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Emerson Spice

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Emerson Spice Hotel is a restored 19th century house, once home to Swahili royalty, built in the Swahili-Arabian style. The 11 individually decorated rooms are built around an airy central courtyard and feature latticed balconies overlooking the heritage-listed old district of Stone Town. The interiors are packed with Zanzibari antique furniture, original carved wood, and rich textiles. Even the staff are dressed in traditional clothing, adding to the feeling that you have stepped into another era.

Named after fictional heroines from history, the 11 rooms, including 2 superior suites, each have a unique character. Expect vivid colours, antique furniture, carved wooden Zanzibari beds, and hammam-style baths with modern shower overhead. Your breakfasts will be had on the roof terrace or can be delivered to your balcony. At night the terrace becomes The Tea House, one of the city’s best restaurants. If you are dining in for lunch, there's also the Secret Garden restaurant downstairs, a more casual spot in a quiet stone courtyard. Emerson Spice is a great base for exploring Stone Town and learning more about its long history. A maze of winding streets and alleyways, you will become lost in the culture and heritage of this one-time capital of the spice trade.

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  • Lovingly restored former merchant’s palace
  • Rooftop restaurant with great views of the city
  • Opulent and theatrical styling
  • In a maze of winding alleyways to explore on foot

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  • 11 Rooms
  • All Ages
  • Open All Year
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