The Swahili House

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Located in the bustling heart of Stone Town the building was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. house is located in the centre of Stone Town and therefore in the middle of all the action! The bustling market, shops, restaurants and other points of interest such as the House of Wonders are all within walking distance from the hotel.

The house can organize professional guides who’ll assist you while discovering Stone Town in order to get the maximum out of your visit to this busy little town and its hundreds of little streets. Besides that, it offers various trips in and around Stone Town. Learn everything about the spices you normally only see on the shelves in the supermarket on a Spice Tour or visit the cheeky Colobus monkeys at Jozani Forrest. Explore the magnificent Menai bay while snorkeling or just enjoy a relaxing massage – there are plenty of things to do and see! Naturally, the house offers transfers to and from the airport and other Zanzibari destinations as well.

There are 5 floors that are all built around our beautiful court yard, an ideal spot to enjoy a quiet moment away from busy Stone Town life. The floors are all accessible via traditional Zanzibari Staircases. The house has 22 rooms spread out over 4 floors.

All the rooms all are restored and decorated in traditional Swahili style, but adjusted to Western standards, which for example includes European sized mattresses, air conditioning and a fan. Most rooms feature a spectacular open bathroom including a shower and bath, which are ideally to relax after a busy day exploring Stone Town and its many treasures.

The rooftop terrace houses the bar, restaurant and a very relaxing Jacuzzi overlooking the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a cocktail, lunch or dinner while indulging in stunning views of Stone Town and the Swahili Coastal area!

The á la carte menu offered is a combination of Eastern and Western influences, Spices and flavors and includes a wide variety of fre


Around the place
  • Towel and linen service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Housekeeper
  • Tour guide
  • Massage
  • Pool


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