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Emerson Spice
Ranked #1 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fantastic hotel”
Reviewed 12 February 2012

We highly recommend this hotel. The attention to detail was superb, and it was the little things that made our stay truly enjoyable such as being served our breakfast on our balcony. The rooftop restaurant is also fantastic - delicious food with a great view!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Albany, New York
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Our family stayed here for 2 nights. The room, Aida, has two floor, very spacy. The decoration is unique, elegant, charismatic and full of character. Most important very comfortable. Air condition works great and the room also has a small refrigerator. The staff are all very friendly. The dinner on the roof is pleasant. The location is great, very close to everything. In all, it is a wonderful stay. I will certainly return if visit again.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2012

Fantastic hotel. Beautiful rooms that are truly unique. It's hard to describe how impressive this hotel is. Seeing really is believing.

Wonderful staff who are friendly and welcoming.

Lovely roof garden with excellent food in the evenings.

My only criticism would be that the roof-top restaurant is a little exposed. Even on a warm evening in Zanzibar it felt a little blustery and detracted slightly from the enjoyment of the meal.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2012

Good old fashioned service with an personal twist. Really enjoyed the stay. Not 5 star per se [no WiFi in rooms, unusual bathroom layout] but it's the quirks that make the place. We thought it was going to be noisy as it is during the day, but we slept great.
A reccomended stay!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

Having stayed in many luxurious hotels all over the world, what a breath of fresh air Emerson Spice is after usual unexciting and uniformly decorated rooms I have grown accustomed to. The hotel is so beautiful. The rooms (I asked to be shown a few others) are each completely unique with carefully chosen pieces of furniture and colour schemes. We stayed in "Kate" which had a magnificent balcony. And then the service was fantastic, the management attentive, the food sublime and not to mention the sunset views when you sip your margarita at sunset! Well done, Emerson! This is a truly great and unique hotel! The only place to stay in Stonetown!!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

We stayed here for one night, and wished that we had booked more nights. We only had lunch, which was by far the best food we had on the island after a week. The room we stayed in was very spacious for the price, the bed extremely comfortable, the bathroom was actually fun, and the service was warm and genuine. Fully recommend this place to couples traveling to Zanzibar and spending any time in Stone Town.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Laguna Beach, California
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

We did not stay here but had an amazing lunch here, one of the best in Africa and Emerson so kindly gave us a list of his favorite shops.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Emerson Spice

Property: Emerson Spice
Address: Tharia Street, Kiponda, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#1 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Business Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
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 
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Emerson Spice Zanzibar Island/Stone Town

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