Emerson Spice Hotel

3.5 star property
3.5-star hotel in Zanzibar Town with 2 restaurants and bar/lounge

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Emerson Spice Hotel

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Room (Violetta)
Free daily continental breakfast
Property entrance
Room (Belle)
Room (Belle)

Overview of Emerson Spice Hotel

9.6 out of 10 Exceptional
9.6/10 Exceptional

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Airport transfer
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
Stone Town, Zanzibar Town
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • 2 restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Beach towels
  • Room service
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Front desk safe
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Luggage storage
Feel at home
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Blackout curtains
  • Deep-soaking bath

Room options

Room (Camille)

  • City view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

Room (Violetta)

  • City view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

Room (Semele)

  • City view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

Design Twin Room (Mimi)

  • 32 sq m
  • City view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 Large Single Beds

Room (Belle)

  • City view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Stone Town

Getting around

  • Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.) - 17 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Cape Town Fish Market - 6 min walk
  • Lukmaan - 4 min walk
  • Abyssinian Maritim - 8 min walk
  • House Of Karafuu - 4 min walk
  • Tatu - 10 min walk

About this property

Emerson Spice Hotel

Emerson Spice Hotel is only 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 25 per vehicle one-way. Guests looking for a bite to eat can visit Rooftop restaurant, one of 2 restaurants, which serves seafood and is open for lunch and dinner. Other features include a bar/lounge, a terrace and a garden.


English, Swahili

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks available
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 10 rooms
  • Arranged over 5 floors


  • Check-in time from 1:00 PM until 10:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No on-site parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours a day)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 7:00 AM–10:00 AM
  • 2 restaurants
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • Beach nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scuba-diving nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Beach towels
  • Bike storage


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1870
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Bike parking
  • At least 80% of food locally sourced
  • At least 80% organic food
  • Vegan dining options
  • Vegetarian dining options
  • Locally owned and organised tours and activities
  • Local artist showcase
  • At least 10% of profits reinvested in community and sustainability
  • Local culture and ecosystem education
  • At least 80% of lighting from LEDs
  • Comprehensive food waste policy
  • Comprehensive recycling policy
  • No plastic soft drinks bottles
  • No plastic coffee stirrers
  • No plastic drinking straws
  • No plastic water bottles
  • Reusable cups only
  • Reusable tableware only

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • Partially open bathroom
  • Deep-soaking bath
  • Shower/bath combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Free WiFi
  • Electrical adapters/chargers

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Water-efficient toilets only
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps

Special features


Rooftop restaurant – This seafood restaurant specialises in seafood and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy al fresco dining (weather permitting). Reservations are required.
Secret Garden – Overlooking the garden, this restaurant specialises in local and international cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy al fresco dining (weather permitting). Open daily.

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Deposit is payable by bank transfer and is due within 24 hours of booking the reservation

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 4.00 per person, per night

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 25 per vehicle (one-way)

Renovations and closures

The property is closed between 21 April and 20 May.

Children & extra beds

  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds and high chair

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
This property does not have lifts.
This property uses eco-friendly cleaning products.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Emerson Spice Hotel Hotel
Emerson Spice Hotel Zanzibar Town
Emerson Spice Hotel Hotel Zanzibar Town

Frequently asked questions

Is Emerson Spice Hotel currently open?
The property is closed between 21 April and 20 May.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Emerson Spice Hotel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Emerson Spice Hotel?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Emerson Spice Hotel?
Sorry, there's no on-site parking at Emerson Spice Hotel.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Emerson Spice Hotel?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 25 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Emerson Spice Hotel?
You can check in from 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM.
What is there to do at Emerson Spice Hotel and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as boat tours, kayaking and scuba-diving. Emerson Spice Hotel also has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Emerson Spice Hotel?
Yes, there are 2 on-site restaurants, featuring al fresco dining, seafood and garden views.
Does Emerson Spice Hotel have rooms with private hot tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep-soaking bath.
What's the area around Emerson Spice Hotel like?
Emerson Spice Hotel is in Stone Town, a short 3-minute walk from House of Wonders and 3 minutes' walk from Slave Market.







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10/10 Exceptional

Hannah, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great service, elegant & clean rooms, friendly & professional staff. They made our stay extremely comfortable and pleasant. The roof top breakfast/dinner experience was magical which we had meals in both hotels. There is no elevator in both hotels - so, it's a big hike. Will definitely come again!!!
Selvamuthu, 2-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

The house is spectacular…as is the service! It’s a “living museum” reminiscent of the bygone era of a Sultan’s exquisite existence.
Donna, 2-night trip with friends
Verified Orbitz guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Mei, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A wonderful hotel
Lovely hotel Really good and friendly service Fabulous ambience Beautiful breakfast
Greg, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Loved the character of the building. The details were tasteful and well designed. Such a unique place to stay!
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

It is a very nice old hotel which maintains the feel of past times. The only problem for me, as an old man with bad knees is having to climb more than 70 stairs to my room, the last part on very creaky stairs. The view is magnificent from the roof and the breakfast was excellent with a great variety of frutis
Richard, 2-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

From a warm and professional welcome through to the art as if antiques in the room, Emerson Spice was a most positive and enjoyable experience.
Gary, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Michael, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Our experience was amazing. The architecture is superb, the staff extraordinarily helpful and we had such an amazing time. The rooftop is breathtaking and all the staff is kind and polite. We want to return soon.
Angela, 3-night romance trip
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