The Swahili House

Zanzibar – Stone Town

In December 2008 – after months of renovation, the Swahili House hotel opened her doors. The Swahili House – a sparkling hotel with traditional influences and modern day facilities in combination with authentic Swahili hospitality!

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. 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.

The Swahili 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 Swahili House has 5 floors that are all built around a beautiful court yard – an ideal spot to enjoy a quiet moment away from busy Stone Town life. The floors are all accessible via traditional Zanzibar Staircases and an elevator. The 22 rooms are spread out over 4 floors and can be divided in 3 different room 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.

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 Swahili House would definitely not be the same without the rooftop terrace. 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 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. A Continental and full English breakfast buffet will be served from the rooftop kitchen every morning.

And last but certainly not least: The Swahili House offers a large variety of wines, international spirits and delicious cocktails to enjoy a romantic sun set with!

Zanziplanet reviews

We expect the Swahili House will do very well as it has all the right ingredients. The owners are experienced hoteliers with a handful of other properties within Tanzania and know exactly how to blend the traditional with the new.

The Swahili House is a welcome addition to Stone Town and although currently there is little guest feedback we expect only positive things.

Further to the above, The Swahili house has now been open for just over a year and is fast becoming a firm favorite for Stone Town. We were particularly impressed with the rooftop restaurant (Oct 09) and would recommend stopping by for a meal and taking in the view even if you’re not staying within the hotel.

Please note: This property has steep staircases and is not suitable for those who would find them difficult.


Zanzibar Coffee House

Zanzibar – Stone Town

The Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel offers a touch of magic and romance in an authentic Arabic house deep in the heart of Stone Town.


Transformed into a stylish hotel with harmonious interiors, antiques and rich fabrics, it is one of the oldest buildings in Zanzibar constructed by the Wazir to Sultan Said Bargash in 1885.

The Zanzibar Coffee House hotel is ideal for the individual traveler seeking a special and authentic place to stay, but the house can also accommodate families, for instance in the Bourbon Family Suite.


Most stunning of the 8 individually designed rooms is the Arabica Suite with its terracotta décor and low Arabic sofas and the plush Bourbon Suite with two adjoining rooms in cobalt blue and gold. All rooms are air-conditioned and have traditional Zanzibar four-poster beds with lavish mosquito nets, rare lamps, antique furniture and unusual details.


The adjoining Zanzibar Coffee House Café serves a variety of coffees – grown by the hotel’s owners on estates in Zanzibar and in the Southern Highlands – as well as delicious cakes and a range of continental foods.

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Guests begin each day with the aroma of fresh coffee from the tower top teahouse. Early evening can be spent relaxing and gazing across the minarets as the sun goes down.

There’s a feeling of timelessness at the Zanzibar Coffee House Hotel that conjures up another world.

Zanziplanet reviews

The Zanzibar Coffee House represents outstanding value for money and makes a perfect base from which to explore the sights and sounds of Stone Town.