Luckily The Africa House has primo real estate and the best uninterrupted sundowner view. The staff weren't overly friendly and the table set-up on the upper deck is unfortunate. Higher barstools and bar-height tables block the view of the lower loungers arranged behind them.
We arrived just around 5:30, and by 5:45, the best seats are scooped up. Drink prices are completely elevated--even the sunset specials start at $10 US. As for the pina colada--don't expect the frothy, icy North American take. It's warm coconut milk and a bit of rum served in a kitschy coconut. The Dawa (gin, honey and lime) was also slim on the booze and clogged with so many limes that it was nearly impossible to sip or use the straw for all the lime seeds.
Of course, a stellar sunset outweighs all of this. However, I'd try Livingstone's for a more intimate experience. We had a bus trip suddenly appear and it was a stream of people edging up to the railing to snap pictures.
Very expensive for the service and product, but, the neat part about the hote's location is that you can watch the locals practicing thai boxing in the park below. And, there's always an impromptu soccer match to be had.
Worth one drink, but that's it. The rest of the hotel was so dark and dank it appeared to be closed and wasn't entirely inviting or the landmark location guide books pump it up to be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The African House hotel is located within the prime and historic Stone Town overlooking the open sea and gardens and minutes from the beach and vibrant Shangani square featuring some of the best night life on the Island. The accommodation includes 15 air-conditioned rooms, the Sunset Bar, The Sunset Lounge, a Turkish restaurant (yet to Open), Trade winds Restaurant (For Indian / Chinese / Continental / Italian and local dishes). A historical Library, a large conference hall, Hotel shop outlets and sea facing Shisha decks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Africa Hotel Stone Town
- The Africa Hotel
- The Africa House Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town