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Zanzibar Coffee House

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The Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel offers a touch of magic and romance in an authentic Arabic house deep in the heart of Stone Town. Transformed into a stylish hotel with harmonious interiors, antiques and rich fabrics, it is one of the oldest buildings in Zanzibar constructed by the Wazir to Sultan Said Bargash in 1885.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Public Wifi
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Air Conditioning
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Excellent location, charming place and amazing roof top and room! Only weak point for me (although a fantastic room and bathroom) that the bathroom is quite far from the room, however private. Meaning the bathroom is not in the room but the corridor so that is not always convenient, mostly during the night. But otherwise, awesome ! Thank you.
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Response from ZanzibarCoffeeHouse, General Manager at Zanzibar Coffee House
Responded yesterday
Thank you for your recent stay and your review. We are delighted to hear that we were able to make your stay a great experience. As you noted some of our bathrooms are located on the hallway but are private to the room in order to conserve the original architecture of the historic building. We are looking forward to welcoming you again to the Zanzibar Coffee House when your travels bring you back on the island.
Reviewed 2 weeks agovia mobile
We stayed at Zanzibar Coffee house for the first 3 nights of our trip to Zanzibar. If I could I'd give it 3.5 bubbles.

This is a cheap-and-cheerful-to-midrange option for folks who want to sightsee in Stone Town. It's location is great for walking around...centrally located and only about a 5-7 minute stroll to the seafront (if you don't get turned around in the small lanes and alleys that make up the town). The cafe downstairs is very popular, stays quite busy, and has a good buzz but the fare is fairly basic. By no means poor...just not super special or anything. However, once shown to our room, Espresso on 1st floor, we were pleasantly surprised. Beautiful four poster bed and colonial furniture, large windows...and really quite pretty. Also GREAT air conditioning, and the mattress was super comfortable firm memory foam. We slept really well every night. If you are a light sleeper bring earplugs. I am and didn't need them...but being in center of town, the locals rise early to start their day and the windows aren't soundproofed, so you WILL hear folks coming and going on the street below, scooter horns tooting, and the morning calls to prayer via loudspeakers from mosques in the area (these actually ring out multiple times per day). Rather than disturb us, we loved being surrounded by the unfamiliar sounds of a different culture.

Breakfast is served on their rooftop. The view isn't particulatly aesthetic but you can't fault the Coffee House for that. And they've done a nice job decorating it to be pretty and comfortable. And it gets a much appreciated breeze during the day!

The breakfast included was fine. Standard continental style with options of cooked pancakes or omelette.

They also offer an honesty fridge to guests throughout the day, where you can help yourself to cold drinks including beer, mark down what you took and your room number, and settle up upon checkout. We took advantage of this gem a few times after returning from the hot streets below.

One unusual practice for Westerners to know about. Whenever you leave premises you leave your room key with reception...which is basically a peg board that isn't constantly manned. This seemed risky to us, being used to always keeping key on our person...but we had stowed valuables in the free room safe and decided to go with the flow. We had no issues at all.

Overall we had a very pleasant stay. If you're looking for affordable stay in town center and don't want to give your money to big international chains like Hyatt, etc, defo check it out.

P.s. Stone Town is quite small with limited things to do. 2 full days is plenty to have a look round. Another couple we met had allocated 4 and regretted it. We did drum class at Dhow Music Academy and Tangawazi spice tour/cooking class...which we highly recommend and i'll review on those pages

Our bathroom wasn't ensuite, but rather across hall...but was private with key...which was no bother for us.
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Response from ZanzibarCoffeeHouse, General Manager at Zanzibar Coffee House
Responded 2 weeks ago
We were very pleased to welcome you to Zanzibar Coffee House. Thank you for the comments above and we hope you will visit us again in the near future.
Kyrenia, Cyprus
Reviewed 2 weeks agovia mobile
The rooms are clean and comfortable. The staff are friendly, and always smiling, always have a pleasant greeting and make the stay just that little more special. The breakfast is delicious. We had a wonderful stay and will definitely come back! A great base for exploring the capital.
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Response from ZanzibarCoffeeHouse, General Manager at Zanzibar Coffee House
Responded 2 weeks ago
A most sincere thank you from the whole team! It was such a pleasure to welcome you and we are all looking forward to your next visit.
Meols, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Located in narrow streets of Old Stonetown the Zanzibar Coffee House provides an oasis of quiet with quality food and coffe, hidden above are a range of beautiful rooms that each have character. Great friendly staff and wonderful breakfast on roof terrace
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Response from ZanzibarCoffeeHouse, General Manager at Zanzibar Coffee House
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to share. We are happy to read that you have enjoyed our food and coffee so much. On behalf of the whole team, we wish you all the best and we hope that you will be back with us in the near future.
Reviewed 30 Oct 2018
Thanks to thé boss , your staff , all staff are professional and smiling .Les taff est cool et l'écoute des clients . Nice place and continental breakfast on thé rooftop very Nice hôtel , Nice architectural monument and thé coffre on rdc , ils à amazing place to dicover stone Town near to thé all monuments .
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Response from ZanzibarCoffeeHouse, General Manager at Zanzibar Coffee House
Responded 1 Nov 2018
Delighted to welcome you to Zanzibar and thank you very much for this review. On behalf of the whole team, we wish you all the best and we hope that you will be back with us in the near future.
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"Rooms at the back are quieter"
21 Mar 2018
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"Nicht alle Zimmer haben ein Bad direkt im Zimmer"
5 Mar 2018
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"Room on the south east are quieter!"
10 Feb 2018
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"Not sure as did not stay there."
4 Oct 2017
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US$95 - US$172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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