Fusing a restored nineteenth-century Swahili sultan’s palace and Zanzibar’s first photographic studio, this multi-storied small hotel has an inner courtyard, six unique antiques-filled rooms, and one of Zanzibar’s best restaurants. Emerson the owner was the co-founder of Emerson & Green, the original Stone Town boutique hotel that became the blueprint for many others as the tourist scene developed in Zanzibar. One of his passions is the design process, and much thought has gone into the development of the hotel rooms. All suites have verandas, and each is so intriguingly decorated that there is no cause for the room envy typical of many converted courtyard houses. The history of the hotel is fascinating. The oldest wing of the building (which is actually formed from three separate buildings), built in the Swahili Arab style, was originally owned by the last Swahili ruler of Zanzibar, Muhammad bin Ahmed, known as the MwenyiMkuu. Experience the sounds and smells of local life in Stone Town; embrace the feast for all senses from this beautiful Hotel. Verdict:Very good Value for Money and worth the stone town experience with very good service and tastefully decorated rooms, with Kate being our favorite room! Category: Simple Hotel
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