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Overall is good, especially the location, except the irriating smell of the fish market. Just ten minutes walking, you can easily reach some major sightseeing points in the Stone Town , seaside and also the boat to Prisoner Island. The terrance on the top floor is a good place to watch the fish boats comming back to the harbour in the morning, and how is the fish market doing their business. For solo traveller, especially lady, don't come back too late because the ligthng is not enough .
This guesthouse is close to the fish market and the narrow streets leading to the entrance can seem dodgy in the beginning. Due to the proximity to the fish market the area smells like hell and unfortunately, the same applies to the common areas such as the courtyard, rooftop terrace etc. which could have been lovely otherwise. The staff is friendly, the rooms are clean and in general it's not a bad place. I had the feeling that this place must have been really great 20 years ago.
Overall, a rather pleasant place to stay. Located in the northern part of Stone Town next to the old port, which is nice because it takes you a bit off the most touristy track, but not so nice if you're sensitive to fish-related smells which lingers around. With the inflated accommodation prices in Zanzibar (and generally in Africa), a fairly reasonable value for money. The free wifi is a nice added feature!
This place got some lousy reviews, but really its quite nice. The interior is a charming old mansion, with some nice sitting areas and decent size rooms, which were complete with AC, ceiling fans, and mosquito nets. The staff is friendly and the breakfast (included) served on the roof deck overlooking the ocean was a nice bonus. On the downside, the area feels a bit sketchy, especially at night. Never, ever walk anywhere at night, to this hotel or otherwise. Just take a cab.
I stayed here one night only, even though I had booked to stay for more. The shared bathroom, was shared men & women. No toilet seat, no toilet paper, take your room soap with you, filthy water everywhere, no hot water & the towel was dirty. More comments - torn mosquito net, ‘free internet’ is the use of one computer when it suits them, & most the stuff ticked on the site I never saw -tea & coffee? restaurant open sometimes, no security or safe