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Zanzibar Coffee House

1563, 64 Mkunazini St, Stone Town, Zanzibar City Tanzania
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The Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel offers a touch of magic and romance in an authentic Arabic house deep in the heart of Stone Town. Transformed into a stylish hotel with harmonious interiors, antiques and rich fabrics, it is one of the oldest buildings in Zanzibar constructed by the Wazir to Sultan Said Bargash in 1885.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Rooftop bar
Rooftop terrace
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Laundry service
Breakfast buffet
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Mosquito net
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160daisy wrote a review 22 Feb
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I'd choose to come back here if I was visiting again. Loved the old world charm of the room and the building. Room was spacious and clean with good air conditioning. Breakfast on the roof terrace was a delight. The location for a Stone Town stay was ideal as well. The highlight was the cafe on the ground floor of the hotel, providing the best coffee in the city by far. The hotel certainly lives up to its name.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Abby A wrote a review 3 Feb
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The staff is so kind and thoughtful-they remember your name, they make it feel like home, feel like a family, really! Everyone working here is happy and it rubs off on the guests. Plus, the rooms are comfortable. The facilities are clean and well decorated. And when the power went out, they have a generator so it was like nothing happened inside. It is so close to everything. If I come back to Zanzibar, I will make it a point to stay here again and see everyone.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Pam G wrote a review 2 Feb
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I felt like I had stepped back into time and was living in the 1800s, with the architecture (Moorish), furnishings and overall vibe. Truly an amazing place, every turn had history of coffee making, museum like pieces, lovely people, especially Romana who served us breakfast in the roof. 🤗
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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amunoz589865 wrote a review Jan 2024
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A very comfortable hotel in the middle of Stone Town. We were greeted warmly and felt happy to be there the second we walked in. Good coffee and pastries. Very friendly staff. Spacious room and we are happy to have chooses this hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Ana C wrote a review Dec 2023
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We had a really bad experience at the hotel. Our bathroom was outside the room, pretty far from the room. During check out the women from the hotel carried our luggage through 2 floors downstair and non men helped them and us. We booked a transfer with the hotel - payed 50 dolars to the hotel - to take us to the other side of the island. We payed in advance and got a receipt from the hotel. The driver came with a tshirt from the hotel. He didn’t carried our luggage to the car - we had to walk about five blocks carrying our luggage. The driver parked in a non parking zone and his car was locked. We waited for more than 30 minutes inside the car without any notice from the driver. Then he called another car, an usual car not a transfer, to take us. The hotel didn’t reimbursed us and the cost of the driver was 30 dolars (I dare the hotel to show us that they transfer the 50 dolars to this simple taxi driver). And after that we had to hear from the hotel and the first driver that we were drunk and didn’t know we were saying, that the driver is not an employee from hotel so they couldn’t do anything and so on. I have everything printed! There are many hotels on the area much better located and probably with a much much better service.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Try to get another hotel
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Barbara S wrote a review Nov 2023
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Phillipina is an amazing host. Customer orientated, quick thinking. Happy and a great asset to the company. She goes to great length to let Zanzibar Coffee House shine. Thank you Phillipa for your assistance and good service.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Robert S wrote a review Nov 2023
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If you like the intensity of stone town but with a romantic look and a top of the top service this is the best place in town we stay only one night as we are traveling to Pemba but it have be a great moment of comfort and the top coffee machine will make it stand out from other places don’t forget to go to the roof terrace for the over view of the city
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Room Tip: Don’t miss the roof top
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Hemtesh wrote a review Nov 2023
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Lovely little hotel with coffee named rooms! We were in moccachino and machiato I think! Both ensuite - one double and one twin. Lovely welcome and very grateful for one room being ready early. Perfect for us to shower up after 20 hours of travel! Please note taxis can not get to the hotel (most hotels this applies to) and we had to walk with our luggage the last part of the way through narrow streets. These are traditional style quaint rooms. Hot water but low pressure. It's what you would expect in an old town but served it's purpose perfectly Breakfast was good choices if non veg/eat egg but my parents did struggle a little for choice as they don't eat eggs. The lovely smiley lady serving was so friendly and kind. Coffees incredible. We ate lunch in the cafe once. My panini was not great but hubbys chapati wrap was nice. We had an amazing experience with the coffee plantation rep (I think his name was Abdul). He gave my family and I a lovely class about coffee production and we roasted some beans that we each got to bring home a bit of! We did buy bags of coffee - lots of bags but they were unable to do any discounts on this. They are on sale in the airport cafe for the same price so can get there also. The smiley ladies working behind the scenes make this place. They are incredibly strong. Smiles even stronger. So friendly. Loved seeing Filomena housekeeping daily. Went out of our way to help us. Turndown service with mosquito nets and repellant was great. Filtered water in the rooms and able to fill water bottles upstairs and in cafe. There are lots of stairs so exert caution if mobility issues. Being pregnant, I was a little out of puff getting to the terrace for breakfast but worth it for the views. Many thanks to you all
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 6 Nov 2023
Thank you for your stay and review ☕🌼
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hbell333988 wrote a review Oct 2023
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A step back in time to a beautifully appointed and well located guest house. The positioning was excellent; right in the heart of Stone Town. Unfortunately the very noisy fan/air con made it difficult for all members of the family to sleep.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 30 Oct 2023
Thank you for your review. You should have called us to have a look see as to why your aircon was making a noise, we would have sorted it out for you. Sorry for that. ☕☕
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Tobias Furrer wrote a review Oct 2023
Bern, Switzerland4 contributions
You hear every noise in the street at night, in return it is really perfectly located in the middle of stowntown. And everything else is perfect, and very, very friendly staff. Great coffee, of course!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Sone Stevens, General Manager at Zanzibar Coffee House
Responded 22 Oct 2023
Come visit us again soon. ☕❤️
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₹9,866 - ₹13,099 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
zanzibar coffee house hotel stone town, zanzibar coffee hotel, hotel zanzibar coffee
LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandZanzibar CityStone Town
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zanzibar Coffee House
Which popular attractions are close to Zanzibar Coffee House?
Nearby attractions include Aromas of Zanzibar (0.3 km), Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral (0.2 km), and Christ Church Cathedral (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Zanzibar Coffee House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Zanzibar Coffee House?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar and free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Zanzibar Coffee House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tea House Restaurant, Emerson Spice Tea House Restaurant, and Zanzibar Coffee House Cafe.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Zanzibar Coffee House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Zanzibar Coffee House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (0.2 km), Mkunazini, Urban West, Zanzibar (0.3 km), and David Livingstone's place of rest (0.03 km).