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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reviewed 8 November 2014

We had un excellent stay of two nights in this hotel. We had the "Aida" room, very "charmante", spacious and confortable. The staff is very nice and profesional. And the breakfast on the roof is complet and delicious!! They take care of their clients, giving us a mobil phone to move safely in the city. We hope that the hight...

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Vila Velha, ES
Reviewed 6 November 2014

This hotel don't have luxury. it's very Zanzibar style, simple, cozy and with a amazing crew. All crew always are caring about you, very amiable and polite. They are the biggest point on this hotel. It's unbelievable the level of happiness present in those guys, always smiling and very friendly!! The hotel is good, very interesting and rustic. The customer...

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Reviewed 5 November 2014

We stayed at the hotel one night by the end of our trip in Zanzibar. This was really a nice ending of the trip. Very nice hotel. Centrally located in Stonetown. Beautiful and very large rooms. Friendly staff and management. Very good breakfast and rooftop restaurant. We will definitely go back.

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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 2 November 2014

All in all, this is a magnificent hotel, very well run, very well catered, and very well done out. If you can afford it then stay here, it's amongst the best in Stone Town. I'll start with the negatives: Because of the positioning of the aircon in the Desdomena room, the cold air blows right onto you through the night,...

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

What a fantastic review! Thank you so, so much for taking the time and trouble to write about us. We're so glad that you admired everything and had such a wonderful stay here. Having been built for an Arab Spice Merchant back in 1873 almost all the rooms are spacious and all have very high ceilings. All, too, have glazed...

Stockholm County, Sweden
Reviewed 2 November 2014 via mobile

We stayed there the last night of our Zanzibar trip. What a mistake ! One night was not enough ! Russel who runs this amazing hotel will make sure you feel at home. He is passionated by what he does and really cares about making your stay at its best. The rooms was fantastic, the location very convenient and the...

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Cher Medhi, -<Ahsante Sana Rafiki> for all your lovely compliments! It was such a pleasure for us to meet you and Hamid and so, so glad that you enjoyed the hotel and rooftop restaurant so much! Hospitality to at Emerson Spice is essential to everything we do and fulfilling all our guests needs is part of the Emerson Service. It...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 31 October 2014

My daughter and I stayed for 8 nights while she was on R+R from her job in S Sudan.Our room,Desdemona,was beautiful,spacious and comfortable.The staff could not have done more to make out stay perfect.We dined in the rooftop restaurant 3 times and every time was delicious.Great service,wonderful ambience.So nice that being vegetarian was not an issue-restaurants in the US could...

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Barbara, Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write us such a lovely review. We were so pleased to have you and your daughter staying with us for over a week and very happy that you enjoyed everything so much. It's always a pleasure to have any guests dine with us more than once and...

Torquay, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 October 2014

We travelled to Stone Town to get married following a safari in the Masai Mara, we arrived by taxi in the narrow streets and then walked approx 150 mtrs to the hotel, as you round the corner you come across this wonderful old former merchants house. We got married whilst in Stone Town, it was organised before we went so...

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

<Ahsante Sana!> for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. And thank you for choosing Emerson Spice to stay at on such an amazing occasion as your marriage. Congratulations! We were so happy to host your 'Wedding Dinner' in The Teahouse afterwards; such an honour! As you say, one can't drive to the door of the hotel, but...

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 30 October 2014

Best customer service I have witnessed in Zanzibar. Aside from the beautifully detailed decoration and lovely rooftop view, the wonderful staff - cooking, cleaning and reception - really makes this place special everyday.

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Alex, Wow! Thank you so much for writing such a rave review of our Team here at Emerson Spice! And thank you too for mentioning the Chefs and the Housekeepers who often get left out of the accolades. The housekeeping ladies, Umi and Jamilla, especially asked me to say <Ahsante Sana Rafiki!> We hope to welcome you back very...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 27 October 2014

We cannot rave about this place enough. A friend told me that in his opinion this is THE place to stay in Stone Town and we totally agree. The manager, Russell was friendly, professional and super helpful. The staff are warm, welcoming and excellent at their jobs. The building is gorgeous with exquisite décor. And the 5 course meal on...

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

Dear Maggie, Thank you so, so much for taking the time and trouble to write such a flattering, (it will get you everywhere!), review. It was such a pleasure to have you and Kieran staying with us and we're so glad you were able to celebrate your birthday in style: staying in Kate with it's two terraces and al fresco...

Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Reviewed 27 October 2014

This jewel of Stone Town has to be in everybody's itinerary. You can't leave Zanzibar without experienced this absolute lovely and unique hotel or at least a dinner at the roof top restaurant. The interior is special, the food is great and the team is just amazing. Many comments are written about this stunning place and I agree with all...

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Spice_management_1, General Manager at Emerson Spice, responded to this review

We're so proud at being described as "a lovely jewel of Stone Town". Thank you so much! We also love the way Emerson Spice transports it's guests into an oasis seemingly back in time right in the heart of the kazbah. The Team here thrive on their guests' comments and reading the reviews is also a great way of improving...

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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Emerson Spice
Emerson Spice
Cuisines: African, Seafood, International, Fusion
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
An inspired and lovingly restored Merchant’s House, this multi-storied small Boutique hotel has an inner courtyard, eleven unique antiques-filled rooms, and two of Zanzibar’s best restaurants. All rooms are equipped with a small fridge, air conditioner, fan, and high ceiling mosquito net. The rooftop ‘Tea House’ hosts one of Stonetown’s most renowned restaurants offering a stylish ambiance amidst the sound of the calls to prayer from the town’s many mosques. The five course ‘Taste Safari’, prepared daily by our Zanzibari chefs, is seafood based and celebrates the freshest and best the market has to offer each morning. The sunset hour is an integral and pleasurable part of the experience so diners are encouraged to arrive at around 6pm to enjoy a ‘Sundowner’ before dinner. On the Ground floor The Secret Garden, set amidst lushly landscaped hidden ‘Ruins’, open to the skies, has a Zanzibari inspired A La Carte Menu. Look out for live music performed by The Dhow Countries Music Academy. Open for Lunch and Dinner. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Emerson Spice

Address: Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Price Range: $173 - $339 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Emerson Spice Hotel Stone Town
Emerson Spice Zanzibar Island/Stone Town
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#1 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Business Hotel in Stone Town
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