-EMERSON SPICE HOTEL-

Stay at Emerson Spice

One of the best hotels in Stone Town Zanzibar.  An inspired and lovingly restored Merchant’s House, this Boutique Hotel has eleven stylishly furnished rooms structured around an airy central courtyard.

The hotel hosts two restaurants: The Secret Garden Restaurant, located in the distinctive Ruins of the adjacent garden and the rooftop Spice Hotel ‘Tea House’ one of Stone town’s most renowned restaurants offering a stylish ambiance amidst the sound of the calls to prayer from the town’s many mosques.

Every room in this famously glamorous hotel is different from the other. This mixture of mystery and history make them the best hotel rooms for your stay in Stone Town to experience the real Zanzibar.  Room information can be found here.

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Dine at Emerson Spice

The rooftop Tea House at Emerson Spice is smaller and more intimate restaurant than that of sister hotel Emerson on Hurumzi. 

A calm ambiance allows guests to focus on the food, a daily changing seafood-based menu composed of the more and the less-known of Zanzibar ingredients.  Find our more….

The jazz-infused Secret Garden, set in the ruin of an adjacent building, invites you to lunch accompanied by live birdsong, and dinner under the Milkyway.  Find out more…

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What our Guests Say

Authentic Architectural Symbol in Zanzibar
Myself and my partner decided to stay here the night before we left the island and it was a very good choice. The building is an authentic architectural symbol in Zanzibar Stonetown. The Room was spacious and full of character and great features, silent and peaceful despite being in the middle of the city.  We also had dinner on the roof top with a set menu, full of flavours and variety of dishes combined with local food and spices.
Secret Garden Restaurant is a little Gem
Emerson Spice Staff team was very attentive and charming, both for dinner time and breakfast the day after. We will visit again! One more note, often we visited the Spice Secret Garden restaurant which is a little gem in this place and I also recommend! Thank you to all the Team and Management.
We LOVE this hotel
Our 4th stay at Emerson Spice and certainly not the last! We LOVE this hotel! Being here is not just a normal hotel stay – its an experience. Fantastic decor, and extremely friendly staff. No trip to Zanzibar is complete without a lunch in “The Secret Garden” and dinner on their rooftop.,. It really is a very special property indeed!
Cameron and Natasha
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The rooms are filled with antique furniture and rich textures. Small touches like locally produced soaps and towels, antique books and even air con are featured in each room. Passion has been poured into the Emerson Spice and it is obvious. We felt as if we’d cast away in the days of old. Time slowed down and we soaked up the atmosphere of the buzzing Stone Town streets from our private balcony.
Bethan Walton
Emerson Spice – Exotic, Stylish and Atmospheric
This was one of my favourite places to drink tea in the 1990s. Returning to Zanzibar recently, I stayed for two nights and it was such a delight to see how the hotel has been so lovingly brought back to life. The staff were charming and extremely helpful and the hotel is ideally situated for exploring Stone Town. There is no better place to watch the sunset from the Tea House on the rooftop. Highly recommended. I can’t wait for my next visit.
Place I enjoy staying in Stone Town
We spent 3 nights at this hotel in September and it was everything I could have hoped. The uniqueness of the hotel and how it fitted into the local ‘street-scape’ made it the type of place I really enjoy staying at. Each room has its own amazing theme and as soon as you enter you feel like you are in another world. Centrally located in Stone Town the staff are warm and welcoming.
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Emerson Spice – Exotic, Stylish and Atmospheric

“This was one of my favourite places to drink tea in the 1990s. Returning to Zanzibar recently, I stayed for two nights and it was such a delight to see how the hotel has been so lovingly brought back to life.
 
The staff were charming and extremely helpful and the hotel is ideally situated for exploring Stone Town.
 
There is no better place to watch the sunset from the Tea House on the rooftop. Highly recommended. I can’t wait for my next visit.” Bethan Walton
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