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“Best value for money and best place to stay in town.”
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Al Minar
Ranked #11 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 January 2014

On our family trip to Zanzibar, we stayed here and the experience was awesome, as hotel provided services which was value for money. The food was really good. Very clean rooms with all the essential amenities. The Staffs were very courteous.we had the best experience during our holidays with Al-minar. Would recommend to anyone who goes to Zanzibar.Thanks to the management for their hospitality and ready to help mentality.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank shari125
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BonyVarkey, General Manager at Al Minar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2014

Dear Shari
Thank you very much very much for reviewing us on Tripadvisor. Its our pleasure knowing that our hotel became a cause for your happiness during your visit to Zanzibar.
Your kind words really helps a new hotel like ours to improve better in future.
We look forward to meet you again during your next visit to this island.
Best regards to you and your family

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Reviewed 14 January 2014

Thank you al-minar for the fantastic hospitality shown during our stay, we really enjoyed it.they offer very good tours at the most economical rate.food is delicious and CAVE THE CLUB....perfect place for private hangovers...well decorated....will surely recommend and will definitely visit if i get a chance to be back .... :)

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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BonyVarkey, General Manager at Al Minar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2014

Dear Rockstar_236
Thank you very much for reviewing us here.
Its indeed a moment of pleasure knowing that our guests were happy and satisfied during their stay with us.We look forward to host you and your guest if there will be a next visit to this island.

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Reviewed 22 December 2013

We stayed at the al minar for one night at the end of our time in Zanzibar and would not hesitate to recommend it to others. We picked it based on the combination of price and great reviews on trip advisor. We paid AU$100 for our double room and were delighted with it! The hotel has recently been renovated so everything is shiny and new. Our room was well finished with a double bed, two chairs, split system AC, fan, wall-mounted tv, table and wardrobe unit. The bathroom was fantastic with a large shower with amazing water pressure! Breakfast was great and is served in the rooftop restaurant. Breakfast comprises eggs cooked to your liking including omelettes plus a buffet including sausages, potatoes, beans, fruit, juice, tea and coffee. The hotel is close to the point so is a 10min walk from the big tree and the ferry terminal but close to lots of restaurants and some of the more famous rooftop bars for sunsets (eg Africa house). Overall we were very happy for the price we paid and would happily stay here again!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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1  Thank suhayls
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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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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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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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3  Thank Candice S
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MARK G, General Manager at Al Minar, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Additional Information about Al Minar

Address: Plot 96, Shangani, 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: £50 - £74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Al Minar Zanzibar Island/Stone Town

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