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Zanzibar Coffee House
Ranked #3 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 August 2011

Stayed in a single bedroom on the top floor with a really nice feel and appeal to it. My sister and her husband had the adjoining master room next door which was fairly big and had good hot showers.
A very welcoming Zanzibar coffee house with an upstairs 360 degree view of Stone Town. Freshly made breakfast to order and fantastic coffee!
If your a light sleeper, you most likely will be woken up by the daily prayer rituals from the Mosque nearby but don't worry, it doesn't last too long!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

This was our third trip back to Stone Town. Previously we've stayed at Dhow Palace and the old Emerson & Green, but this time being more budget concious as we were travelling with family members, we decided on the Coffee House. To our pleassant surprise, although the price was comparably lower, the room, decor and service were all really great. The complimentary coffee was superb - definitely try to spice coffee. We were in the Bourbon and Caturra rooms (linked and sharing 1 bathroom), and we found them both to be relatively quiet. The free wi-fi was extremely fast as well, which allowed us to catch up on 3 weeks of emails.
We also got lost trying to find our way back from dinner at Mercuries, but the friendly locals got us back by 'right, right, a little left, right and left...' It added to the adventure! Breakfast was good - who knew you can make so many different types of jams from mangoes?!
It was very good overall, and we'll definitely stay there again if we go back to Zanzibar.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank alphaleo01
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

We stayed two nights at the Coffee House, but a week apart and when we came back we were greeted like friends. We came back to the Coffee House again when we were passing through Stone Town without staying the night, and again we were given a warm welcome.
The staff were always interested in where we had come from and where we were going, and remembered! The hotel has a very popular cafe with great coffee. The rooms are clean and are nicely decorated. It is a great place to stay. Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace but you can go up there and sit on the cushy chairs anytime you want to relax. Your stay comes with free wi-fi and if you are in the Macchiato room or sitting on the lounge chair outside it, you get very good speeds.
Also the location is great for walking around and exploring Stone Town. The only tricky part is that it is not accessible by car so if you have a lot of luggage this might present a problem. With our backpacks it was no big deal - it's only a short walk from the parking area to the hotel's door.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank redtravelingdiva
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

I've stayed here before, and really liked it, so I came back. The coffee was just as good as before, the ladies in the hotel just as helpful, and the rooms just as nice. It's fun sitting on the roof and meeting interesting people at breakfast, as well.

Some reviewers are worried about finding their way to and from the hotel, and although it's in a less-touristy part of town than many other hotels, that's part of what I love about this place. If you get lost, you can always ask someone to help you find it!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank katiee_overseas
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

It' a little hotel with few beautiful, individually furnished rooms on top of the pre-existing café. Some rooms have bathrooms in hallway (still private though) as of course with renovation the old house wasn't rebuilt. We lived in the Caturra (smallest, but good enough for us). Air Con sometimes just stopped (probably because of frequent power cuts), but rest was great.
The Café' and hotel's staff are a bunch of friendly and funny African ladies. The breakfast (the best we had so far in Tanzania and coffee even better than at home!) is served on a fantastic roof terrace, where we also spent our evenings looking down on Stone Town's streets with a beer (available in a fridge there, you pay later). Food you can get downstairs in the Café until 6 pm, for dinner you have to go to the bigger (but more anonymous) hotels around the corner.
First day, get a taxi driver to walk you to the hotel, Stone Town can be very confusing...

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Fernweh28
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

This place is exotic, interesting and charming, but we were disappointed in it's location in Stone Town - right in the middle of the dirty twisting alleyways. Fine by day, but not so at night, when it was quite threatening to have to negotiate your way around to find a meal (the coffee house does not serve food at night). There is no incentive to go outside after dark in this town, so we made do with snacks in our room. We felt we would have been much happier somewhere closer to the waterfront. Our room however, was fine, roomy, nice and clean, pleasant staff. It's easy to get a car and driver to do some touring, which we loved (don't worry about visiting the "butterfly park" though!)

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank rosemaryVenusBay
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Reviewed 14 January 2011

We were 4 friends who stayed 2 nights in this hotel. The hotel is mostly run by women and has a good atmosphere with a great location. Some of the rooms are magnificent and the building itself is very cool and has a roof terrace, where breakfast is served. The hotel only has 8 rooms. On the 1st floor there is a very nice cafe that serves coffee and pastry and stuff. The reason I don't rate it even better is that I think it is a little bit on the expensive side.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank MsLittleNorway
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Address: Mkunazini 1563/64, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#6 Business Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range: £69 - £131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel offers a touch of magic and romance in an authentic Arabic house deep in the heart of Stone Town. Transformed into a stylish hotel with harmonious interiors, antiques and rich fabrics, it is one of the oldest buildings in Zanzibar constructed by the Wazir to Sultan Said Bargash in 1885. ... more   less 
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Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel Stone Town
Zanzibar Coffee Hotel
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