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Nyumba Ya Moto St, Stone Town, Zanzibar City Tanzania
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#3 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Stone Town
Kiponda Bed and Breakfast is in a historical house dating back to the 18th century when it was built as part of the palace; simple and functional yet friendly and welcoming, nested in the charming Stone Town of Zanzibar. This beautiful old original Swahili house is just a walking distance from the harbor and a stone throw from Forodhani Garden and the House of Wonders. The small and simple B&B is an integral part of the neighborhood – meet our friendly neighbors and feel at home in the middle of this buzzing town rich in culture and full of stories. Peaceful, authentic, comfortable and furnished simple but with style, this place has it all if you are out for the true experience. Built in Arabic style – with one interior portico, thick walls and plenty of natural ventilation – sitting at the roof top seating area where we also serve breakfast makes it easy for you to dream up your own story of ancient times. Kiponda B&B is one of those special little hotels you‘ll want to return to again and again, and that’s what many of our guests do. We offer simple quality accommodation and services without fake luxury – a true Zanzibar experience.
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Free public parking nearby
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Laundry service
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
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Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Swahili
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Supadappa wrote a review Mar 2020
Oslo, Norway185 contributions278 helpful votes
I greatly enjoyed the time I spent at this B&B located in the heart of charming Stone Town. I arrived in the middle of the night and was picked up from the airport by a driver organised through them for a reasonable price. The first room I stayed in was not particularly to my liking. It was very small and I'd wake up drenched in sweat every morning. I had the choice of either opening the shutters to let more air in (along with a lot of light) or baking in the darkness. I had a private bathroom but this was located across the hallway. Not ideal. I had picked this room myself having looked at pictures on a booking website but hadn't realised how it was actually laid out. I went away to the beach for a few days and upon my return, stayed in a bigger nicer room with air con. Wifi however, virtually did not reach. The breakfast was great, with a good selection of tropical fruit plus cereal, bread and eggs. This was served in an attractive upstairs area. All of the staff were super nice, friendly and helpful. As was pretty much everyone I met in Zanzibar/Tanzania. If I were to return to Zanzibar (which I surely will do at some point) I would most likely stay here again.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Avoid the room to the right at the top of the stairs with bathroom across the hallway.
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Hans V. wrote a review Mar 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark98 contributions17 helpful votes
A extremely styled and well maintained B&B in the Center of old town. It’s located in one of the oldest buildings of he city. Friendly staff. Great breakfast 🍳 Only drawback is the missing a/c. The fan kept me cool during the night though.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from salma salum, General Manager at Kiponda B&B
Responded 11 Mar 2020
Dear Hans, Thank you so much for your good reviews about our b&b and thanks for your stayed with us. Hope you have enjoyed Diving with One Ocean. Kiponda Team appreciate your reviews thanks a millions next time it will be your home away from home. Welcome back! Team Kiponda.
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GuideVenturous wrote a review Dec 2019
Mexico City, Mexico312 contributions52 helpful votes
We stayed at Kiponda B&B for 2 nights during our visit to Stone Town. What we liked the most about our stay was the wonderful hospitality of the staff (especially Jimmy), always making us feel welcome and making sure we had everything we needed. They are happy to organize a taxi, wash your laundry etc, always with a big smile. Our room was comfortable, with a big bed (with a mosquito net), we didn’t experience any mosquito bites during our stay here. There was AC and fan which were both great to have. The bathroom was spacious and had hot water with good shower pressure. Breakfast was served every day on the lovely terrace and consisted of eggs of your choice, toast, fruit, coffee/tea, juice, yoghurt and other things. Overall, we had a great stay at Kiponda B&B. Thank you for everything.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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gavindempster65 wrote a review Oct 2019
Perth, Australia47 contributions25 helpful votes
Last visited Zanzibar in 2011.It's starting to lose some of its charm due to the influx of too many motor vehicles in the narrow streets. Kiponda B&B unfortunately does not live up to its website which portrays an old Arab style building.Bedrooms very small,bathroom basic.Only saving grace was the rooftop dining/relaxing area where breakfast was served. Staff were very friendly and exceptionally helpful,particularly Jimmy,the general dogsbody,and Mohammed,the Assistant Manager,who is able to arrange taxis in Dar via his brother.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Room Tip: Go for the top floor where you have easy access to the rooftop relaxing area.Winding stairs may...
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Nuria R wrote a review Sep 2019
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Nice place and nice people. If i went to Stonetown again i would go to the same place. They make you feel at home. Very nice breakfast. If you go there, ask for George. He Will help you with anything you need.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from KIPONDAZNZ, General Manager at Kiponda B&B
Responded 9 Sep 2019
Hi! thank you so much for the reviews. Welcome back at kiponda which will be your home away from home. Greetings from kiponda Team!
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US$55 - US$82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandZanzibar CityStone Town
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kiponda B&B
Which popular attractions are close to Kiponda B&B?
Nearby attractions include Aromas of Zanzibar (0.2 miles), Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral (0.2 miles), and The Coins Shop (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kiponda B&B?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a lounge, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Kiponda B&B?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kiponda B&B?
Yes, free public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kiponda B&B?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tea House Restaurant, Ma Shaa Allah Cafe', and Emerson Spice Tea House Restaurant.
Does Kiponda B&B have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kiponda B&B offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kiponda B&B?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Kiponda B&B?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (0.3 miles) and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) (0.1 miles).