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Jafferji House and Spa, Zanzibar

4 stars
170 Gizenga StreetZanzibar TownTanzania, ‏‎800-491-6126
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Excellent4.4 / 5
Breakfast
Tasty breakfast
Location
Great location
Vibe
Awesome vibe
WiFi
Bad internet service
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Jafferji House and Spa, Zanzibar

Hotel Info: 866-539-8117

from $137
  • Signature Suite
  • Deluxe Suite
  • Superior Suite

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 10 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 11:30 AM-Noon
  • Check-out time is 10:30 AM
Airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others

Children

  • No cribs (infant beds)

  • Babysitting/childcare *

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms

Transportation

Transfers

  • Airport shuttle (available on request) *

Parking

  • No parking

Also known as

  • Jafferji
  • Jafferji House
  • Jafferji House Zanzibar Town
  • Jafferji Zanzibar Town

Policies

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

Mandatory fees

A city tax of US$ 1 per person, per night will be collected at the property in cash. For further details, please contact the property using the information contained in the confirmation received after booking.

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for TZS 160000 per night

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free full breakfast daily
  • 3 restaurants
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Things to do
  • Full-service spa
Services
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services
Facilities
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
Freshen up
  • Designer toiletries
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
More
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features

Spa

Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the guesthouse's full-service spa. Services include massages, facials, body scrubs, and manicures and pedicures. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.

Dining

Mistress of Spices - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

PRIVATE ROOFTOP DINING - This restaurant serves dinner only.

THE HOT SPOT BISTRO - This bistro serves lunch and dinner.

Jafferji House and Spa, Zanzibar’s small print

Also known as

  • Jafferji
  • Jafferji House
  • Jafferji House Zanzibar Town
  • Jafferji Zanzibar Town

Policies

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

Mandatory fees

A city tax of US$ 1 per person, per night will be collected at the property in cash. For further details, please contact the property using the information contained in the confirmation received after booking.

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for TZS 160000 per night

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

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

Recent reviews

Excellent 4.4 /5 from 43 reviews

Jafferji House and Spa, Zanzibar
Excellent4.0 / 5
Good Service, Great Location, Average Rooms
Pros: The staff were fantastic and very flexible. The breakfast was large and tasty, with many options. Located right in the heart of Stone Town, the hotel is a short walk from most of the places of interest. Cons: No door or proper wall between the bathroom and the sleeping room. While the room was large, it seemed awkwardly setup for lounging, but was fine for sleeping. Beds were a bit less comfortable than anticipated for the price point.
2 night trip
Jafferji House and Spa, Zanzibar
Outstanding5.0 / 5
Amazing- Best room I have ever stayed in.
I spent nearly a week in the Mercury Suite of the Jafferji House in May, 2014. It was literally one of my favorite hotel rooms that I've ever stayed in. It was amazing. I had a huge, comfortable bed, a big shower, tv, sitting area, and all amenities. It smelled good, was climate controlled, and just had a lot of character, just like the rest of the hotel. The staff was amazing, especially some of the guys that were always in the main area, cleaning, or helping me with my bags, or just to say hi and teach me a few new Swahili words. Also, the housekeeping was always amazing and I was so happy to come home to a comfortable room, the turndown service was a treat, and I loved the personal touches on the bed like the Swahili proverbs, the candy and the tea at the end of my stay. The restaurant was also delicious, and I definitely recommend that you try pilau rice and the lentil curry. The kitchen staff was nice, but just be aware that everything is made to order so leave time for your meal. It is obvious the Jafferji takes customer service very seriously and wants you to be totally satisfied. The only disappointment I had was that the spa was under renovation, so I had to go to Cinnamon spa down the street- probably not as good as Jafferji would have been! And, my only warning would be that if you are two people, there is no actual door on the bathroom, so be warned in this particular suite. Overall, I LOVED the Jafferji and would definitely stay here again.
5 night business trip
Jafferji House and Spa, Zanzibar
Outstanding5.0 / 5
Excellent Stone Town Luxury
I had a superb stay at the Jafferji House. From the pickup at the airport (pre-arranged directly with the hotel) to the tours, the spa experiences, the food and the service, the experience was outstanding. Responsive, friendly and knowledgeable staff. A truly memorable stay, for all the best reasons.
4 night trip
Jafferji House and Spa, Zanzibar
Outstanding5.0 / 5
Beautiful hotel in the heart of Stone
Beautifully appointed rooms and common areas. Great photographs from Javed Jafferji cover the walls along with cool antiques and beautiful lamps/colored glass/mirrors everywhere. All the rooms have fans and A/C which was a must in the heat of November in Zanzibar. Fantastic customer service. Extremely accomodating when we arrived at 3am the day of our checkin - they let us check in early and even take a nap before our reservation officially started. Reception desk was extremely attentive to all of our requests and arranged excellent excursions for us at reasonable prices (highly recommend the Spice Tour and the sunset Dhow cruise was pretty good as well). The hotel is right in the middle of old Stone Town, you can easily walk to all of Stone Town (from the beach to Creek Rd) from the hotel within 10-15 minutes, though it can be easy to get lost a bit in all the old alleyways. The only possible "negative" I can think of is that the location prevents them from having a nearby parking lot, so you do have to walk a couple hundred yards through the alleys of Stone Town to get from your taxi/transfer to the hotel. Not a problem for us, as we didn't have much luggage, but if you did have a lot of bags that might be a little long to carry the bags. Breakfast was good, definitely recommend the Pure Veg platter (and we aren't vegetarian, it was just really delicious Indian style food).
2 night romance trip
Jafferji House and Spa, Zanzibar
Good3.0 / 5
Nice but....
Beautiful hotel, central location and attentive staff. Albeit very tastefully decorated I am not sure the price is fully justified. The two things that didn't help my stay were: 1) they've gone for the 'no door on the bathroom' look in the bedroom- while some artsy types may relish in this architectural feature, I for one was glad I was travelling on my own. Can't see the romantic feeling lasting long with no privacy for morning ablutions. 2) I booked the sandpit picnic (original dhow safari) through the hotel with the understanding that by booking through the hotel and paying a hefty premium (US$100 at hotel vs 30k shillings outside) the tour would be well organised and safe. Well, the guide didn't speak English (which was fine because he did try to be helpful with detail where he could but wasn't good when safety details couldn't be communicated), the motor in the boat kept breaking in the choppy sea and they fed me a flimsy chicken sandwich while every other tour group had delicious bbq-d seafood. My sandwich looked so pathetic that the family in the tent next to mine offered me their food. Overall one kind of gets the feeling at this hotel that they think if you're a tourist you have plenty of $$ to spare/burn.
3 night trip

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Jafferji House and Spa, Zanzibar

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