The Dhow Palace, with its Arabian archways, authentic Zanzibar antiques and ornate ornaments, was originally an Omani mansion dating back to the 1870s. It is certainly one of the best hotels in Stone Town. The rooms are spacious, luxuriously appointed and the service is impressively friendly.
A beautiful hand-carved door studded with brass knobs welcomes you into the modest reception area. A central courtyard with a water fountain, makuti-thatch chairs and palm fronds provides a deliciously cool haven in the heat of the day. The atmosphere inside this Zanzibar hotel is tranquil and relaxed which is a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the Stone Town streets.
They have recently built a stunning swimming pool in the main court yard, so guests have a perfect setting to enjoy a cocktail and relax away from the crowds. Tembo and Dhow Palace are owned by the same group who follow the Muslim code of not serving alcohol. Only a few hotels still operate by these strict Muslim laws and we respect their decision to follow their beliefs even at the loss of a great deal of income. It's not really a problem for guests as there are plenty of pubs and cafes close by. There are also plenty of restaurants in Stone Town if you want to go out for some serious wining and dining.
Mini-bar fridge (water and soft drinks only)
Limited laundry service
Safe at reception
Accommodation at Dhow Palace Dhow Palace offers it’s guests accommodation in 17 spacious and comfortably equipped bedrooms that have been traditionally furnished in keeping with the rest of the hotel and offer persian carpets, Zanzibarian ornamentental antiques and sultan style four poster beds with painted headboards.
All rooms open onto a large balcony, that overlooks the attractive and cool central courtyard, with it’s palms and creepers, creating a tranquil atmosphere, that makes Dhow Palace the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of Stone Town and one of the most popular hotels in Zanzibar.
All the rooms are equipped with your own balcony, mosquito nets, ceiling fans, air conditioning, mini bar fridge which stocks water and soft drinks only, telephone, satellite television, hairdryer and en suite hot and cold water bathroom facilities with Persian sunken stone baths and hand held showers.
Dining at Dhow Palace Dhow Palace Hotel features a newly built roof top restaurant, which provides the perfect place to relax and sit above the tin roofs of town, watching life go by and the fishing dhows sailing home. The food at Dhow Palace Hotel is very good and well presented offering a variety of seafood, local and international cuisine as well as panoramic views of Zanzibar's Stone Town and the Turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. As with Tembo House Hotel, Dhow Palace Hotel follow the Muslim code of not serving alcohol. This is unfortunate but something that we have to respect according to their beliefs. There are however, plenty of good restaurants and pubs within walking distance which do serve alcohol.
Dhow Palace Activities: • Staff at reception will arrange sightseeing trips and transport.
• Stone Town’s cafés, markets and tourist spots are all within walking distance.
Rating: Author: Brian Woest Posted: Wednesday, May 30 2012, 10:27:50
This hotel was a special part of our round the world vacation experience and it did not disappoint. We Chose the presidential suite, located on the third floor (stairs only), consisting of an elegant sitting room with small balcony overlooking the inner courtyard and a wonderful bedroom with its own balcony. Both rooms were decorated in tasteful period antiques. It was a mix of old world ambience and modern convenience since it was well-air conditioned (a necessity for Zanzibar) with a spacious bathroom. The courtyard held a clean, cool inviting pool; I do not usually use hotel pools but this one was excellent. Staff are courteous and helpful. Breakfast was good
Dhow Palace - wonderful atmosphere
Rating: Author: Jennifer Symons Posted: Thursday, May 03 2007, 19:11:03
We chose the Dhow Palace for a one night stay tacked onto the end of a package deal to Nungwi - so we could explore Stone Town. The history and atmosphere was up to expectations - as was the friendliness of the staff .
Rating: Author: Sanah Jullies Posted: Wednesday, May 30 2012, 10:29:24
We stayed outside Stonetown on arrival in a dump of a hotel that cost the same as this character hotel right in the centre. Very polite friendly staff. Lots of interesting antiques and art. Great location. Excellent rooms which could easily fit a family. Highly recommended.
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