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Heighty top breakfast in a stiff breeze chasing stray napkins and enjoying the 360 degree view of the corrugated iron rooftops of Stone Town. Already the dhows out to sea are leaning right over and reaching as they scud over the bright blue sea. The small people ferries which chug back and forth to the off-lying islets banging through the waves in …
Hi All, This isn't really a mindblowing entry, but I would like to share one thing, maybe a few more... So I have been CAMPING in a tent on safari, I have stayed in a small not-so developed town of Arusha in a bit of a less developed "lodge". I recieved ummm about 2 bug bites. I fly over to Zanzibar; beautiful island. I am systematically and slowly …
We are still in Tanzania but it feels like we're in another world. Welcome to Zanzibar! We had a pretty hellish flight. The plane out of Arusha decided the weather was too bad to land and so went to the Kilimanjaro airport instead. This meant we all had to take a bus about 45 minutes from Arusha to that airport. Then since they were already late …
Having finished the last of our amazing game drives, it was time to head to Dar es Salem for one night before sailing across to Zanzibar for some - much needed - relaxation. It's hard work being on holiday ;-) What came next was called the 'grumpy day'. The day consisted of getting up at 3.30am to leave at 4am for a 14 hour journey across what felt like the width of Tanzania. Our full to capacity (and then some) truck became an airless oven filled ...
... I'm living with a ~35 year old woman, Mariam, and her 11 year old daughter, Faizah. There is a little woman's clothing/accessories store in our home that my host mom occasionally opens. I asked her why not every day and *I think* she said she was waiting for people to pay her for things they bought, kind of like a microcredit operation, in order to buy more things. Faizah is at government school in the morning and Madrasa in the evening ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews 236 Hurumzi Stone Town
Total lack of professionalism
We have not stayed at this hotel but wanted to have dinner at its famous roof restaurant. We were not even allowed by the totally unprofessional receptionist to have a look at the restaurant before we would book a table there and he did not seem to care about his lack of kindness or worse, professionalism.
Having seen such attitude, and in view of all the other reviews, I am happy we did not stay there!
This hotel was recommended to us by a specialist UK tour company and I will be notifying them how very ordinary Emerson & Green really is!
I agree heartily with the other negative reviews. While the rooms were quite interesting in an antique-store way, they lacked any amenities, and the 5 steep flights of stairs made trips down to the reception a nuisance. Lack of phones and other amenities (hair dryers, shampoo, slippers) in the room was frustrating, especially given the price. The reception also misinformed us about the status of our lost luggage, causing us to make another round of frantic calls to the airline (from our international cell phone).
Extremely disappointing. Quite interesting rooms full of character but poorly done. Poor service from the reception through to the restaurant and alot of workers just constantly hanging around. No ammentities ... neither room service (ok), nor telephones in room (even to contact the front office).
A wonder to me how it can be ranked so highly ...
We were advised by a reputable specialist Africa travel agent to stay at the E&G, it apparently being the most impressive hotel in Stone Town. On arrival a miserable receptionist just about managed to grunt at us before directing us up the 5 flights of stairs to our room. We were given the West room situated at the top of the building. I couldn't find any room service with out going all the way back down stairs where a member of staff reluctantly took my order. Breakfast was appalling and my order of scrabbled eggs didn't even turn up.
Everyone seems to be raving about E&G and I'm not sure why. It is certainly unique and full of character, but surely that's only a positive when it does not detract from your enjoyment of a hotel. I can think of many "characterful" places that are nice to look at and visit, but necessarily places I would like to sleep in and I think E&G fits into this category admirably.
we stayed here for one night after staying on the coast for 3 nights. I have to say the walk up to the hotel was a little worrying but once you got there it was unreal. It was unusually decorated, clean and very different from anywhere else i have ever stayed.
We had dinner at the roof top restaurant and the atmosphere was fantastic. Would definately stay here again. If you like somewhere with a bit of character and in a great location this is the place to stay. Its a little pricey but defo well worth it!
We spent three nights here in March 2005 and were very pleased. E&G is one of those hotels that everybody in town knows about because it is so unique. Every room is individually decorated with real Zanzibari antiques in a different theme, and since we inadvertantly ended up spending each night in a different room we got to sample three different styles. The hotel was great. Great staff, great rooms, centrally located.
We spent three days at Emerson & Green in Fenruary 2005 and can only say that words cannot describe this hotel. It's the kind of place that you really have to experience in person.