Best places to stay in Zanzibar Stone Town

Best Places To Stay In Zanzibar Stone Town

There is much to see and do in Stone Town, the nucleus of Zanzibar, with it's colourful markets and excellent spices. Take a tour of Stone Town and learn of the fascinating history which surrounds it, and after take a stroll to Forodhani Gardens to be enthralled by it's highly contagious, fun atmosphere. There are loads of places to stay in Zanzibar's Stone Town, below are some of our favourites.

Zanzibar Palace Hotel

This is a great hotel. Zanzibar Palace Hotel is a nine room boutique hotel in which Zanzibar's rich history is integrated with Arabian, Indian and English designs in combination with all modern comforts. Each room has its own unique decor with many locally originating antique pieces of furniture, magical beds, Persian rugs, colourful silks, etc. The hotel has quickly become one of our favourites if you wish to stay in the centre of Stone Town.

Zanzibar Serena Inn

One of the small luxury hotels of the world, the Serena Inn is not so in keeping with Stone Town’s character but quite frankly, that is a good thing!  It offers a great escape from what can be quite a hectic little town.  The pool is the nicest in Stone Town, with great views out to sea and a great place for sunset cocktails.

Mashariki Palace Hotel

The new Masharaki Palace hotel located in the iconic Stone Town, famed for its cultural and architectural fusion which echoes its proud history of Persian, Arabian, Indian, Colonial and African influences. The hotel has been converted from a wing of the old palace with all the rooms being different and full of unique and stylish features including hand carved four poster beds. The rooftop provides a great place to have your sundowners and watch the evening come alive. it's also convenient for the shops, restaurants and cafes that are nearby. From history buffs to honeymooners and shopaholics, the modern luxury of Mashariki will appeal to all.

236 Hurumzi

236 Hurumzi Hotel used to be the place to stay in Stone Town, but a long time ago.  It has since been superseded by much nicer offerings

Park Hyatt

The Park Hyatt Hotel is a large hotel, well situated on the beach front in Stone Town, a UNESCO world heritage site.  As expected at larger, well known hotel chains there is an excellent attention to details and an attentive, professional service.


Seyyida belongs to the same family as Kono Kono and Kasha, which are all under the same umbrella.  Sadly it has also inherited the rather unfortunate traits that the two beach lodges suffer, which is a lack in consistency and service.  The location is lovely, overlooking the harbour.  The rooms are very spacious and the hotel has good facilities and finishing to the main area.  But it’s very touch and go when staying here so definitely consider something more reliable like the Serena Inn, Beyt Al Chai or the Zanzibar Palace.

Tembo Hotel

This hotel has let us down in the past and for that reason we do not like to recommend it. Some rooms are very good but the reality is that the service standards are not anywhere near the quality of its competitors.  More importantly however, it is a dry hotel which for those of us who like that sundowner is nothing short of a nightmare!

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