At The SAFARI Company we love hotels. We get excited about hotels of all shapes and sizes, at a range of price points, in a variety of destinations.
And you know what we get really excited about? Small, intimate hotels. Little gems with only a few rooms, with staff that make you feel like family and truly personalized service.
While we recently named our favorite beach hotels in Zanzibar, it’s only natural for us to share our top picks for Stone Town Zanzibar as well. In Stone Town we have a range of small, boutique hotels to suit every budget and taste. Overall, hotels located right in Stone Town offer extraordinary value for money.
Stone Town Zanzibar, a UNESCO World Heritage Center, is East Africa’s most well preserved example of a coastal Swahili trading town. Stone Town has retained its bustling urban atmosphere almost entirely over the years, bringing together the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India and Europe as it has for more than a millennium.
Our guests almost always spend a night or two exploring Zanzibar’s Stone Town before heading to one of the amazing beach resorts on the island. Sites like the Old Fort, Palace Museum, House of Wonders and Forodhani Gardens are all well worth exploring to best understand the historical and cultural significance of the island.
Here are our favorite Stone Town Zanzibar hotels.
The high-end, boutique hotel Jafferji House with antique furnishings perfectly typifies the Stone Town Zanzibar experience. We love the Zanzibari furnishings, which perfectly set the atmosphere as if you’re stepping back in time.
When traveling as a couple, consider splurging on the honeymoon suite. Rates for a standard double room start at only US $80 per person per night.
Emerson Spice Hotel
The Emerson Spice Hotel is another fantasitc 5-star Stone Town Zanzibar hotel experience. The managers here go out of their way to make you feel at home. Built in a historic 19th century Sultan’s palace, the Emerson Spice Hotel oozes romance luxury of bygone days.
We loved that every single one of the rooms has a verandah, which is so important in Stone Town, so you can catch an overhead view of the action of the city, enjoy views of the water, and enjoy a breeze as you relax outside your room.
The food here is perhaps the star of the show. Enjoy a gourmet, 5-course meal outside on their rooftop patio while watching a beautiful sunset after a long day of sightseeing in Stone Town.
Rates at The Emerson Spice Hotel start at US $88 per person per night.
Mashariki Palace Hotel
With a more modern, simplistic design, the Mashariki Palace Hotel is another great option in Stone Town Zanzibar. This historic building was recently renovated, so you’ll find plenty of stylish accents and comfortable, open sitting areas throughout the property.
Every room at this boutique hotel has air conditioning, a small refrigerator and tea kettle. Be sure to request one of the sea-view rooms during your stay. Mashariki Palace Hotel also has a lovely rooftop dining area with sea views. Rates start at US $115 per person per night.
To get started planning your Zanzibar getaway, contact us now!