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4.2 / 5Very Good
207 reviews


  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel)
    1 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Marahubi Palace
    1 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Mbweni Ruins
    1 min walk
  • Airport
    Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.)
    7 min drive

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  • Single Room

    Room Amenities

    • 107 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
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  • Double Room

    Room Amenities

    • 161 sq ft
    • Sleeps 3
    • 1 Double Bed
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  • Twin Room

    Room Amenities

    • 161 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 2 Twin Beds
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  • Triple Room

    Room Amenities

    • 376 sq ft
    • Sleeps 3
    • 3 Twin Beds
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  • Deluxe Suite, 1 King Bed, Sea View

    Room Amenities

    • 215 sq ft
    • Sea view
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed
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About this area

Zanzibar Town

Located near the beach, Dhow Palace Hotel is in Zanzibar Town's Stone Town neighborhood. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Shangani Beach and Nakupenda Beach.

Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Palace Museum (Beit al-Sahel) - 1 min walk
  • Marahubi Palace - 1 min walk
  • Mbweni Ruins - 1 min walk
  • Shangani Beach - 5 min walk
  • Old Fort - 5 min walk

Getting around

  • Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.) - 7 min drive


  • Onsite dining venue – Pool-view restaurant. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

About this property

Dhow Palace Hotel

4-star Zanzibar Town hotel in Stone Town, walk to Shangani Beach
Along with a restaurant, this hotel has an indoor pool and a bar/lounge. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a poolside bar, a coffee shop/café, and a snack bar/deli are onsite. All 30 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers, plus free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include room service, hair dryers, and safes.
Dhow Palace Hotel offers 30 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature safes and coffee/tea makers. LCD televisions come with cable channels.
Bathrooms include showers and hair dryers. This Zanzibar Town hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access.
Recreational amenities at the hotel include an indoor pool.

Property amenities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
Available in some public areas: Free WiFi and wired Internet

Parking and transportation

Free self parking
Free nearby parking
24-hour roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge)
Area shuttle (surcharge) up to 60 km
Beach shuttle (surcharge)
Ferry terminal shuttle (surcharge)
Shopping center shuttle (surcharge)

Food and drink

Free full breakfast available daily 7:00 AM–10:30 AM
1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/café
1 poolside bar and 1 bar
Room service available
Coffee/tea in common area(s)

Things to do

Indoor pool

Family friendly

Babysitting/childcare (surcharge)
Cribs/infant beds (surcharge)
Full-sized refrigerator
Indoor pool
Laundry facilities
Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
Snack bar/deli


Free newspapers in lobby
No elevators

Guest services

Concierge services
Front desk (limited hours)
Laundry facilities
Luggage storage

Languages spoken


Business services

Business center




If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
Accessible bathroom
In-room accessibility


Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


Air conditioning
Cribs/infant beds (surcharge)
Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


Hair dryer


Cable channels

Food and drink

Coffee/tea maker


Access via exterior corridors



Check-in between noon - 10 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

  • 24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.


  • No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.

Property payment types


Important information


A city tax of USD 1 per person, per night will be collected at the property in cash. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for an additional fee
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
  • Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

We should mention

Local laws may restrict unmarried guests from sharing rooms. Guests are responsible for providing proof of marriage, if requested by the property. This property offers transfers from the ferry terminal and airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details 24 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms. No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property. Alcohol is not served or permitted at this property.

Property is also known as

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  • Dhow Palace
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  • Dhow Palace Hotel Zanzibar Town
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  • Hotel Dhow
  • Hotel Dhow Palace
  • Dhow Palace Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town
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  • Dhow Palace Hotel Zanzibar Island/stone Town

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Service and Staff
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5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities

Very Charming heritage hotel with very nice room, good bed and pleasant staff. Good location. Quiet. Nice pool. Breakfast good. Lunch dinner ok

Stayed 4 nights in Jan 2020

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

Charming, historic hotel in old part of Stone town

Stayed 4 nights in Jan 2020

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities

This is a beautiful hotel in all respects. The furnishings throughout were museum quality. The rooms were very attractive & airy. The staff was extremely helpful. The location was central to the main attractions. The only negative is that the WIFI sucks. We’re not sure if this is true in Zanzibar or just the hotel but we were essentially without WIFI.

Stayed 3 nights in Jan 2020

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

We loved the old colonial charm of Dhow Palace Hotel and the many interesting, historical artifacts on display on the main floor. The hotel is also situated in a central location near restaurants and stores. One problem is parking for taxis - one had to walk with luggage along a back ally to get into the hotel upon arrival. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was always good with many choices. Our room was a bit small for two people as was the bathroom. Hairdryer was not really operable and should be replaced with something more modern. Lack of electric outputs testified to the age of the hotel. Otherwise it was an enjoyable experience.

Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2019

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

Great location

Great place and very friendly staff.

Stayed 1 night in Nov 2019

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