Zanzibar Coffee House

Reviews of Zanzibar Coffee House

Good(82%) From 49 travellers
Excellent
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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.
The C. family - Shrewsbury
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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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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The M family - Hampshire
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderfully exotic

I wasn't sure what I had come to: and you have to walk from the market as the street is so narrow, but a lovely place. Amazing coffee, lovely rooms and I wish i'd discovered the rooftop sitting room earlier: I could have stayed there all day! Sitting on cushions having breakfast above Stone Town's rooftops: probably the best place to view it!

Situated between the market and the main Bazaar street: because it is a coffee house, you have to go out to dinner and return in the dark. I perhaps wouldn't have been happy to do this alone, but as a family of four it was fine although pretty dark. It would be easy and a bit scary to get lost, but much more interesting than staying in one of the main hotels.

the staff even got up at 5.30am to make us coffee and rolls before we left.

Wandering round Stone Town was fascinating, although you need to say "no" quite firmly. Nothing like as bad as India or anywhere though, and very few obvious beggars.

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Ms S & Mr A - New York
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Average
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Zanzibar Coffee House review

It's easy to get lost in Stone Town (practically impossible NOT to get lost) but we knew every time we walked out the front door that it would take an hour of wandering to find our way back to the Coffee House. Which is not the worst thing if you have time and enjoy a good wander. We stayed in a split-level suite with a large bathroom and a beautiful big bed. At first it seemed more high-end than Asmini (where we'd been previously), but there were no toiletries for guests - not even hand soap! Service was pretty poor - the female staff downstairs seemed bothered by our requests to make dinner reservations, give us directions or make a recommendation for dinner. We came back to the hotel with 45 minutes before dinner and our towels hadn't been replaced - I had to ask twice just to have a towel to take a shower. We also got to dinner that night and our reservation hadn't been made - we were given the worst table in the house (on the beach next to the boat loading dock - loud, bright and fume-y) which was unfortunate, because we only had one night for what we were hoping was going to be a romantic, relaxing meal. The innkeeper Jane was very sweet and helpful, and breakfast on the roof was lovely. Coffee was also, predictably, delicious. If service had been better we would have been much happier with the Coffee House.

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The H family from Sweden
Arrived on: 10-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The wonderful roof top terrace was our oasis where we had a very good breakfast, then a nice cold beer in the afternoon and at last a pleasant time late in the evening in the cooling breeze.

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Dr & Mr G - Bangor, Wales
Arrived on: 5-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
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Average
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Average
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Good
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This had a very authentic feel, with huge rooms, comfortable beds, fabulous coffee and cakes made on the premises, and very friendly staff. It's certainly quirky, but it felt a bit down at heel - the room had a lot of bare floor without rugs, the bathroom was small and pretty basic, the window netting had holes in it - not major problems, but it didn't quite live up to its description on the website.

The rooftop sitting area had spectacular views, though the breakfast itself was a bit disappointing in terms of choice, by comparison with the safari and beach lodges. We didn't get a cooked breakfast on our final day because we had to leave before the kitchen opened at 6.00 am, so they gave us coffee, fruit and muffins.

It's a 10 minute walk back from the waterfront area, but it's fairly easy to take a wrong turning, and pretty dark at night, so you need a torch and a good sense of direction! It felt perfectly safe though.

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Mr S-S, West London
Arrived on: 2-Mar-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Good
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Good
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Service:
Good
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Food:
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During my brief stay, the ZCH was a lively, friendly place with a young clientele. The coffee is excellent!

Although Stone Town is compact and easy to walk around, at night there is little street lighting and virtually no street signs. As many of the restaurants are around Shangani Road, which is quite a distance from the ZCH, it is easy to become disorientated trying to find one's way back across town late at night and I got completely lost doing so!

I hired an excellent guide from under a tree outside the Serena Inn, who charged US$5/hour.

I ate at the Silk Route Restaurant (next to the National Bank of Commerce), which was a tasty Indian restaurant (main course: Tsh15,000).

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Mr & Mrs R from Somerset
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Liked the quirky room, but it may have been awkward for someone who was a bit unstable ( hell of a walk with several different height steps to the ensuite!!).

They were most helpful in providing us with drinks and something to eat prior to our early morning departure.

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Mr & Mrs C from Kent
Arrived on: 3-Dec-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
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Location:
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Service:
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Zanzibar Coffee House review

Judging by the comments of others (Trip Advisor) we are the only people who did not like this hotel.

The room was just over 7ft wide. It was quite long which felt like you were living in a corridor. The bathroom was 33 inches wide. We asked if there was another room available but were told that we would have to pay a lot more for a different room – but that there were none available anyway. Don't remember there being an option for upgrading the room but having looked at their website and the brochure both show tantalising snippets of photos, but no proper images of the rooms!

The staff were helpful and breakfast was lovely, but I would not recommend this hotel to a friend.

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Mr L and Ms A of West Midlands
Arrived on: 14-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
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Zanzibar Coffee House

Charming 'boutique hotel' style accomodation in the maze of Stone Town's intertwining passages. Cool, clean rooms with beautiful traditional Zanzibari furniture were welcome respite from the heat and grime of the streets.

The roof-top terrace was great for watching the sunset, catching the breeze and for breakfast.

Gorgeous, smiling all-female staff insisted on carrying our bags up 3 flights of stairs to the room (despite serious protesting!).



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J & P from Co. Meath, Ireland
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Zanzibar Coffee House review

Airconditioning!! was soooo welcome after such a hot rip on our white N. European constitutions.

Our room was huge, and in such an athmospheric building - having a beer on the roof at night we were in a different world. A refuge from the noise and warren of the town.

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