The Dhow Palace is an original house set in the heart of Stone Town, the capital city of Zanzibar. Economically priced and simplistically presented, it offers a roof-top restaurant, a central courtyard and a selection of large, authentic, rooms, all with enormous Zanzibari four-poster beds. Fully renovated in 2005, a new wing has been added to the original building, which offers a central courtyard with swimming pool, and a new selection of rooms, all with balconies. The roof top Indian restaurant overlooks the city’s rooftops. Tranquil and gracious, this centre-of-town hotel makes an excellent and economic Stone Town choice. Due to its position in the heart of the old town, the Dhow Palace does not have sea views, but compensates for this in terms of authentic charm and décor. It also has a charming lounge furnished with authentic antiques.
The hotel is situated in the Shangai district of Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, just off Kenyatta Road (10 minutes’ drive from the international airport and 10 minutes’ walk from the harbour.
The Dhow Palace offers a unique selection of individually themed rooms, all of which are located within a superbly restored historic Stone Town house. The Dhow Palace is a showcase for antique Zanzibar furniture and fittings, original stucco decor, ornate carved doors and stone baths. Set around twin courtyards, the hotel offers 17 bedrooms, all with Persian carpets and antiques and most with large sultan-style double beds. Rooms feature air conditioning, hair dryer, mini bar for soft drinks only, telephone and satellite TV. Limited room service, laundry service, safe at reception
Dining and bars
The dining room serves only breakfast, notice is required for lunch and dinner. The roof-top restaurant offers a variety of seafood, local and international cuisine as well as panoramic views of Zanzibar's Stone Town and the Indian Ocean.
The Dhow Palace menu will typically include a wide selection of East Africa, Tanzania and Swahili dishes as well as numerous international choices.
Note: No alcohol is served in the restaurant.
Conference and event facilities
The hotel does not offer specific conference facilities but will be happy to quote for small meetings and social gatherings. Tanzania incentives can also be arranged in Stone Town or the surrounding Tanzania beach resort venues.
Weddings and honeymoons
This hotel makes an ideal Tanzania wedding destination. The hotel also offers a honeymoon suite, while all the attractions of a romantic beach resort lie just a short drive away.
The hotel welcomes children and will be pleased to supply additional beds.
The activities on offer at Zanzibar’s Indian Ocean beach resort choices include water sports (swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking, diving, kite-surfing, wind-surfing, sailing and more), and dhow trips
The hotel can also arrange cultural visits to fishing villages, dhow workshops and Tanzania artisans markets.
The heart of Zanzibar, Stone Town is the only functioning historical city in East Africa and is much the same today as it was 200 years ago. A city within a city, Stone Town is the oldest section of Zanzibar Town, and is made up of winding lanes and unique stone houses, many of which feature magnificent carved doors and overhanging fretwork balconies. Places of cultural interest in Stone Town and around include: the Portuguese Fort, Sultan’s Palace, old Dhow Port, Old Slave Market, Zanzibar House of Wonders, Stone Town Old Dispensary, Livingstone’s House, slave caves/slave market, The Hamamni Bath, The National Museum of Zanzibar, The Chukwani Palace, Jozani Forest (the last sanctuary of the red colobus monkey in East Africa), Mtoni Palace and Maruhubi Palace ruins, and the Persian Baths of Kidichi.
The Spice Tour
Most hotels offer access to the Spice Tour, a tour of the spice-growing fields and orchards of East Africa’s most famous spice exporter, which lie just outside Stone Town. Typically lasting half a day, the tours usually end up with shopping for spices and oils, or a visit to the slave caves and beach resort options.
Jozani Forest Tour
The Jozani Forest Reserve is the last sanctuary in the world for the rare red colobus monkey, which is endemic to this East African island. 35 kms from Stone Town, the reserve is also home to other key East Africa species including Syke's monkey's, bush pigs and nocturnal Zanzibar leopards. Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative.