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House of Spices
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Perhaps we were lucky , because we occupied 3 of the 4 hotelrooms but the 4th room was not occupied , so we had a whole floor for our familiy. Really very nice place , authentic , clean , large rooms , airco and mosquito nets. OK , there is some noice because you are in the middle of the town , but that is part of the charm. It was never too bad , although we stayed during Ramadan. Service is very good , and the food is just delicious. Dinner was very good , but breakfast was outstanding.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Edith S
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

I have to admit, I was not sure whether I would enjoy Stonetown, but it really was a wonderful adventure. House of Spice was the perfect place to stay. Right in the heart of Stonetown, the attention to detail of the management here make the hotel a very special place. Absolutely everything is perfectly done, from the comfort of the rooms, the decor and excellant food.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jackalberry
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

When visiting Zanzibar stay in Stonetown in the middle of the winding streets and do your beach hotels on the other side of the island. Staying at the beach in Stonetown is a shame, in the middle of the small streets is much more fun and old houses like House of Spices is beautifully decorated and gives you the real Zanzibar feeling. We had the Chilli room which is beautiful and spacious and (after a little bit of bargaining) really fair priced. We run a hotel ourselves in Kenya and this hotel is really good, the only thing is that some of the staff are not as friendly and welcoming as most on Zanzibar but they are only a few of the staff working there.
The restaurant on the roof top gives you really good and home made food for a nice price and their bar is also really good. Definitely worth staying!

Room Tip: We stayed in spacious Chilli which has a bedroom, separate 'lounge' area and nice bathroom. Great room with golden bed!
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank NicolineBa
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

I stayed at the House of Spices in Zanzibar and I loved it. It was an extremely good choice! The location is perfect, in the middle of Stone Town and close to the local food market. You can experience the labyrinth of small streets and sounds, smells, and colors of daily life in Zanzibar, when you leave the House of Spices. Nevertheless, when you are inside the B&B, it is peaceful and you can enjoy the beautiful bar on the terrace and amazing fusion food at the restaurant on another terrace. If you like pizza, there is even an oven where they bake real Italian pizza... the best in Zanzibar.

The rooms are very elegant and furnished with taste ... African and Moroccan style with lively colors. They have all the comforts, even beautiful silk sleepers and nightgowns for all the guests. Everything is very clean and it shows a strong attention to detail.

On the first floor there is a picturesque and beautiful spice shop and a tea room where you can taste different kinds of tea and delicious pastries on a sunny afternoon.

The owners, Anna and Cesare, are extremely nice and welcoming! They make you feel at home and can help you even organize tours of the city and fieldtrips everywhere around Zanzibar, starting from the interesting "Spice Tour".

The House of Spices and the people that work there are an important element to enjoy ZanzIbar to the fullest and create in you the wish to stay in Zanzibar longer than expected.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Crisvilla
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

Great place! It has a romantic feel, a lovely authentic decoration, and is situed in a good location. Staff is not always available when you need it, but always very friendly. Food also good (there is a roof top restaurant), and the accommodation are reasonably priced.

Room Tip: Chili room is small but is set up as a small apartment which is nice!
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Alexandra A
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