Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Travel Blogs from Stone Town
Flight left a little late and we hit the Tarmac around quarter to nine, incredibly humid and very, very warm. Paperwork is a bit of a nightmare, followed by one hundred US (which we were expecting) for the visas. I grab the bags and Deb grabs a few hundred thousand Tanzanian Shillings. This time we get two guides for the fifteen minute ride to our …
I awoke at night after dozing all day. I was starved and wanting something to eat. I had a limited sum of money and had yet to find an ATM. I was however ravenous and found a nice looking Indian place to indulge my appetite. I was so keen I even ordered an entree to get me started! There were a couple of crabs that sacrificed their lives to satisfy my hunger that night. With both a crab cocktail and a crab Marsala to satisfy the grumbles in my stomach. I was none the less ...
... comes from "too far", what the people use to say to complain that the fruits were too far up on the tree. - Aloe Vera: used as a lotion to hydrate or treat sunburn skin. In medicines it is used for abortion or stomachache. - Ylangylang: a plant with a very good smell. A lot of branded perfumes (like Chanel 5) use this flower. - Cardamon: this plant has two roots, one underground and one outside. This spice is used largely in Indian dishes or as ...
... I was one of the locals, but here I was just another mzungu ready to be ripped off.
After a few days of relaxation we made our way south to Stone Town, the main city of Zanzibar and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The buildings were beautiful and reflected the rich Swahili culture, a mix of Arab, Persian, Indian, European and African.
In the 19th century Zanzibar was a trade hub for spices and slaves. Visiting a demonstration farm, we were able to see ...
... in Forodhani Gardens. We waited for the last bit of sunset while sharing the day's finds and stories. We settled on supper at the nearby Monsoon, specializing in Tanzania fare. Dinner was great and Kate realized she had been there on her 2002 trip to Tanzania!
Morning of Thursday, June 20th found us on a tour of a government spice farm. Spices were a main export for Zanzibar, but are now ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Zanzibar Palace Hotel Stone Town
Sebastion, of Sebastian and Marion the owners, met us at the airport and from that moment on we felt like friends of the family being welcomed to their very special home. The Zanzibar Palace Hotel offers a personalised service in beautifully restored and furnished surroundings.
This is an amazing hotel with superb service. The staff is is friendly and helpful and the location is perfect - I could not ask for more!
I chose this hotel and contacted Sebastiaan directly because I read wonderful reviews from previous guests. It's always important for me to stay in a charming place during my travel and hopefully with charming experience throughout as well. And Zanzibar Palace Hotel delivered exactly just that.
My husband and I stayed at the hotel for three nights over Christmas as a break from our safari. We loved our room, the service, free breakfast and our hosts - Marion, Sebastian and their Chihuahua.
This is a great little hotel. It is in the middle of stone town, which is an amazing place. At first I was a bit shocked by the buildings and the roads. Very run down and old. I have to admit I wasn't too happy once we arrived. I am used to staying at nice places and the drive to the hotel wasn't what I had expected. However, once inside I was smitten. Sabastian and Marion really went out of their way to make our stay comfortable.
We stepped into the hotel by accident in an effort to escape from annoying commission-hunting papasi. The very friendly and warm welcome of Sebastian (the manager of the hotel) immediately made us feel at home. With his romantic, luxury rooms each decorated in a distinct (Arabic) style, and with all comfort (safe deposit, air-conditioning, and clean bathrooms), the Zanzibar Palace hotel in Stone Town resembles a lush oasis in a dry dessert. Prices are reasonable for Zanzibar standards: a generous breakfast buffet is included in the price. The hotel also has two charming, exclusive suites.
If you're going to Stone Town, a really fantastic place to stay is the Zanzibar Palace Hotel. It's a beautiful place that is truly well looked after by the lovely owners, Sebastian and Marion. Each room has its own distinct personality and there are different rooms to suit a range of budgets, including a fabulous room that has its own roof terrace and outside bathroom that overlooks the whole of Stone Town.
We have just returned from Zanzibar where we stayed in one of the lovely suites of the Zanzibar Palace Hotel. The hotel is magnificent.
Overall I would say this is a "great" hotel, maybe the best hotel we have ever stayed in on holiday. When you visit Zanzibar you must stay at least one or two days in this hotel before visiting the beachsite. You easely could stay longer, but that's up to you.
Zanzibar Palace Hotel, Kiponda, Stonetown, Zanzibar
While visiting us in Tanzania my sisters in law wanted to see Zanzibar. My wife and I took our toddler along and we headed off to Zanzibar Palace. The moment we pulled up to the hotel door we were greeted by Sebastian who immediately made us feel as though we were family come to visit. On entering the lobby we immediately got the feeling that we were transported back to ancient Zanzibar. The decor and ambience were amazing and the detail gave the hotel a charming old world feel. Check in was a breeze and as we made our way to our room we couldn't help but observe that the decor was so thoughtfully done that you immediately felt you were being welcomed into a friend's home, rather than a hotel. Each space had furnishings and accents that spoke to the care and attention that was taken for the comfort and pleasure of the guest. We were completely charmed by our room (The Dunia Suite) with the al fresco jacuzzi and shower where you could enjoy the balmy breezes of the Zanzibar nights while sipping a cocktail and lounging on the deck chairs.