Stone Town

Our 15 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  91%
(58 reviews)

We were expecting 5 star luxury at Serena but we did feel it fell slightly short of our expectations. For example, the bath had chipped enamel and the shower head leaked ... 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%
(55 reviews)

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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

Good  90%
(45 reviews)

Accommodation more scruffy and basic than we'd become used to at the safaris, but still clean and acceptable. Staff less forthcoming. Zanzibar Palace Hotel reviews...

Beyt al Salaam

Beyt al Salaam

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Beyt al Salaam, previously Beyt al Chai, has recently reopened it's doors (Jan 2014) having changed owners and been completely ...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...

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  82%
(17 reviews)

Charming small hotel, very characterful and furnished beautifully. Helpful and accommodating staff. The small swimming pool was very welcome after exploring Stone Town ... Kholle House 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  86%
(16 reviews)

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 ... Jafferji House 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  91%
(11 reviews)

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 ... Emerson Spice 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...

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...

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

Average  60%
(2 reviews)

Our 2 night stay at 236 Hurumzi was disappointing after our first leg. We were first shown to a room resembling a prison cell with no windows, generally grubby, and in the ... Emerson on Hurumzi 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

Excellent  100%
(1 reviews)

The hotel was very central and comfortable. It has a fantastic roof top bar which is great for watching the sunset. The only downside is that the restaurant only serves Indian ... 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%
(1 reviews)

the hotel is a very new, beautiful place in really stunning location right at the beach. In the morning You can watch people making morning sports, fisherman landing etc... Park Hyatt reviews...

Africa House Hotel

Africa House Hotel

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The Africa House Hotel is a lively hotel in the heart of Stone Town, with a fantastic spot right by the sea. Though the Africa ...More about Africa House Hotel

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