Could be so much better with some attention to detail - but I suppose this is Africa. We stayed here on two separate occasions during our trip to Tanzania so got a fairly good picture of the hotel.
Pluses are a beautiful building, nice location, large, airy and spacious rooms, a rooftop restaurant with stunning views. Wifi is fee, but very slow and only works in a few areas.
Minuses are stuff in your room that doesn't work - the safe, electrical sockets, the TV, no tissues. You report all this but nothing gets fixed, and I also see the same comments over and over again on this website. The staff seem willing and friendly but in the end it comes down to poor management. An additional issue is that the because the hotel has large rooms with tiled floors it can be very noisy and echoey,
There are 4 rooms with a sea view - 201, 203, 301 and 303. Disadvantage of rooms on the third floor is that you get noise on the roof from the rooftop restaurant, both late night and early morning - but the view is better. If you go for any of the other rooms you may get stuck with a view of a concrete wall and a noisy alley so it may be worth paying a bit extra to specifically reserve a sea view room with balcony as we did.
The reason I gave this place just 3 stars is that after a while the problems in the hotel (and lack of any effort to fix them) began to annoy me and considering the price we were paying ($190 for B&B) I expect a bit more for my money.
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- Also Known As:
- The Seyyida Hotel Stone Town
- The Seyyida Hotel And Spa
- The Seyyida Hotel & Spa Zanzibar Island/Stone Town