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The Swahili House

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Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
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Overview of The Swahili House

The Swahili House

2.5 star property
Zanzibar Town hotel with outdoor pool and restaurant

8.0/10 Very Good

48 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air conditioning
  • Separate bedrooms
Stone Town, Zanzibar Town
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa tub
  • Pool bar
  • Room service
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Front desk safe
For families
  • Separate bedroom
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Elevator
  • Outdoor swimming pools

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Stone Town

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 17 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Lukmaan - 2 min walk
  • Ma shaa allah cafe - 2 min walk
  • Green Garden - 3 min walk
  • Tea House Restaurant - 3 min walk
  • Hurumzi - 4 min walk

About this property

The Swahili House

The Swahili House is just 4.8 mi (7.8 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle. The outdoor pool is a great spot to take a dip, and guests can grab a bite to eat at Rooftop Terrace, which serves international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar, a spa tub, and a terrace are other highlights. Fellow travelers say good things about the helpful staff and bar.


Dutch, English, Swahili

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 22 rooms
  • Arranged over 5 floors


  • Check-in time from noon - midnight
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free English breakfast each morning 7:30 AM–10:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service

What to do

  • Beach nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage


  • 1 building/tower
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool
  • Spa tub


  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Dutch
  • English
  • Swahili

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Day bed

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • Free toiletries

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Rooftop Terrace - This poolside restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: TZS 2321.34 per person, per night

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC).


Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Swahili House
Swahili House Hotel
Swahili House Hotel Zanzibar Town
Swahili House Zanzibar Town
The Swahili House Hotel
The Swahili House Zanzibar Town
The Swahili House Hotel Zanzibar Town

Frequently asked questions

Does The Swahili House offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Swahili House does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Swahili House?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at The Swahili House?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at The Swahili House?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Swahili House?
Sorry, there's no onsite parking at The Swahili House.
Is airport shuttle service offered by The Swahili House?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Swahili House?
You can check in from noon - midnight. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at The Swahili House and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities like boat tours, kayaking, and scuba diving. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the spa tub and an invigorating swim in the outdoor pool.
Are there restaurants at or near The Swahili House?
Yes, Rooftop Terrace offers alfresco dining and international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Green Garden (3-min walk), Tea House Restaurant (3-min walk), and Hurumzi (4-min walk).
What's the area around The Swahili House like?
The Swahili House is in Stone Town, a short 8-minute walk from Shangani Beach and 8 minutes' walk from Forodhani Gardens. The local area is walkable and popular for its beaches.

Overall score and ratings


Very Good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Very Good

Cute place
I liked the Swahili House, of course it’s right in stone town so an easy walk to any destination. The bed was big and comfortable. Only thing I didn’t like was that there is a door to the bathroom, but the wall doesn’t go all the way up so not much privacy there. Loved the rooftop, the wraps were good — wish we weren’t the only people there + more music would have been nice for it not to Ge so quiet. They also didn’t see our reservation or expect that we were coming!
Lucia, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Awesome place
Amazing place, the staff is so friendly and helpful, love this place and I will be back for sure...
Olga, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The Swahili House is a beautiful hotel nestled in the centre of Stone Town so it’s very easy to get around on foot. The staff were very nice and friendly, and the rooftop restaurant has a wonderful view over the town and the port. The wifi wasn’t so great; so be sure to let your loved ones know that your connection will be limited so they don’t worry about you. Otherwise no complaints! I look forward to staying there for my next visit to Zanzibar
Marilyn, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great service and good value
The staff were really friendly and helpful. Very beautiful traditional rooms and very comfortable. Everything is walkable from the hotel.
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very Friendly staff and reception. Nice central location makws sightseeing easy within Stonetown. The hitel has an authentic feel and loved the rooftop bar where I could watch the sun set and the day unwind.
Jo, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Nice Hotel
Swahili House is a great hotel in the Stone Town. It is within easy walking distance of anything in the Stone Town. The staff are friendly and the rooftop bar is a nice place to chill and have a drink.
James, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very Good

Characterful hotel
Stayed 1 night in February 2018. Hotel is full of character, having been built for visiting family of the sultan
David, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Central, historic and with lots of charm.
We spent 3 nights at Swahili and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of our stay. Room was comfortable and super clean. Staff - reception, bar/restaurant and general were extremely helpful at all times.
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6/10 Good

Unique place to stay. The room was a little small. Other than that it was a comfortable stay. Love stonetown.
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6/10 Good

Check in was unpleasant. According to Swahili house they never received confirmation from Kept us waiting for over 3 hours
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