The Swahili House

Tanzania

Name: Mr. Graham Digby

Date of trip: 03/08/2019

Number of people: 2

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Great location, very nice room, excellent staff. The rooftop restaurant and bar were amazing. We loved Stone Town!

Name: Kimberly Robinette

Date of trip: 19/07/2018

Number of people: 2

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The ambience was amazing, a bit tired in places; some of the staff a little lack lustre, and disinterested.

Name: Ms. Bronwen Gill

Date of trip: 27/12/2017

Number of people: 2

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Stonetown one night stopover was the low point of the trip - glad I did it now but definitely would advise others to not bother and avoid. The old town of Stonetown is very crowded, the streets were filthy and the place clearly suffers from much poverty. It had been raining and as a result the streets were awash with filth (dead rat outside entrance to hotel). Too much of a contrast after the peace and solitude of Ruaha. The Swahili House hotel was a bit of an oasis. Rooms had good mosquito nets, good bathroom facilities and beds etc - but the downstairs area & reception reminded me of my backpacking days. The roof terrace was lovely and a huge relief and we had a nice dinner and drinks there high above and away from the squalor below. I was keen, on arrival to abandon this place and head straight for Echo Beach but we stayed out one night there - which was a mistake as a dog (locked out of its house) barked from midnight solidly till 6 in the morning, causing me to get up twice in the night and descend three floors to the nightwatchman to try to get him to shut it up. Unsuccessful we got virtually no sleep that night (call to prayer kicked off at 5.30 and then Church bells at 6am, but they were welcome relief from the barking!!) We left as soon as we could next morning. Apparently the same happened to some other guests we met who suffered exactly the same experience with the dog on a different night. In our opinion, Stonetown is NOT a place to stay on a two week holiday - fine if on a longer trip.

Name: Sarah N

Date of trip: 08/08/2017

Number of people: 2

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Attractive and stylish hotel. A welcome haven in busy Stone Town. We enjoyed the rooftop terrace for relaxing with good food and cocktails. They boys (13 and 11) enjoyed the roof top pool.

Name: J Nash

Date of trip: 26/07/2017

Number of people: 2

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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

Attractive and stylish hotel. A welcome haven in busy Stone Town. We enjoyed the rooftop terrace for relaxing with good food and cocktails. They boys (13 and 11) enjoyed the roof top pool.

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