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1 room, 2 adults

Al-Minar Hotel

3.5-star3.5 stars
Great for families

Good to know

  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Children's club (free)
  • Beach nearby
  • Free WiFi
Plot 96 Shangani, Zanzibar Town, Tanzania

Family-friendly hotel with restaurant, near Shangani Beach
  • Free continental breakfast and free WiFi
  • Great for families

    Good to know

    • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
    • Children's club (free)
    • Beach nearby
    • Free WiFi
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  • Poor quality hotel, shower didn't work, window faced on to a building siteMar. 12, 2018
  • Thoroughly enjoyed my stay here -one of the best small boutique hotels in Stonetown Jan. 19, 2018

Al-Minar Hotel

from A$69
  • Standard Double Room
  • Executive Room
  • Standard Twin Room
  • Standard Single Room

What’s around Al-Minar Hotel


  • In Stone Town
  • Shangani Beach - 3 min walk
  • Nakupenda Beach - 39 min walk
  • Old Fort - 3 min walk
  • Forodhani Gardens - 4 min walk
  • House of Wonders - 6 min walk
  • Christ Church Cathedral - 8 min walk
  • Zanzibar Ferry Terminal - 13 min walk

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 7 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 22 rooms


  • Check-in time noon-anytime
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Express check-in/out
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

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 15

Travelling with others


  • One child (7 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • Babysitting/childcare *

  • Free children's club


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • No parking

Payment types at the property

* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Taking the kids?
  • Children's club (free)
Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop/café
  • 24-hour room service
Things to do
  • Bicycle rentals on site
Working away
  • Business centre
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Low-height counters/sink
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Swahili

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Sofa bed
Things to enjoy
  • Fireplace
  • Separate dining area
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Fridge
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Terrace Restaurant - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Al-Minar Hotel’s small print

Also known as

  • Al-Minar Hotel Zanzibar Town
  • Al-Minar Hotel Zanzibar Town
  • Al-Minar Hotel Hotel Zanzibar Town
  • Al-Minar Hotel
  • Al-Minar Zanzibar Town
  • Al-Minar Zanzibar Town
  • Al Minar Hotel
  • Al-Minar Hotel Hotel


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

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

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

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

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.

The property affirms that it adheres to the Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) sanitization guidelines.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:

A city tax of USD 1 per person, per night will be collected at the property in cash.

  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 1.00 per person, per night

Optional extras

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

Parking is available nearby and costs USD 5 per night

Rollaway beds are available for USD 20 per night

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 20 per vehicle (one-way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Al-Minar Hotel

  • Does Al-Minar Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Al-Minar Hotel does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Is parking offered at Al-Minar Hotel?
    Sorry, there's no parking at Al-Minar Hotel.
  • Are pets allowed at Al-Minar Hotel?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Al-Minar Hotel?
    You can check in from noon to anytime. Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability).
  • Are there restaurants at or near Al-Minar Hotel?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that serves international cuisine.
  • Is airport shuttle service offered by Al-Minar Hotel?
    Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 20 per vehicle one-way.

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.8 From 106 reviews

Very good 8.0
A well spent stay
It was a pleasant experience Very friendly staff Juma and Sebastian.....bery helpful guys
Tshepo, za7 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Affordable gem in an upscale hotel area
Always an awesome choice for location, service, and room quality, this was my 4th stay and probably not my last.
Daniel, us2 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Great Place near everything at Stone Town
Amazing...just need to replace worn out towels
Ana, ie1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Very nice hotel, right in Stonetown! Easy walking distance to Forodhani Gardens, to the OneOcean dive center, to the ocean, all around Stonetown! Very friendly, helpful staff.
us2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
A Brilliant and reasonable Hotel in Zanmzibar
I have stayed in hundreds of hotels around the world, and this one stands out as special. A boutique-sized hotek, I was greeted by the manager, the room was excellent, then decor was classic Arabian Nights, the location st Shangani is sublime. An absolute recommendation.
Douglas, ie1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
A Fantastic Hotel at a Great Price
Classic Wood decor, spacious room, excellent staff and helpful manager, good food too breakfast, boutique-sized hotel, just 2 minutes from the waterfront in a very peaceful part of town. Totally recommended.
Douglas, ie1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Superb customer service
Customer service at the hotel is excellent. The hotel is located at the heart of the old town so all sights, shops and restaurants are within the walking distance. The two different rooms I used during my stay both had a good air conditioning, comfortable bed and all other necessary facilities. Breakfast was fresh and filled the stomach well. I fully recommend the Al-Minar hotel for a visit to Unguja island if you seek a reasonably priced hotel with good service.
Tino, ie2 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
good service, kind man.
LIM, kr1 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Good value for money!
Excellent little hotel in the centre of Stonetown. Great management team, who are friendly, attentive, accommodating and provide excellent service. My only complaint was the bedside lamp, which had faulty electrical wiring (wires were jerry-rigged), the light went out at one point, and though I requested to get the lamp switched with one from another room, I was told it wasn't possible. As a result, difficult to read in the room. But other than that, no complaints. Great shower with good water pressure, comfortable beds, clean room, and good amenities. Drinking water provided free of charge, great breakfast buffet on the rooftop.
ie1 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Great Location
It may seem to be positioned at one end of tone Town, but it is the correct end. The best venues for watching the sun go down are within a 2 minute walk. To get to the other end of Stone Town only a 15 minute slow walk anyway. This hotel is friendly, clean and tidy, the showers work well, the beds are passably comfortable and the internet, whilst not the fastest in the world is adequate.
gb2 night romance trip

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