Fodor's Expert Review Mashariki Palace Hotel

Nyumba Ya Moto St., Zanzibar, Zanzibar Urban/West, Tanzania

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

The street entrance might seem dilapidated at first but as you round the corner you are greeted by giant white columns extending far into the ceilings—a grand entrance recalling the centuries of sultans, traders, and adventurers that have graced Zanzibar’s shores. The palace was one the domicile of the Sultan's religious counselor, but over the years it fell into disrepair. Fortunately a group of historical enthusiasts took on a project to restore the building and it has now become a magnificently unique accommodation experience. Be sure to view the old photographs of the building before restoration. Wake up to a world that smells of frangipanis and cloves in your uniquely decorated room where no two are the same. Food is delicious and dinners on the terrace overlooking parts of the town and parts of the ocean is a particular treat.


  • beautiful rooms in an historical setting
  • excellent service
  • close to attractions


  • there are a lot of stairs
  • there is a school and temple next door that can be noisy at certain times of the day, but it does not last long


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Phones: 255-776–775–774


18 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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