Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Stone Town, Zanzibar and the coast, Tanzania
At a Glance
Perfectly located in the center of Stone Town in reach of the port and Forodhani Gardens
Classic Stone Town House, lovingly restored
Delicious Swahili-fusion meals served in the hotel's restaurant
Just nine rooms and suites, all individually designed
Great bar for pre- or post dinner drinks
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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”.
To start planning your vacation to Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Perfectly placed for exploring the winding streets of Stone Town, and owner-run, the Zanzibar Palace Hotel is an intimate, chic little hotel with just nine rooms and suites, right in the center of Stone Town and close to the fort and Forodhani Gardens.
In the center of Stone Town’s winding streets is a little gem in Zanzibar Palace Hotel, wonderfully air-conditioned in the Stone Town heat, with a small restaurant and bar. Like most Stone Town houses, the Zanzibar Palace is not enormous, but extremely tall.
There are three levels of accommodation – rooms, suites and the Dunia suite which extends right up to the roof and has an incredible, open-air, roof-terrace bathroom – and a bed which needs steps to get into! Each room is individually designed and original, with artwork and furniture sourced locally.
The slight downside is no rooftop restaurant, so classic of Stone Town hotels, but this is more than made up for by the warm welcome. The owners live right next door so are very happy to be contacted any time to assist with anything.
The food at dinner is delicious and varied, and special dinners are often planned for honeymooners – even in the bathroom of the Dunia suite if requested! For those wishing to experience some true Stone Town hospitality, the Zanzibar Palace is a great little option.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
I loved Zanzibar Palace Hotel when I visited - it's down a very unprepossessing street, but the moment you step up the steps to be greeted by the smiling receptionist you feel incredibly welcome. This little boutique hotel is a gem - with a dining room on the ground floor and a separate bar (where we enjoyed ice cold drinks and a selection of Zanzibar spiced snacks - delicious!) and then stairs up to all the rooms.
The rooms themselves are all lovely and each totally different - some with a bath in the main bedroom, others with separate bathrooms, and the Dunia suite with a hugely high bed (complete with stepladder!) and an incredible bathroom, which can be found up some steps and on the roof terrace!
The hotel is located centrally so is perfect for exploring Stone Town and while we didn't eat here, a honeymoon couple had requested a special Zanzibar meal for their dinner and we watched this being prepared - it looked absolutely delicious!
While it could be considered a little quirky, and the rooms are not five star, the Zanzibar Palace hotel really evokes the feel of Stone Town and for those wishing to immerse themselves in a bit of Zanzibar culture, it's the perfect stopover.
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.
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.