Over the course of our 18 day Zanzibar holiday we slept in 8 different hotels and among them the Manor House was our favourite place. We stayed there 3 different times in 3 different rooms. It has the basics right; the bed is large and comfy, the showers are hot. It is conveniently located not too far from the airport in a quiet neighbourhood with a very nice seaview. The sumptuous breakfast is amazing and it includes really good strong coffee (not the instant powder-one like most other hotels). The other factors that make up a good hotel experience were top notch: especially the personnel working there are such adorable people who will go through all kinds of trouble in an effort to make you feel welcome and satisfied. They stored our luggage there when we went on a short safari trip, borrowed us beach towels and one time we made a mistake when booking for the wrong date which could have meant losing our money but this was solved at no extra costs by the manager after a phone call. They can arrange a taxi or tuktuk to go wherever you want. We managed to find out that bus 509 (or dalla dalla as busses are called in Zanzibar) that passes the nearby corner of metracta road and mbwesi road will take you straight into stone town (terminus at the mtora road hospital, lots of correspondences at michenzani). The 1st floor sea view rooms (best ones) have the advantage of a wide balcony with comfy chairs where you can relax after a long day. They also serve a good lunch and dinner in the garden looking out over palm trees and the sea. The beach is within about 5 minutes walking distance as well as the fisher's market which is quite an experience! Overall the manor house has an air of no frills elegance and charm at a very good price to quality ratio. There are some minor details that could be improved; some rooms could benefit from adding a set of comfy chairs to relax in and a bit more wardrobe space and an extra bedside table is welcome. Some showers need a bit of technical attention/upgrading as well. The chairs outside are quirky and charming but also quite uncomfortable to sit on during a long breakfast or dinner. Like I said, minor points of improvement that nevertheless don't interfere with a great overall score.…
Good hotel near the airport (5-10mn) and not so far from Stone Town. The crew members are all welcoming, Ali, Sofia .... The breakfast is delicious (swahili pancake , fresh fruits...) The room was nice, proper and with a beautiful view. Thank you
What a lovely quiet hotel with great food. Be aware they do not serve alcohol. Coffee and flavouredtea are available as well as soft drinks. Fresh fruit every day for breakfast along with the local visheti, mandazi, eggs, beef sausage, and oyster mushrooms which can be ordered. Big room with a big bed, small table and 1 stool. Ceiling fans only, no aircon. Bathroom is a good size but note that there are no doors on the shower space which is tiny. Be sure to put the toilet paper and your clothes etc on the shelf next to the sink. Staff are friendly and helpful.
A lovely quiet hotel 3.5 k from the airport. With amazing food and very very helpful staff. Nothing was too much trouble. They even let us stay in our room a bit longer as we had a late flight. You can get to Stonetown easily in a taxi or if you want some fun get a tuktuk. Stonetown is a maze of alleyways through the spice market, fish market, fruit and veg market. If you weave yourself through you get to the seafront where there’s lots of cafes and restaurants. A tuktuk also took us to a Spice Farm.
What a beautiful, quaint property! I loved every bit of this colonial style manor which only has a few rooms, lies comfortably close to the airport and and offers great food (set 3-course-menus) and incredibly friendly and professional staff. The entire building is very airy and has loungers and comfy seats all around with views over the garden/mini plantation. The room was large though the bed took up most of the room. The bathroom was simple but had toiletries, a shower curtain (a rate thing in Zanzibar) and lots of hot water. There is no air con but the many windiws and the ceiling fan wirked well for me. I had lunch and dinner (another restaurant & shops are about 10min walk away) at the hitel as the terrace is beautiful and the good was fabulous (French inspired). The reception staff (especially Sofia) and bellboy/waiter Ali were professional and very attentive/helpful. I enjoyed every moment in this hotel!…
I had the chance to get to know Manor House thanks to a friend that came to visit me while working in Zanzibar for 3 months. She stayed in this amazing place with her mom for one week and during that time I had the chance to spend time there. The location is ideal: 5 minutes from the airport and 15 from the city. The view of the sea at the sunset with the crops of bananas and the green that surrounds it are healing. The food that they prepare is delicious, but the best part for me is the kindness of the people that works there I'm still going to spend time in Manor House especially to work with my laptop because it feels home for me. They are ready to help you if in need, for all that reasons I definitely suggest this place for a peaceful stay in Zanzibar!
The Manor House is a beautiful place in Zanzibar. 5 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the center of the city, the property is quite and you can enjoy the noise of birds flying in the banana plantation surrounding the hotel. Two words for the staff: Smiling and Nice! From the check-in done with Sofia to the restaurant service, we always found people with a big smile and super nice. Thanks to the chef and his good food as well. Great value for money guaranteed. A place to stay!
I had called a week before my trip and spoke to Sophia who is very soft spoken to check on the hotel rates and room availability. After my meeting had been confirmed, I called again on Tuesday only to learn that the hotel was fully booked. I was disappointed. I started looking for a hotel which offers the same quietness, ambience viewsand taste in deco but I could not find any. The next day, lo and behold, Sophia calls me to tell me there was a cancellation. She did not have to as the hotel is liked, such getting clients would not have been a hassle. When my project manager and I arrived, I instantly knew that the warm and welcoming smile behind the reception desk was Sophia's. Then I met Ally who was just as jovial and attentive. The next morning at breakfast, a very patient and always smiling Elizabeth served me. And as I waited for my team to pick me up, Sophia and Eliza made me feel so special with their attentiveness. Where the hotel lacks, the staff have absolutely made up for it.…
Just 3 minutes from the airport, and away from the bustles of Stone Town this hidden Gem promises you serenity. Set within lush green and facing the Indian Ocean, it's something not to miss. We loved the cleanness, great food, and personalised services. Highly recommended.
If you're looking for some calm after visiting Stone Town, go straight to The Manor House. Just a few miles from the city center, the place offers a really nice view on the ocean in a peacefull garden. This typical omanian house as a lot of charm and the staff is attentive to clients needs. Breakfast is fresh and delicious. I would recommend the place to others.