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“Met our expectations” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Stone Town Cafe and Bed & Breakfast

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Stone Town Cafe and Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 31 Stone Town B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
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161 reviews
97 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Met our expectations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

It's all about location here, which is right where you want to be. We loved our spacious room; however, Wi-Fi was accessible only by standing smack up against the door or in the very uninviting hallway where the night manager (helpfully?) suggested I pull up a chair. Although I had asked for a quiet room, it was very noisy the first day but Judi soon took care of the problem by speaking to the neighbours. Both Judi and Anna were wonderful, arranging tours and making reservations. Don't expect any help, however, from the night manager. But, yes, we would definitely stay here again.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

Perfect central Stone Town hideaway.Last minute booking but rooms were available
Lovely clean traditional Zanzibari,rooms.Great food,divine breakfasts.Staff are really friendly and welcoming,trained well by Judy and Masoud .Will be back!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Torino
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

Stone Town Café is in the centre of Shangani, which is the centre of Stone Town, which is the most attractive place of Zanzibar Town. It’s the best starting point for your visit, and here you can get a very good lunch, based on local recepies. No beer… but a very special cup of coffee! It is also the only place in the town center, where you can enjoy, even while outdoors, tranquility and shade for a moment of relaxation.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

I stayed here for ten days and can say that I truly felt like I was at home. The local staff are super friendly and capable (hats off to Anna). The owner is local which is great with me, as I know my money is going back into the community. I stayed in room one - nice and spacious, and quiet at night. Breakfasts are excellent and it seems the café is really popular for this reason. My long stay was discounted, so for me the value was excellent!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm, Sweden
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25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

This a very small bed and breakfast. From the outside it might not be very impressive. But the rooms themselves are very nice, and seem to be recently renovated.

We had two rooms for one night and really enjoyed our stay there. The staff were very helpful and the cafe downstairs offered very nice breakfast with great sized portions.

Location is probably the best part about this b&b, it is very central and walking distance to all the main attractions in down town city.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore
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81 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

This place is as good as all the rave reviews below. We were very pleased with the balcony room even though the wifi/AC is not as strong as we would have liked. The location is unbeatable and we enjoyed the breakfast selection.

What topped our experience is the amazing team and their great service. While keeping the place running during a island-wide power cut, the staff found our wallet after we checked out and on our way to Dar es Salaam in a ferry that morning. Somehow, they managed to have the wallet delivered to our hotel in Dar with all my cards that same day and even refused a reward. We are very grateful to Judi and her team for their honesty and exemplary service and would recommend this place to our friends wholeheartedly.

Room Tip: Balcony worth the splurge
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

We came here for breakfast and it was so good that we came back again the next day for lunch. The menu is very western but with local ingredients and the portions are very generous. Prices are reasonable, we had lunch for 3 with drinks at around TSH 50,000. Lots of healthy options, or you can try the coconut bread - a Zanzibar must! The tuna salad was delicious for lunch. They have good coffee but I would caution against the ice coffee, or at least ask for extra ice. Fun location right on the street which makes for entertaining people watching. The bathroom isn't great so if you can plan accordingly, do so. Leave a good tip, the servers are very good we found.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Stone Town Cafe and Bed & Breakfast

Property: Stone Town Cafe and Bed & Breakfast
Address: Kenyatta Road | Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stone Town Cafe and Bed and Breakfast is located in Shangani on Kenyatta Road, just 2 minutes walk from most restaurants and tourist shops, 5 minutes from the Old Fort, and about 10 minutes walk through the narrow streets to Darajani market. Breakfast is served in the cafe downstairs which is open from 8am to 10pm. To book with us directly search Stone Town Cafe and Bed & Breakfast on your browser ... more   less 
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