr F - Twickenham
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Zanzibar Coffee House review

Great interesting / quirky suite room (we had the Capuccino suite) with funny steps and levels, with nice Zanzibar style furniture. The coffee shop downstairs is also very good and they made a nice honeymoon cake for us on arrival which was lovely.

The room was rather noisy at night, so I would strongly advise traveling with ear plugs (middle of town, kids running around, mosque calls etc). Also I thought the floor was quite dirty and you could not walk without shoes in the bedroom without getting dirty "under"feet. They probably sweep regularly but don't think mopping is an option as it's not tiled. (That is why I only selected "average" for the rooms, although I did like the look of them).

The bathroom was clean though.

Good roof terrace at the top with a nice view, where you take your breakfasts. Nice jasmine flowers on our pillows before night time.

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Miss and Mr B - Herts
Arrived on: 11-Jun-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Zanzibar Coffee House

We loved our room at the Zanzibar Coffee House, it was large, airy and very comfortable, it was in a great location near all the hustle and bustle of Stone Town. The staff were friendly and helpful.

Unfortunatley when we left at 6am to come home there was a powercut and we had to pack and get ready in the dark, but in some ways it just added to the experience.

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Mr and Mrs S - Norfolk
Arrived on: 26-Feb-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Zanzibar Coffee House review

Loved jasmine on pillow, rooftop terrace fantastic, wonderful coffee, really friendly staff

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Mr and Mrs E - London
Arrived on: 22-Jan-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Zanzibar Coffee House review

Our stay at the Zanzibar Coffee House was the conclusion to our whole holiday and we were pleasantly surprised to find such wonderful rooms above what is a very modest entrance. (Easily missable if you're not concentrating!) The rooms/suites are all named after types of coffee (not surprisingly) and are decorated with a distinctly north african feel around the centerpiece of an enormous four poster bed. The coffee house is situated in the very heart of Stonetown and, once you have familiarised yourself with the local streets, easily accessible from the popular eating/drinking areas.

The coffee house itself is a charming place to sit and relax away from the bustle of the streets. Breakfast is provided on the roof of the building providing great views of the town and comprising fresh fruit, pastries and cooked breakfast to order. We didn't eat lunch or dinner here and therefore can't comment but the menu looked varied and well priced.

This is by no means luxury accommodation but overall the rooms are large, beautifully decorated and excellent value for money. A perfect base for exploring all that Stonetown has to offer.

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Mr and Miss S from London
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Good
Good

Hidden Gem in Stone Town

I am so pleased that I stayed at the Coffee House, even if it was for only one night. The location was perfect - just 5 minutes walk from the market and not much farther to the waterfront and many of the historic places of interest. My room - the Cappuccino Suite - was huge and, although I arrived early and well ahead of the usual check-in time, the staff ran around and cleaned the room so that it was ready within 30 minutes of my arrival. Just enough time to sample the fabulous coffee!

The Coffee House is 100% run by ladies who were all very helpful. They recommended an excellent (and very reasonably priced) local tour guide who I spent an extremely enjoyable and educational 3 hours with walking round Stone Town. Unfortunately I had to leave very early the following day, so wasn't able to sample the breakfast. However if their coffee and homemade chocolate cake is anything to go by, then it would have been delicious! My only regret about the Coffee House (and Stone Town itself) is that I didn't stay longer.

One thing to note for future travellers is that the room does not have a safe, nor is there a secure facility at reception. There is a small box in each room which you can use to lock away your valuables, however you'll need to have your own padlock.

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Honeymooners from Earlsfield, London
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent

Zanzibar Coffee House stop over

Very friendly and a good location to explore Stone Town.

Fairly basic accomodation was clean and comfotable. It was great to have air conditioning and the staff had made a special cake to celebate our honeymoon!

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Mr & Mrs M - London
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Excellent
Excellent

Zanzibar Coffee House review

The coffee house is full of character and the room was spacious and comfortable. The breakast in the morning was delicious and the coffee's were the best we tatsted throughout our holiday.

The staff were also very friendly and helpful.

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Ms S & Mr M - London
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Zanzibar Coffee House review

This is a quirky little hotel in the centre of Stone Town. We stayed in the Cappuccino Suite which was a large room with en suite bathroom. The room has an usual layout, reflecting the age of the building, and the owners have furnished the rooms in keeping with this. The bathroom suite looked to be new and the rooms were very clean. As we stayed only one night, we probably didn't experience everything the hotel had to offer but it was very comfortable.

Breakfast is served at the top of the building with 360 degree views over Stone Town, which makes for a memorable experience. The coffee shop downstairs offers a welcome respite from the heat and bustle of the streets outside.

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The C. family - Shrewsbury
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good

Atmospheric, clean and helpful

It was a bit of a shock to be parachuted in to a crowded and busy Stone Town after days by the beach, andf so it took a few hours for us to get our heads around the fact that the hotel was a very clean and comfortable oasis in Stone Town.

The roof-top seating area is lovely - though we didn't find it until relatively late in the day.
As everywhere, friendly and helpf ul staff.

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