Mashariki Palace Hotel

Stone Town, Zanzibar and the coast, Tanzania

At a Glance

  • A privileged residence in a historical setting

  • Beautiful building fit for a sultan

  • The hotel was once the Eastern Palace on the islands, seat of the Omani Empire

  • 18 beautiful spacious bedrooms within this ancient palace

  • A beautiful rooftop restaurant and bar with wonderful sea views

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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”.

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Insider's View

Without a doubt the most impressive and beautiful hotel in Stone Town

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The Mashariki Palace Hotel is a beautiful historical hotel, once home to the Sultan of Zanzibar, set in the cultural hub of Stone Town, with the original architecture and high ceilings still in place to provide a cool and peaceful home for guests.

Set down a private guarded passageway, hidden amongst the heat and bustle of Stone Town, is the old residence of the Sultan of Zanzibar, home to Omani princes, an ancient residence now converted to offer travelers a quiet haven with beautiful decor and all the luxury you could want. The rooms are situated along long high corridors, around four sides of the internal courtyard, climbing up towards the rooftop restaurant and bar that looks out to the turquoise seas of the Indian ocean and enjoys lovely cool sea breezes that sweep in as your enjoy your meals.

Stone Town is a great stop for a few nights at the beginning or end of a beach vacation in Zanzibar but during the summer months it can get particularly hot so the tranquillity and coolness of the Mashariki Palace Hotel provides a welcome respite for guests. The food here is absolutely fabulous and families and couples are welcomed alike, beautiful four poster beds being the perfect setting for couples looking for romance, or large spacious rooms for families being ideal for parents wanting to keep an eye on their young ones.

There are eighteen spacious rooms, each beautifully decorated and still subtlety different, some overlooking the courtyard, others with balconies, some with sea-views, some with impressively high ceilings, some larger suites with living areas, and some family suites with a mezzanine level.

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All rooms include air conditioning, complimentary tea and coffee, mosquito net, hair dryer, phone, mini-fridge, safe, flat screen satellite TV.

The Darajani Rooms measure 25-35 sqm, whilst the Forodhani rooms are slightly more spacious at 30-45sqm.


All children welcome.


24hr Reception, Free Wi-Fi, A La Carte Rooftop Restaurant & bar, Concierge Services, Massages, Laundry Service, Tours & Excursions, Transfers, Airport Shuttle.


Activities on Zanzibar Island are widely varying, from local restaurant visits, to guided tours of Stone Town, sunset cruises, island excursions, spice tours, snorkeling, diving and many others.


  • A dhow trip on the coast of Zanzibar

    Sailing in a dhow, the traditional sailing boat used in Zanzibar, is the best way to view the island's coastline. Sailing in the late evening to watch the sun set is the best time of day and is wonderfully romantic.

  • A historic walk through Stone Town

    Visit Zanzibar Towns old quarter, Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar. Here you will find beautiful architecture and historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, revealing the complex history of Zanzibar and its links with the slave trade.

  • Diving in Zanzibar

    Located off the eastern coast of Africa, in the warm and clear Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is home to some great diving locations. Head to the tiny atolls off the north coast of Zanzibar, or take a trip to its neighboring island of Pemba.

  • Explore Jozani Forest

    Escape the beach for an afternoon by visiting Jozani Forest in the center of Zanzibar, home to the endemic and rare Kirk's colobus monkeys.

  • Kitesurfing in Zanzibar

    Zanzibar offers an abundance of Kitesurfing opportunities across its clear and warm waters. Visit the east coast of Zanzibar for a range of Kitesurfing centers and seek-out a new adrenaline rush.

  • Shopping in Stone Town

    Stone Town, Zanzibar Town's old quarter, has an abundance of local shops selling a wide variety of antiques, textiles, and jewelry. Spend a whole day wondering through the narrow streets and pick up some truly unique finds.

  • Spice Tour

    With the Spice Islands named as they are you cannot visit this particular part of the world and not delve into its history by taking a Spice Tour on the island.

  • The roof top restaurant at The Swahili House, Stone Town

    Eating freshly caught seafood in the rooftop restaurant at The Swahili House Zanzibar is a perfect way to spend the evening. Located in Stone Town on the west coast of Zanzibar, dine here in the evening to watch the sunset over this unique historic town.

Location & directions

Stone Town, Zanzibar and the coast, Tanzania

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.

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