Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Reviews of Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Good(90%) From 38 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 38 of our travellers who have visited Zanzibar Palace Hotel, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr P from France
Arrived on: 12-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 5 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
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Rooms:
Average
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Service:
Poor
Poor
Food:
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Book me in Serena Inn!!!!!

A bog standard hotel with no personality or good points. In need of refurbishment. Impersonal staff and not for sick or elderly due to very steep stairs.

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry that these travellers did not enjoy the Zanzibar Palace Hotel. Though they do raise a very good point about the stairs here. This is an old merchant building and typical of many of those found in Stone Town – narrow with many floors. Those who struggle with stairs should perhaps consider another hotel.

Mr & Mrs S from north London
Arrived on: 6-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Poor
Poor
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

zanzibar hotel old fashioned fusty character

we were both dissaponted with this place. although it had apparently had a makeover not that long ago we felt that it seemed to need another one.

partly in the choice of decor which was old fashioned rather than quirky. it just did not seem fresh, and i realised that it was a very old place, and the owners were at pains not to destroy its unique original character,we just were not taken with it, it certainly did not come up to its price expectations. the 1st room they showed us was not nice and one window looked out onto a newly bricked wall which was so close it felt oppressive. The bathroom had all the arabic and oriental touches but felt mucky although i am sure it was clean but i did not feel inclined to bathe in there.

we changed to the top floor at extra cost just so we had a bit more air, and the fact that it had a tiny roof top deck which you could climb up to. also the open air shower and bathroom were situated here, and it felt less stuffy. I know this place was recreated in the old and authentic style and i am all for character and authenticity, but we were not that comfy or happy there. shame as we had high hoped for outr last two nights in Stonetown. the lady who manages the hotel ,a dutch woman was very helpful and very nice.

Same goes for Stonetown ,we hd not expected it to be so rundown, and we did a town tour and saw all the important sights and buildings, and we will put down to the experience of travel and seeing the world. It was interesting to understand the past and present culture and its turbulent history. at least the Aga Khan is funding major renovation there which in years to come will make it a great place .

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Mr & Mrs Y from Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 14-Jan-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

Beautiful boutique hotel and if you are lucky enough to get one of the rooms on the top floor you will have the most stunning views from your bathroom / terrace. Friendly owners and staff and great breakfast.

Fairly steep stairs so you have to be reasonably fit.

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Mr G & Ms L - west London
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
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Facilities:
Average
Average

Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

Again, great service and the room was certainly different and of an interesting design! However, we were a little perturbed if there had been fire, as we could find no sign of a fire exit.

Great central location and ideal for the short period we were in Stone Town.

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Ms. W & Mr. M from Cheltenham
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Service:
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

First class and very helpful staff.

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Honeymooners from Bromley, Kent
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Activities:
Excellent
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Facilities:
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

Zanzibar Palace is a great place to stay for a couple of nights in Stone Town; it really is a 'palace' with it's individually themed rooms - the 'Arabica' was gorgeous although tiring to get to at the top of the building!

The location was pretty good too, within easy walking distance to all the sights and not too far into the alleyways so as to risk getting lost.

Stone Town itself was definately worth the visit, although we'd have struggled for things to do after a couple of days. Also the large gardens on the seafront where the food stalls come out in the evening are currently under reconstruction. It's great t see money being put into the area, although disappointing we missed the final result!

TIP: if you fancy a spice tour it's cheaper to go from Stone Town than from the East Coast.

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The R family - Berkshire
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Location:
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Facilities:
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

The end of our holiday - but what an end - the rooms were fantastic - all different - we were lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite at the top of the house with views over Stone Town rooftops to the sea. Fretwork screens - a big victorian bathtub in the middle of the floor - massive bathroom with walk in shower - huge floor cushions to relax on. Such an interesting and delilghtful hotel. Our hosts were friendly and helpful with lots of advice of where and how to shop.
A 5.00am wake up call was preceded by the call to prayer from the nearby mosque.
It was atmospheric and welcoming.

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Mr & Mrs honey badger - Herts.
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

A stay at Zanzibar Palace Hotel

We found it a unique experience to stay at the Zanzibar Palace Hotel in the heart of Stonetown. You are woken shortly after 4a.m. with the calls to prayer from the many mosques in the area. A walking tour of Stonetown with a guide is to be recommended.

The hotel provides good accomodation but the evening meals could be improved.

We experienced a problem in that our voucher from you stated half board whilst the booking by Fisherman Travel was only for B & B. Staff at the hotel said that this was happening frequently and when we came to settle our bill they tried to include the price of evening meals until we pointed out again what are terms were.

For anyone visiting this area we would mention that many people try to get you to offer them a tip, even the staff at the security machine in Dar es Salaam airport.

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Eagle owls from Yorkshire
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Zanzibar Palace

Again we received a very warm welcome from the manager who was also most informative about Stone Town.

After staying in such attractive locations for the previous days, we found the contrast noticable, as the hotel is in a dusty town street and our our outlook was onto walls opposite. We found our room to be a little dark.

We dined in both evenings and found the meals delicious being served by a most charming young woman.

A problem had occured the day that we arrived with the access. Bollards had appeared making it impossible for taxis to drive to the hotel, necessitating a walk of about 100 m. This was not a problem for us, but others may find it so.

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The zebras from Newcastle
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
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Food:
Good
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

An atmospheric small hotel, we only stayed here overnight but had a warm welcome and were well looked after. An early breakfast at 5am was offered without any problem.

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