Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Reviews of Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Good(90%) From 42 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 42 of our travellers who have visited Zanzibar Palace Hotel, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs D - on honeymoon from London
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Zanzibar palace hotel review

Beautiful hotel, lovely staff, good location, lovely lunch.

Couldnt have been better

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Dr. M & Dr. Y - Richmond
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

Expert Africa suggested The Zanzibar Palace Hotel for our night in Stonetown and it proved an excellent choice.

We were not there long enough to really appreciate it but our room was superb, with the highlight a roof top bathroom and veranda from which we watched the sun go down. An excellent dinner was served in the hotel and they went out of the way to make sure breakfast was available before we left at 5.30am.

We would highly recommend.

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Mr & Mrs W on honeymooner from Oxford
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

We had a very brief stay here, which was very unfortunate as its a lovely hotel and we would have loved to stay longer. We were very lucky to have the Dunia suite on the top floor which has a penthouse outdoor bathroom, which is a brilliant place to watch the sun go down with views over Stone Town. it has a lovely bath but is a bit unpractical to use as the water pressure was quite low so would have taken all day to fill, but dont let that put you off it trully was an amazing and unique room.

The hotel had a lovely unique feel to it but it does have a lot of stairs and no lift which may be issue to some.

Were not sure if it was the manager or the chef but he was very friendly who even escourted us to a local shop to look for some gifts. I cant comment on the food or activities as we didn't really eat there apart from a very light breakfast to catch the early flight home - we were very grateful that they provided us with something even at 5.30am!

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Mr & Mrs B - Northamptonshire
Arrived on: 9-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

We really enjoyed our time here. The room we had was first class. We were really well looked after, including giving us breakfast at 5.30am on our day of departure, when normally service starts at 8.00am. The hotel is well located in Stone Town and is very near to all the shops and restuarants.

Would recommend Mercury's, Livinstones and The Silk Route for eating out.

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Expert Africa comments

Whilst in Zannzibar, we organised a half-day trip to Jozani Forest for these travellers. The rated this as 'good' and commented:

"We also had a spice tour and a tour of Stone Town. All three were good, epscially the spice tour which exceeded our expectations and seeing the market in Stone Town was particularly good. Our only slight concern was our guide, Rasheed, did take a number of calls on his mobile, during the spice tour and the Stone Town tour. It didn't spoil our enjoyment of either, but we felt that the phone should either have been switched off our he should have explained why he was taking the calls, e.g. someone not well at home, or a problem with some element of the tour. It flet more like they were personal calls.

It would be helpful of EcoTours were aware of this.

The tour to Jozani was as we expected with the viewing of the Kirk's Red Colobus very easy as they have been habituated. What was interesting was seeing everday life on Zanzibar on the drive from the spice farm to the forest. Still a worthwhile trip."

Mr P from France
Arrived on: 12-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Book me in Serena Inn!!!!!

A bog standard hotel with no personality or good points. In need of refurbishment. Impersonal staff and not for sick or elderly due to very steep stairs.

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Expert Africa comments

We are sorry that these travellers did not enjoy the Zanzibar Palace Hotel. Though they do raise a very good point about the stairs here. This is an old merchant building and typical of many of those found in Stone Town – narrow with many floors. Those who struggle with stairs should perhaps consider another hotel.

Mr & Mrs S from north London
Arrived on: 6-Feb-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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zanzibar hotel old fashioned fusty character

we were both dissaponted with this place. although it had apparently had a makeover not that long ago we felt that it seemed to need another one.

partly in the choice of decor which was old fashioned rather than quirky. it just did not seem fresh, and i realised that it was a very old place, and the owners were at pains not to destroy its unique original character,we just were not taken with it, it certainly did not come up to its price expectations. the 1st room they showed us was not nice and one window looked out onto a newly bricked wall which was so close it felt oppressive. The bathroom had all the arabic and oriental touches but felt mucky although i am sure it was clean but i did not feel inclined to bathe in there.

we changed to the top floor at extra cost just so we had a bit more air, and the fact that it had a tiny roof top deck which you could climb up to. also the open air shower and bathroom were situated here, and it felt less stuffy. I know this place was recreated in the old and authentic style and i am all for character and authenticity, but we were not that comfy or happy there. shame as we had high hoped for outr last two nights in Stonetown. the lady who manages the hotel ,a dutch woman was very helpful and very nice.

Same goes for Stonetown ,we hd not expected it to be so rundown, and we did a town tour and saw all the important sights and buildings, and we will put down to the experience of travel and seeing the world. It was interesting to understand the past and present culture and its turbulent history. at least the Aga Khan is funding major renovation there which in years to come will make it a great place .

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Mr & Mrs Y from Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 14-Jan-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

Beautiful boutique hotel and if you are lucky enough to get one of the rooms on the top floor you will have the most stunning views from your bathroom / terrace. Friendly owners and staff and great breakfast.

Fairly steep stairs so you have to be reasonably fit.

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Mr G & Ms L - west London
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

Again, great service and the room was certainly different and of an interesting design! However, we were a little perturbed if there had been fire, as we could find no sign of a fire exit.

Great central location and ideal for the short period we were in Stone Town.

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Ms. W & Mr. M from Cheltenham
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

First class and very helpful staff.

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Honeymooners from Bromley, Kent
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

Zanzibar Palace is a great place to stay for a couple of nights in Stone Town; it really is a 'palace' with it's individually themed rooms - the 'Arabica' was gorgeous although tiring to get to at the top of the building!

The location was pretty good too, within easy walking distance to all the sights and not too far into the alleyways so as to risk getting lost.

Stone Town itself was definately worth the visit, although we'd have struggled for things to do after a couple of days. Also the large gardens on the seafront where the food stalls come out in the evening are currently under reconstruction. It's great t see money being put into the area, although disappointing we missed the final result!

TIP: if you fancy a spice tour it's cheaper to go from Stone Town than from the East Coast.

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