The Swahili House

The Swahili House

Located in the bustling heart of Stonetown the building was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. In the 125 years that were to come the building was home to one of the many Sultan families and then became a hotel some years ago.

The Swahili House

The Swahili House

Tanzania > Zanzibar and Pemba Island


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Style : Hotel
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Stone Town

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After Moivaro Hotels, Lodges & Tented Camps purchased the hotel, renovations started in May 2008. Most of the hotel has been restored into its original state, but we have been making some changes as well. The result is The Swahili House - a sparkling hotel with traditional influences and modern day facilities in combination with authentic Swahili hospitality.

The Swahili House is located in the centre of Stone Town and therefore in the middle of all the action! The bustling market, shops, restaurants and other points of interest such as the House of Wonders are all within walking distance from the hotel. We can organize professional guides who’ll assist you while discovering Stone Town in order to get the maximum out of your visit to this busy little town and its hundreds of little streets. Besides that, we offer various trips in and around Stone Town. Learn everything about the spices you normally only see on the shelves in the supermarket on a Spice Tour or visit the cheeky Colobus monkeys at Jozani Forrest. Explore the magnificent Menai bay while snorkeling or just enjoy a relaxing massage – there are plenty of things to do and see! Naturally, we offer transfers to and from the airport and other Zanzibari destinations as well. It’s all possible at The Swahili House and we’re more than happy to assist you in order to make your stay on Zanzibar a memorable one!

The Swahili House has 5 floors that are all built around a beautiful traditional Zanzibar courtyard. The floors are all reachable via traditional Zanzibari staircases and an elevator.

Rooms and Suites

The Swahili House: Sultan Suite

Sultan Suite

Large, spacious rooms with balcony.
The Swahili House: Suite


Medium sized spacious rooms with or without balcony.
The Swahili House: Deluxe Room

Deluxe Room

Standard sized double or twin room.


Hotel Features

  • Airport Shuttle Airport Shuttle
  • Bar Bar
  • Eco-friendly Lodge Eco-friendly Lodge
  • Family Rooms Family Rooms
  • Foreign Exchange Foreign Exchange
  • Full Breakfast Daily Full Breakfast Daily
  • Guest Activities Guest Activities
  • Housekeeping Service Housekeeping Service
  • Internet Access Internet Access
  • Laundry Service Laundry Service
  • Major Credit Card Accepted Major Credit Card Accepted
  • Parking Parking
  • Restaurant Restaurant
  • Room Service Room Service
  • Suitable for Children Suitable for Children
  • Swimming Pool Swimming Pool
  • Wedding Services Wedding Services

In-Room Amenities

  • Overhead Fans
  • Mosquito nets
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Patio/Balcony

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