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8.8
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9.1
Exceptional
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Better than 98% of properties in Zanzibar
Exceptional location
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  • Madeira Tours & Safaris10 m
  • Tropical Tours50 m
  • Speed Cash/TanPay60 m
  • Loulou Restaurant70 m
  • Memories of Zanzibar90 m
  • Queens Bureau de Change90 m
  • Tabasam100 m
  • Robin's Collection180 m
  • St Joseph's Cathedral200 m
  • Maka T-Shirt Shop210 m
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Kisiwa House

    572, Baghani Street, Stone Town, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania - See map
    Exceptional cleanliness
    9.2 rating for cleanliness
    Exceptional comfort
    9.1 room quality and comfort
    • Airport transfer

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Garden

    • Laundry service

    Value for money8.5
    Distance to city center1.00 Km
    Location rating9.1
    Nearest airportAbeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)
    Distance to airport7.1 km

    Rooms available at Kisiwa House

    9.1
    Exceptional
    Room comfort & quality
    Sulaima Senior Suite
    Sulaima Senior Suite
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    • Room size: 52 m²/560 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 king bed
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    Burdani Deluxe Room
    Burdani Deluxe Room
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    • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 king bed
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    Malkia Junior Suite
    Malkia Junior Suite
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    • Room size: 37 m²/398 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 king bed
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    Deluxe Twin Bed
    Deluxe Twin Bed
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    • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 single beds
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                Agoda Reviews (49)Booking.com Reviews (394)
                8.8
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                10
                Cleanliness9.2
                Facilities7.8
                Location9.1
                Room comfort and quality9.1
                Service9.1
                Value for money8.5
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                10.0
                Exceptional
                Angel
                Couple
                Malkia Junior Suite
                Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

                Amazing Place”

                It is far away from the city around an hour, but it is a very quiet and relaxing place if you want to be away form the noise of the city. They have an amazing spa lady who would really make you feel relaxed. The staff were friendly and nice knew you by name before you arrived. Nice stay.

                Reviewed August 18, 2019
                8.4
                Excellent
                Sakari from Finland
                Couple
                Sulaima Senior Suite
                Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

                Beautiful old building”

                The Kisiwa House is in an old beautiful building. We had a big room (suite), but not really a view at all. The old town has so small streets. From the rooftop you can even see the sea. It might be a bit hard to find it, but when you know the small rads the location is very good. The staff was professional and very kind.

                Reviewed April 01, 2019
                4.8
                Iain from United Kingdom
                Couple
                Malkia Junior Suite
                Stayed 1 night in January 2019

                Very disappointing hotel”

                We read the reviews of this hotel on TripAdvisor and Agoda and arrived with high expectations. Sadly the hotel did not deliver. Firstly the room was disgusting; the smell from the drains IN the room was almost unbearable; the bathroom was old and scruffy; there were only two hand-towels (and small ones at that) and no bath-mat. When raised with management, we were told it would be 'fixed'. It was not except to provide a towel. No cleaning up of the enormous river of water that ran openly through the bathroom into the bedroom(!) or apologies. The breakfast was very disappointing in comparison to others in Zanzibar. The roof top restaurant / bar was shut on the Friday evening. In short, don't bother going here - there are many better places to stay in this wonderful town.

                Reviewed January 13, 2019
                9.6
                Exceptional
                Don from United States
                Solo traveler
                Burdani Deluxe Room
                Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

                Wonderful Stay at Kisawa House”

                I spent a couple of days in Zanzibar prior to a meeting in Dar es Salaam. Selected the Kisawa House over some of the resort and mainstream hotels others selected due to its location and charming authenticity. Had a wonderful stay there. Staff were attentive and extremely friendly and helpful. Room was spacious and beautifully decorated. Location was central Stone Town, walked to everything. Breakfast was excellent. Only suggestion I'd make is to allow 2 devices to connect to wifi at any one time to facilitate dual factor authentication. Outstanding stay and would highly recommend to anyone visiting Zanzibar.

                Reviewed July 22, 2018
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Craig from United Kingdom
                Couple
                Sulaima Senior Suite
                Stayed 5 nights in January 2018

                Exceptional”

                Beautifully decorated, immaculate and the most friendly and welcoming staff. Simply one of the best hotels I have ever stayed!!

                Reviewed January 11, 2018
                8.0
                Excellent
                Louisa from United Kingdom
                Couple
                Burdani Deluxe Room
                Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

                Very good”

                Lovely breakfast on the roof terrace, tasteful rooms however I thought this was too expensive for the quality.

                Reviewed April 01, 2017
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Neil from United Kingdom
                Couple
                Stayed 1 night in December 2015

                Lovely hotel”

                Staff were very friendly and helpful. Great decor and good location.

                Reviewed September 29, 2016
                7.6
                Very good
                Laurentia from South Africa
                Solo traveler
                Stayed 1 night in August 2016

                Very good”

                Kisiwa House offered good location and a clean beautiful spacious room. Reception Staff and lugguage porters or butlers are lovely and very helpful. Unfortunately there was nothing else offered by the House besides breakfast and the overall facilities was quite average- WIFI didnt work great either. If you are planning to just have a nice place to sleep and go out on excursions to see the town its a good option. If you prefer poolside facilities with lovely views and maybe a lounge to relax in where you can have a bite, possibly reconsider.

                Reviewed August 22, 2016
                8.0
                Excellent
                Robertson from Philippines
                Couple
                Burdani Deluxe Room
                Stayed 2 nights in May 2016

                Great bargain for a stay in Stone Town”

                Kisiwa House is a bit old, but the rooms and bathrooms are quite big. The shower does not have really hot water. Location is right at the heart of Stone Town.

                Reviewed June 03, 2016
                9.6
                Exceptional
                Sebastien from Switzerland
                Couple
                Burdani Deluxe Room
                Stayed 2 nights in April 2016

                Great place to stay”

                We stayed for two days in this very nice and cosy hotel

                Reviewed April 29, 2016
                9.3
                Exceptional
                Rosa from United States
                Couple
                Stayed 4 nights in June 2015

                Beautiful Hotel!”

                Comfort, Decor, Location

                My boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 nights while exploring the Stone Town area. The room was spotless and spacious with a comfortable bed and a large bathroom with two sinks. Three windows opened out to a view of Stone Town alleyways and let in plenty of air and light. We enjoyed starting each day enjoying breakfast in the breezy rooftop dining area with a great view of the water.

                Reviewed February 01, 2016
                6.3
                Good
                Max from Netherlands
                Solo traveler
                Burdani Deluxe Room
                Stayed 1 night in May 2015

                Watch out for your belongings!”

                location, atmosphere, staff is friendly (if unhelpful and unresponsive)

                There was one serious issue: before leaving the hotel I decided to take a city tour and left my luggage in the luggage storage room at the reception. This turned out to be completely unsafe as my phone appeared to be missing from my bag upon return. Staff were very friendly and promised to follow up with me (and file a police report) but they have never contacted me nor replied to my e-mails. They have not reimbursed or assisted me in any meaningful way. Very disappointing and I would caution all travellers to not leave any belongings unattended in this hotel.

                Reviewed July 15, 2015
                9.3
                Exceptional
                Matthew from United Kingdom
                Couple
                Malkia Junior Suite
                Stayed 2 nights in June 2015

                Lovely boutique hotel in the heart of Stone Town”

                Location, Room, Staff

                We spent two nights as part of our honeymoon at Kisiwa House. The hotel itself is a hidden gem - it's not obvious from outside but it is a lovely, impressive building from the inside...a former colonial house that was converted and renovated and just exudes a cool vibe. The room was nicely decorated and appointed, with a HUGE bathroom. Stone Town itself is very small and all the various tourist sites are just a few minutes' walk away. Africa House (one of the best-rated bar/restaurants in the area) is just through an alleyway, so there are good options on the doorstep for food and drink, that back right onto the beach. Staff were friendly and courteous, as well as being helpful in arranging a driver to take us to Nungwi Beach, in the north of the island at what we believe to be a fair price. I would definitely recommend Kisiwa House to tourists wanting to stay in Stone Town on a trip to Zanzibar

                Reviewed July 06, 2015
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Cheuk-Yin from United Kingdom
                Solo traveler
                Stayed 2 nights in April 2015

                Superb in every way”

                Staff, interiors, location

                Kisiwa House is superb in every way for a traveller who wishes to experience genuine Zanzibari hospitality without scrimping on familiar home comforts. The newly-renovated house is spotlessly clean and immaculately decorated with sumptuous fabrics. With only 11 guest rooms spread over 3 floors, there is a generous amount of communal spaces on each floor, with a gorgeous ground floor semi-open courtyard. I stayed in a Dharani room on the third floor, on the front side of the hotel. The narrow corridor-like streets will channel sound from the street, but that is part of experiencing Stone Town. I stayed during the quiet season, but Kisiwa House remained fully staffed and on top form. On one of the evenings when I was the only diner on the fourth floor restaurant, the kitchen was in execution mode nonetheless and my welcoming waitron served one delicious course after another in very timely fashion (which is not the usual pace in Stone Town). The location of Kisiwa House is also excellent, with all the major heritage sites and other landmarks (like Africa House, Forodhani Gardens) all within easy walking distance. To find your way back, turn at the DHL sign on Kenyatta Road.

                Reviewed May 01, 2015
                9.7
                Exceptional
                vivienne from United Kingdom
                Family with teens
                Deluxe Twin Bed
                Stayed 3 nights in April 2015

                Perfect stay at Kisiwa House”

                Beautiful Zanzibar furnishings, space in the room and really comfortable bed.

                We stayed at Kisiwa House for four nights over Easter and had such a pleasant time. The style of furnishings is upmarket and relaxing. Beautiful furniture and linen. Great breakfasts with very kind and attentive staff served on the roof top with sea views. The hotel is impeccably clean and fresh, no old dark corners in this hotel, it was all beautiful. It is well-placed in Stone Town with easy access to other restaurants at night without needing a taxi. Would definitely recommend this hotel.

                Reviewed April 12, 2015
                8.7
                Excellent
                Song from China
                Solo traveler
                Deluxe Twin Bed
                Stayed 1 night in August 2014

                A comfortable stay inside stone house”

                Location, style of room decoration, and stuff sevice

                Easy, comfortable, nice

                Reviewed September 11, 2014
                8.0
                Excellent
                Tomoko from Japan
                Business traveler
                Stayed 1 night in March 2014

                quiet and confortable”

                Good access for everything because of the location in the Stone Town. Hospitality by all hotel staff. Clean room with cute furniture and enough space for relax.

                The building is old but renovated enough to spend comfortable. The location takes 5 min. or so for coast having shops and restaurant and the small size of this hotel offer us quiet time, hospitality made me feel at home and reasonable price. Supposed it better to use hairdryer equipped in the room after turning off the air-conditioner for small capacity of the electricity for each room. The big bathtub in may room was nice but the plug is not its just size... However all such small problems were solved by the staff with their big smile.

                Reviewed July 20, 2014
                9.3
                Exceptional
                oded from Israel
                Couple
                Stayed 2 nights in June 2014

                very nice ang good value”

                rooms are very big and clean
                Reviewed June 15, 2014
                8.3
                Excellent
                julie from United Kingdom
                Couple
                Stayed 3 nights in December 2013

                Great location, Friendly staff, Boutique bedrooms”

                Traditional Zanzibar style house hotel with 4 poster beds and lovely courtyard and communal areas.

                This is a great, traditional-style hotel which is well located in Stone Town as it is very close to some good bars, restaurants and shops. It is just off, one of the main small streets in the town, which means that it is easy to find again in the maze of streets which make up Stone Town. We had been worried about staying in Stone Town after the acid attack on the two british girls in the summer but we felt safe enough and found most people to be friendly and helpful. The rooftop area for breakfast was a bit of a disappointment when compared with the beauty of the rest of the hotel. The breakfast was average (after the first morning we didn't bother with it again). The 4 poster beds were very pretty and kept the mosquitoes out (not that we saw many mozzies at all!) The bedroom was really well prepared for the night - beds turned down, nets up, windows and shutters all closed up, and biscuits on the table. The staff at the hotel were attentive and friendly.

                Reviewed December 31, 2013
                9.0
                Exceptional
                William from United States
                Couple
                Burdani Deluxe Room
                Stayed 1 night in June 2013

                Clean, comfortable hotel in a good location”

                Location, large room, good breakfast

                My wife and I stayed for one night at the beginning of our time in Zanzibar. We arrived at 10am, but we were able to check into our room immediately (it was late June, so not peak season). Our room was quite large and comfortable; the bathroom was very large with dual sinks and a bathtub/shower. The common areas of the hotel are nicely decorated and really give the place a "house" atmosphere. We had two breakfasts and one dinner on the rooftop patio which has a great view of Stone Town and the ocean. The fresh fruit and seafood were the highlights of our meals here (and everywhere else in Zanzibar for that matter). While not the cheapest in Stone Town, we feel Kisiwa House is good value and is comfortable without being extravagant. A note for those planning to walk around Stone Town on their own: a compass would be extremely helpful! There are very few street signs, and none of the roads are straight, so it can be a bit bewildering. Fortunately, Stone Town itself is very small so if you get lost it's not a big deal.

                Reviewed July 19, 2013
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