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The Africa House Hotel
Ranked #27 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
Reviewed 1 April 2014

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.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to you at Africa House Hotel , We urge you to try our recently revamped services and give us another chance to showcase our hospitality & services.

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Reviewed 9 January 2014

We didn't stay at this hotel, we only visited the hotel bar to enjoy the sunset and the view was truly spectacular. The service was excellent and the guy at the reception let me use his phone to make arrangements for the tour next day. The mojitos were really good to!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Christofer T
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Management response:Responded 16 February 2017

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review, We are glade you enjoyed our hospitality & services.

We look forward to hosting you again soon.

Your Host,
Team Africa House Hotel

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Reviewed 29 December 2013

We have just spent 2 night's in Stonetown and after having a drink on the terrace of Africa House,decided to eat upstairs at their Tradewinds Restaurant . What a mistake. We were the only diners there the entire time. The service was very slow. We ordered two pasta dishes and four beef tenderloins . They were the toughest pieces of beef we have ever eaten and the pasta was a sticky mess! Prices are on the steep side which is inexcusable for such a poor meal. If you want a good meal,go next door to 6 degrees south,it was fantastic!, But avoid Tradewinds Restaurant at all costs!,

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to you at Africa House Hotel , We urge you to try our recently revamped services and give us another chance to showcase our hospitality & services.

Your Host,
Team Africa House Hotel.

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Reviewed 9 December 2013

First of all I want to make clear, we did not stay at this hotel, we only went there for a sundowner and some finger food. The hotel has a lot of attitude in itself, but seems in need of refurbishment. However, the terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean is marvelous! What a place to sit and enjoy a drink at sunset. You forgive the slow and unattentive staff when you have this view in front of you! There are other places in Stone Town facing the ocean, but this has to be one of the best if you really want to enjoy a sunset!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Harald J
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Thank you for your review, We are glade you enjoyed our hospitality & services.

We look forward to hosting you again soon.

Your Host,
Team Africa House Hote

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Reviewed 12 November 2013

There is something you should do in Stonetown. The sun sets at nearly the same time every night and it's about the time to be holding a drink. So just go to the terrace of an interesting hotel called Africa House, at sunset for a magical experience. Friendly staff, wonderful building and glorious view over the sea.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank you for your review, We are glade you enjoyed our hospitality & services.

We look forward to hosting you again soon.

Your Host,
Team Africa House Hote

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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We had booked a room for two nights with a sea view at the Africa House Hotel. We came in a bit late (9PM), since our flight was delayed and we had made prior arrangements with "Heather" regarding dinner. To our surprise, we were the only guests at the hotel, so the staff was rushing us to our room and then to the empty restaurant, since they all wanted to go home. On the next morning, we have been woken up early (7AM) by the loud music coming from the curio shops located directly underneath our room. As if it was not enough, we did not have any water in the bathroom for the entire length of our stay. Finally, when we were happily leaving the hotel and ready to pay and check out, I noted that the advertised price for our room was 30$ cheaper than what we were asked to pay (They claimed that it was the price for "walk in customers"). So we have been ripped off by 60$ for a stay at a hotel that we regretted. Avoid this hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to you at Africa House Hotel , We urge you to try our recently revamped services and give us another chance to showcase our hospitality & services.

Your Host,
Team Africa House Hotel.

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Reviewed 11 August 2013

On our last day of our wonderful holiday to Tanzania and Zanzibar we thought we would celebrate our trip with lunch on the terrace of The Africa House in Stonetown. This decision turned into a nightmare! My partner and I were going up the stairs along with our traveling companion and her 9 year old son. On the first landing we were met by an expat who I can only assume is "Denise" based on the other emails, - and her
"pet" vervet monkey "Princess". This monkey became very excitable and bit the 9 year old son of our friend in the calf. Denise completely minimized the event, claimed Princess had had all her shots and left the scene. We were all in a state of shock. After the child's wound's had been cleaned we went onto the terrace. As a nurse in New York my mind was running through a list of things to do. I called over the owner, who I subsequently learned was married to or had some sort of relationship with this Denise and asked to see the papers that indicated the monkey had been vaccinated. Within a few moments he brought them to the table where the sticker to the rabies vaccine was attached to the certificate of vaccination with a lot number and date of inoculation. All did seem to be in order and I breathed a sigh of some relief but still furious that a pet monkey was allowed to be in the hotel. The lunch service was abysmal- the waiter brought several dishes we hadn't ordered, he was slow and completely inattentive- and as we returned to our hotel- The Dhow Palace across the street- which was wonderful, we spoke to the concierge there about the incident. "Oh " he said- "Everyone knows about her and her monkeys. That monkey has bitten 5 people already." When we asked why anything had not been done about this animal he shrugged his shoulders and seemed to indicate that Denise got away with things. We returned to New York that afternoon. A few days later I happened to be speaking with a pediatrician at work and described what happened. He mentioned that the big concern was that some medications used in developing countries may be fraudulent and my heart sank again. I called up our neighbor and urged her to speak with a pediatric infectious disease specialist. Long story short- her son started the rabies inoculations two weeks ago even though the risk of rabies is slight (you can never be too careful about rabies.) I remain flabbergasted why this woman is permitted to have her monkeys in the public areas of this hotel when the monkey has a history of biting people. I would advise anyone travelling to Stonetown not to set foot in that hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to you at Africa House Hotel , We urge you to try our recently revamped services and give us another chance to showcase our hospitality & services.

Your Host,
Team Africa House Hotel.

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Address: Shangani Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range: £84 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Africa House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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
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