Stone Town, Zanzibar
Built around 2 courtyards, one with a fountain and the other a swimming pool, the Dhow Palace, with its traditional architecture provides a restful retreat from the busy streets of Stone Town. It is a reasonably-priced option we use to keep holiday costs from getting too high.
Originally the private residence of a wealthy merchant, the building has been enlarged over the centuries and first opened to guests in 1993. Since then it has been a consistently popular Stone Town hotel, close to city sights and the harbour, with a quiet courtyard and an indoor pool where you can unwind between sightseeing trips and island excursions.
The restaurant by the pool is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves regional and continental dishes, while private dining can be arranged on the rooftop terrace within sight of the Indian Ocean. This hotel, like many in Stone Town, does not serve alcohol, but there are bars nearby.
Bedrooms have a traditional feel, with wooden Swahili-style beds draped with mosquito nets, period furniture, woven rugs, white-washed walls. Simple but very pleasant.
Dhow Palace highlights
- In the centre of Stone Town
- Swimming pool
- Rooftop terrace
- Air-conditioned rooms
Dhow Palace location
- 30 rooms
- Open all year round
- Children of all ages welcome
- Swimming pool
- Games area
- Roof terrace
Dhow Palace rooms
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.