Mashariki Palace Hotel

5 star hotel


Hurumzi Street, Stone Town Zanzibar CitySee nearby area


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Rising from the ruins of an Omani palace that once housed the sultan's religious counsellor, Mashariki is as regal as it is refined. Soaring proportions make each of the 18 rooms feel palatial, while the use of natural materials – copper, wood, stucco and limestone – keeps things cool and contemporary. Carved four-poster beds, expensive linen sheets, atmospheric lighting and silk-and-wool soft furnishings add a pampered feel. The coup de grâce is the rooftop terrace with royal views of the harbour.

Our independent authors have visited Mashariki Palace Hotel and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Zanzibar Town (Stone Town & Ng’ambo).

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Built in the 19th century, Mashariki Palace Hotel has an Arabian-style terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean and Stone Town. Some spacious rooms contain original features such as arches and balconies.

Each individually decorated room is air conditioned and includes a TV and fridge. Some rooms overlook the internal courtyard, while others have sea views, high ceilings or seating areas.

Breakfast is provided and an al fresco lunch or dinner can be arranged. Daily free tea, coffee and cakes are available in the lounge and Kusi Bar serves tapas and drinks.

Offering free Wi-Fi throughout, the hotel is part of a palace once the home of an advisor to the First Sultan of Zanzibar. The Palace Museum and House of Wonders are less than 200 metres away.

Located in central Stone Town, Hotel Mashariki Palace is 10 minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal to the mainland. Zanzibar Airport is 8 km away and the hotel provides a shuttle on request.

Services & facilities

  • Non-smoking
    • Designated smoking area
    • Non-smoking throughout
    • Non-smoking rooms
  • Spa
    • Barber/beauty shop
  • Kids club
    • Children's playground
  • Outdoor space
    • Terrace
    • Garden
  • Concierge
    • Concierge service
  • Bureau de Change/ATM
    • ATM/cash machine on site
    • Currency exchange
  • Guest services
    • Ticket service
    • Tour desk
    • 24-hour front desk
    • Room service
  • Transport/transfers
    • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
    • Shuttle service (surcharge)
    • Car hire
  • Recreation
    • Bicycle rental
    • Cycling
  • Restaurant/Café
    • Restaurant (à la carte)
  • Breakfast
    • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
    • Available
  • Wi-Fi/internet access
    • Free WiFi
    • WiFi
    • Internet services
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