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Reviewed 17 November 2022

We stayed for 3 nights in Dunia at the top of the building. Yes 6 flights of stairs but Stone Town is full of stairs and it kept us fit! The room is lovely with a very comfortable large bed high off the ground. I did feel rather like a princess.
The view over stone town is beautiful and you can hear the call to prayer in the morning and evening. It is atmospheric and the sound is rather beautiful. The highlight of the suite is the bathroom which is up a flight of stairs on top of the building. The open shower is amazing and it is very special showering and looking over the harbour with the sun warming one's skin.

We enjoyed lying on the sun loungers looking over some town in the early evening.

The staff were very helpful and attentive and the breakfasts were good especially the local swahili donuts.

Thank you for a lovely stay in a special hotel. If you are looking for a place to stay which is full of character and charm the Zanzibar Palace Hotel is for you.

Date of stay: November 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Daniela Brenco, Owner at Zanzibar Palace Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2022

Dear Adrienne, thank you so much for this great and comprehensive review! We're all very happy you enjoyed your stay and the character of the Zanzibar Palace Hotel. Dunia is definitely a very special room, especially if you stay a few nights!

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Reviewed 31 October 2022

A very pleasant stay. Very friendly and helpful staff, interesting rooms, convenient location, close to just about everything.
Very different experience from a "standard" hotel. No two rooms are the same, all on different levels. Nicely and traditionally decorated and very clean. If you have trouble going up the stairs, you may want to choose a room on a lower level. No elevator but the staff will get your luggage up/down - no worry. Though the stairs are challenging, they are doable even if you stay at the very top floor. Very nice breakfast. WiFi was good everywhere.
We really enjoyed evening tea on a balcony. Overall, very pleasant memories. Thanks, Daniela, for running such a nice place!

Room tip: The higher you climb (literally), the more "luxury" it gets, If your knees are not your best friends, reserve lower rooms.
Date of stay: September 2022
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Thank Vladimir K
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Daniela Brenco, Owner at Zanzibar Palace Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2022

Thank you so much for this great feedback and for taking the time to write it. And yes: the stairs may be a bit challenging, but the handrails help and we had pregnant women and elderly even on the top floor, so all in all, feasible. And thanks for the personal recognition, but it's still a team effort! And we're all happy you took home pleasant memories: it's the most important thing.

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Reviewed 22 October 2022

I absolutely loved my stay at the Zanzibar Palace Hotel, which is aptly named - I felt like an absolute queen staying here. It was really comfortable, and our room was so beautiful. I also feel like the staff were really kind and accomodating - our flight was delayed, but they had no problem keeping our bags behind the desk so we could go explore Stone Town. Loved it!

Date of stay: August 2022
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Daniela Brenco, Owner at Zanzibar Palace Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2022

Thank you for this great feedback and for your time. We, as a team, are always happy when our guests enjoy staying with us. And I'm also glad you got to explore Stone Town!

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Reviewed 29 September 2022

Our main complaint is that we were lead to believe we were renting a suit suitable for 4 people with 3 beds: a king and 2 twins. A perfect arrangement for a family of 4 adults – our grown children traveled with us.

In reality we rented one room, one huge, luxurious bathroom, and something like an antechamber – a narrow, *windowless* pathway from the staircase that connected the bedroom and the bathroom. One of the twin beds was placed in this antechamber, taking up all the space that wasn’t used for walking. The other twin bed? In our bedroom. It was not too uncomfortable because we were a family; it would have been a lot more uncomfortable if 2 couples decided to rent this “suit” to see what it was like staying in an historic hotel. Oh, and the king size bed wasn’t even a queen – more like full.

Another problem is that there was not enough hot water for showers. I understand about boilers, but this is supposed to be a luxurious hotel; they can make sure more than 1 person can take a shower in the morning.

Everything else was fine. I would probably rate this hotel higher if it wasn't supposed to be the best hotel in town.

Date of stay: September 2022
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Daniela Brenco, Owner at Zanzibar Palace Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2022

Dear Yuliya,
We‘re truly sorry you felt misled as we truly do our best to portray the specificity of every room with as many pictures as we can, but we appreciate your feedback
We fully agree: this kind of suite is usually better for couples with children, and definitely not for two grown up couples.
And thank you for your feedback about the water: we checked it recently and it was enough for 4 standard showers: we’ll run another check asap to make sure everything is in order.

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Reviewed 21 September 2022 via mobile

My 12 year old daughter and I visited Zanzibar in August 2022 from San Diego, California, and had never been to the country or Stonetown before and had a bit of culture shock to work thru. We checked into the Zanzibar Palace Hotel and it’s like all of our homesickness and worries evaporated. The staff were so incredibly caring, warm, personable, and helpful… getting to know us personally, checking that our tour guides were arriving on time, our meals were exactly as we liked them, our umbrellas were ready, our directions around town were clear…. They treated us like family. Which being so far from home in a new place with my daughter was exactly what I needed at the time. We stayed in one gorgeous and charming room on the very top floor, with an open air bathroom overlooking the city. Every detail of hospitality had been thought of. The room was clean, fresh, so authentically traditional, featuring design elements from all the cultures from the past that made Zanzibar so special. We ended up having to expand our stay from 2 nights to 5! And Daniela, the hotel owner, could not have been more accommodating. We ended up asking her to join us for a meal her and there between welcoming new arriving guests… we enjoyed her wonderful company and stories of her travels and the hotel itself. Before we departed, my daughter put a pin on the lobby map, adding to the sea of other traveler’s pins… all those lucky enough to have spent a little time within the walls of the magical Zanzibar Palace Hotel!

Date of stay: August 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Daniela Brenco, Owner at Zanzibar Palace Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2022

Wow, Erika: thank you so much for finding the time of writing such a great review.
Mostly, I’m happy the team and I were able to make you and your daughter enjoy Stone Town. I understand the first impact can be a bit of a shock, but once you learn to know it, Stone Town is really a cool place, which deserves a few days at least, as you discovered yourself. And at the Zanzibar Palace Hotel, we all do our best for our guests to get the most out of their visit, also providing a nice environment after a day of exploring.
It was so pleasant talking with you and your daughter: thanks also for inviting me to share our experience, and to share yours!

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