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Reviewed 25 October 2013

The hotel is nice and gave a friendly impression. We had a very nice room with a relatively comfortable bed. The bathroom was rather original, make sure you're comfortable being seen naked with whoever you're sharing rooms with. Most of the personnel was very nice and helpful, however a few seemed to be high on something, with glazed eyes and...

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Bulli, Australia
Reviewed 24 October 2013

We had room #2, at the front, on the first floor. We loved the colourfully decorated room with 5m high ceilings, four poster bed, lots of cushions and separate ensuite with a gigantic pink bath. Tours can be arranged outside the hotel more cheaply. The food at the rooftop bar was good, but not outstanding quality or value. It has...

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Helsinki
Reviewed 10 October 2013 via mobile

What started out as wonderful ended horribly. we planned only to stay one night inamount byl amd move to a beach resort next morning. Our booking was not to be found when we arrived however the staff allowed us to use their pc to find the confirmation amd print it this all seemed fine. our room was rather nice old...

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 27 September 2013

Had the pleasure of staying at Swahili House for a night during our weeks holiday in Zanzibar. Wow! From the moment you walk up the steps out of the busy passage in central Stone Town, it's like a little piece of tranquil heaven! Although you're smack in the middle of the hustle & bustle it feels like you're in another...

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Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 August 2013

I stayed for one night at Swahili House whilst waiting for my daughter & friends to arrive from mainland Tanzania. My room was basic but totally adequate and atmospheric. The hotel is full of character & ambience & has a lovely rooftop restaurant & area to relax. The staff were extremely helpful & friendly &, as a woman travelling alone,...

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Manchester
Reviewed 23 August 2013

We stayed for two nights in mid August: me, my wife and teenage daughter. The hotel was selected by our tour operator. The building is lovely: very much of the area and has a great ambiance. Location is also good and its only a few minutes walk to all the key areas of interest in Stonetown. Staff were friendly and...

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Netherlands
Reviewed 19 August 2013

The Swahili House is placed right in the center of Stone Town. Don't be suprised when your taxi drops you off on the streets and you have to walk with the bags through narrow streets. The entrance is a small patio, with a small reception. There is free wifi downstairs which is quite good. The staff is not that friendly...

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Reviewed 10 August 2013

I stayed here with my family for one night. We needed something in Stonetown close enough to the port to easily catch a ferry the next morning. Although slightly difficult to locate, when we arrived we were very warmly welcomed and climbed directly up to the top floor to get some lunch. The rooftop restaurant has excellent views around Stonetown,...

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Maplewood, New Jersey
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Foolishly I overbook and selected this hotel which made an effort to accommodate me. I was supposed to stay on a Friday night, but needed a Sunday instead and the non refundable booking was all my error. On Sunday we went to check out the place. Indeed it was very swahili looking. Open space, white walls, brown trim, and all...apparently...

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Trinidad and Tobago
Reviewed 12 July 2013

A friend recommended the place, and I am glad she did, set in a old Arab Merchant's house, the hotel is filled with charm, the large rooms are a plus, and the view from the rooftop is stellar. The staircase is old and creaky, but if you are mobile, it should not be a problem. I stayed for 6 nights...

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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Internet
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the bustling heart of Stone Town the building was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. In the 125 years that were to come the building was home to one of the many Sultan families and then became a hotel some years ago. After purchasing the hotel, renovations started in May 2008. Most of the hotel has been restored into its original state, but we have been making some changes as well. The result is The Swahili House - a sparkling hotel with traditional influences and modern day facilities in combination with authentic Swahili hospitality. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Swahili House

Address: Mchambawima Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Price Range: $118 - $197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Swahili House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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The Swahili House Hotel Stone Town
The Swahili House Zanzibar Island/Stone Town
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“There's no wifi in the rooms, only in the roof top restaurant and in the reception area”
 of 5 bubbles SteeeeeveLondon, 20 Mar 2017 | Read review
“We stayed near the top of the hotel, no hustle & bustle noise up there.”
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 of 5 bubbles 86evanr, 24 Feb 2017 | Read review
“clean and very big rooms, huge bathroom, the rooftop with the best view in town, super friendly stuff”
 of 5 bubbles worduuup, 8 Feb 2017 | Read review
“A late lunch may avoid the crowds especially in the busy season.”
 of 5 bubbles peterhZ606HT, 26 Dec 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have a view of the city. Just North, East, South or West.”
 of 5 bubbles kathyf537, 17 Sep 2016 | Read review
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