Kisiwa House

Kisiwa House: Information from the owner

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Type Boutique Hotel
Last updated 15-Aug-2018

Main description of Kisiwa House

Kisiwa House was constructed in 1840 by Nassor ibn Abdullah Al Barwani. A rich and influential Omani merchant. The property was amongst one of the first buildings in Stonetown. It was built during the reign of the greatest 19th-century sultan of Oman, Said ibn Sultan, who made Zanzibar his main place of residence in 1837.

Kisiwa House has been in the same family for generations; it has been recently renovated into a luxury boutique hotel. The impressive wooden staircase and the brass-studded door date back to its construction 170 years ago. Faithfully restored and lavishly embellished with a private collection of antique furniture, brass fixtures, persian rugs and original photographs. The interior design concept is a fusion of authenticity and opulence that reflects the very essence of Zanzibar history.

Kisiwa House: Facilities

Property facilities 24-hour Security, Bar, Internet Access, Mobile Connectivity, Restaurant
Room facilities Air Conditioning, En-Suite, Fan, Internet, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Safe, Satellite / Cable Television, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Television
Available services Airport Shuttle, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service
Activities nearby (some activities may be seasonal) Beach, Cultural Tours, General Sightseeing, Historical Tours, Museums

Room types at Kisiwa House

Burdani Deluxe Room

The Burdani Deluxe rooms are our standard rooms.

Burdani is a swahili word that means relaxation. Our Burdani Deluxe rooms provide a soothing atmosphere that will at once keep you at ease.

Malkia Junior Suite

The Malkia Junior Suites (Malkia Meaning Queen) are bigger than the Burdani Deluxe rooms but smaller than the Sulaima Senior Suites

The elegant setting of the Malkia Junior Suites reflects the elegance, leisure and sophistication associated with a Queen. Two of the Malkia Suites have a stand alone shower and a freestanding bath. One of them has a separate sitting area.

Sulaima Senior Suite

The Sulaima Senior Suites, named after the emblematic owner of the house, are our superior rooms. They are spacious and have a bigger sitting area.

Sulaima bint Salim Al Barwani ; a woman of strong character and matriarch of the family, was one of the wealthiest people in Zanzibar in the beginning of the 20th century. Today, Kisiwa House belongs to her great grandson.

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