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“Possibly our favorite hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Emerson Spice
Ranked #1 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Possibly our favorite hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

My wife and I spent a night here during our honeymoon. What a beautiful hotel. We stayed in Violetta, a gorgeous spacious room with huge windows and drapes. The staff was so helpful, willing to do whatever you needed. Laundry is free. Coffee was served to us on our balcony overlooking the street. We absolutely loved the rooftop restaurant, such a great deal. Amazing views, great food and great service. We also had them arrange a walking tour of Stone Town which was great. The tour prices are reasonable for a hotel.

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  • Stayed July 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Vienna, Austria
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103 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Fabulous atmosphere , think yourself away in another time , with beautiful rooms all different , and plenty of character . Mr Emerson passed away 6 weeks ago , but the hotel manager from uk does his utmost and certainly keeps it going up. Rooftop restaurant is perfection and a unique experience ...best food in town and also the original Emerson around the block can match. Look for magic? You find it here... I could stay A year .
People in search of 5 stars American resorts with room service ...this is not your place ...here it's all personal .

Stayed July 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

This place is perfectly curated it make it feel more like an experience of Stone Town than just a hotel. The interiors are stunning without sacrificing comfort. I highly recommended staying here -- I stayed for 3 nights in the Violetta Room, which has a wrap-around terrace where they can serve (big) breakfast at no extra cost. The lighting in some of the visitor photos of the room posted here make things look a little off/shiny -- check out their facebook page instead, as those photos are a better representation of what it actually looks like. If you can't stay here, then at least have the rooftop dinner (which must be booked in advance). Well worth it. Thanks to Russell and his team for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank 79wanderer
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

I could easily picture Hemingway holing up here to write a great novel. The hotel has a shabby chic thing going on that is romantic and literary. The service is good - and I highly recommend having them arrange a tour guide for a walking tour of Stone Town.

The real star here is the 4 or 5 course dinner - get up there for a drink before dinner and watch the sun set. Then get ready for a new take on Zanzibar flavors. Seafood and spices come together in new ways and the experience is wonderful.

For me, this is a good choice of places to stay in Stone Town - but be warned that it is a bit of a hike from the road to the hotel, and in the zigzagging streets of Stone Town, it can be hard to find. Take a cab from the airport and make sure the driver walks you to the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank san_shan
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

Stayed for 3 nights in this great little 'hotel'. We chose Kate which is undoubtedly the most beautiful of all the rooms, with 2 balconies and lots of billlowing curtains, coloured glass panes and gentle breezes. But dont be disappointed if it is already booked. All the rooms are gorgeous, some smaller than others but no less special. 10 stars go to service, to friendly staff, to the food and to the location. We spent lots of time just enjoying the space. Stone Town is small and I suggest you do a most enjoyable walk through town with Fahrid who has a great sense of the towns history with a healthy disrespect for convention. Eat the 5 course meal on the roof deck and make time to eat a small meal in the lobby while watching the street go by. I dream of the crispy salt and pepper calamarti. But more than everything I want to be woken up every morning for the rest of my life by that gentle knock, that friendly greeting, big smile and a pot of spicy coffee.

  • Stayed June 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Marianne F
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Totally enjoyed the experience. This small hotel is truly a taste of the old times in Zanzibar. Wonderful décor, service and food. The nightly dinner on the rooftop is not to be missed. I often tell people about this amazing hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights in the KATE room which has 2 balconies and is furnished in a quirky style. All the staff were really helpful and breakfast in the roof top restaurant offered great views of Stone Town. The hotel itself is in a good location being perfect for exploring the towns shops/ atmosphere.
The evening tasting menu at the roof top restaurant is well worth trying with several courses with some most unusual combinations all of which were very good and unique.
If staying in Stone Town then Emerson Spice is a great place to stay

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank marksutton1
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Additional Information about Emerson Spice

Property: Emerson Spice
Address: Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#1 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Business Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 10
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

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