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Jafferji House & Spa
Ranked #12 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 September 2013

We stayed here for one night following a few days in Pemba and we were really impressed with the hotel! The staff were all very welcoming and friendly and made us feel at home stright away. The interior of the hotel was lovely and had lots of character. We had two rooms and both were lovely- very clean and spacious. We had to check out really early for our flight and the staff arranged for us to have a take away breakfast which was lovely. We had dinner in the restaurant which we all enjoyed- luckily we had enough cash as the card machine wasn't working! The location of the hotel is great- right in the heart of everything. Overall, we had a great stay and really pleased that we decided to stay there! Thank you!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We stayed here for two nights upon our arrival in Zanzibar. We arrived very late the first night and the staff was there to welcome us with big smiles. All of the staff was excellent during every encounter with them.

We stayed in the Mercury Room which was entertaining, especially since before arriving we did not know that Freddy Mercury was from Zanzibar so at first we though it was odd that this hotel was playing homage to him - gave us quite a few giggles.

The room was quite dark and very oddly laid out but it was clean enough and there was quite a bit of space.

The location of the hotel (for Stone Town) was good as it was on a main shopping street and close to the market and water.

The food we had, breakfast and dinner, were both really good.

Thanks to the staff at Jafferji for being so lovely and making our stay so enjoyable.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Eurochic00
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

My wife and I spent our 17th anniversary at Jafferji House, starting with a glorious massage in the rooftop spa. The staff was fantastic and the setting was absolutely stunning - a Stone Town rooftop nestled between the historic Old Fort and the winding alleys of the old town. The melody of a choir singing at the Cathedral merged with Muslim calls to prayer just as the sun set over the Indian Ocean and the African mainland. We followed the spa with a private dinner on the rooftop - succulent lobster and seafood, beautifully presented and utterly enjoyed. It was the finest meal I've had in a long time, and the service was excellent.

The hotel is beautifully decorated with a modern Swahili style, reflecting the vibrant arts of the islands. Obviously someone put a lot of passion into every detail of the decor. Just walking through the halls was a treat.

This is the perfect place for a special occasion, and hey, a trip to Zanzibar is a special occasion in itself!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

The Jafferji House is the perfect example of a small hotel that is not great only because it is comfortable, offer great services, pleasant, beautiful, cool etc. but also harmonically and tastefully reflects the atmosphere of the city in which it exists. The minute we entered the hotel lobby, we felt we are in a special place. Stunning interior, breathtaking, traditional design. Every detail of the place is carefully looked after in every single corner. We were lucky to get upgraded to a suite which was even more stunning. It really looked like if it was somewhere in a sultan’s palace. Moreover, the staff was also exceptionally helpful, kind and friendly so the whole experience made us really feel if we were some kinds of royals. The place was so beautiful and pleasant, that we were keener to explore the rest of the hotel first, before we went out to see Stone Town itself.
The location of the hotel is also excellent. The Gizenga Street is arguably one of the most interesting of all the narrow alleyways of the city. It is full of nice little shops, and only a couple of minutes walk from the House of Wonders, the catholic church and the old fortress.
My only advice to the hotel management would be to do something with sound insulation, as the rooms can be a bit noisy till 11pm from the lively Gizenga Street.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

I just got back from spending several days at this beautiful hotel. The staff was so helpful they could not do enough for us. The rooms were beautiful and clean. The only problem I had was the suite they gave us was the Karma Sutra suite which would have been fine except I was with my son. Unfortunately they did not have another suite to give us. The room was beautiful, two story with a bed on each floor. When asking for recommendations to restaurants , someone from the hotel alway accompanied us so that we would not get lost. The food in the restaurant was good the staff was exceptional. I will most certainly be back to this hotel on my next trip.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank tennis_bum1209
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Very nice hotel in the centre of Stonetown where staff take pride in their service.
Immaculate hotel, beautiful room with 4 poster bed and very eloquent.
Ate lunch in the restaurant which was a lovely setting with fantastic decor and furniture and mealwas good value.
Would also recommend the rooftop private dining. Amazing food, view over the roofs of Stonetown and impeccable service by the waitress...made for a very romantic night.
The owner was very nice, chatting to us and taking great interest in how our stay was and asking if there was any problems.
Also allowed us to stay in the room way after check out time until we left for the airport. Might not sound much but these things show that she wants her guests to have a nice stay. Would recommend if you're wanting to woo the other half......I'd made mine camp across Tanzania for 2 weeks so thought It was the least I could do!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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1  Thank graham07930
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donphida, General Manager at Jafferji House & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2013

Jambo Graham,

It is an absolute pleasure to read such a review. I am delighted to read your comments about the service and It is indeed nice to know that you enjoyed our cuisine and service during your stay with us.
We certainly take great pride and I will definitely share your appreciation with all our staff - Karibu Tena..

Warm Regards, Donna

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Reviewed 8 August 2013

I stumbled across Jafferji House and Spa almost by accident and what astonishing luck. The place is not for everyone, but for those wanting a personalised, boutique hotel with the friendliest staff in East Africa - this is your place. I stayed in the Mercury Suite - a tribute to Stone Town's boy wonder - and it is a truly unique and surreal experience, with ochre coloured walls, lead light windows, soft and creative lighting, and most available wall space devoted to Queen posters. Donna is a most accommodating and appreciative manager and during my stay Yassir at the front desk would do just about anything to make my time at Jafferji as pleasant as possible. The breakfasts are superb as is the a la carte lunch menu. The only slight downside is the brackish tap and shower water, but this is the slightest of complaints - you should always have some bottled water handy in Tanzania anyway. If you're after a unique experience with superb hospitality look no further.

Room Tip: The Mercury Suite is where I happened to stay and it was superb. Worth requesting it in advance.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank MrLomas
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donphida, General Manager at Jafferji House & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2013

Dear Jesse,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share the experience of your stay with us. I am delighted to read all your comments about the hotel and the staff and I will especially share your comments with Yassir.
I assure you that we have since changed our water connection and we have installed a new desalination plant. To our relief, the water is no longer brackish.
Please accept our sincere apologies for this inconvenience
Karibu Tena..
Warm regards, Donna

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Additional Information about Jafferji House & Spa

Address: 170 Gizenga Street | Gizenga Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Stone Town
#3 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
#4 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#8 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range: £79 - £154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Jafferji House & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Jafferji House & Spa is located in the heart of Zanzibar's historic Stone Town, behind the Old Fort, which is just a stroll from the House of Wonders. It is conveniently located to Zanzibar's most vibrant shops and restaurants on the sea front. Close to the Forodhani gardens. Transfer time to and from the airport is about 20 minutes and 10 minutes from the Ferry port ... more   less 
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