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The Swahili House started life as a 19th Century Indian merchant House, and then became a Sultan’s palace before being renovated to make it the hotel that it is today. The history speaks for itself.
There are 22 rooms set around a central courtyard, all adhering to the hotel's Swahili roots. Rooms are fairly basic, yet adorned with local touches such as fabulous Zanzibar four poster beds.
The hotel's location in the centre of Stone Town is unbeatable, and guests can spend many an hour wandering around the cobbled streets re-living scenes from Arabian Nights. Many an intrepid explorer have tried to make the island their own, as is visible in the rich and colourful history which is right on the hotel's doorstep. Visit the Old Slave Market, Old Fort, Orphanage Shop and House of Wonders for an insight into Zanzibar's eclectic history.
Other activities in and around Stone Town include a Spice Tour, a trip to Jozani Forest to see the Red Colobus monkeys, and snorkelling at the Ukombe Reef.
There is a fantastic rooftop restaurant at Swahili House. Watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean with a chilled beer and some freshly caught seafood - do it the Zanzibar way and splash it with spices.