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Jafferji House

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Living area
In-room safe, desk, free WiFi
In-room safe, desk, free WiFi
Living room

Overview of Jafferji House

Jafferji House

4.0 star property
Upscale guesthouse in Stone Town with restaurant

8.4/10 Very Good

157 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry facilities
170 Gizenga Street, Zanzibar Town
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Airport shuttle
  • Area shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Front desk safe
  • Laundry service
  • Self-serve laundry
Feel at home
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cable TV service

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Stone Town

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 47 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)


  • The Silk Route - 2 min walk
  • Masa Japanese Restaurant - 2 min walk
  • Lazuli Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Cafe Miwa - 3 min walk
  • Stone Town Cafe - 3 min walk

About this property

Jafferji House

A great choice for a stay in Zanzibar Town, Jafferji House features a rooftop terrace and offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for TZS 50000 per vehicle. Free perks include full breakfast daily and WiFi. Other highlights at this upscale guest house include a terrace and a garden. The WiFi and nice bathrooms get good marks from fellow travelers.


Afrikaans, 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 Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 10 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 10:00 AM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • If you are planning to arrive after 4:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • 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
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning
  • Restaurant

What to do

  • Beach nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff


  • 1 building/tower
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Garden


  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)


  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Swahili

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Designer toiletries

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Alchemy Rooftop - This restaurant serves dinner only. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of TZS 50000 per vehicle (one-way, maximum occupancy 4)
  • Area 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; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).


This property does not have elevators.

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

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Jafferji House
Jafferji House Zanzibar Town
Jafferji Zanzibar Town
Jafferji House Guesthouse Zanzibar Town
Jafferji House Guesthouse
Jafferji House Spa
Jafferji House Spa
Jafferji House Guesthouse
Jafferji House Zanzibar Town
Jafferji House Guesthouse Zanzibar Town

Frequently asked questions

Does Jafferji House offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Jafferji 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.
How much does it cost to stay at Jafferji House?
As of December 9, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Jafferji House on December 10, 2022 start from P 6,778, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Jafferji 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.
Are pets allowed at Jafferji House?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Jafferji House?
Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Jafferji House.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Jafferji House?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is TZS 50000 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Jafferji House?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 10:00 AM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Jafferji House and nearby?
Jafferji House has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Jafferji House?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Stone Town Cafe (3-min walk), Café Foro (3-min walk), and Hurumzi (3-min walk).
What's the area around Jafferji House like?
Jafferji House is located near Shangani Beach in Stone Town, a short 3-minute walk from Forodhani Gardens and 6 minutes' walk from Nakupenda Beach. Travelers recommend the guesthouse for its quiet location.

Overall score and ratings


Very Good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Very Good

Giuseppe, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

This is a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Stone Town. The hotel is full of antiques and quirky details. Easy walk to the waterfront, many shops, the night market. The rooftop breakfast is lovely. Room was comfortable, with good AC and comfortable bed. Spotty wi-fi.
Kristin, 3-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very Good

Hannah, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Nice place
Nice hotel friendly stay and perfect location for exploring stone town
Adam, 2-night trip
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

Lovely place with old decor. Looks lovely for those who kovev
Anjan, 1-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing stay in the heart of Stonetown
We had an amazing stay at the Jafferji house. The service was attentive and they gave us some advice for restaurants and to buy our ferry tickets. Location just around the fort is excellent (we were really close to everything we wanted to see), and the building is beautiful ! If I go again in Zanzibar one day, I would definitely choose to stay there. Asante sana !
Out of Africa room
Inner garden
Rachel, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A very unique hotel! There are lots of antiques and interesting items throughout the hotel. The rooftop view at breakfast was very nice. We stayed in the Mercury Suite which was nice except that there was no phone and reception was a bit of a walk (no elevator). Also the only mirrors were in the upstairs loft (with no outlets nearby). The water in the shower never got very warm no matter how long we let it run, but it was fine in the sinks. Very centrally located hotel and close to a taxi stand.
1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Jafferji House sits on a quiet back street surrounded by small shops on the entry side and backs up to the Old Fort. You are right in the middle of all of the action, yet secluded from the hustle and bustle. I stayed in the Stanely Suite and it was perfect for me as a solo traveler--it could work for a cozy couple as well. The decor is authentic Swahili mix and was the reason I chose the hotel, I was not disappointed! There are several common areas to sit, relax, read and there is no shortage of books to borrow! The rooftop restaurant was my favorite spot in Stone Town as from there you have a birds-eye view of the Old Fort, Forodhani Park, the House of Wonders and the Zanzibar Channel Islands. The food is fresh, made to order and affordable--the best I had on my trip! The staff is welcoming, helpful and I enjoyed chatting with them. I stayed 4 nights and would have stayed longer but they were booked. Keep in mind this is an old family home and has that "lived-in" feel. I absolutely loved it!
4-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

Unique decor. Manager Mwana was extremely nice and attentive. Lady at check was not very friendly. Man at door and man at check in counter were very welcoming. Unfortunately, our room smelled of sewer the entire visit. We woke up to a dead rat that my husband almost stepped on while he was taking photos. Room only had 25% left toilet paper roll left, no extras toilet paper provided in room. Would not ever stay there again.
1-night romance trip
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8/10 Very Good

Beautifully appointed rooms Staff friendly and HelpfulLots of interesting nooks and crannies for relaxing. On the minus side hotel arranged tours are expensive and a5% surcharge is added for credit card purchases
anne, 2-night trip
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