Dhow Palace Hotel
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Dhow Palace Hotel

P.O.Box 3947, Kenyatta Road, Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania, 397 400
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    Dhow Palace Hotel Reviews

    8.4
    Excellent
    /10
    (57 reviews)See what guests said
    10.0
    Exceptional

    "It's a beautiful old building with interesting architecture..."

    Kathryn

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    December 6, 2017

    8.6
    Excellent service
    Recommended by 96% of guests

    Things you’ll love about Dhow Palace Hotel

    Things you'll love

    • Airport transfer

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Currency exchange

    • Breakfast [free]

    Exceptional
    Location
    9.3
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    Exceptional location
    Popular
    Nearby
  • House of Wonders420 m
  • Value for money8.2
    Distance to city center0.1 km
    Location rating9.3
    Nearest airportAbeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)
    Distance to airport7.1 km

    Rooms available at Dhow Palace Hotel

    8.0
    Very good
    Room comfort & quality
    Twin Room
    Twin Room
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    • Room size: 64 m²/689 ft²
    • City view
    • 2 single beds
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    Double Room
    Double Room
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    • Room size: 64 m²/689 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 double bed
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    Triple Room
    Triple Room
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    • Room size: 100 m²/1076 ft²
    • City view
    • 3 single beds
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    Deluxe Double Room with Sea View
    Deluxe Double Room with Sea View
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 queen bed
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    Single Room with Bath
    Single Room with Bath
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • Shower and bathtub
    • 1 single bed
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    Deluxe Suite, 1 King Bed, Sea View (1 King Bed) (Non Refundable) Double
    Deluxe Suite, 1 King Bed, Sea View (1 King Bed) (Non Refundable) Double
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      Twin Standard
      Twin Standard
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        Suite
        Suite
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          Triple Standard
          Triple Standard
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            Deluxe Suite, 1 King Bed, Sea View
            Deluxe Suite, 1 King Bed, Sea View
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              What people love about Dhow Palace Hotel

              • 9.2
                Exceptional
                Spaciousness

                "The stile is unique, the room was big and high ceiling and the staff friendly and helpful."

                Nimrod

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                December 27, 2018

              • 8.4
                Excellent
                Staff 

                "From the gorgeous interior to friendly and very helpful staff."

                Meagan

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                January 2, 2019

              • 9.6
                Exceptional
                Staff 

                "The hotel was beautiful and felt really Zanzibarian with friendly helpful staff and a great location."

                Cat

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                January 22, 2018

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              9.6
              Exceptional

              "I found this place very near to all services and in the hub..."

              Tariq

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              October 25, 2018

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              What they offer

              10.0
              Exceptional

              "Great location, helpful and smiling staff."

              Shaun

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              September 23, 2018

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              Reviews of Dhow Palace Hotel from real guests

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              Agoda Reviews (57)Booking.com Reviews (692)
              8.4
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              10
              Cleanliness8.4
              Facilities8.1
              Location9.3
              Room comfort and quality8.0
              Service8.6
              Value for money8.2
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              7.2
              Very good
              Mark from South Africa
              Couple
              Double Room
              Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

              Great position, not great breakfasts ”

              The hotel is situated in good position, cleanliness could be better and mediocre breakfast.

              Reviewed July 14, 2019
              8.4
              Excellent
              Brent from South Africa
              Couple
              Double Room
              Stayed 5 nights in June 2019

              Nice place to stay”

              It was a pleasure staying at Dhow Palace, with friendly staff, a good breakfast buffet and nice facilities you will be enjoying your time in Stonetown.

              Reviewed July 09, 2019
              9.6
              Exceptional
              Zuleika from South Africa
              Family with young children
              Triple Room
              Stayed 1 night in June 2019

              Exceptional”

              Enjoyed everything about Dhow Palace. The welcoming, the rooms, the pool, the beautiful palace and the warm kind and accommodating staff. Asante sana!

              Reviewed June 22, 2019
              9.2
              Exceptional
              Jenny from Australia
              Couple
              Double Room
              Stayed 1 night in June 2019

              Character ”

              The Dhow Palace is a lovely, character filled hotel in a very good location, close to all the main points of interest, restaurants and seafront.

              Reviewed June 12, 2019
              8.8
              Excellent
              Kenneth from United Kingdom
              Couple
              Triple Room
              Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

              Great location”

              Plenty of room to relax by the pool and in the communal areas, a real haven when returning from sightseeing around Stone Town.

              Reviewed February 19, 2019
              2.0
              Taru from Finland
              Group
              Double Room
              Stayed 1 night in December 2018

              Our time in Stone Town was ruined by Dhow Hotel's scam”

              I strongly suggest avoiding this hotel altogether. We booked (and had to pre-pay) one night here at the end of our Zanzibar holiday. Upon arrival we were told that they had no room and we would be transferred elsewhere. They refused to negotiate anything at all, even though I had a child and a very sick travel companion with me. We were hushed out through the back door. The hotel first tried to put us into a very small car where heavy luggage would have been placed against our heads with no straps at all. Getting a more suitable car lasted ages. We finally arrived at the second hotel. It was in the harbour area, the view from the window was cargo and ships. I find hard to imagine what could be more different from the Stone Town charm we had paid for. The episode of transferring hotel lasted the whole day. Furthermore, staff at the second hotel made clear that overbooking and sending clients with pre-paid reservations to lower-level is practiced by Dhow Hotel all the time.

              Reviewed January 19, 2019
              8.4
              Excellent
              Meagan from South Africa
              Couple
              Twin Room
              Stayed 1 night in December 2018

              Wow! ”

              Dhow Palace Hotel blew our minds. From the gorgeous interior to friendly and very helpful staff. We felt like royalty. The rooms were clean and spacious and the breakfast was exquisite. The views from the roof top were something special and the swimming pool added that extra “this place has it all” feel. We enjoyed every minute of our stay and definitely recommend it. Thank you again Dhow Palace.

              Reviewed January 02, 2019
              9.2
              Exceptional
              Nimrod from Israel
              Family with teens
              Twin Room
              Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

              great, different hotel”

              The stile is unique, the room was big and high ceiling and the staff friendly and helpful.,

              Reviewed December 27, 2018
              9.6
              Exceptional
              Tariq from United Arab Emirates
              Solo traveler
              Twin Room
              Stayed 3 nights in October 2018

              Superb place at Stone Town ”

              I found this place very near to all services and in the hub of city capital Stone Town. Spacious rooms, traditional Zanzibari furniture, quiet at for good night sleep, very helpful and welcoming staff, immaculately cleaned and maintained, well managed property at a low budget rates for all sorts of visitors. Great reception and stay with true Zanzibari hospitality at it's best. Will definitely make this hotel as priority for my next visit to Zanzibar. I highly recommend it for all kinds of visitors to Zanzibar.

              Reviewed October 25, 2018
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Shaun from South Africa
              Family with young children
              Triple Room
              Stayed 6 nights in September 2018

              Great experience”

              Great location, helpful and smiling staff. Kid friendly.

              Reviewed September 23, 2018
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Mathilde from Norway
              Couple
              Double Room
              Stayed 1 night in July 2018

              Amazing hotel in StoneTown”

              It’s beautiful, it’s perfectly placed, the staff is helpful and I highly recommend this little pearl in StoneTown!

              Reviewed July 31, 2018
              8.4
              Excellent
              Adrianus from Netherlands
              Couple
              Double Room
              Stayed 2 nights in May 2018

              Excellent”

              Kitchen/cook needs improve,ent

              Reviewed May 30, 2018
              8.0
              Excellent
              azemiyah from Malaysia
              Couple
              Twin Room
              Stayed 3 nights in February 2018

              Overbooked on first night but otherwise pleasant place”

              A messup on the hotel's end led them to overbook guests so we were placed in the nearby Zanzibar Hotel. As a note, our Zanzibar Hotel room was very airy and wide and had a large photogenic blue-tiled tub and fun breakfast staff. Dhow Palace Hotel's interior is beautiful; a nice inner courtyard with antiques strewn about. The pool was beautiful and we went for a pleasant dip in the evening. The staff were kind and the breakfast was good and entertaining because some tourists toured the inside of the hotel while we ate. The location was near the main street and even nearer to a wonderful Chinese restaurant with good seafood that stayed open quite late. The room itself was a bit small and dark but it was clean and cool and the TV had plenty of English language channels. Very pleasant stay but highly recommend to check ahead before check-in.

              Reviewed April 03, 2018
              9.6
              Exceptional
              Cat from United Kingdom
              Family with young children
              Twin Room
              Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

              Exceptional”

              The hotel was beautiful and felt really Zanzibarian with friendly helpful staff and a great location.

              Reviewed January 22, 2018
              9.6
              Exceptional
              Baudouin from Belgium
              Solo traveler
              Single Room with Bath
              Stayed 9 nights in December 2017

              Good location, friendly staff.”

              Good location, friendly staff.

              Reviewed December 22, 2017
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Kathryn from United States
              Family with teens
              Double Room
              Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

              Great Hotel in the Heart of Stone Town”

              If you want to feel as if you were really in Zanzibar, this is the place. It's a beautiful old building with interesting architecture and old-world furnishings The staff was very welcoming and helpful, especially with my six Tanzanian students. The rooms were comfortable, well-appointed, and clean. The breakfast buffet was large and good. I arranged a reasonably-priced walking city tour through the front desk, and the guide was excellent. You must climb stairs to the rooms, but I believe they are installing an elevator.

              Reviewed December 06, 2017
              10.0
              Exceptional
              Kathryn from United States
              Family with teens
              Triple Room
              Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

              Beautiful old property in heart of Stone Town.”

              If you want to feel as if you're really in Stone Town, Zanzibar, this is the place. Lovely, interesting old building with dark woodwork and furniture, and interesting twists and turns of stairs and hallways. Courtyard pool. Another courtyard has a fountain. Very friendly, welcoming staff. Big breakfast with all the trimmings. Good AC and wifi. Clean rooms and comfortable beds. We loved it!

              Reviewed November 27, 2017
              9.6
              Exceptional
              Brian from Australia
              Solo traveler
              Double Room
              Stayed 1 night in August 2017

              Great choice”

              Great character, friendly helpful staff, nice pool, good food, super comfortable bed. Will definitely choose next time.

              Reviewed August 27, 2017
              8.8
              Excellent
              Yong from China
              Family with teens
              Triple Room
              Stayed 1 night in October 2016

              Special hotel in Stone Town”

              Very special decoration

              Reviewed October 20, 2016
              7.6
              Very good
              Aliasghar from United States
              Group
              Triple Room
              Stayed 1 night in October 2016

              Excellent”

              Need elevator.

              Reviewed October 16, 2016
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