Jaffery House

Zanzibar – Stone Town

Jafferji House and Spa is a boutique hotel situated in the heart of Stown Town and conveniently located amongst Zanzibar’s most vibrant shops and restaurants near the seafront, and close to Forodhani gardens with only a 20 minute transfer from the airport.


The Jafferji House building was originally built by the Dossaji family about 100 years ago and later sold to the Jafferji family in the 1960’s who merchants in cutlery were. The Jafferji’s had the ultimate dream of converting this large property into an intimate boutique hotel, fit for kings and queens. After a three year renovation project, this property has been magically transformed from a family home into a very high standard boutique hotel, welcoming guests into the splendor of this magnificent property allowing them to visualize the grandeur of Sultans and merchants of days gone by.

All furnishings in Jafferji House, including all the carved door and window frames, are genuine antiques collected from all over the world from places such as Morocco, Afghanistan, India and Mozambique. Many of the antique ceramic plates seen in this property date back hundreds of years and were bought on ships headed for Zanzibar from Europe and Asia.


Jafferji House offers 10 suites each beautifully decorated in its own unique style from banana fibre roofing to bold sculptures and even traditional African carved furniture.

Bi Kidude’s African Suite on the second floor of the property offers an open air bathroom with deep Swahili baths and views over Stone Town towards the seafront. The Mercury suite features luxurious antique furniture, a large carved bed, a carved bath, double sink and is decorated with rich, sumptuous tones to reflect Freddy Mercury who was born just a few meters away from this property.

Other suites feature carved wooden trellises surrounding your suite, huge beautifully carved beds, Moroccan brass bathtubs, open air showers overlooking the Old Fort, Beaded lampshades, flowing drapery and gold-plated hand-made fittings. All suites are fully air-conditioned with flat screen TVs.


Jafferji House offers excellent service and facilities. Situated on the roof of this property you will find the Spa where you can indulge yourself with the many treatments on offer whilst admiring the view over Stone Town. The Roof Top Spa offers traditional beauty treatments from around East Africa using only the finest natural ingredients.

Jafferji House also features a bar / restaurant designed in a minimalistic Arabic style and serves a selection of salads, sandwiches, toasts, whole meal breads and fresh tropical fruit juices made with locally sourced organic seasonal fruits and a range of different desserts.

Should you wish to dine out in the evenings, Jafferji House works closely with a number of wonderful restaurants around Stone Town and will assist you to make a reservation and offer you a discount.

Environment and local community

Jafferji House has established a strong relationship with the local community due to its roots, and does the utmost to maintain this by using only locally sourced produce when possible and employing and training local staff.

Zanziplanet reviews

Jafferji House really is the height of luxury, steeped in rich history and tradition and the woodwork is simply jaw dropping. The owners really do welcome you into their home with open arms and go out of their way to make sure your every need is catered for. We would absolutely recommend this hotel for your stay in Stone Town especially if you want to experience the vibrant atmosphere and explore the streets. You will definitely not be disappointed as this is probably one of the finest properties in Stone Town.


Kisiwa House

Zanzibar – Stone Town

Kisiwa meaning ‘island’ in Swahili, is a luxurious hotel in Stone Town noted for its elegant blend of boutique sophistication and gracious Swahili hospitality.


Kisiwa House is superbly located on a quiet street in the heart of historical Stone Town, a UNESCO “World Heritage Site”. Within easy walking distance of famous landmarks, museums, antique shops and restaurants.

This hotel provides every modern convenience to the business or leisure traveler and offers professional service, superb comfort, romance and elegance.


Each of the 11 luxurious and spacious rooms are named after aromatic flowers found on the island and have plush sophisticated interiors, with lustrous colours and textiles alongside the following amenities:

  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Satellite television
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Air-conditioning
  • Personal safe
  • Telephone
  • Mini-bar
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Toiletries



Kisiwa House restaurant Darini is boasts fine décor, amber-hued lighting and antique fixtures, specifically designed to create a warm and relaxed ambiance. This is a unique yet distinctive restaurant featuring both traditional and continental specialties inspired by the island’s aromatic spices and flavors. Enjoy the Chef’s true ‘Zanzibar Delights’ while enjoying a breathtaking view of Stone Town and the Indian Ocean.


The Courtyard Lounge is a hidden retreat in a perfect setting for those just wanting to unwind. It is a symphony of water sounds, greenery and enchanting traditional taarab music in the heart of the town. Here you will be able to linger over a freshly brewed coffee or indulge in the delight of a traditional Zanzibar tea, accompanied by a selection of freshly baked pastries from Stone Town’s first Tea Lounge.

Zanziplanet reviews

Already recommended by 100% of guests on trip advisor, this new hotel is fast establishing itself as the best hotel in Stone Town due to its attention to detail, friendly service and boutique style accommodation.