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Emerson Spice

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An inspired and lovingly restored Merchant’s House, this multi-storied small Boutique hotel has an inner courtyard, eleven unique antiques-filled rooms, and two of Zanzibar’s best restaurants. All rooms are equipped with a small fridge, air conditioner, fan, and high ceiling mosquito net. The rooftop ‘Tea House’ hosts one of Stonetown’s most renowned restaurants offering a stylish ambiance amidst the sound of the calls to prayer from the town’s many mosques. The five course ‘Taste Safari’, prepared daily by our Zanzibari chefs, is seafood based and celebrates the freshest and best the market has to offer each morning. The sunset hour is an integral and pleasurable part of the experience so diners are encouraged to arrive at around 6pm to enjoy a ‘Sundowner’ before dinner. On the Ground floor The Secret Garden, set amidst lushly landscaped hidden ‘Ruins’, open to the skies, has a Zanzibari inspired A La Carte Menu. Look out for live music performed by The Dhow Countries Music Academy. Open for Lunch and Dinner.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Room Service
Breakfast included
Airport Transportation
Dry Cleaning
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Rooms
Refrigerator in room
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They come from all over the world, the guests who don't want to miss out on this famous rooftop event. What you get for this 40 US$ dinner is a five course seefood menu which is quite nice, but by no means on a Gault Millaut standard. It feels good to be on this traditional
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Everything about Emerson is fabulous. We stayed for 3 nights and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again....actually I would love to! We stayed in Violetta which was beautiful! A large room, wonderful antique furniture, well equipped bathroom and a huge ‘L’ shaped balcony where
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This hotel is amazing. Like stepping back in time. Right in the heart of Stone Town. A converted Swahili palace I think. Glorious wooden staircase running from bottom to top. The most beautiful authentic decor and craftmanship mixed with fabulously quirky furnishings and
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When our travel agent, Africa Travel Adventures, inquired as to what kind of hotel we wanted to stay in in old Stone Town, we said authentic Zanzibar, and they immediately booked us into Emerson Spice Hotel, a restored mansion from the 1830's that reminds you of all the movies
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We stayed several nights and ate at both the secret garden and the rooftop restaurant. All of our experience has been amazing. First, the rooms are interesting and unique. I felt like a princess. And great little touches like fresh fruit and beautiful soaps. This is an old hotel
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Hello Madison, There are two twin set up rooms in the hotel: Mimi and Lamour Toujours Lamour, take a look at emersonspice . com and contact reservations at emerson-zanzibar . com for further info and to book. Welcome to Zanzibar!
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Hello Debbie, Sorry for the tardy response here, hope it is not too late! Turandot is indeed perfect for single occupancy, but if you don't mind the smaller space the bed is queen size, and there is always space under the bed if the normal luggage area is not enough. Should we not have availability during your travel dates at Emerson Spice you should take a look at our sister hotel Emerson on Hurumzi which is similar in design and feel. Welcome to Zanzibar!
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Yes they do! Delicious cocktails and extensive wine menu. A fabulous experience
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Dear Renae, We have our own Drivers who will meet you from you flight and transfer you to the Hotel. The current Late Night Fee is $25. When you book the accommodation, our Reservations Team will be in touch to confirm all the details. We look forward to welcoming you. Kind regards, Russell & The Emerson Spice Team
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Our Guest' Valuables are kept in a locked wallet in our main Reception Safe. Hair Driers are available on request. We hope to welcome you!
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"each room is unique and whimsical. you can't miss"
"Pick your room carefully (not on the street side) if you don't want to hear the mosque call full blast (and the cats fight)."
"each room is unique; look online and choose your own"
"Belle is the most beautiful!"
"Belle is a great room for beauty and location"
US$200 - US$230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandZanzibar CityStone Town
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