Reviews of Dhow Palace Hotel
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Staff again very helpful
Fine stay at Dhow Palace Hotel
A hotel with a Colonial feel about it and located conveniently in the older part of Stone Town. The staff were very helpful and the facilities good.
Unfortunately there was not enough time to use the swimming pool. The food was good. The hotel is muslim therefore teetotal.
Treated like Royalty at Dhow Palace
We felt like we were in a very special and exotic place. The hotel had lots of character and charm.
We loved the zanzibari bed and the Persian bath. The rooftop terrace was a delight for sunset viewing We had the terrace all to ourselves. We also enjoyed having the balcony overlooking the pool and the breakfast provided was more than adequate.
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Superb location in the middle of the old city, very old restored merchant's house dating from the 16th century with wonderful views from roof terrace.
Might not suite guests looking for a very modern set up i.e. no lift etc , but for us it was perfect and just what we liked. The staff were very helpful and friendly.
Interesting hotel centrally located
A good quality hotel in the centre of Stone Town in a pedestrianised area.
It ought to be made clearer in the brochure that it is a no alcohol hotel, although there were plenty of hotels and bars nearby.
Great location for sight seeing and reastaurants. Not the most amazing hotel but good value for the price. I ran out of hot water in the morning. The beds are super comfortable.
Having stayed here before, I think I prefer the rooms in the old part of the building (we were in the new bit).
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Location was great for access to the center of Stonetown.Read more about the whole trip
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The location in Stone Town is excellent but the facilities in the hotel itself are a little tired.
The staff did notice that it was my wife's birthday and brought a cake up to our room which was a delightful touch.
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nice place. Centrally located in Stonetown, so its easy to walk anywhere. Room was clean, large and comfortable. Staff were helpful and friendly. Lots of old world ambiance. Incense at bedtime was a nice touch. Air conditioning at night was a relief for us cold climate people. Pool and courtyard are very nice.Read more about the whole trip
Single Rooms shoudl be avoided !!!!
The Dhow Palace is a hotel of faded grandeur. We had a lovely room on the 3rd floor with a balcony over the pool and the sweeping corridors filled with antiques are impressive.
Sadly the three single rooms the rest of our group had were on the ground floor, small, dark, dingy and generally didn't feel at all secure. When we enquired about those in these moving an immediate "sorry the hotel is full" fell from the receptionists lips almosy before we'd even finished talking. I suspect that the single rooms are often complained about and as such Expert Africa should really book doubles for single travellers and inform them they do not recommend the the single rooms,
Room 11 which a female friend was in had a window that opened out onto a flat roof with a doorway opposite and people coming and going all the time. She felt so unsettled my better half slept in her room that night and she shared with me, he confiemed the next morning the comings and goings went on into the early hours. Its not a particularly expensive hotel and EA do themselves a disservice by allowing the hotel to place single traveller clients in these rooms. Otherwise though its a good base for Stonetown as long as you get a good double room on an upper floor.
Overall Stonetown is an eclectic, shabby, interesting place to spend a night but I wouldn't linger more than one. We did spend a delightful last night high in the rooftops at the Cafe at Emerson Spice Hotel the food and service fantastic and a great view of the town and out to sea.