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The Swahili House

Stone Town, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3705 Tanzania
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#5 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Stone Town
Located in the bustling heart of Stone Town the building was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. In the 125 years that were to come the building was home to one of the many Sultan families and then became a hotel some years ago. After purchasing the hotel, renovations started in May 2008. Most of the hotel has been restored into its original state, but we have been making some changes as well. The result is The Swahili House - a sparkling hotel with traditional influences and modern day facilities in combination with authentic Swahili hospitality.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Rooftop pool
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Hot spring bath
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Laundry service
Public wifi
Rooftop bar
Car hire
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
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Room features
Air conditioning
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Dutch
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Allan Korsman wrote a review Aug 2021
Cape Town, South Africa41 contributions12 helpful votes
Spent 2 nights at Swahili House. Staff were great and special mention are; Sabah, Rukaiya, Haji the Chef, and Robert asst chef. Mr Bakari the GM was approachable and helpful. Rooms are LARGE, biggest bed i have slept on ! Swahili House in near the Market for spices and more, an easy walk to harbour area with views of 4 island and historic buildings and of course a visit to legend Freddie Mercury's birth home... We had a guided walk arranged by Mr RightTours (Mo) who was our man on the ground in Zanzibar, well worth the cost and effort. Will return to this accommodation of our next visit to Stonetown !
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Date of stay: August 2021
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T Jacobs UK wrote a review Jul 2021
Dubai, United Arab Emirates53 contributions18 helpful votes
My wife and I visited the Swahili House for a meal after a long city tour... great food, great view, great value. Would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone. The tiger prawns were amazing as was the white snapper - this plus drinks for only 90k shillings.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Jentheswede wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom14 contributions3 helpful votes
Located just next to the market and the zanzibar coffee house. The rooms are clean, bright and the bed is comfortable (hard) The staff is really helpful and since our room was free after us we were able to keep it until the afternoon when we had to leave for the airport. The roof top is lovley and is where the breakfast is being served.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Tiffany Sheerin wrote a review Dec 2019
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Really disappointed that such a lovely rooftop is being let down by its food. Waited an hour and what was delivered was for the $$$$ price was actually sorry have to say awful. I ordered steak which came with tinned asparagus on lumpy potato mash. The prawns with basil potatoes were just average and the potato was hard. Couple of the prawns should not have been put on the plate as they were black and inedible. Chef/owners please take these comments as a way to move forward and improve the food, you have a great location let down by the food
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Davidpiaia wrote a review Nov 2019
Melbourne, Australia48 contributions5 helpful votes
The Swahili house is a good central spot to stay in stone Town, the rooftop is a great place to grab a meal and drink and the view is not bad. The staff are friendly and its clean and comfortable. It’s also close to the Zanzibar coffee house.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Sleep Quality
US$115 - US$158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Swahili House
Which popular attractions are close to The Swahili House?
Nearby attractions include Aromas of Zanzibar (0.3 km), Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral (0.2 km), and The Coins Shop (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Swahili House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Swahili House?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Swahili House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tea House Restaurant, Ma Shaa Allah Cafe', and Emerson Spice Tea House Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Swahili House?
Yes, guests have access to a rooftop pool during their stay.
Does The Swahili House have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Swahili House offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Swahili House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to The Swahili House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (0.2 km) and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) (0.3 km).