Ratings based on 4 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.8 out of 5
4.5 Room cleanliness
4.8 Service & staff
4.5 Room comfort
4.2 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

This traveler left a rating score only Posted Nov 21, 2013
5 out of 5
for Couples
by Samantha from Cape Town

Loads of characters, great views and superb staff

Posted Nov 18, 2013 on Hotels.com
This was a super stop-over for us. The staff were attentive and friendly and the rooms had so much character. Something to note though is that there is no elevator, and it is a tall building. The high up floors have patios and a fantastic view (as does the breakfast / restaurant area) but you have to climb a lot of steps to get there. The porter did bring our bags up though. It would have been nice to have is an in-room mini fridge because with the heat one drinks a lot of water. But really I would recommend Swahili House with no hesitation.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Alex from London, UK

Wonderful view

Posted May 19, 2012
Pros: Rooftop bar
Cons: Usual credit card not working rubbish (we need paying in dollars).
Location: Very central for all the markets.
Great place to stay, room 2 is stunning. Roof top bar/restaurant is wonderful but the stairs are steep and there is not lift so only the fit should visit.
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Auatralia

Stonetown up close and personal

Posted Nov 12, 2011
Location: Definitely Stonetown for a few days then head North of the island. It is all delightfully intriguing with photo ops galore!
We arrived late at night due to delayed flight issues and lost baggage, the hotel is a short walk from where a taxi can park but safe and intriguing. The hotel staff had closed up for the night however the night receptionist was delightfully accomodating in arranging for the the kitchen and bar to be opened up for us as we were travel weary by then- 10pm! This was no mean feat as there is no lift to the top floor-96steps up! Our room was at the top so we were glad we had no baggage- due to it being lost! We had icy cold Gin and Tonics and a delicious chicken salad, the barman and the receptionist spent time with us telling us the history of 150 yr old hotel and the surrounds. We were treated like long lost friends. The building is fascinating and the room well appointed though basic, cool, enormous comfy beds, mosquito nets and a hot shower. You won't need early wake up calls as you are ear level with a mulitude of mosques calling the faithful, enchanting if not competely deafening. We were very sorry we didn't stay longer to do this grand old lady justice. Breakfast was delicous with the best coffee. To spend an evening having sundowners overlooking Stonetown's rooftops would have been awesome.