We stayed at Al-Minar for one night only, but found little to complain about.
The location within Stone Town means that you can walk all over the place without getting tired. And this is in the quieter part of town, meaning much less bustle to disturb you.
The service was pretty much spot on with friendly and helpful staff manning the floors and the reception.
The rooms are well equipped, and house keeping was efficient.
The breakfast on the roof which was fairly decent and fresh.
The value for money, in all spheres (especially foreign exchange).
The rooms are small. They're a good size for a couple, but no more.
The wi-fi, though free, doesn't reach all parts of the hotel. It was frustrating to stand near the doorway to be able to use it.
There are no views to speak of, and its a bit unsettling to have the windows look out to other houses. Keep the curtains down for privacy.
All-in-all, we'd recommend the place. It makes for a decent and quiet place to stay at!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Al Minar Zanzibar Island/Stone Town