THE SWAHILI HOUSE

3705 Sultan Estate Rd., Zanzibar Town Tanzania (TZA)
2.5 Star Downtown Hotel
-6.16237 39.19225
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3.5/5

Based on 187 guest reviews

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  • 20 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • 4 floors in hotel
  • Check in: 12:00
  • Check out: 10:00 AM
  • Groups & Meetings rating of 8.8/10

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Room Types

Check Rates Deluxe Double Room
Non-Smoking

Local Attractions

Spice tour, City Tour, boat to Prision Island, Sundowners, Scuba Diving, Jozani Forest Trip.

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Verified Reviews of The Swahili House

Below are the verified reviews from guests that we have booked recently:
"Overall ok but had issues"
Overall Score3.0/ 5
At first the staff at the Swahili House were very helpful when dealing with my group request. However, there were some issues in that none of the taxis I booked and paid for for my group turned up at the airport. The hotel has so far refused to refund this money despite it being their error - which is a shame as it has marred what was up to that point a good experience.
(Group coordinator, booked 15 rooms), from US flag
06-Jan-2014 Verified Review, stayed from Sun Dec 08 to Thu Dec 12 2013 at a $55.00 group rate.
3.5 out of 5. Based on 187 guest reviews

Property Description

Located in the bustling heart of Stone Town the building was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. In the 125 years that were to come the building was home to one of the many Sultan families and then became a hotel some years ago. After Moivaro Lodges & Tented Camps purchased the hotel, renovations started in May 2008. Most of the hotel has been restored into its original state, but we have been making some changes as well. The result is The Swahili House - a sparkling hotel with traditional influences and modern day facilities in combination with authentic Swahili hospitality. The Swahili House has 5 floors that are all built around a beautiful traditional Zanzibar courtyard. The floors are all reachable via traditional Zanzibari staircases. The 20 rooms are spread out over 4 floors and can be divided in 2 different room categories: Sultan Suites: large, spacious rooms with balcony. Deluxe Rooms: standard size double or twin room. The rooms all are restored and decorated in traditional Swahili style, but adjusted to Western standards, which for example includes European sized mattresses, air conditioning and a fan. Most rooms will feature a spectacular open bathroom including a shower and bath, which are ideally to relax after a busy day of exploring Stone Town and its many treasures. The Swahili House would definitely not be the same without our rooftop terrace. The rooftop terrace will house our bar & restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a cocktail, lunch or dinner while indulging in stunning views of Stone Town and the Swahili Coastal area. Our á la carte menu is a combination of Eastern and Western influences, spices and flavors and includes a wide variety of freshly caught fish and seafood, and is changed on a daily basis. A Continental and full English breakfast buffet will be served from our rooftop kitchen every morning. And last but certainly not least: The Swahili House offers a large variety of wines, international spirits and delicious cocktails to enjoy a romantic sun set with! Also on the rooftop, you can find our Jacuzzi, to cool down after a walk in Town. The Swahili House is located in the center of Stone Town close to all the little bustling streets, alleys, market, shops, restaurants and other points of interest, all within walking distance from the hotel. We can organize professional guides who'll assist you while discovering Stone Town in order to get the maximum out of your visit to this busy little town and its hundreds of little streets. Besides that, we can be off assistance with organizing various trips in and around Stone Town. Learn everything about the spices you normally only see at the shelves in the supermarket on a Spice Tour or visit the cheeky Colobus monkeys at Jozani Forrest. Explore the magnificent Menai bay while snorkeling or just enjoy a relaxing massage – there are plenty of things to do and see. With transfers to and from the airport or other areas on Zanzibar we are pleased to help .

Details / Other Expenses

Check In: 12:00
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Year of Last Renovation: 2009
Floors: 4
Rooms: 20
Corridors: All Rooms Have Interior Hallways
Non Smoking Rooms: 20
Handicap Rooms: 0
Suites: 0
Room Windows: Windows Do Open
Cleaning Frequency: Daily
Meeting Rooms: 0
Banquet Space: Holds 50 people
Dist. to Food/Bars: On-site
Dist. to Nearest Gym: On-site
Lounge/Bar Hours: 10.00AM - 12.00PM
Policies / Expenses
Cancellation:
Cancellation charges ( cancellations accepted in writing only ) Between 21 and 14 days of arrival 35% Between 14 and 7 days of arrival 50% Between 7 and 2 days of arrival 75% Less than 1 days ( includin
Typical Group Deposit: 50%
Total Taxes: 10.00%
Total Misc Fees: $0.00 USD
(mandatory resort fees/taxes)

Amenities / Features


Pet Friendly? Sorry, pets are not allowed.

  • Credit card accepted: Mastercard/Visa
  • Currency exchange
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private bathroom in room
  • Restaurant

Airport & Shuttle Information

Zanzibar International Airport, 10 minutes drive, upto 4 pax usd 25 Airport Transfer Fee

Airport Shuttle? Sorry, no airport shuttle available.

Breakfast Information

Full Ineternational/English Breakfast. Breakfast Ala cart menu available

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