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Superior Studio Suite, Kitchenette | In-room safe, desk, free WiFi, bed sheets
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In-room safe, desk, free WiFi, bed sheets
Breakfast, lunch and dinner served, local and international cuisine

Overview of Spice Palace Hotel

Spice Palace Hotel

3.5 star property
3.5-star hotel in Zanzibar Town with outdoor pool and restaurant

8,6/10 Fabulous

85 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
Soko Muhogo Street, Zanzibar Town, Mjini Magharibi Region

Guests rated this location 9.1/10 - Wonderful

Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Airport shuttle
  • Ferry terminal shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Front-desk safe
For families
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Stone Town

Getting around

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


  • Lukmaan - 3 min walk
  • 6 Degrees South - 5 min walk
  • Cape Town Fish Market - 5 min walk
  • Stone Town Cafe - 4 min walk
  • Mercury's Zanzibar - 9 min walk

About this property

Spice Palace Hotel

Spice Palace Hotel is just 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 50 per room one-way. The outdoor pool is a great spot to take a dip, and guests can grab a bite to eat at Blue Ocean, which serves local and international cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other highlights include a bar/lounge and a terrace. The helpful staff and breakfast get good marks from fellow travelers.


English, French, Russian, Swahili

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-out

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 28 rooms
  • Arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • 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 ferry terminal and airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 24 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation

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 cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*
  • Ferry terminal shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free local cuisine breakfast 7 AM–10:30 AM on weekdays and 7 AM–10:30 AM on weekends
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • 24-hour room service

What to do

  • Beach nearby


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • 2 buildings/towers
  • Built in 2017
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool


  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk


  • English
  • French
  • Russian
  • Swahili

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 65-cm flat-screen TV
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Bathrobes and slippers

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features


Blue Ocean - This restaurant specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Jaws Bar - Onsite bar. Open daily.
Blue Ocean - This coffee shop specializes in local and international cuisine and serves light fare only. Open daily.

Fees & policies

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 1.00 per person, per night

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 50 per room (one-way)
  • Ferry terminal shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 5 percent

Hygiene & cleanliness

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.

Staff at the property wear personal protective equipment and periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff.

Contactless check-out is available.


<p>This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p>

Also known as

Spice Palace Hotel Zanzibar Town
Spice Palace Zanzibar Town
Spice Palace Hotel Hotel
Spice Palace Hotel Zanzibar Town
Spice Palace Hotel Hotel Zanzibar Town

Frequently asked questions

Does Spice Palace Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Spice Palace Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Spice Palace Hotel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Spice Palace Hotel?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Spice Palace Hotel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Spice Palace Hotel?
Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Spice Palace Hotel.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Spice Palace Hotel?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 50 per room one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Spice Palace Hotel?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM. There's a charge for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
What is there to do at Spice Palace Hotel and nearby?
Spice Palace Hotel has an outdoor pool.
Are there restaurants at or near Spice Palace Hotel?
Yes, Blue Ocean offers local and international cuisine.
What's the area around Spice Palace Hotel like?
Spice Palace Hotel is located near Shangani Beach in Stone Town, a short 4-minute walk from Old Fort and 5 minutes' walk from Forodhani Gardens. The local area is walkable and popular for its beaches.







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Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

I had a great stay at Spice Palace Hotel, perfect location, near to the most popular tourist attractions!
Wilmer, 2-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Tired and misleading
The hotel is very tired. The rooms were very tired, the mosquito nets were grey with neglect and had holes in them, defeating their purpose. The shower in the bathroom had cracked tiles and wholes in the door. You also needed to be a contortionist to sit on the toilet, and all this was in what is described as a superior suite. They claim to have happy hour on beer and cocktails between 4 and 7 every day (advertised in the bar) but when you try to take advantage of this they use all sorts of excuses to give you any form of happy hour discount. When I tried to raise this with the management they didn’t even have the decency to respond to my email. Either they need to remove the happy hour sign and references to happy hour or honour it. The food was average at best. Do not use their airport shuttle as the charge double the going rate and do not get you as close to the hotel as they possibly could do. This is all a great shame as the hotel does have great potential due to location. All it requires is some freshening up.
Kenton, 5-night trip with friends
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8/10 Very good

Majority of things are ok but something very important which I didn't like is the fact that you cannot easily sleep in the morning or during the afternoon and the reason is that too much light in the room. The sun goes directly through the small window of the door overlooking 5he balcony, from the toilet door. The curtains are not dark and leave the sun light to come in. I was in Room 302
saleh, 5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Nice stay
Was a nice hideaway in the Middle of town, the staff and rooftop restaurant were a saving grace, especially during our trip, the staff were very accommodating
Sven, 5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

John, 3-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Clean, decent place
It was a decent place. Great value for money... rooftop bar was great.
Fahad, 3-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

I love the charm of this hotel. It’s very clean and up to date, perfect location and the staff was very friendly. The worst part about my stay at this hotel was having to leave. Great experience and I will stay here again! I highly recommend this hotel.
Sam, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Felistas, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

1-night trip
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