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Zanzibar hotels and places to stay

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar - Stone Town
4 out of 5
90 / 90A Shanghani, Zanzibar Town
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34.4 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (353 reviews)

"The hotel is nice! The AC worked well, the WIFI was OK, but not great, the dinner was delicious! The workers were very nice and they went above and beyond! The only I didn’t like was that I paid for a breakfast buffet, but during the two mornings, it was served a la Carte and it was kinda slow. Other ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar - Stone Town
Park Hyatt Zanzibar
5 out of 5
Shangani Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar Town
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The price is $273 per night
34.42 mi from city center
4.7/5Exceptional! (141 reviews)

"Amazing property in a truly stunning place. Staff were soo friendly and helpful. Rooms were beautiful, clean, amazing views of the ocean/beach. Can’t recommend this property more"…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Park Hyatt Zanzibar
Dhow Palace Hotel
4 out of 5
Kenyatta Road / Baghani Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar Town
The price is $67 per night
34.44 mi from city center
4.2/5Excellent! (221 reviews)
Nice place

"After spending 10 days on the mainland I was expecting the hospitality to be the same. There was a completely different vibe here but nothing unpleasant."…"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

Dhow Palace Hotel
Nungwi Dreams
5 out of 5
North Coast, Nungwi
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11.8 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (59 reviews)

"Loved everything about the property. It's location right at the beach, the pool was clean and gorgeous. The staff was very friendly and very well educated on hospitality. All staff I met had a degree in hospitality and were very professional. The services are excellent and would like to commend Laizer, ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Nungwi Dreams
Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
Forodhani Street, Zanzibar Town
The price is $56 per night
34.34 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (364 reviews)

"The Tembo hotel offers a very unique location, on a beautiful beach where small local boats are waiting to take you on a tour of beautiful small islets a few miles off the coast. Its historical setting and romantic architecture definitely add to the experience. The hotel is also at the center of ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
Hotel La Gemma dell'Est - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Nungwi Road, Nungwi, Zanzibara
The price is $213 per night
12.86 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (137 reviews)

"Room and bathroom slightly tired ( refurb coming soon as hotel been bought by RIU.) Gardens and grounds superbly maintained. Food choices cater for everyone. Staff v friendly but limited English. Beach superb."…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

Hotel La Gemma dell'Est - All Inclusive
Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive - Adults Only
The price is $219 per night
12.79 mi from city center
4.6/5Wonderful! (287 reviews)

"Long before we flew, we specifically contacted the hotel to say we would be arriving very early to the property and was there some arrangement we could make for an early check in. We never received a response until the day before iur flight and that was an auto reply that someone might contact us ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2020

Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive - Adults Only
The Residence Zanzibar
5 out of 5
Mchangamle, Kizimkazi
The price is $435 per night
44.72 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (89 reviews)

"WOW words cannot describe how beautiful this resort is. We booked 4 nights here for our honeymoon and wish we had stayed longer!! We could not find a single thing to complain about here - it was clean, the food was phenomenal, the staff was friendly and helpful and everything from the rooms to the ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

The Residence Zanzibar
Maru Maru Hotel
4 out of 5
Gizenga Street, Shangani, Zanzibar Town, Zanzibar
The price is $86 per night
34.23 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (377 reviews)

"Really a great location, close to all the amenities you can ask for. In particular the roof top restaurant with great views of the ocean was just great."…"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Maru Maru Hotel
Melia Zanzibar
5 out of 5
Kiwengwa, Kiwengwa
The price is $432 per night
15.6 mi from city center
4.4/5Wonderful! (169 reviews)

"Large property with many all inclusive restaurants, nice pools. The level area is much better then the main area, so upgrade to premium is worth the money."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

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Visiting Zanzibar

Travelers to Zanzibar give high marks for the beaches and local tours. This relaxing city also attracts tourists with its entertainment choices. Top sights in the city include Nungwi Beach, Kendwa Beach, and Jambiani Beach.

  • There are 575 hotels and other accommodations in Zanzibar
  • The closest major airport is in Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.), 36.4 mi (58.6 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in Pemba Island (PMA), 41.4 mi (66.7 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in Zanzibar

The city is notable for landmarks like Christ Church Cathedral, Old Fort, and Livingstone's House. The city's natural setting is picturesque, including the beaches and these places to visit: Nungwi Beach, Kendwa Beach, and Jambiani Beach. Snorkeling, taking local tours, and dolphin watching are top activities, while sights to visit include Kidichi Spice Farm and Zanzibar Ferry Terminal.

In Zanzibar, you'll find 575 hotels and other lodging accommodations so you'll have ample places to choose from for your holiday retreat. These are top ones based on Expedia user reviews:

  • Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort - This 5-star lodge features 2 outdoor pools, a private beach, and free breakfast. Expedia travelers love its pool and WiFi.
  • Boutique Hotel Matlai - Our customers like the beach locale and helpful staff at this hotel. With a stay at this 4-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and a restaurant, along with a private pool.
  • Park Hyatt Zanzibar - This 5-star hotel in Stone Town features a full-service spa, free breakfast, and a restaurant. Expedia customers like its beach locale and helpful staff.

Other favorite sights in Zanzibar include Mnemba Island, Mapenzi Beach, and Kiwengwa Beach.

Dressing for Zanzibar

  • Between January and March, you can expect average temperatures of 92°F during the day and 76°F at night
  • From April to June, the average during the day is 88°F, while the average at night is 73°F
  • July through September has daytime averages of 85°F with nighttime averages of 72°F
  • In October-December, you can expect daytime averages of 89°F and nighttime averages of 72°F
  • Zanzibar gets about 1.38 inches of rain per year
  • Usually February and March are the hottest months with an average of 91°F, whereas July and August are often coldest, averaging 72°F

Frequently asked questions

What's the best place to stay in Zanzibar?
Mvuvi Boutique Resort is a favorite with Expedia customers. This 4-star resort offers a private beach and free breakfast. It is located a short 1-minute walk from Kiwengwa Beach. Reviews from our site also recommend Zanzi Resort and Zanzibar Magic Boutique Hotel as top options for your trip.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Zanzibar, will I receive a refund?
Yes! You’ll find that most hotel reservations are fully refundable if cancelled before the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which is usually within 24-48 hours of your scheduled arrival. If you booked a non-refundable reservation, you might be able to cancel it and get a refund within 24 hours of booking. Enter your dates, click on “Search”, then you can use the “free cancellation” filter to view the best options available in Zanzibar.
What's the best accommodation for a family vacation in Zanzibar?
Tausi Palace Hotel is a top 3-star hotel on Expedia for families, and features 2 restaurants and free valet parking. Other good choices to stay with the kids include Villa Kiva and Mbuyuni Beach Village - Bungalows. Attractions like Mnarani Natural Aquarium and Nungwi Natural Aquarium are also fun for kids of all ages.
What's the best accommodation for a couple visiting Zanzibar?
Fruit & Spice Wellness Resort Zanzibar is a favorite 5-star resort for couples, and features a full-service spa and a private beach. Other good choices for a stay with your sweetheart include Diamonds Mapenzi Beach - All Inclusive and Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa.
What's the best all-inclusive hotel in Zanzibar?
Melia Zanzibar is a 5-star hotel featuring 5 restaurants and 2 outdoor pools, and a favorite with Expedia travelers. Other good choices for your vacation include Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa and Hotel La Gemma dell’Est - All Inclusive.
What's the best hotel to stay near the beach in Zanzibar?
Mvuvi Boutique Resort is a top 4-star beachfront hotel with 2 outdoor pools and a restaurant. Other good choices to stay near the beach include Pongwe Beach Hotel and Konokono Beach Resort. Head to Nungwi Beach or Kendwa Beach for some quality time by the water.
What's the best boutique-style hotel in Zanzibar?
Boutique Hotel Matlai is a favorite 4-star hotel with Expedia travelers looking for a stylish accommodation, featuring a poolside restaurant and a beach bar. The Z Hotel and Riu Palace Zanzibar - All Inclusive - Adults Only are two other options for a boutique stay.

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