The Seyyida is a 17-room, mid-range boutique hotel in the heart of historic Stone Town on Zanzibar island. The building, a renovated 4-storey townhouse, is next to the Palace Museum (the former home of the Zanzibari Royal Family) and close to the Forodhani Gardens, House of Wonders, the Old Fort and waterfront area. Just bear in mind that being in the heart of the town means that this is not the quietest place you could choose.
The rooms include a mezzanine suite with private terrace, a family suite, 4 balcony Stone Town view rooms, 4 balcony seaview rooms, 2 garden view rooms and 4 deluxe rooms. All rooms have large king size beds, luxurious bathrooms, TV and internet connection, mosquito nets and ceiling fans, air conditioning, mini bar, coffee maker and safes. They are decorated with traditional Swahili style furnishings.
There is a rooftop restaurant with lovely views over the town, harbour and Indian Ocean, and an elegant lounge bar where you can meet and chat with fellow guests over a relaxing drink. There is a small pool in the courtyard garden, a real plus for a town centre property. The hotel has a spa offering a wide range of health and beauty treatments.
Open: The Seyyida is open all year. The low season is March to May and the spa is not open in these months.
Location: The Seyyida is in the heart of historic Stone Town next to the Palace Museum.
Rooms: There are 15 rooms and 2 large suites. Rooms are decorated Swahili style. All have en-suite bathrooms, ceiling fan, air conditioning, mosquito net, flatscreen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, safe and internet access. Soem face the town and others have views of the ocean. There is 24-hour room service.
Activities: The sites and shops of Stone Town are within walking distance. You can stroll through the narrow alleyways and along the waterfront in the Forodhani Gardens. The Palace Museum is just next door. The hotel can arrange various excursions to place of interest on the island.
Facilities: The hotel has a garden courtyard which contains a small swimming pool. Meals are served on the rooftop restaurant with views across the city and harbour. You can socialise with other guests in the elegant lounge bar. The spa offers a range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. The reception is staffed 24 hours a day. The hotel offers a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in guest rooms and some public areas.
"A lovely, quaint, traditional hotel in the heart of Stone Town. Very close to the bustling waterfront with friendly staff and great service. The rooftop bar and restaurant was a real treat watching the sunset. Note, not ideal for people with limited mobility."