Jafferji House

Reviews of Jafferji House

Good(82%) From 17 travellers
Excellent
8
Good
6
Average
1
Poor
1
Terrible
1
Below are independent comments from 17 of our travellers who have visited Jafferji House, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms P. from Minneapolis
Arrived on: 10-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Terrible
Terrible
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Terrible
Terrible
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Average
Average
Activities:
Terrible
Terrible
Facilities:
Poor
Poor

Jafferji House review

This was a huge mistake - it was not the magical place depicted in the literature. The manager was unfriendly, the room was stuffy to the point of suffocating, and the days seemed interminable waiting to leave - completely opposite of our lovely and wondrous days in the bush, which flew by.

We decided to spend as much time as possible out of our room, so we made our own itinerary - visit to a spice plantation, prison island, walk around the area, visit local coffee shops.

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Expert Africa comments

We are very sorry to hear that these travellers disliked their time at Jafferji House in Stone Town. Jafferji House is a small boutique hotel in the heart of the old town, and whilst it has not been designed to be overly luxurious we feel that it still offers a good level of comfort and is one of the better boutique hotels in Stone Town. Stone Town can be hot and humid in November but Jafferji House does have air-conditioning in all the rooms, though we are sorry to hear that this did not help them. Jafferji House always takes travellers feedback seriously and we are sure that they will take their comments onboard.

SueD from UK
Arrived on: 24-Jan-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Quirky and enjoyable

I liked the quirky decor at Jafferji House and the staff were delightful. It felt very 'African' - big TV in the room but nothing to watch on it; two washbasins but one of then poured water onto the floor rather than into the drain; shower where hot water never got hot. None of this was a problem, just made me smile and as an Africa addict made me feel quite at home! The room was big and very comfortable.

Breakfast in the restaurant was fine; dinner wasn't wonderful and I found better places to eat in town.

I had a look in other hotels used by Expert Africa and Jafferji was definitely my preferred choice, particularly for the location, decor and atmosphere.

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Mr M & Ms O from UK
Arrived on: 19-Jan-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good

Jafferji House review

Well this in one quirky place ! ideally located right in the middle of Stone town
We had the Mercury suite (I think due to Expert Africa's influence)
This is one bustling town of many cultures and it is great to go walkabouts and get lost which is easy to do! (felt safe at all times) locals are after a $ but are ok.
The reason I wanted to go to stone town was to see Freddies birth place (Not a Queen nut but he had an influence musically as I was growing up) For us not particularly into culture and lots to do for those that are i.e. slave trade,spice trade etc just not our bag!
Forget Freddies birth place called Mercury house its just a tourist shop with no plaque or anything! Quite disappointing if fact our suite at jafferji was about as good as it gets!
The hotel as such, cannot really fault good place to stay to explore stone town.

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J & M Family from UK
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Beautiful hotel in fascinating old house

Beautiful hotel - a real oasis in bustling Stone Town.

Gorgeous decor in rich colours. A really atmospheric building. Easy walking distance to sea front and Darajani market. Went early morning to fish market to see catches being landed from dhows. Had sunset cruise trip in hotel's own dhow. We came for a wedding anniversary and the hotel unexpectedly upgraded us to a suite, ( with open air double shower!), presented us with a heart shaped brownie cake- and treated us to a 20 min massage each at the lovely Amani rooftop spa.

Staff super friendly and helpful.

Dinner in rooftop restaurant was very good - new chef from South Africa. Extra unexpected mini courses and a good merlot. Huge portions!

Wifi variable

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Ms S from New Orleans
Arrived on: 9-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Good
Good

Great rooms, good service

I had the Stanley Suite and it was lovely for one person. I think the bed might be small if there were two people. The room, like all the rooms, has a great individual flavor and was fun to explore and a nice place to return to at night. The breakfast here left a lot to be desired, unfortunately. I did not eat any other meal here, so I cannot speak to their quality.

The staff was very friendly and helpful and even let me keep the room for a very late checkout, free of charge, when I explained that my flight wasn't until 6pm that night. It is also located in a very central area, perfect for exploring the shops and restaurants of Stone Town.

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Mrs V & Mr H from Greece
Arrived on: 22-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Myserious and Eastern in heart of Stone Town

We only stayed here for one night but were pleased with location and the staff. We were upgraded to superior room on arrival.

Rooms are very dark and have a strange smell in bathrooms, but very atmospheric. You are right in the thick of the back streets, and it can feel slightly alien and unnerving after safety of the Lodge experience. Recommend getting a guide and staying for more than one night if you want to truly experience what this place has to offer.

Visiting Livingstones (the old British Consulate) for sundown and watching locals somersault on beach to backdrop of the sunset was spectacular.

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Mr & Mrs AR from UK
Arrived on: 21-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Jafferji House review

Very tasteful traditional style hotel in the best central location.

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Mr & Mrs AR from UK
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Jafferji House

Very tasteful traditional style hotel in the best central location.

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Mopane squirrels from UK
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

A Riad in Stonetown

A comfortable stylish oasis in Zanzibar's answer to Marrakesh. Helpful, considerate staff. Lovely rooms and really good food.

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Mr & Mrs B from Bristol
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Heritage at the expense of comfort ??

Jafferji House is a beautifully restored house in a great location in Stone Town and in many ways is a perfect place to stay. However we left with feeling that "heritage" had for us gone a bit over the top and the result was that it was not a very comfortable place to stay. The Princess Salme suite we had looked beautiful but the very low doorway meant that even somebody less than 5ft 6in risked head damage and the lovely mosquito netting round the bed did not close properly. We had nice looking authentic chairs but they were actually not very comfortable to sit in.

The breakfasts were adequate and the staff friendly we did have some language difficulties.

On reflection, it was our fault that Jafferji House was not quite right for us. We asked Expert Africa for a heritage property and this is what we got. Next time we may think a bit about the comfort angle

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