Stone Town

Our 16 best hotels and places in Stone Town

Much of the accommodation is in, or very near, Stone Town, which is the best area for atmosphere and ease of getting around. Listed below are some of our favorite hotels and places to stay in Stone Town.
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Serena Inn

Serena Inn

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The Serena Inn in Stone Town is part of the internationally renowned Serena chain, which has hotels all over East Africa. The ...More about Serena Inn

Excellent  92%
(63 reviews)

We loved the Serena. A local hotel and the staff were extremely nice and helpful. Serena Inn reviews...

Zanzibar Coffee House

Zanzibar Coffee House

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The small Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel sits above a coffee shop down one of Stone Town's narrow streets. All their coffee comes ...More about Zanzibar Coffee House

Good  83%
(61 reviews)

This was the only place we stayed that we did not like. We had thought it would be charming and atmospheric. Instead it felt run down and uncomfortable. The bed was ... Zanzibar Coffee House reviews...

Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Zanzibar Palace Hotel

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Opened in July 2006, the Zanzibar Palace has quickly gained a reputation as one of the best boutique hotels in Stone Town. Zanzibar ...More about Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Excellent  90%
(48 reviews)

This boutique hotel has been sympathetically converted from an old warehouse and offers characterful rooms with tall ceilings and high beds, quite unlike anything we'd stayed ... Zanzibar Palace Hotel reviews...

Beyt al Salaam

Beyt al Salaam

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Beyt al Salaam, previously Beyt al Chai, changed owners in 2014 and was completely refurbished at the time. The Beyt al Salaam ...More about Beyt al Salaam

Good  82%
(44 reviews)

Rooms fine, good setting, food in restaurant good, service appaliing. Beyt al Salaam reviews...

Dhow Palace Hotel

Dhow Palace Hotel

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The Dhow Palace Hotel in Stone Town is a beautiful old building full of Swahili character. Originally, the building belonged ...More about Dhow Palace Hotel

Good  79%
(39 reviews)

Dhow Palace is a beautiful old building with a ton of character in a good spot for walking around in Stone Town. The staff were polite and helpful, and proactively helped ... Dhow Palace Hotel reviews...

Emerson Spice

Emerson Spice

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Colourful, stylish and with a strong sense of place, Emerson Spice is a boutique hotel in the heart of Stone Town. It is one ...More about Emerson Spice

Excellent  93%
(20 reviews)

what a great taste of Zanzibar city life - dinner in the rooftop restaurant is a must Emerson Spice reviews...

Jafferji House

Jafferji House

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Opened in 2012, Jafferji House is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Stone Town. This building was the childhood home of ...More about Jafferji House

Good  81%
(19 reviews)

This is our feedback about Jaffreji House Good aspects: The location is pretty good, in the heart of Stone Town. The room was superb, clean. We reccomend this hotel for sure... Jafferji House reviews...

Kholle House

Kholle House

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After three years of restoration work, Kholle House opened its doors in February 2011 as one of Stone Town’s newer boutique hotels...More about Kholle House

Good  81%
(18 reviews)

Nowhere in the trip notes does it advise me that Kholle House does not take credit cards and all items must be paid for in cash. Whilst this was not a problem it was a surprise... Kholle House reviews...

Swahili House

Swahili House

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The Swahili House first opened its doors in June 2009 and we have since stayed on a number of occasions. Aiming to be a high ...More about Swahili House

Good  82%
(10 reviews)

Good location, nicely refurbished building with great rooftop restaurant and bar. However, our spposedly superior room didn't have any furniture apart from a bed and ... Swahili House reviews...

Tembo Hotel

Tembo Hotel

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The Arabian-themed Tembo Hotel is situated right on the town beach in the centre of the Shangani area of Stone Town. Originally ...More about Tembo Hotel

Average  63%
(8 reviews)

The hotel was acceptable as stop over in Stone town, clean, comfortable and convenient. Tembo Hotel reviews...

Emerson on Hurumzi

Emerson on Hurumzi

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Right in the heart of Zanzibar’s Stone Town, Emerson on Hurumzi (previously known as 236 Hurumzi) is a small boutique hotel that ...More about Emerson on Hurumzi

Good  80%
(5 reviews)

An atmospheric hotel with amazing views from top floor restaurant. Room had unusual decor and a great view across rooftops to the sea. Staff were pleasant and helpful ... Emerson on Hurumzi reviews...

Mbweni Ruins Hotel

Mbweni Ruins Hotel

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Mbweni Ruins Hotel is a small hotel south of Stone Town, next to the ruins of the old Mbweni mission, and managed by Protea Hotels...More about Mbweni Ruins Hotel

Excellent  92%
(5 reviews)

Our final destination on this holiday, after a week on safari, was Chumbe Island and the boat to Chumbe goes from the jetty at Mbweni Ruins Hotel. Since the hotel is also ... Mbweni Ruins Hotel reviews...

Maru Maru Hotel

Maru Maru Hotel

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Opened in 2012 following six years of renovation and refurbishment, the Maru Maru Hotel is set in the heart of Zanzibar’s bustling ...More about Maru Maru Hotel

Good  80%
(2 reviews)

Although this hotel looked lovely from the outside, and I think some of the rooms in the older part may have been nice, we had a very standard room,with only a tiny window ... Maru Maru Hotel reviews...

Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt

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Part of the Park Hyatt chain of international hotels, Park Hyatt Zanzibar is one of the largest, and probably the most luxurious, ...More about Park Hyatt

Excellent  100%
(2 reviews)

a typical Hyatt hotel. Very clean and comfortable. We only stayed there because there were no rooms at the Serena. Park Hyatt reviews...

Kisiwa House

Kisiwa House

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Constructed in 1840 by an influential Omani merchant, Kisiwa House was one of the frist buildings in Stone Town and has been ...More about Kisiwa House

The Seyyida Hotel

The Seyyida Hotel

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The Seyyida Hotel is in an excellent location, close to the waterfront and with wonderful views over the harbor. It has 18 rooms, ...More about Seyyida Hotel

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