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Zenji Hotel

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In-room safe, free WiFi
In-room safe, free WiFi
In-room safe, free WiFi

Overview of Zenji Hotel

Zenji Hotel

3-star property
City-center Stone Town guesthouse with restaurant

8.8/10 Fabulous

40 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
Malawi Road, Zanzibar Town

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Stone Town

Getting around

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


  • Mercury's Restaurant - 4 min walk
  • Zanzibar Coffee House - 9 min walk
  • Hurumzi - 9 min walk
  • Tea House Restaurant - 9 min walk
  • Café Foro - 10 min walk

About this property

Zenji Hotel

Zenji Hotel is just 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 13 per vehicle one-way. Free perks include WiFi, self parking, and buffet breakfast daily between 7:30 AM and 10 AM. The helpful staff and restaurant get good marks from fellow travelers.


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

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 9 rooms


  • Check-in time from noon - 8:00 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10 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
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 8:00 PM please contact the property in advance 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


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast each morning 7:30 AM–10 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop

What to do

  • Beach nearby


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Designer stores on site


  • Dutch
  • English
  • Swahili

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning

What to enjoy

  • Separate sitting area

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • 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 13 per vehicle (one-way)
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 5 percent
  • Safes in guestrooms can be used for an extra charge

Children & extra beds

  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve rollaway/extra beds

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; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.


This property does not have elevators.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

Zenji Hotel Zanzibar Town
Zenji Zanzibar Town
Zenji Hotel Guesthouse
Zenji Hotel Zanzibar Town
Zenji Hotel Guesthouse Zanzibar Town

Frequently asked questions

Does Zenji Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Zenji 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 Zenji 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 Zenji Hotel?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Zenji Hotel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Zenji Hotel?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 13 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Zenji Hotel?
You can check in from noon - 8:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
Are there restaurants at or near Zenji Hotel?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Mercury's Restaurant (4-min walk), Zanzibar Coffee House (9-min walk), and Hurumzi (9-min walk).
What's the area around Zenji Hotel like?
Zenji Hotel is in Stone Town, a short 10-minute walk from Forodhani Gardens and 11 minutes' walk from Shangani Beach. Travelers say this guesthouse is in a good location.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Amazing value, exceptional food.
Great staff. Easy check in. The best breakfast on our whole trip! Homemade bread, cake, jams, eggs however you like, fresh fruits, fresh juices, espressos, cappuccino’s, ginger tea! All on the little rooftop terrace. Lots of fans to keep you cool. Good location where other hotels are more expensive. Boutique feel. Really good brand new aircon and roof fan! Clean throughout. Quirky old building. Beautiful handmade in-house natural soaps supplied and for sale in the downstairs cafe shop. Booked one night and extended for another! Say no more!
Vicky, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Would stay again.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Clean room and great breakfast. Convenient location.
1-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Overall a pleasant stay. Room was clean, location is decent. Rates appropriate. Breakfast decent with amazing homemade jam. Now, a few possible improvements: 1) no shampoo. They have great soap... but no shampoo. At a hostel that’s fine, at a hotel not so much. 2) the person who checked me in was pleasant enough, but then started to really put the screws on me to sign up for one transfer it the other., and at rates significantly higher than what they ended up being. I gather that it’s not the hotel, it was him in particular. The hotel has a check in book with tours and the like, he did not show them to me. So.... big negative. FYI I also had to ask for the WiFi, there safe etc.
2-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Zenji is an older hotel with great character and located within walking distance of the historic Sultan’s Palace, the Anglican Church with the museum about slavery, and the 17th century Portuguese fort. The staff were among the most friendly and helpful I’ve encountered on my travels. My room had a balcony, not facing the main road so it didn’t get all the street noise and was a nice place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of being in Zanzibar.
4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

We stayed in a private bedroom with a shared bathroom, and both are kept very clean. Location is very convenient, night market and Anglican Church (ex slave market) is a walking distance. Stuff were very nice and welcoming.
Misaki, 1-night trip with friends
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8/10 Very Good

Good service, nice staffs, good location
SEW, 1-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Location and staff - like Dislike - floor in our room was sandy
F, 3-night romance trip
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