I have stayed at the this hotel twice in the last 4 years and I can honestly say that both my visits have been very memorable.
From the moment you walk in, the atmospheric appearance of this original and well maintained building filled with genuine antique pieces, 2 inner courtyards and curved arched ways charm you back to a time when life was simple and beautiful.
It's so authentic infact, it's on the list of places shown to visitors on guided walks!
When you enter the room, the ornate wooden zanzibari furniture and windows (and balconies in some) continue to charm you. The sweat on your brow will be releaved to see a small fridge in the corner and even more so 2 bottles of cold water inside.
With reasonable prices, it's location in the middle of town is not far from any thing but far enough not to hear any thing till the heat of your alarm clock wakes you up first. Make it before 10.00am though bc breakfast is served daily from 7.00am - 10.00am including sweet and savoury local delicacies not to be missed. And if you must use the internet when on holidays, there is availability but be warned, grandma is watching!!!
I noticed on my second visit many familiar faces. This means there is low turnover of staff resulting in a family feel. This same approach extends to it's visitors which is typified by the owner who often mingles with the guests.
Inconclusion, if you want to stay in banal luxury, go to the Serena Inn but if you want an authentic Zanzibari experience, stay at the Dhow Place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dhow Palace is an elegant, boutique hotel in the heart of historic Stone Town, close to all amenities, shops and restaurants. Furnished extensively with antiques in a truly Zanzibar style, this 150 year old graceful building has been modernised to take care of all your desires.The hotel offers an open-air interior courtyard with a spacious swimming pool and snack bar, where guests can relax and unwind in peaceful privacy. Bask in the sun on our serene roof top terrace where you can enjoy delicious local and international cuisine and tropical refreshments. The roof top terrace is an idyllic place to watch life unfold in the busy Stone Town streets below, or to witness the remarkable sunsets on this romantic island. Dhow Palace is a place to find tranquility, eat well and become wrapped up in the best of Zanzibar culture. Many of our rooms have balconies overlooking the peaceful interior courtyard and swimming pool; all have traditional Swahili beds, air conditioning and many other facilities, including cable television and hotspot wireless internet. Let the Dhow Palace sail you through your holiday whilst you enjoy the blissful climate and explore the history and culture that this beautiful island has to offer. Location and amenities:The Dhow Palace Hotel is conveniently situated in central Stone Town, close to the shops, markets and restaurants. The Dhow is also within easy access of Zanzibar's awe-inspiring beaches, watersports, excursions and historical attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dhow Palace Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town