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    The Swahili House

    Mchambawima Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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    Overview
    • Excellent29%
    • Very good38%
    • Average20%
    • Poor9%
    • Terrible4%
    Travellers talk about
    “steep stairs” (15 reviews)
    “sultan suite” (5 reviews)
    “rooftop bar” (7 reviews)
    Free Wifi
    Breakfast included
    Air Conditioning
    Non-Smoking Rooms
    Restaurant
    Airport Transportation
    Rooftop Bar
    Dry Cleaning
    Rooftop Terrace
    Shuttle Bus Service
    2.5 Star Hotel
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    1 - 5 of 144 reviews

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    The building is truly beautiful with thick, thick walls and high ceilings but the hotel facilities are very basic. There is no room safe/hairdryer/kettle/fridge etc and there is nowhere to sit and relax apart from the rooftop bar where there are notices saying that you...More

    Thank CarolineSMelbourne
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I stayed here with a friend between xmas and nye for just one night. They were incredibly friendly when I booked, arrived and checked out. The stairs are steep and long, but that also means you get beautiful, stunning Swahili style rooms with very tall...More

    Thank Jude M
    Reviewed 12 December 2017

    The hotel is beautiful - as are the rooms. The hotel is full of history and the decor is exquisite. I love the slanted floors, steep steps and architecture SO much. The view from the upstairs bar is absolutely to die for - I'd suggest...More

    Thank jordanmckenz
    Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

    My friend and I came here to have a break at lunch time cause it was raining a lot. The restaurant was empty as i was low season but the service was great! The view over the city it very nice! We had a soup...More

    Thank leilamelina
    Reviewed 28 October 2017

    This is an old building in the historic part of the city with a roof top restaurant that serves good food and a very friendly staff. We only stayed 2 nights but would have very muched liked to have extended our stay.

    Thank Tony Z
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    Amenities
    • Top amenities
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
    • Breakfast included
    • Hotel Amenities
    • Shuttle Bus Service
    • Airport Transportation
    • Breakfast included
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Laundry Service
    • Room amenities
    • Air Conditioning
    • Things to do
    • Restaurant
    • Bar/Lounge
    Details
    • Price range
    • US$80 - US$170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
    • Hotel class
    • Room types
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Number of rooms
    • 22
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    • Location
    • Tanzania >
    • Zanzibar Archipelago >
    • Zanzibar Island >
    • Zanzibar City >
    • Stone Town
    • Also Known As
    • The Swahili House Hotel Stone Town ,
    • The Swahili House Zanzibar Island/Stone Town
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    Room Tips
    "each room is different, but all beautiful with lovely Swahili decor. All seem to have the beautiful tall..."
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    "Pricess Salme is the best! Gives you the zanzibari feel and you even hear the muezin in the distance!"
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    "There's no wifi in the rooms, only in the roof top restaurant and in the reception area"
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    "We stayed near the top of the hotel, no hustle & bustle noise up there."
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