I,ve been in Zanzibar 7 months now. The first 2.5 months stayed at Hiliki House. The rooms are spacious, very clean, wifi excellent as is the breakfasts. Khalfan, the manager is a great chap and always willing to help with just about anything you may need. Willeven escort you to the nearby local market. Very caring chap. I count Hiliki House as my second home. when in Stone town always stay there. The great thing is it is minutes walking to restaurants or the bar scene and minutes away from the center of town and the local markets.
Great place to stay - the rooms are clean and cool. The AC works, there is WiFi in the upstairs lounge. Bathrooms are outside the room but are private for each room and it’s not a problem. This is a great, budget place to stay and you should give the owners a call to get a better price - let’s face it no one likes paying booking fees. Friendly staff and an OK communal breakfast which gives a good opportunity to meet a few new people.
Don’t stay here! Showed up to find they were fully booked despite booking months in advance. Had to spend my first night elsewhere. When I checked out I was overcharged and told ‘they would refuse to let me leave’ if I didn’t pay.
This accommodation corresponded to the price range. Excellent location near everything we wanted to see. However, there were couple of issues. We booked on booking.com two double rooms. When we came, we got one single and one triple. The manager did not even know the price and I had to show it to him in the booking app. Half of the price should have been charged to the credit card and the rest paid in cash. Nothing was charged on the card and the full price was paid in cash in USD. I did not have the exact amount (55) so I gave 60. It took three requests for the change which did not come in USD but in schillings. So all in all we did not have the rooms we booked and the money matters were not handled correctly which is just bad form. Another thing - when I wrote a review on booking, 15 minutes after it was posted, I got an email saying that we the reservations was cancelled! They wanted to avoid the review despite the fact that we stayed there. Also, it is a system how to avoid paying commission to booking. If you want to stay there and book on booking, choose the option pay now, if possible, to avoid any hassle.…
This place was the best. You are in the middle of everything. 2 minute walk to stone street, quiet street, few minutes walking distance to ocean. The manager there is so welcoming, always with a big smile on his face willing to help with anything. Rooms are not expensive, and a deliciously huge breakfast is Included!!