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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kiponda B&B Zanzibar Island/Stone Town