Reviews of Dhow Palace Hotel
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Character hotel in central Stonetown.
As described, this hotel is clean and well-located. The architecture and interior was full of character and like a step back in time.
Unfortunately staff were a little bit unhelpful and not particularly polite. Maybe we had been spoiled by our previous hotels. Nonetheless, we really enjoyed our experience in Stonetown - a complete contrast to the safari and Pongwe beach and for the first time, we were mixing with locals in a real environment.
ps the swimming pool is a real bonus at the end of a hot days sightseeing!
One night at Dhow Palace Hotel
We were a little disappointed with the condition of our room following our stays at Selous Impala Camp and Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel; it was clean but looked like it could do with some renovation work and our mosquito net did not provide enough protection as it struggled to cover the whole bed! The decor of the hotel in general was great, very traditional and there is a pool but we did not have time to use it. The location of the hotel is perhaps its best asset - we only had one afternoon and evening in Stone Town but were able to pop back to our room at various points to drop off shopping, use the toilet etc because it was right in the midst of everything else. We were also delighted to be able to get a light breakfast at 5.30am before our airport transfer for our flight home.Read more about the whole trip
Enter a different world at the Dhow Palace
a wonderful place to stay amidst the heat and noise of Stone Town. Exotic, tastefully decorated and the pool is wonderful.
Service was good and efficient but not as personal as at Lake Manze. Great views from the restaurant at breakfast.
Only criticism was the shower/bath - it looked lovely but the flow of water was very slow and we didn't want to waste water by filling the bath tub area.
Dhow Palace Hotel review
A good comfortable and well placed hotel. Location is the key; step out onto the main shopping street in the Old Town or take a turn down a side street and into the winding side streets and haggling opportunities.
The hotel has a relaxing pool in which to cool off at the end of the day. You'll get plenty of exercise getting in and out of the Zanzibar beds, and the Turkish style baths add to a greatly eccentric experience. Fine for the couple of night stay we had to experience Stone town and close to everything we wanted to do there.
Also close enough to the airport to get there in plenty of time - in fact too early given a very relaxed attitude to checking in!
Well situated in Stone TownRead more about the whole trip
Dhnow Palace Overnight
A very different experience. [Ed: from Fumba Beach Lodge]
I'd suggest Stone Town is a mx of one night / two days as there is not a huge amount to do unless you take the extra trips (eg Spice Tour / Slave Prison etc)
Very central location
The location of the hotel is great - very central - with everything on your doostep. Beautiful design. Very nice too to have a pool.
The room was very small but clean. The furniture is inkeeping with the hotel which is lovely but there is nowhere to store clothes - just a couple of hangers. We also thought that it was a bit mean not to provide fresh bottled drinking water each day.
The staff in general were friendly and helpful but our wakeup call was late.
The breakfast is adequate but nothing to write home about. Very nice though to eat up on the roof-top.
Having visited the Tembo Hotel too - but I can't remeber the difference in cost - I think that we would have prefered the Tembo but we didn't see any of the rooms.