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Low Season March
High Season December
  Average price (weeknight): C$ 316
  Average price (weekend night): C$ 224

cheapest month to stay

59%

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most expensive time to stay

65%

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(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

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(weeknight)

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Top tips for finding the perfect Zanzibar hotel

Zanzibar City is served by Abeid Amani Karume International Airport which is conveniently located around 3.1 miles south of the city. However, if you don’t feel like making the drive into the city, one hotel option near the airport is the Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins. In addition to being close to the airport, the hotel also has a private beach area and dock.
In addition to the chain hotels in Zanzibar City, there are also a number of small boutique hotels. One good option in Stone Town is Dhow Palace Hotel. The hotel is styled after an old Arabian manor with arched windows and balconies outside many of the rooms. Additionally, there is an inner courtyard with a pool and lounge area.
Looking for beachside resorts and hotels in Zanzibar City? The neighborhood of Vuga is a great area to check out. Africa House Hotel is one of the beachside hotels in Vuga and along with the stunning ocean views, the hotel also offers a bar and lounge and bike rentals.
Zanzibar City is split into eastern and western sides by Creek Road. West Zanzibar is the more popular of the two among tourists but there are also hotels on the eastside. For example, Island Paradise Inn is one of the hotel options in East Zanzibar.
Zanzibar City has plenty of 5-star resorts that are sure to please even the most expecting of guests. For instance, Zanzibar Serena Hotel sits right on the beach and offers amenities like luxurious spa facilities and a terraced lounge area with a pool overlooking the coast.

FAQs when booking a hotel in Zanzibar

How much is a cheap hotel in Zanzibar?
KAYAK users have found double rooms in Zanzibar for as cheap as C$ 9 in the last 3 days. The average price is C$ 167.
How much is a hotel in Zanzibar for tonight?
In the last 72 hours, users have found Zanzibar hotels for tonight for as low as C$ 35. Users have also found 3-star hotels from C$ 47 and 4-star hotels from C$ 84.
Which are the most popular Zanzibar neighborhoods to stay in?
For more information about Zanzibar's different neighborhoods, check out our Zanzibar's City Guide.
How can I find hotels near me?
Take a look at our extensive hotel Heatmaps to find the best hotels near you.
What neighborhoods have the most “character” in Zanzibar City?
Shangani is one of the westernmost neighborhoods in Stone Town bordering the seaside. It is also a very popular area for hotels and resorts like the Beyt Al Salaam and Al Johari Zanzibar. The area is also a popular tourism hub because of the colonial era buildings like the Old Fort.
Where is best to stay in Zanzibar City with children?
Many of the most family-friendly are located on the coast in Stone Town where hotels like the Tembo House Hotel & Apartments are found. Some of the fun amenities available at the Tembo House Hotel & Apartments include a swimming pool and game room. The hotel also has a terraced eating area overlooking the ocean.
Where is best to look for budget hotels in Zanzibar City?
Kenyatta Road is a hotspot for cheap hotels in Zanzibar City and it also conveniently runs down the heart of Stone Town. Hotels in the area include Al-Minar Hotel and Mazsons Hotel. Additionally, both hotels are just a five-minute walk from Shangani Beach.
Where to stay in Zanzibar City for business travelers?
The northside of Stone Town is a great area for business travelers because of its central location and ease of access to major roads like Mizingani Road and Shangani Road. Business hotels in the area include the DoubleTree by Hilton Zanzibar - Stone Town, which features a dedicated business center. The hotel is also only 0.5 miles from the Zanzibar Ferry Terminal.

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Best Zanzibar hotels

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9.4 Excellent (142 reviews)
Pro " The whole experience of being isolated in an island. Snorkeling in one of the most amazing protected coral reefs is included in the price of the room EVERY DAY. With a few small improvements this hotel will be in Condé Nast Traveller as one of the hottest in the world. The staff is fantastic. "
Con " It’s hard to say something, because the experience is unique. But the mattress could be definitely better. I think a hotel should always remember that is a place to relax and the mattress should be top quality. "
C$ 691
9.3 Excellent (346 reviews)
Pro " Rooms, location, staff, the beach, service "
Con " During hot summers you may want air conditioner. They don’t have. We were the in July and it was perfect temperate. "
C$ 214
9.3 Excellent (248 reviews)
Pro " We had an amazing stay at Zanzi Resort. The resort was beautiful. The facilities were great and the staff were all very polite, helpful and made our stay very comfortable. "
Con " No review available "
C$ 374
9.2 Excellent (792 reviews)
Pro " Great peaceful atmosphere for relaxation, very helpful staff, delicious restaurants. many things to do. "
Con " Nothing in particular. However, they could have sealed the bungalow better so the insects does not come inside. "
C$ 478
9.2 Excellent (248 reviews)
Pro " Staff were super friendly "
Con " Bugs ! And mosquitos "
C$ 313
9.0 Excellent (849 reviews)
Pro " Location "
Con " We were promised a bottle of sparkling wine in our room on arrival as it was our honeymoon but this was not provided. No big deal. The service at the bar / restaurant was worst I have ever experienced in a 5 star hotel. 15 minutes between providing the menu and taking our drinks order. Red wine was being kept on ice so it was served ice cold. Our food took ages to arrive and when it did arrive it did not come with any of our side orders. They had forgotten. Side orders were provided 20 minutes after we finished our main meal. The restaurant was not busy. That evening we rang reception to ask about the sparkling wine and were told they would call us back. No response. We inquired on our way out to dinner and were met with a shrug of the shoulders. When we returned from dinner we asked again and they said they would send it to our room immediately. Unless we inquired again, the hotel staff would have continued to simply ignore us. 1 hour later and it still had not arrived to room. We had to call reception again. The next day we asked for some change at the bar as we only had large notes. We were told no. We asked at the reception and again were told no. This is meant to be a $500/night 5 star hotel but yet they could not handle such a simple request. We had a drink that night in the bar and ordered two glasses of red wine. 6 times the waiter returned to our table to confirm the order. Eventually he advised that the wine was not available so we ordered different wine. Again the red wine was served ice cold despite the hotels website boasting of their prestigious sommeliers. The robes in the room were torn and there was blood on the moaquito net around the bed. Despite all of the above, it is a beautiful hotel in an excellent location with spectacular views. Sadly the service is poor or maybe we simply weren't important enough guests as staff seemed to swarm to certain guests. It may be the most expensive hotel in stone town but definitely not the best. "
C$ 577
8.9 Excellent (386 reviews)
Pro " No review available "
Con " No review available "
C$ 387
8.9 Excellent (366 reviews)
Pro " Lovely setting and very nice atmosphere. Staff were very friendly and helpful, too. And the coffee was great! "
Con " No review available "
C$ 148
8.8 Excellent (429 reviews)
Pro " The rooms are very clean, roomie, the staff were very welcoming and nice. The breakfast was great! Just near Kenyata road where you can buy things. Near the clothes market and beach "
Con " Without elevator and the hotel has high stairs "
C$ 108
8.8 Excellent (307 reviews)
Pro " No review available "
Con " No review available "
C$ 183
9.5 Excellent (21 reviews)
Pro " Excellent villa and very friendly staff. Recommend "
Con " The pool in the villa should be bigger "
C$ 1051
8.8 Excellent (155 reviews)
Pro " Good breakfast Nice outing to Prison Island, easy to set up and included a packed lunch Nicely decorated rooms Air conditioning Roof terrace and pool "
Con " Pillows a bit hard "
C$ 124
8.7 Excellent (863 reviews)
Pro " Nice rooms "
Con " No proper view which is not stated in site "
C$ 183
8.7 Excellent (266 reviews)
Pro " Very relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff. "
Con " The road is terrible. "
C$ 159
8.8 Excellent (97 reviews)
Pro " Beautiful location, great and clean rooms with a lot of privacy. Excellent breakfast. Very friendly staff and great service. "
Con " No review available "
C$ 503

Best Zanzibar hotels near House of Wonders

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8.7 Excellent (1,553 reviews)
Pro " Location Staff Food "
Con " No review available "
C$ 116
8.6 Excellent (811 reviews)
Pro " The décor of the hotel with furniture and artefacts from a bygone era is pretty fascinating. "
Con " No review available "
C$ 110
8.4 Excellent (1,825 reviews)
Pro " On the beach, great location to explore stone town "
Con " No review available "
C$ 114
8.3 Excellent (458 reviews)
Pro " The hotel is in a perfect location, very short walking distance to the House of Wanders, Old Dipsnesary, Ferry Terminal, Forodhani Street Food Market, Freddie's house, etc. (No access by car so had to walk to the entrance, also no elevator and we stayed at 4th floor) The view from the roof top is spectacular. The room was very spacious, comfortable, however seem a little stuffy and dark smell. I am still very satisfied about the very friendly and helpfull staff from the reception (but not same feeling about the restaurant staff). The Pool was great, clean and the area restful. The hotel overall it is mostly quiet. "
Con " Even if the pool looks great, the facilities there are not the same, there is only one bathroom, very small, for both gents and ladies, and with a not working tap. :( WiFi was very very weak and not available in rooms, just public areas. "
C$ 133