The Emerson Spice hotel is an incredible find - a small boutique hotel in the heart of historic Stone Town. And the way it's been done - like stepping into a fairy tale of flying carpets and magic lamps. This seems like you're more of a private privileged guest than a paying hotel guest.
There are 6 rooms, all individually themed. My room was the Belle – high ceiling, antique furniture, an open bathroom with a concrete bathtub, diaphanous curtains and a colour scheme of sky-blue walls in a feathery finish, peach curtains and yellow floors. There’s a wooden balcony outside from which to watch street life below or to have breakfast at. All very exotic.
The room had modern bathroom fittings and air-conditioning and there’s wifi in the lobby as well, but overall it's the way the room decor so convincingly carries off the period theme that makes it so charming and outright exotic. There's a small fountain, Arabic style, at the bottom of an airwell, to cool off the building.
The building is old and majestic, with a long history, massively thick coralstone walls, teak floorboards and ornate carved wooden doors.
The hotel also serves a degustation-menu dinner on its rooftop pavilion. This is an experience not to be missed. You can watch sunset over Stone Town, while each course is prepared by a group of chefs. Our dinner featured fresh seafood and spices - things Zanzibar is best known for.
Staying at the Emerson Spice was the highlight of our visit to Zanzibar - just stepping outside puts you smack in the warren of alleys and streets of Stone Town - it's a great place from which to explore Stone Town. Stay here - you won't regret it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An inspired and lovingly restored Merchant’s House, this multi-storied small Boutique hotel has an inner courtyard, eleven unique antiques-filled rooms, and two of Zanzibar’s best restaurants. All rooms are equipped with a small fridge, air conditioner, fan, and high ceiling mosquito net. The rooftop ‘Tea House’ hosts one of Stonetown’s most renowned restaurants offering a stylish ambiance amidst the sound of the calls to prayer from the town’s many mosques. The five course ‘Taste Safari’, prepared daily by our Zanzibari chefs, is seafood based and celebrates the freshest and best the market has to offer each morning. The sunset hour is an integral and pleasurable part of the experience so diners are encouraged to arrive at around 6pm to enjoy a ‘Sundowner’ before dinner. On the Ground floor The Secret Garden, set amidst lushly landscaped hidden ‘Ruins’, open to the skies, has a Zanzibari inspired A La Carte Menu. Look out for live music performed by The Dhow Countries Music Academy. Open for Lunch and Dinner. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Emerson Spice Hotel Stone Town
- Emerson Spice Zanzibar Island/Stone Town