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Kiponda B&B
Ranked #4 of 31 Stone Town B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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“Brilliant place and great value!”
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Hotel Kiponda was wonderful! I stayed for 5 nights in a single room, although my private bathroom was across the hall which was not a problem. The room was small without the bathroom, but it was sufficient! It was a single room so consisted of a 3/4 bed with net, fan, table and mirror.
The electricity only went down once (that I was present for) and didn't last very long. The water for my shower was always pleasantly warm - although it does have to run through for a while, and I don't like wasting the water.
Towels were provided, as was breakfast and wifi. The breakfast was great, and consisted of mendazi (sweet doughnuts), bread and condiments, museli and cornflakes, lots of different fresh fruits, coffee, tea and fresh juice and eggs on request. My favourite was an onion and tomato omlette.
The wifi however was not so good, but it was provided free so can't really complain. I barely ever got to log on to the Kiponda network, but whilst sitting on the sofa in the roof terrace I managed on several occasions to piggyback onto some free, unsecured neighbouring wifi.

The staff were always very accommodating, organising trips with their affiliated agent Sama Tours. The Spice Tour in particular was FANTASTIC and well worth the $13. It was a whole day affair finishing after 3pm and with a trip to a beautiful beach and lunch thrown in.

The hotel is situated close to the water, so getting to and from it is not a problem, its when you enter the labyrinths of shops that you may need a map. It is close to the port and the Fordhaani Gardens.

My only problem was that because it was during Ramadan the local people and especially the screaming, playing children, do not seem to want to sleep before 2am. Also they keep cockerels and chickens on the ground floor in a courtyard next to the hotel, which is probably where the lovely eggs come from, but expect to wake up to crowing at silly AM. I am a heavy sleeper otherwise I may not have slept much at all.

I would definitely recommend this hotel, and hope one day that I can return. I am currently staying in one for the same price but that is much much worse!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

I stayed at Hotel Kiponda for one night but I had an amazing time. The B & B is situated in the heart of Stone Town and allows one to truly experience life there. One of the best things for me is that the hotel is located near Foradhani Gardens and other tourist attractions in Stone Town.

The hotel staff fetched us from the harbour upon our arrival and they also provided a tour guide and transportation to our next hotel. I thoroughly enjoyed their breakfast, especially the sweet and sour yoghurt. The rooms were clean with great air conditioning.

Saima and her team did an excellent job of hosting us. I would certainly return there again.

Room Tip: Rather choose rooms on the top floor as these are quieter and have better ablutions.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 May 2013 via mobile

Hotel kiponda is situated very close to forodhani gardens at the hub of stone town. All the staff are incredibly friendly and approachable and more than willing to help with improving your Swahili a little!

Many trips are available at the cheapest prices we could find from their own reception. I personally recommend the trips to prison island and the spice tours.

The food at breakfast was varied each day and there was always plenty. Rooms are large with good working showers in the bathrooms.

When talking saftey, the entrance is down a narrow alley so females should not travel alone! But this should be said for Zanzibar in general. Once I side however, you will feel completely safe with double locking rooms and bars at the windows.

Mosquito nets are provided on all the beds although there is no maleria on the island, only on the mainland on Tanzania.

As two young British females travelling around Tanzania and Zanzibar for a month, our 10 days at kiponda were where we felt safest and most at home. Good advice was given when needed from the staff so we knew where and when was interesting but safe to visit.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

I have been staying in several B&B in Stown Town and this is by far the best due to its helpful staff and cleaniness. If you like to mix with local people and see how life is lived in Stone Town
Kiponda is the perfect area.The roof top restaurant/lounge/hang out is just lovely and it is also where the breakfast is served. Breakfast is just perfect with cereals, fresh fruit, home made jucie, toast etc. WIFI is working in the whole builing and signal is strong enough for Skype outside rooms. You can choose between with/wothout AC.

Room Tip: Room 14 is one of the best rooms ( with AC)
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portland, OR
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55 reviews
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

The staff at Kiponda make it excellent! Our three person room was clean, beds were comfortable, and everything was in order. The front desk is eager to help, Jeff who works in the hotel is happy to make the kitchen available for beers and sodas at a reasonable price. The open kitchen at the top was a lovely place to unwind and chat in the evenings. Breakfast was included and it was the nicest breakfast on our 3 week trip. We would go back !

  • Stayed March 2013
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Moshi
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Clean, simple, functional rooms, wonderfull terracce and a great breakfast, the locaton is perfect, Salma and her Team very friendly and helpful!
I have been to Stonetown several times, Hotel Kiponda is a unique place!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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dorset
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46 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2013

We stayed in one of the refurbished a/c rooms in the Hotel Kiponda and it was lovely! For $70 per night we got a cool room with clean bathroom and beautiful wooden Zanzibari furniture in this converted mansion (used to be part of the harem I believe). We had a/c and fans which cooled the room down really well. The bed was the comfiest of our trip – note that if you are tall the Zanzibari beds tend to be wide but short so you might have a problem! Our only problem was that the bed was VERY close to the window – so one of us had to squeeze out to get to the bathroom (and the bed was far too heavy to move!) The walls and floor are rag rolled with a sort of earthenware finish – all very clean and cool.

The room had shutters and glass in the windows (for the a/c), so was nice and dark and did not suffer any of the noise problems of the non a/c rooms – which only have netting on the windows. There was plenty of water and the power hardly went off (unlike the other places we visited in Zanzibar).

The price includes a lovely breakfast in the rooftop restaurant. There’s loads of tropical fruit, juice, eggs to order, bread, toast, cakes…. even cafetiere coffee – truly a feast!

The location of the hotel is excellent – just a short walk to the sea front (get them to show you the way when you arrive) and around the corner from Hurumzi. My tip is to take a small compass with you to Stone Town to help with navigating the alleyways (maps are hard to follow, and at least with a compass you can know you are going in the right direction). It is great to get a glimpse of Zanzibari life when wandering around the local alleys. Take a torch with you (in case of power cuts), though we found the area to be generally well lit at night. NB: the hotel is not actually on Kiponda Street (it is on Nyumba ya Moto St).

We needed to do online check-in whilst at the hotel, and as we don’t have our own PC, Salma let us use his computer, but unfortunately Wi Fi was off in the hotel. He then arranged for one of the staff to show us to a small internet café around the corner which worked well. When we left he organised a taxi to the airport for us for $15, which all went smoothly.

All in all a great choice for Stone Town, especially if you choose an a/c room!

Room Tip: The a/c rooms are of a much higher standard than non a/c
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kiponda B&B
Address: Nyumba Ya Moto St, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania (Formerly Hotel Kiponda)
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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