The Dhow Palace Hotel is an original house set in the heart of Stone Town (the capital city of Zanzibar Island). Economically priced and simplistically presented, it offers a roof-top restaurant, a central courtyard and a selection of large, authentic, rooms, all with enormous Zanzibari four-poster beds.
Fully renovated in 2005, a new wing has been added to the original building, which offers a central courtyard with swimming pool, and a new selection of rooms, all with balconies. The roof top Indian restaurant overlooks the city's rooftops (no alcohol). Tranquil and gracious, this centre-of-town hotel makes an excellent and economic Stone Town choice
Due to its position in the heart of the old town, the Dhow Palace Hotel does not have sea views, but compensates for this in terms of authentic charm and décor. It also has a charming lounge furnished with authentic antiques.
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Location and season
The hotel is situated in the Shangai district of Stone Town, just off Kenyatta Road (10 minutes' drive from the international airport and 10 minutes' walk from the harbour.
The island of Zanzibar is known as the ‘Spice Island' because of its long-standing association with the clove industry. A low-lying stretch of land, approximately 37 km off the coast of Tanzania, it is a place of wonder, magic and mystery. Zanzibar Town, on the western side of the island is made up of a labyrinth of winding lanes and ancient stone houses. A place of Arabian arches, heavily carved wooden doors, circular towers, narrow latticed windows and overhanging fretwork balconies, Stone Town offers a fascinating selection of bazaars, curio shops, art galleries and spice troves.
To the north of the town lie mile upon mile of pristine beaches, which end at the northern tip of the island with the dhow centre and tourist resort of Nungwi. Yet more stunning beaches lie along the eastern shore. The Zanzibar archipelago also includes the neighbouring island of Pemba and numerous small islands off shore to include Changuu (Prison Island), Bawi, Cahwani (Grave Island), Tumbatu, Mnemba, Chumbe and the sandbanks of Nyange, Pange and Murogo.
Set around twin courtyards, the hotel offers 17 bedrooms, all with Persian carpets and antiques and most with large sultan-style double beds (air conditioning, hair dryer, mini bar (soft drinks only), telephone and satellite TV. Room service (limited), laundry service, safe at reception).
Dining and bars
The dining room serves only breakfast, notice is required for lunch and dinner. The roof-top restaurant offers a variety of seafood, local and international cuisine as well as panoramic views of Zanzibar's Stone Town and the Indian Ocean.
The hotel welcomes children.
What to see and do
The activities on offer include swimming, snorkelling, sea kayaking, diving, water sports, dhow trips and nature trails plus visits to a dhow workshop and the brooding caverns of the Mangapwani Slave Caves where slaves were hidden after the abolishment of slavery made their shipment illegal.
Other places of interest in Stone Town and around are: the Portuguese Fort, the Sultan's Palace, the old Dhow Port, the Old Slave Market, the House of Wonders, the Old Dispensary, the home of the slaver, Tippu-Tip, the Livingstone House, The Hamamni Bath, The National Museum, The Chukwani Palace, The Jozani Forest - the last red colobus monkey sanctuary, The Mtoni Palace ruins, The Maruhubi Palace ruins and the Persian Baths of Kidichi.
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