This is a beautiful old hotel with big, ensuite rooms with colorful antique, but comfortable furniture. Our room also had a balcony with chairs, and a working AC. The roof is a good place to observe parts of the city and ocean, listen to the many muezzins, or you can eat a meal at one of the tables here upon request. We also appreciated the breezy top-floor sitting area with a small bathroom where we could rest when we were waiting to be taken to the airport and had to check out of our room. The food (including breakfast) isn't great, and the breakfast area is rather dark, but there is another room nearby, open to the sky, with great light for drinking tea or visiting. The pool looked nice, but it was oddly located right in the bottom level of the hotel in a courtyard that was open to many people's balconies and/or rooms. Do bring earplugs if you come, as our room's balcony overlooked a neighborhood and a rooster started crowing at 3:30 a.m. until after we had left for the day. (To be fair, there were two roosters, so I couldn't always be sure which one was crowing. Either way, it was not conducive to sleeping.) This is a pretty authentic local hotel, and worth a visit.
- 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