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.
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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.
Traveler Rating: 5 (out of 5)
Current reviews - 6 posted
High class hotel in old Zanzibar style
Author: Gerhard Lorenzo
Posted: Wednesday, May 30 2012, 10:31:10
Good rooms with AC and comfortabel Zanzibar king size bed. Breakfast was very nice. Friendly and helpful staff.
The original Sultan
Author: Josh Nadia
Posted: Wednesday, May 30 2012, 10:32:42
Stayed in this hotel for 2 nights in November 2011, it was absolutely lovely. I stayed here with 2 friends, the room was on the top floor. It was huge had 4 double beds, huge bathroom which included a Persian bath. The hotel has a great authentic feel to it with lots of the furniture which was used back in time. The pool is stunning, a great attraction in the centre of the hotel. Would definitaley reccommend to friends. Great location in the heart of things.
Dhow Palace - wonderful atmosphere
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 .
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