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Zanzibar Coffee House
Ranked #3 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 August 2013

We booked into one of the $150 per night rooms as that was the cheapest that was available. The shower didn't work properly for the three nights we stayed there, it was a drizzle rather than a shower of water. The hotel is next to a school so our rooms was really noisy early in the morning when the kids arrived at school. The only outside space is up on the roof so there isn't anywhere to go and have a drink or just chill out. I would definitely not recommend this hotel. We were hugely disappointed.

Room Tip: Don't get a room near the school
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

We took 3 rooms paid 500 usd for 1 night.
Excepting that this place would be good, this place is WORST AND NEVER RECOMMEND anyone to stay here.
The heater doesn't make hot water, room has lizards, the floor was dusty as if the room was closed for years, no wifi working. The coffee shop which is their speciality is closed by 6 pm.
The stair case is dark, lights r there but as if they are not there.
There is nothing like room service or housing.
Even when coming to the hotel the taxi can not reach the hotel therefore you have to get down at point and than YOU have to hire a trolley with your bags to the hotel.
If you need something in the middle of the night the hotel does not have any facilities, infact there is no receptionist but only the guard is there.
The staffs are not friendly.

WORST WORST WORST HOTEL

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank aliredha
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

We enjoyed very much our stay at Zanzibar Coffee House, a beautiful boutique hotel in the middle of StoneTown's labyrinthal alleys. The house itself has lots of character and its corridors are perfumed with a delicious smell of freshly brewed coffee.
As all rooms are different, this review can only discuss the Arabica Suite. This is not really a "suite" as there is only one room and a small bathroom by international standards (one shower, no bath), but it is beautifully decorated with antique furniture, a giant Zanzibari bed, and sofas on which it is a pleasure to lie down and relax, feeling like pachas, at the end of a sight-seeing day. A safebox is available. At $195 per night, this room is very expensive but not overpriced by comparison with other StoneTown hotels.
Apart from its unique ambiance, the greatest part of this hotel is the breakfast, in which home-made spicy jams are served with a choice of fresh fruits, muesli, muffins and the house's delicious coffee.
As mentioned in a number of other reviews, the only downside of this place is the behaviour of most of its staff, composed of several severe ladies who act as if they were offering you tremendous favours when you would only like them to do their job... At the restaurant downstairs, for example, the meals are quite expensive and do not always arrive when you order them (unlike the bills, which come right away :), but you should not expect anyone to care ! It is a pity that the hotel's management probably doesn't feel the need to improve this part since, given the other assets of this place, tourists always come in abundant numbers. This being said, the staff's lack of hospitality skills is not dissuasive, and we would most certainly be willing to come back to this beautiful place.

Room Tip: Make sure you know which room you book, as their prices and services differ : the arabica suite is g...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mardeli
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

A great boutique hotel to stay at. The rooms are named after type of coffee drinks. I kept on get mine mixed up- I think it was Macchiatto. The room has high ceilings with wooden beams, a small window which looked out onto the street below. It was neat to look out when it was raining and you could see the water gushing down like a small river. I travelled with my sister, we had two beds, an attached bathroom. Very clean. Beautiful decor. Not over the top- simple yet adequate. Just soap is provided.
You get a complimentary drink when you arrive. I am not a coffee drinker, my sister loved the spiced coffee- i believe it had ginger, cinnamon, cardamon. I had the tea which is very milky- but that's how they make it in Tanzania.
The staff were really courteous. Non intrusive. Special mention to Asha, we almost forgot our paintings that we had purchased from a local artist , she ran out to give them to us.
The location was great. In the evening we went to Forodhani and pigged out on barbequed seafood, fresh fruit and madafu.
The terrace was my best part. It was so great to have breakfast up there. I think that was my best part of the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2013 via mobile

I stayed in the arabica suite and really enjoyed my time there. The bed is a "sultanbed"which is quite large. The sanitary is clean and tidy but nothing spectacular.
The "rooftop" I a nice place to have breakfast and get a drink at night. If you like staying in boutique hotels, definitely the place.

Try out the spice tea they offer downstairs.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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1  Thank Maxime D
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

We stayed in the Espresso room, which was nicely furnished, had everything we needed (including a locker and AC), but was definitely not as nice as it is in the pictures on their website. The rooms were quite clean, but also a bit dusty and not as cosy.
The Espresso room has the bathroom outside, but you get a key to the bathroom as well, so no one else can use it. The bathroom was also quite clean although the shower was pretty old and water presure bad.
Service can be improved, the staff was not very friendly and helpful and gave us a very laid back impression...actually the coldest attitude we experienced in Tanzania.
The location is fine, at the end of the main shopping street. It was alright to walk there at night as well, although if you spend the evening at Forodani Gardens you will have to take a taxi back and ask the driver to take you to the door (which is cheap and no problem).
The lodge has no restaurant, but a nice roof-top terasse for breakfast and a great coffee place downstairs. There are dinner options with good food very close by, ex. House of Spices (recommendable), Emerson Spice or Swahili House.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel has only eight rooms and is above a rightly popular cafe. The building has been well restored and the rooftop area is ideal not only for breakfast but also for relaxing when the touts in the streets are starting to test your patience.

We stayed for 5 nights and our room was fine. A couple of small problems were fixed promptly and the staff are all friendly and helpful. It's position is pretty much in the centre of Stonetown and there are staff who can show you to destinations which you might take a while to find yourself. The only downside i can think of is that they are mean with the soap and there is no shampoo provided.

Highly recommended.

Tip - the Lonely Planet map is wrong in where it shows this hotel and Google maps are not any better. The only accurate map I have seen is one handed out by travel agents locally.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Dennis J
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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 - £134 (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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