Ratings based on 36 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.1 Room cleanliness
4.1 Service & staff
3.9 Room comfort
3.6 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
Recommendedby A verified traveler from brighton
Posted Sep 8, 2013 on Hotels.com
Toilet not working properly, bathroom poor/shabby repair work, shower head holder broken, noisy but good location and bed room menu did not match restaraunt menu.
Recommendedby A verified traveler
Posted Aug 26, 2013 on Hotels.com
The price was right and the location was great. The building and room were nice and I had no problem walking from here to all of the places in stone town I wanted to go.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
beautiful place with great peoplePosted Jan 1, 2013
I highly recommend this beautiful, boutique, and affordable hotel located in a centre of Stone Town. I stayed there for 3 days in Dec 2012 in a Deluxe Single room. The room was small but very nice and clean, with beautiful bathroom, stylish furniture, hot water, TV (which I didn't have a chance to watch#, and perfectly working AC. The hotel itself is very beautiful with oriental interior, gorgeous paintings, and awesome rooftop restaurant which can easily compete with famous Hurumzi place.The waiters were very polite, smiling and very attentive, food is delicious #really mean it#. The staff at the front desk, especially Ali Salum, went out of their way to accomodate my every need. At one point, I complained about the noise from the street and I was immediately relocated to a different room. Moreover, my flight was in the evening #check out time is 12 noon) and, when I asked about any place to refresh myself, the let me use the massage room. Everthing was done with a smile and great attitude. It's an awesome place with great people. I thank you, guys, again, for making my stay in Zanzibar so pleasant!!! Thanks, Ali!!! Warm regards, Izabela
for Business Travelersby Stephen
Run down but close to sightsPosted Dec 30, 2012 on Hotels.com
When it first opened in 2008 this must have been a very nice hotel but is now rather run down. Dead plants in bar. No air con in dining room. Food OK but found 'catch of the day' was in fact frozen. My room was supposed to be overlooking courtyard but all rooms face street. Shame. Could be nice again with little effort.
for Everyoneby Mohamed from Cairo, Egypt
Great Budget HotelPosted Oct 4, 2012
Pros: Staff & Restaurant/Bar
Cons: Some fixes with the shower curtain.
Location: Not absolutely romantic but fits for a budget traveller.
The hotel is located in the stone city, although it's not the best location but probably this would fit for a budget trip. The hotel lies in an area you feel the mystery of the city and the history of it. The room is acceptable although it needed some fix like the shower curtains. The roof restaurant serves excellent food and the staff are extremely friendly and can assist in planning your vacation. Taxis are way too expensive but this is mainly due to fuel prices, a liter is 1.6$ roughly !!!
for Everyoneby Carmen from Peru
Great locationPosted Oct 2, 2012
Pros: Great location and breakfast
Location: Nice view
Great location, good service and excelent english breakfast. We staied one week in the Johari and we found it a good selection, it was as living in the past time in Zanzibar. Zafari blue, tour of spices, slaves caves and prison island, museums, a lot of place to visite and enjoy the peaceful spirit of this island.
for Couplesby A verified traveler
Great location, weird hotelPosted Sep 3, 2012
This hotel is in a great location (near Forodhani and lots of the highlights of Stone Town), but the hotel itself leaves a bit to be desired. We checked into our room (for 3) to find that the air conditioner was frozen and spit out ice (on the roll-away bed) whenever we tried to turn it on. We asked the technical staff to take a look, but they recommended we just leave for several hours to give it a chance to thaw. Also, the bathroom had been set up for one guest instead of three. So we had to ask for extra towels and bathroom items. The staff were generally awkward and hard to approach. They seemed like they preferred not to be bothered.
for Everyoneby Bibiti from Portsmouth (born in Zanzibar)
Comfortable hotel for adults, not for childrenPosted Jul 25, 2012
Pros: Friendly staff who were always willing to go the extra mile and not expecting anything in return.
Cons: getting in to this huge tub just to have a quick shower
Location: A short distant to Tipu House, very near to all the amenities and the famous stone town.
The Hotel is conveniently located at Stone Town, it is right next to the mosque if you don't mind being woken up by Muezzin (call for the prayer) every morning at about 5 you will be fine, the prayers last less than 5 minutes. The bedrooms are comfortable, bathrooms are good but due to salty water the taps are eroded. I had a premium room with huge bath and what was supposed to be a jaccuzi didn't have time to use it and I don't think it worked...getting in the bath was like trying to climb Mt Kili, it was so high:( There is no lift so if you happen to have a top room on the 4th floor you need to be fit! Dining area is at the top with beautiful view.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Great valuePosted Jul 25, 2012
Pros: Most staff were very friendly and exceptionally helpful.
Cons: No lift
Location: Great location - walk everywhere
We were welcomed late at night by friendly staff. Rooftop restaurant was still open. Unfortunately night staff incorrectly delivered a wake up call at 4am. A great place to base yourself while in Stone Town. Rooftop great for a drink at sunset and not as busy as other nearby hotels.
for Personal Eventby A verified traveler
Amazing property in the heart of Stone TownPosted Jul 20, 2012 on Hotels.com
When I decided to visity Stone Town, I wanted to stay in a smaller boutique hotel that represented the culture and style of Zanzibar. The Al Johari exceeded my hopes and expectations in every way. There was ample space in my Jr. Suite room. There was also a decent amount of hand-crafted (yet highly functional) Zanzibari furniture, including a beautiful wooden bed. The room was both clean and comfortable. One of my favorite features of the Al Johari was the restaurant on the roof. The bartender must be a mind-reader, because every time he brought me a drink or suggested a meal, it was exactly what I wanted. The breakfasts were also quite good. The hotel's location is very convenient--just a few minutes walk to House of Wonders, Slave Market, ferry terminal, and Sultan's Palace. It takes less than a minute to get to shops and post office on Kenyatta, too. The Al Johari is the only property that I will consider when I return to Zanzibar next year!