Emerson Spice

Reviews of Emerson Spice

Excellent(93%) From 19 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 19 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.
Damara Dik Diks from UK
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Gorgeous stay in historic hotel

We loved this hotel for its architecture, deep sense of history and remarkable food. Our room was stunning, and its d├ęcor and furnishings meant that we could feel a strong presence of Zanzibar's past. The balcony which ran the whole length of our room was beautiful, and looking down into the street, we could watch the ebb and flow of Stone Town life. Very attentive staff. Roof top restaurant fabulous. Worth the money for the five course dinner. Also had a dinner in the Garden Restaurant which we loved too, for its crumbling walls and exotic flora. Great cocktails too. Lovely staff. Chefs in particular to be highly praised, which we did whenever we could!

Lovely little details in our room: locally made soaps, locally made towels and a wooden box of useful things one might need!

Appreciated the history of the hotel which was given to us in the folder in our room. We are both very interested in knowing about the history of places and we felt very privileged to be staying at Emerson Spice. Also, so easy to walk out into Stone Town. Had huge respect for Mr Emerson and what he had done to renovate the building and make it into such a special hotel. Particularly, as on our guided Stone Town walk, it became clear to us, how many buildings are in dire need of renovation, and how there is so little money going into restoration. It was sad to see this, and we hope that things will get better as Stone Town is truly unique, and deserves to be preserved for future generations.

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Mr & Mrs L from Herts
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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See previous stay comments

No further comment [Ed: See below for their review of their stay earlier in this trip.]

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Mr & Mrs L from Herts
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Two 1 night stays

The Emerson Spice is a very good renovation of an old Stone Town merchants house. The rooms are brilliantly well decorated in the old style but have all the facilities. The staff are very helpful.

Located in the old town and arriving late at night we were a bit culture shocked (having just come off a safari camp) by the walk from the nearest parking area to the hotel through the unlit small alleyways ('roads') to get to the hotel But all looked good the next morning. On our 2nd 1 night visit, we were able to absorb the atmosphere of Stone Town and enjoy the experience of Zanzibar and this hotel.

By the way, there are quite a few stairs in this hotel and no lift. If you have a medical condition, order breakfast in your room as it is served on the roof.

We also had dinner here - relatively expensive tasting menu - although OK it is far from the best tasting menu we have had. However, with my wife's tum having a tendency to get upset very easily, we were pleased we did not have to go out and search the local restaurants.

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Mrs C. from Horsham
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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a characterful but noisy hotel

The room was spacious and beautiful. The facilities in the room were good. It faced onto the street and was very noisy. We had dinner on the roof which was excellent. Breakfast on the balcony which was a little sparse.

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R & J from Richmond Hill
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Emerson Spice review

A very interesting and unique hotel. The rooms are decorated in local colours and are quite comfortable. Difficult to get to since no vehicles are allowed in Stonetown but this is part of the charm.

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Mrs S from Leatherhead
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful Hotel

Emerson Spice is a beautiful hotel right in the heart of Stone Town. Our room was incredible, the children were so excited to find the spiral staircase up to their beds. Amazing architecture and furniture, you rightly feel like you are in another world.

We ate in both the Tea House restaurant on the roof (wonderful food but probably too sophisticated for the kids) and the Secret Garden, which was our favourite area of the hotel. We enjoyed two fantastic lunches here.

One slight negative, was the noise from the shops below, which is to be expected in Stone Town, but started very early, even before the call to prayer, so we were often woken at 4am. Obviously the hotel have no control over this, but it should be kept in mind if you plan to book (the hotel did provide ear plugs!).

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Ms M from London
Arrived on: 15-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Historic Hotel Emerson Spice

Old Merchant house, interesting but didn't feel clean.
We had a superb room (Kate), top floor (no lift), but two balconies, with great views.
Restaurant at the top had superb views of the town plus we had the 5 course dinner which was excellent.
Very noisy mosques at 5am.

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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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