Dhow Palace


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Dhow Palace is a small, luxurious hotel in the heart of Zanzibar's historic Stone Town, where East meets West. The hotel is a 19th century Omani merchant's mansion that has been elegantly converted. Located down a quiet alley, just a few minutes' walk from the centre of old Stone Town, the Dhow Palace is a 10 minute walk from the beach and a ten minute drive from the airport. The lounge has an impressive selection of antique ornaments and furniture, and this Sultanic décor, combined with the Arabian architecture and excellent, friendly service, adds to the relaxed ambience that is a Dhow Palace trademark. 

There are 30 self-contained and spacious rooms, furnished with traditional Sultan-size 4-poster beds. All are ensuite and have air conditioning, television, free Wi-Fi and minbars and are tastefully furnished with Zanzibari artefects. Rooms in the old wing tend to have more charm and original character. All rooms have large balconies overlooking an attractive and cool central courtyard or the swimming pool. This creates a tranquil atmosphere, making the Dhow Palace a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of Stone Town.

The restaurant is in the main courtyard by the pool and offers a variety of seafood, local and international cuisine. Soft drinks and ice cream are also served. Like its sister hotel over the road, Tembo House, Dhow Palace does not allow alcohol to be consumed on the premises, something that used to be the norm on the island. There's a roof terrace, perfect for quiet relaxation.

The Dhow Palace is an ideal base from which to explore the winding alleys, bazaars, and ancient buildings of Stone Town (recently made a World Heritage Site). Guests can cool down in the fine pool, while watersports, picnics and spice tours can be arranged as desired.

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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

Impressive renovated buildings in Stone Town, but hasn't lost its sense of heritage. Funky location for a swimming pool in the courtyard of one 'wing'. Well located, and a nice retreat when the hurly-burly of the town gets too much. Helpful staff.

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Dhow Palace

Dhow Palace

A tranquil atmosphere makes Dhow Palace a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of Stone Town.

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