Emerson Spice

Reviews of Emerson Spice

Excellent(92%) From 12 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 12 of our travellers who have visited Emerson Spice, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms W. from Kenora
Arrived on: 8-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Highly recommend more than a one night stay!

We loved this place from the moment we first caught sight of this incredible structure as we made our way through the twisted alley-streets of Stone Town. i think it is perfectly located in the middle of everything but not noisy at all as there is no car traffic. We were graciously received by the manager and staff and escorted to our room with luggage assistance. We were in absolute awe of this grand old building and it's history. I would say a truly "shabby chic" decor which fits perfectly with the vintage of the structure and makes it so comfortable.

We had a huge room with 2 comfortable double beds with superb linens, a full bath with 2 sinks an amazing stone tub/shower, a lounge area, as well as two outside decks overlooking the streets. One night's stay was not enough to really soak up the ambience of this hotel. The manager was very attentive and helpful as were all the rest of the staff.

i highly recommend including this hotel in your Zanzibar adventure but stay more than one night!

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Mrs S from france
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Atmospheric stay at Emerson Spice

Felt like we were experiencing the real Zanzibar, hotel was very atmospheric having maintained it's original character and architecture.

The service was friendly and efficient, and the food was fabulous!

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Mr & Mrs A from London
Arrived on: 12-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Atmospheric Emerson Spice

My wife and I stayed at Emerson Spice for a couple of nights between safari and beach.

It's in the heart of Stonetown, so we had to carry our bags with the taxi driver from the car park at the edge of town (5 mins walk). The market was heaving and there's stray cats, kids chasing balls, scooters and bikes hurtling around the lanes around the hotel - so it might not be to everyone's taste for a relaxing break.

Interior design is stunning. Almost every room is like a film set and almost every photo you take could grace an interior design coffee-table book. Our room 'Belle' didn't let the stylist down - as it had an ornate four poster bed with drapes, carefully chosen antique furniture, an open-plan shower/bath in the corner, a first edition old guide to Zanzibar on the table, and imposing wooden shutters that opened out onto a balcony that was capped with a love-swing (at least I think that's what it's called...).

The room looked out onto the street corner - so you could see and hear the comings and goings of local life. Although it was Ramadan, when we were there, so we had to close the curtains on the outside of the balcony so nobody could see us drink the complimentary bubbly!

Food-wise, breakfast was delicious both days on the roof terrace and the breakfast waiter was full of smiles. In the evening, we had a tasty seafood dinner in the secret garden - which was an enchanting and romantic spot.

Wi-fi was slow and service was male-dominated with no women in attendance as far as we could see - but we enjoyed our stay and would recommend it for a characterful stay in an equally characterful town.

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EBL. from Brookline
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Emerson Spice Stone Town

After days in the wild it was a bit of a shock to land in steamy, crowded Stone town.

Emerson Spice was the perfect location to "hide" and observe until you're ready to plunge into the narrow streets. An old merchant's house that has been authentically updated with unique rooms, we had a wonderful breeze, a hammam on our balcony, and two large canopied beds. The hotel is built on 5 floors so climbing is a must and the rooftop restaurant is one of the best in town.

Lovely sunset drinks and breakfast with a breeze and a view. The garden restaurant in a small atmospheric courtyard is also wonderful. Our A/C would get cranky and noisy at night, but that was not a big deal. Very beautiful hotel with lovely details and an attentive staff. Note that you can't drive to the hotel, but must park a few blocks away near the market. The streets are too narrow for cars.

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Mr A. from London
Arrived on: 10-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Emerson Spice - restaurant better than hotel

Booked here as some of our party had previously visited the unique rooftop restaurant (although hadn't stayed in the rooms). Restaurant and view remain high quality and recommended.

The rooms were "tired" and slightly disappointing; room was particularly dusty or even dirty. Given the price one would have expected the rooms to be in better shape.

Location excellent and generally a good experience but some more diligent upkeep or renovation is required.

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Traveller1003
Arrived on: 23-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Full of character

Very nice traditional style hotel and even had air conditioning. The rooms were beautifully decorated and each one seemed to be unique.

The taster menu at sunset was very good. The staff were very pleasant and helpful.

You do have to walk a little way to get there as the area is pedestrianised (except for motor bikes).

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Mr and Mrs B from Teddington
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A wonderful experience

We loved Stone Town and the Emerson Spice! Our only wish was that we had booked three nights there, as it would have been great to explore Stone Town more for another day once we had found our way around. As it was, we asked Eco and Culture to delay picking us up on the 17th so we could do a bit more exploring in the morning before we left.

We would also have liked another night in the Emerson Spice. It was so interesting and comfortable, the staff were so good and helpful, the ambience was terrific and the food was so tasty!

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Miss T. from London
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Emerson Spice review

Fantastic boutique hotel in the centre of old Stone Town. Rooms very quirky with good facilities. Food excellent both in the Secret Garden and the Roof top restaurants. I have a shell fish allergy which Lyndesy informed the hotel about and I reiterated it when I arrived.

I would advise travellers to book the restaurants before you go as they are very small and are used by guests outside the hotel. I had trouble accessing the Emerson Spice web site to make a reservation so asked Lyndsey to book for me which she did and then confirmed the booking to me via email.

Well worth going up to the roof top restaurant before dinner to see the sunset. Russell and the team very friendly with nothing too much trouble.

I travelled solo and had no problems.

I didn't use any activities through hotel so cannot comment on that aspect.

Would definitely recommend and would go back to,again.

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Dr M from the USA
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Emerson Spice review

Lovely people , great service. I loved the rooftop breakfast and secret garden bar.

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Mr & Mrs W - Chipstead
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Emerson Spice review

This is just our sort of hotel: excellent position, small, quirky and all the staff were a delight.

We chose it, in part, because of its terrace restaurant, where we thought we would be able to relax after tramping the town. In the event, we had an even better solution: our large and colourful room had long balconies on TWO sides.

In the tiny rooftop restaurant, there is a single daily sitting for dinner and the fixed menu (which changes daily) is a 5 course taster at US$30. Good value.

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