Kisiwa House is a small boutique hotel in the hustle and bustle of the legendary historical Stone Town on the spice island of Zanzibar. The wonderful sense of history and charm of this family-run and owned hotel reflects the very nature of Stone Town.
At a Glance
Located in Stone Town, close to Old Fort, Stonetown Beach, and Forodhani Gardens
Well located, small, intimate, authentic, elegant
Great place from which to enjoy this vibrant city
Easy access to St Joseph's Cathedral
Wonderful blend of authentic Zanzibari with touches of modernity
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Kisiwa House is located on a quiet street in the heart of Stone Town, a UNESCO world heritage site within easy walking distance to significant landmarks, museums, antique shops and restaurants. It was built during the reign of the greatest 19th-century sultan of Oman, Said ibn Sultan, who made the spice islands his home in 1837. Build by Nassor ibn Abdullah Al Barwana, a wealthy and influential Omani merchant, the property was amongst one of the first buildings in Stone Town, a fact you are constantly aware of due to Kisiwa's sense of history and charm. With just 11 rooms and suites this small romantic hotel provides gracious Swahili hospitality along with professional service, and unmatched elegance and comfort.
The six Burdani Deluxe rooms offer complete relaxation with two on each floor, each with a four poster bed, air conditioning and modern amenities. The three Malkia Junior suites, one on each floor, are larger than the Burdani rooms and two of them have a stand alone shower and a freestanding bath. One of them has a separate sitting area, ideal for a family with children. The two Sulaima Senior suites are the biggest of all the rooms, tastefully and elegantly furnished with a decidedly romantic and enchanting Swahili feel.
The breathtaking rooftop restaurant at Kisiwa takes you back to a time of decadence and self indulgent luxury. Both traditional and continental specialties are on offer, infused with the island's rich spices and flavors. This wonderful fusion of fresh food can be enjoyed as you gaze out at views of the Indian Ocean and sunset over the rooftops of Stone Town.
11 spacious rooms and suites each with: En-suite bathroom, Phone, Turndown service, Daily housekeeping, Bathrobes, Flat-screen TV, Satellite television, Wireless internet access, Air-conditioning, Personal safe, Telephone, Mini-bar, Tea & coffee making facilities, Hairdryer, Toiletries.
24-hour front desk, Bar/lounge, Coffee shop/cafe, Concierge services, Airport transportation, Dry cleaning/laundry service.
Based in the historical and cultural Stone Town, Kisiwa House can offer spice tours and visits to the Sultan’s baths, slave caves and slave market. It is also possible to arrange diving on one of the world’s most renowned dive sites and guests can also arrange Dhow trips and idyllic island escapes as well as dolphin, turtle and humpback whale watching.
Location & Directions
This boutique hotel is located in Zanzibar Town (Stone Town), close to Old Fort, Stonetown Beach, and Forodhani Gardens. Also nearby are House of Wonders and Anglican Cathedral. This ‘Old Town' of Zanzibar City lies on the western side of the island, idyllically situated on the sea-front, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbors, and bright bazaars.
When to go
Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.