Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Reviews of Zanzibar Palace Hotel

Good(90%) From 45 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 45 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 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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The R family - Berkshire
Arrived on: 4-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

The end of our holiday - but what an end - the rooms were fantastic - all different - we were lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite at the top of the house with views over Stone Town rooftops to the sea. Fretwork screens - a big victorian bathtub in the middle of the floor - massive bathroom with walk in shower - huge floor cushions to relax on. Such an interesting and delilghtful hotel. Our hosts were friendly and helpful with lots of advice of where and how to shop.
A 5.00am wake up call was preceded by the call to prayer from the nearby mosque.
It was atmospheric and welcoming.

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Mr & Mrs honey badger - Herts.
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A stay at Zanzibar Palace Hotel

We found it a unique experience to stay at the Zanzibar Palace Hotel in the heart of Stonetown. You are woken shortly after 4a.m. with the calls to prayer from the many mosques in the area. A walking tour of Stonetown with a guide is to be recommended.

The hotel provides good accomodation but the evening meals could be improved.

We experienced a problem in that our voucher from you stated half board whilst the booking by Fisherman Travel was only for B & B. Staff at the hotel said that this was happening frequently and when we came to settle our bill they tried to include the price of evening meals until we pointed out again what are terms were.

For anyone visiting this area we would mention that many people try to get you to offer them a tip, even the staff at the security machine in Dar es Salaam airport.

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Eagle owls from Yorkshire
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zanzibar Palace

Again we received a very warm welcome from the manager who was also most informative about Stone Town.

After staying in such attractive locations for the previous days, we found the contrast noticable, as the hotel is in a dusty town street and our our outlook was onto walls opposite. We found our room to be a little dark.

We dined in both evenings and found the meals delicious being served by a most charming young woman.

A problem had occured the day that we arrived with the access. Bollards had appeared making it impossible for taxis to drive to the hotel, necessitating a walk of about 100 m. This was not a problem for us, but others may find it so.

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The zebras from Newcastle
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

An atmospheric small hotel, we only stayed here overnight but had a warm welcome and were well looked after. An early breakfast at 5am was offered without any problem.

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Lesser kudus on honeymoon from Yorkshire
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Great room with a view!

We found the owner of the Zanzibar Palace really helpful, by providing us with a map of Stowntown with some points of interest and nice places to eat. We also really liked the hotel - it was quirky, and our suite had great views across the rooftops.

We were recommended to eat at the Beyt Al Chai, which was a great call as the food there was fantastic - to a level you would expect to find at a high class restaurant in the UK - and really reasonable. It was also a lot quieter than what seemed to be the usual place to eat - Emerson and Green, so was a really nice end to our honeymoon.

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Family J - Worcestershire
Arrived on: 2-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel review

I'm sorry - running out of time but - the hotel is lovely.

We found it very interesting with its traditional furniture and decorations.

The owner was very friendly and welcoming and we appreciated the early breakfast before we flew home.

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Expert Africa comments

Ed: I think 'running out of time' here is these travellers running out of time to write long reviews for these pages!

Family G - northern Namibia trip
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zanzibar Palace Hotel

We all loved this hotel as it was exactly what we were looking for.

The rooms and bathrooms were beautiful, decorated in Arabic style.

The staff were excellent and full of information about the local area, including booking us a local guide who took us around the whole of Stone Town.

We didn't eat here as we wanted to sample local food in town, but breakfast was great.

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