Mashariki Palace Hotel

Zanzibar – Stone Town

Mashariki is a beautiful new 18 room boutique resort situated in Stone Town. The hotel has been restored beyond its former magnificence as the palace of the Sultan religious councilor and the seat of the Omani empire.


Exotic and mystical, this hotel is evocative of the centuries of sultans, traders, adventurers and explorers who came to these magical isles of Zanzibar, leaving a cultural and architectural fusion which echoes its proud history of Persian, Arabian, Indian, Colonial and African influences.

Wandering through the ancient corridors, your thoughts will drift to the past splendor of a lost era, and the secret memories, like a faint waft of incense, that this old palace jealously preserves.


The 18 no smoking rooms are all unique; the ground floor looks into the courtyard and has high ceilings, several have balconies, some have sea views, some have a living area or mezzanine floor, but all are enclosed in this original ancient palace with cool, thick walls, Arabian beds, stucco decoration and carved doors, bringing you the essence of old Zanzibar with a twist of modern chic.

All rooms include breakfast until 11 a.m. and are equipped with air conditioning, mosquito net, spring box mattress, baby crib, hair dryer, internal phone, mini fridge, laptop safe, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi wireless internet access, anti-panic door lock and complimentary tea and coffee facilities.

An “al fresco” lunch or “starlight” dinner is available on request, as is laundry service, extra bed and babysitting service.

The three general room categories that result from the imaginative use of the space are named after the three original areas of the old Stone Town nearby the palace, accessible from the hotel by foot along the narrow winding streets – Forodani: the seafront, Shangani: the residential area, and Darajani: the market and bazaars.

  • 5 Darajani rooms are between 20-30 sqm meters with typical Zanzibar features and details.
  • 7 Shangani rooms are more spacious, between 30-45 sqm, and have either a small suite area or a courtyard balcony.
  • 6 Forodhani rooms have further features such as sea views, mezzanine design, terraces or spectacular high ceilings.

Zanziplanet reviews

This beautiful boutique hotel is new to Zanzibar. Its location and architecture promise luxurious, stylish elegance alongside a warm welcome and the romance of the Sultan era. This hotel is sure to establish itself as one of the must visit destinations in Stone Town.


Seyyida Hotel

Zanzibar – Stone Town

You are bound to enjoy this positively charming hotel that can be found in the heart of Stone Town.


The Seyyida makes bold decorative statements and has large airy rooms; this makes for a comfortable stay at one of the most sought after hotels in Stone Town. People are happy to visit Stone Town because of its rich heritage with historical trade routes – because of this heritage there are various influences within Zanzibar culture ranging from Arabic, Italian and French.

Key features

  • Rooftop restaurant
  • Lounge bar
  • Spa
  • Hosts wedding receptions
  • Hosts birthdays
  • Hosts anniversaries
  • Hosts corporate product launches
  • Hosts family gatherings
  • Sun downer cocktails



The rooms at The Seyyida make a big impact with large features like Arabian themed headboards that extend almost all the way up to the ceiling and you will find extensive chiffon curtains that create a soft atmosphere for the duration of your stay.

The Seyyida has 17 boutique style rooms of excellent taste to choose from. Two Suites are also available for a bit more space, if you require.

Each room has been decorated in a Swahili theme using traditional furnishings, providing a style and comfort that is distinctly Zanzibar. All rooms come equipped with king size bed, state-of-the-art bathroom, flat-screen satellite TV, Internet connection, mosquito net, ceiling fan, A/C, mini-bar, coffee & tea facilities, safe deposit box, telephone and hairdryer.

Enjoy the choice between: 1 Mezzanine Suite with Private Terrace, 1 Family Suite, 4 Balcony Stone Town View Rooms, 4 Balcony Sea view Rooms, 2 Garden View Rooms and 4 Deluxe Rooms.


  • 24 hour active reception desk
  • Room service
  • Concierge
  • Laundry service
  • Tour operator service
  • (Available in different languages; English, German, French and Italian)
  • Business centre assistance
  • Boutique store
  • Library
  • Transfers

Zanziplanet reviews

The Seyyida has been known for its excellent taste in décor throughout the years – expect to find Arabic themed high door arches and spacious reception areas. Any guest that we send there are more than happy to soak in the atmosphere of Stone Town as it was announced its world heritage site by UNESCO in 2000 and we give it the thumbs up too! When is the best time of year to visit? Your best bet is to come is June to October & December to March.