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Al-Minar Hotel

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1 bedroom, in-room safe, desk, soundproofing
1 bedroom, in-room safe, desk, soundproofing
1 bedroom, in-room safe, desk, soundproofing
1 bedroom, in-room safe, desk, soundproofing

Overview of Al-Minar Hotel

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Al-Minar Hotel

3.5 star property
Family-friendly hotel in Stone Town with spa and restaurant

8.4/10 Very Good

270 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Separate bedrooms
Plot 96 Shangani, Zanzibar Town
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant
  • Full-service spa
  • 24-hour room service
  • Room service
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Babysitting
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bedroom
  • Separate dining area

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Stone Town

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 19 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • The Silk Route - 2 min walk
  • 6 Degrees South - 3 min walk
  • Baboo Beach Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Mistress of Spices - 3 min walk
  • Traveller's Cafe - 3 min walk

About this property

Al-Minar Hotel

Al-Minar Hotel is just 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 20 per vehicle one-way. Guests can indulge in massages at the spa, and international cuisine is served at Terrace Restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner. Other highlights include a snack bar/deli and a terrace. Fellow travelers like the helpful staff and breakfast.


English, French, German, Hindi, Spanish, 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
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

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

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 22 rooms


  • Check-in time from noon - anytime
  • Express check-in/out available
  • Minimum check-in age - 15
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

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
  • 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
  • Minimum check-in age is 15


  • One child (7 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • Babysitting*


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Offsite parking nearby (USD 5 per night)


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning 7:30 AM–9:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop
  • 24-hour room service
  • Snack bar/deli

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)
  • Babysitting (surcharge)

What to do

  • Beach nearby

Working away

  • Computer station


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


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Full-service spa


  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Low-height counter/sink
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Swahili

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Fireplace
  • Separate dining area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel's full-service spa. Services include massages. The spa is open daily.


Terrace Restaurant - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can 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: USD 1.00 per person, per night
  • An effective city/local tax rate of 12.00 percent will be charged

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 20 per vehicle (one-way)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)

Children & extra beds

  • Babysitting is available for an extra charge
  • Rollaway beds are available for USD 20.0 per night


  • Parking is available nearby and costs USD 5 per night

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.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

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

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.

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


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

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

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Al-Minar Hotel
Al-Minar Hotel Zanzibar Town
Al-Minar Zanzibar Town
Al Minar Hotel
Al-Minar Hotel Hotel
Al-Minar Hotel Zanzibar Town
Al-Minar Hotel Hotel Zanzibar Town

Frequently asked questions

Does Al-Minar Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Al-Minar Hotel 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 Al-Minar Hotel?
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 Al-Minar Hotel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Al-Minar Hotel?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 20 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Al-Minar Hotel?
You can check in from noon - anytime. Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Express check-in and check-out and contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Al-Minar Hotel and nearby?
Al-Minar Hotel has a spa.
Are there restaurants at or near Al-Minar Hotel?
Yes, Terrace Restaurant offers alfresco dining and international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Mistress of Spices (3-min walk), Traveller's Cafe (3-min walk), and Old Fort (4-min walk).
What's the area around Al-Minar Hotel like?
Al-Minar Hotel is located near Shangani Beach in Stone Town, a short 4-minute walk from Forodhani Gardens and 3 minutes' walk from Old Fort. Travelers recommend the hotel for its quiet location.

Overall score and ratings


Very Good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Carol A, 3-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Location is excellent. Manager is great. Facilty requires upgrades.
Al, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very Good

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent management and customer services
Daniel, 1-night business trip
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6/10 Good

Overview for a 9 days stay at the hotel.
Friendly staff ,green energy for water heating systems ,flexibility with prices to help a client who wishes to extent their stay,great rooftop breakfast restaurant,safe location,ease of available assisted information on tours of the island. The beddings &rooms were smelling damp most times with indications of repeated beddings and towels or lack of proper air at ion.
2-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Awesome location and staff.
Al Minar feels like my home-away-from-home after 7 times to Zanzibar (I run a nonprofit working on the mainland). Very cozy rooms in an incredible Shangani location surrounding by high-rent luxury hotels that cost many times as much. Staff is wonderful and service excellent, steps away from beach and great dining options.
Daniel, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

I had a lovely stay at Al-Minar. It is off the main road, but easy to find, unlike some hotels in the labyrinth of historic Stonetown.The room (while a bit on the small side) was beautifully decorated, with a very comfortable bed and a good shower. I loved having a mini-fridge and kettle in my room to make my own coffee! Breakfast was excellent, and all the staff were OUTSTANDING! Welcoming, helpful, and friendly. Highly recommended.
Mary, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Al Minar has been my favorite stay in Zanzibar for 5 trips since 2015. Great service, location, and comfortable rooms. Good rooftop breakfast cooked to order. Very inviting and cordial staff.
Daniel, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Nice hotel with friendly helpful staff. Very good breakfast with a nice rooftop view to match. I had a pleasant stay.
Dorian, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very Good

Nice & helpful staff, great breakfast, clean room. Very pleasant stay overall!
3-night trip with friends
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