Dhow Palace Hotel

Dhow Palace Hotel occupies the grand former home of a wealthy merchant, held in the family for three generations before its conversion. Right in the heart of Stone Town, the property was transformed in 1993 into one the Stone Town’s most attractive and atmospheric small hotels, with a new wing added in 2005.

Behind a pair of heavy, carved wooden doors, Dhow Palace Hotel is a living museum, brimming with priceless art, historic artefacts and ornate period furniture. Its 30 guestrooms are romantically decorated with items such as four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting and sunken tiled baths. Most rooms have a private wooden veranda with intricately carved railings, while some face ancient Stone Town and the stunning Indian Ocean beyond.

Facilities at this boutique hotel include a small swimming pool, a courtyard restaurant and a rooftop terrace where you can taste Zanzibari cuisine while watching a famous island sunset.


How to get to Dhow Palace Hotel

Guests can fly into Zanzibar Airport from Dar es Salaam (around 20 minutes), then transfer to the Dhow Palace Hotel by road. The property is approximately 15 minutes from the terminal.

Activities at Dhow Palace Hotel

  • Stone Town tour
  • Spice tours

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Dhow Palace Hotel Highlights

  • A small boutique hotel full of character and old-world charm
  • Romantic rooms decorated with antiques and period furniture
  • Right in the heart of Stone Town
  • A courtyard restaurant and lovely pool
  • Explore spice plantations and the many sights of Zanzibar

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