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Al Minar Hotel

Plot 96, Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar City Tanzania
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#11 of 37 hotels in Stone Town
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Located just a stone’s throw from Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town, the Al-Minar hotel is located centrally amidst the tourist district of Forodhani Gardens along the beach. The hotel itself embodies the essence of Zanzibar offering hand-carved beds, local artwork and the best local cuisine with modern amenities including state of the art bathroom, hot water and electricity backed by a generator. The best nightlife on the island is located minutes away as are the best restaurants, shops and other tourist destinations. Our hotel concierge will be happy to assist you with any arrangements regarding recreational activities during your visit. The rooftop restaurant at Al-Minar serves up an array of mouthwatering delicacies including local, Asian and Continental cuisine and the restaurants atmosphere showcases the spirit of stone town. tastefully decorated using local workmanship with modern amenities, the Al-Minar Hotel offers the best that Zanzibar has to offer with international flair
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Taxi service
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Anna C wrote a review Sep. 2020
Moscow, Russia53 contributions99 helpful votes
Rooms are quite small, with a tea-pot and tea/coffee. Every evening the staff uses repellent on windows. Sebastian met us so friendly at the reception when we arrived, and was always ready to help. We liked our breakfast too, pancakes and juice were good. There are many cafes and restaurants near, so the location is nice.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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beaubo wrote a review Sep. 2020
Cleveland Ohio USA275 contributions181 helpful votes
As I was only expecting to be in my room to sleep and shower, I ask"t looking for. articled out and expensive hotel. Al-Minar was a perfect fit, very reasonable price for a clean and comfortable room, a made to order breakfast on the scenic rooftop and a ground zero location in the center of Stone Town. The manager Abbazz expressed ongoing interest in how my stay was was, and I appreciated his effort and attitude. He recommended a local Indian restaurant that lived up to his billing. When I needed a bit of a later checkout, he was accommodating. I'm very pleased with Al Minar.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Ryland M wrote a review Feb. 2020
5 contributions
I loved this litlte hotel. The staff are incredibly helpful and even got a package to me after I had left the hotel and went off to other parts of the island. It is within walking distance to all of the sights and sounds of Stone Town and is affordable in price. Great rooftop breakfast as well!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Rich wrote a review Feb. 2020
Beverley, United Kingdom124 contributions36 helpful votes
Sat in the heart of Stone Town we had an overnight stay here to get our bearing following a trek up Mt Kilimanjaro before moving onto a beach to unwind. Hotel is clean and well presented and the staff were most helpful, it proved to be a good base from which we explored the the many streets, shops and bars which make up the town.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jessica s wrote a review Jan. 2020
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I stayed at Al minar for one night before my flight departure. The staff is very welcoming and accommodating. Breakfast was excellent. Its cooked to order and made fresh. They also have fresh fruits and amazing passion fruit juice! The hotel is in the middle of stone town and is easy to walk around to nearby attractions. The rooms are a bit outdated but the bed was comfortable. The hotel is also a bit hidden in an alleyway near the doubletree hotel but is easy to find. I recommend this hotel, if you want to be in the middle of stonetown with an awesome staff.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
US$55 - US$80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandZanzibar CityStone Town
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Frequently Asked Questions about Al Minar Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Al Minar Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Aromas of Zanzibar (0.3 km), The Coins Shop (0.3 km), and Fahari Zanzibar (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Al Minar Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Al Minar Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Al Minar Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Al Minar Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Puzzle Coffee Shop, Tea House Restaurant, and Taarab Restaurant.
Does Al Minar Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Al Minar Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Al Minar Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Al Minar Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (0.6 km) and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) (0.4 km).