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“BEST PLACE TO STAY IN ZAZIBAR IN TOWN”
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Al Minar
Ranked #11 of 34 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Mwanza, Tanzania
1 review
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“BEST PLACE TO STAY IN ZAZIBAR IN TOWN”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Our first visit. Probably the best value in all of Stone Town , we got a very decent room with Brake fast ,all facilities available which a person desire to have in hotel specially when on journey etc,for less than $80.
Room and Bathrooms are having no stain or blemish .
Al Minar probably offers the best and tastiest breakfast in Zanzibar. Staff and management were extremely friendly and helpful during our stay. It's in a lovely area of Stone Town, close to the most tourist attractions as well as the lively market. A very highly recommended choice!!!
for me is the best place to live in zanzibar with family and friends.i am going to visit again .. very soon .. Thank you again ..Al Minar

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

We enjoyed our 3 nights stay in this very convenient located hotel in Stone Town.
The rooms in this hotel are still very new (and shiny) and contain hot water in a big shower, a waterboiler for tea and cofee, free bottles of drinking water, airco, good beds, a decent mosquito net...
Furthermore the staff is very helpfull and efficient for arranging tours and transport around the island at the lowest prices.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Calgary
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Stayed here on two different occasions as there was no reason to look anywhere else after our first visit. Probably the best value in all of Stone Town as we got a very decent room with AC etc for less than $80. The bathrooms are immaculately clean and Al-Minar probably offers the tastiest breakfast in Zanzibar.

Staff and management were extremely friendly and helpful during our stay. It's in a charming area of Stone Town, close to the water and most tourist attractions as well as the lively market. A very highly recommended choice!

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chilliwack
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

We lucked out with finding this hotel. The rooms are very clean, new and comfortable with A/C and mosquito nets. The location couldn't be much better- right in Stown Town, close to the water and near Forodhani Gardens with great street food every evening. The place is well managed and the staff are all very helpful and friendly. The hospitality is exceptional- you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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MARK G, General Manager at Al Minar, responded to this review, 26 January 2014
Dear Candice S
thanks for your encouraging review.we promise to keep up the same standard and even more during your next visit.we the management and staff would like to thank you for the encouragement offered by you during your stay with us.
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

If you are looking for trip to Zanzibar, Hotel Al-Minar is a nice place to be in . It gives you the comfort of a home with all the amenities of a star hotel. Located in the Stone Town area Forodhani Gardens is at a stone's throw away from this hotel & it gives your children a good play-time in the evenings. The beaches are also at a walking distance. The staff was very cordial & the service very good. We were two families & had bought a packaged-tour from the hotel.

Everything was well organized & at very reasonable rates & we all had an excellent fun-time. The hotel is well equipped with self-contained luxurious rooms & a roof-top restaurant serving the best of Indian cuisines with a touch of local food for all those who want to taste the local delicacies. Both veg & non-veg food was served.

Overall it was a given a chance to visit Zanzibar I would definitely chose Al-Minar.

Room Tip: All rooms are good. They have single, double & executive Suite. The executive suite has the uniq...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

My husband and I stayed here for a couple of nights at the end of a month-long trip to Africa and loved it. It had everything we wanted. It's a short walk from the main shopping area, restaurants, bars, the beach and the Old Fort. The rooms are beautiful, kitted out with A/C, mosquito nets, a gorgeous bathroom etc and are spotlessly clean - they even offer a turn down service in the evening.

The staff were so friendly and helpful that we wished we could stay longer. We even got a room upgrade because our wifi wasn't working properly. In terms of the food, we only had breakfast and some evening snacks but they all of a high standard and again, faultless service from the staff on duty, they couldn't do enough for us.

The only thing they need to improve is the wifi service (which played up a little while we were there, although they were quick to remedy it) and the number of TV channels on offer. After our long trip, we would've liked to watch a movie after dinner, but I doubt that matters for most people/ those on shorter trips.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Daniel K, Guest Relations Manager at Al Minar, responded to this review, 16 October 2013
Dear Seb28London

Thank you for your lovely comments. We are a new hotel so your comments help us to market clearly to other guests who have yet to experience our location and facilities.
We are in the process of upgrading our WIFI so hopefully this will be resolved shortly.
Hope to see you back soon
Al Minar Management Team
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College Station, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

I found my 17 days (August 14 - 31) at the Al-Minar incredibly satisfying! The staff was very helpful and attentive to anything I needed or inquired about. Food is generally excellent in the area, yet I enjoyed food prepared at the Al-Minar much better because the cost was lower and there was more variety of food choices. The rooms are comfortable and well kept - it was okay that the rooms were not Texas-sized. I found everyone working at Al-Minar to be friendly and generally caring about how I was enjoying my stay in Stone Town. Definitely, a place to revisit!

Room Tip: Although I was worried about malaria, malaria cases were below 1% (about 2 people for every 500). Th...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Al Minar
Address: Plot 96, Shangani | P.O. Box 3231, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Al Minar 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just a stone’s throw from Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town, the Al-Minar hotel is located centrally amidst the tourist district of Forodhani Gardens along the beach. The hotel itself embodies the essence of Zanzibar offering hand-carved beds, local artwork and the best local cuisine with modern amenities including state of the art bathroom, hot water and electricity backed by a generator. The best nightlife on the island is located minutes away as are the best restaurants, shops and other tourist destinations. Our hotel concierge will be happy to assist you with any arrangements regarding recreational activities during your visit. The rooftop restaurant at Al-Minar serves up an array of mouthwatering delicacies including local, Asian and Continental cuisine and the restaurants atmosphere showcases the spirit of stone town. tastefully decorated using local workmanship with modern amenities, the Al-Minar Hotel offers the best that Zanzibar has to offer with international flair ... more   less 
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