If you could put this hotel 1000yards away from the fish market it would be one of stonetowns best little hotels, unforgivably it wasn't,even with the windows closed the smell of fish was stuck to the curtains in the bathroom[they need to be washed],the location can be quite scary especially at night when waking down those long dark roads,on a good note staff were brill couldn't have been more helpful,beware that the electricity knocks off when it feels like it Aldo this happens all over the island,we booked a prison island excursion with this hotel, we were surprised when one off the staff walked us to a street tender and paid him to take us[could of done this ourselves and we would have saved $10]mercurys restaurant and bar is about 10mins away well worth a visit,would we stay there again sadly no,this has nothing to do with the hotel or staff its just the location sorry guys,a special thank you to the hotels cab driver.
all rooms are equally good,
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3 February 2012
Hi Desking, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am sorry you didn't enjoy your stay at the Warere as much as you should have.
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Most of our guests love being located in the real heart of Stone Town where Zanzibaris lead their normal lives, rather than being in the more touristy areas of town. We have had no complaints regarding smell, perhaps you stayed during a springtide when the smell of fish and sulphur is released from the ocean during low tide and this happens all over the island.
Let me assure you that the curtains in the shower are washed once a week as are the mosquito nettings and curtains in the rooms. Cleanliness is our highest priority.
I am glad you found the staff helpful. Sometimes, when there are not enough people for an organised tour to Prison Island, and guests still want to visit it, we help them arrange private tours through a reliable boat captain known to us. Most guests really appreciate this assistance and the assurance that the captain is knowledgable and trustworthy. I am sorry you did not.
We show all our guests how to walk to the Warere along lit paths at night so that they are safe and know the road. Unfortunately if power goes out all over the island it is beyond our control (this happens for about 45 minutes every day in the evening)
I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay on Zanzibar!
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