Reviews of Emerson Spice
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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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
Emerson Spice review
Lovely people , great service. I loved the rooftop breakfast and secret garden bar.Read more about the whole trip
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.
Wonderful building in heart of Stone Town
We have stayed in Stone Town many times in the past so were interested to see what Emerson Spice would be like.
Overall the building and location were good, but we were given 'Siti' room which seemed to be one of the last rooms to be finished and regretfully still did not seem to be fully completed when we stayed. Our room overlooked the rear of the hotel and therefore did not give the best views.
On a plus side the rooftop dining experience was a highlight and architecture was amazing.
Beautiful room and building. Amazing history of the building, and each of the 6 rooms is completely unique. Located right in the heart of Stonetown, easy walk to all of the sights, beaches, and restaurants.
Free internet, and a great breakfast on their rooftop restaurant. Good service and staff was very friendly.