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Swahili House

A sparkling hotel with traditional influences and modern day facilities in combination with authentic Swahili hospitality, Swahili House is located in the bustling heart of Stone Town, Zanzibar. The building was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. In the 125 years that were to come the building was home to one of the many Sultan families and then became a hotel some years ago. Most of the hotel has been restored into its original state.

The hotel has five floors connected by traditional Zanzibari staircases and built around a gorgeous courtyard. Here you are be able to gather your thoughts and enjoy some peaceful reflection away from the busy town.

To enter the world of Zanzibar is to step through the looking glass into the world of a thousand and one nights and black eyes that smile from behind deep veils. There's a House of Wonders and a street of food, a Palace Museum, an ancient slave market, an age-old fort, a ruined harem and the house where Dr Livingstone once lived. There are Red Colobus Monkeys and dolphins and a bright tapestry of Arab, African and Swahili culture, folklore and cuisine that are as mesmeric as myth.

Zanzibar, the spice island of Tanzania is one of the continent's most famous destinations when it comes to beach travel, beach vacations, beach resorts and Tanzania holiday options. Offering excellent beach hotels, coral reef discovery, water sports, family holidays, spice tours and ocean paradise islands.


In the heart of Stonetown, Zanzibar, on Mchambawima Street. The hotel is located close to the bustling market, shops, restaurants and other points of interest such as the House of Wonders, all within walking distance from the hotel


The rooms all are restored and decorated in traditional Swahili style, but adjusted to Western standards, European sized mattresses, air conditioning and a fan. Most rooms feature a spectacular open bathroom including a shower and bath, most falling into the following categories:
* Sultan Suites - large, spacious rooms with balcony. Approx. 45m2.
* Suites: medium sized spacious rooms with or without balcony. Approx. 33m2.
* Deluxe Rooms: standard sized double or twin room. Approx. 21m2.
Services: laundry, WiFi (ground floor only), non-smoking rooms, smoking area, bar, restaurants, Jacuzzi, roof terrace. No TV, safe or telephone in room.

Dining and bars

A Continental and full English breakfast buffet is served from the rooftop kitchen for breakfast. The rooftop terrace houses the hotel bar, restaurant and a very relaxing Jacuzzi overlooking the Indian Ocean. Guests can enjoy a cocktail, lunch or dinner while indulging in stunning views of Stone Town and the Swahili Coastal area!

Swahili House's á la carte menu is a combination of Eastern and Western influences, Spices and flavors and includes a wide variety of freshly caught Fish and Seafood, Mediterranean Tapas and is changed on a daily basis.

The Swahili House offers a large variety of wines, international spirits and delicious cocktails to enjoy a romantic sun set

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 welcomes children and will be pleased to supply additional beds.


Cultural activities

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.


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