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House of Spice

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Deluxe Suite | Premium bedding, individually furnished, blackout curtains, free WiFi
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Premium bedding, individually furnished, blackout curtains, free WiFi
Deluxe Suite | Premium bedding, individually furnished, blackout curtains, free WiFi
Premium bedding, individually furnished, blackout curtains, free WiFi

Overview of House of Spice

House of Spice

3.0 star property
Stone Town guesthouse in historical district

8.6/10 Fabulous

68 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
Uwanja Wa Shaba, Zanzibar Town

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Stone Town

Getting around

  • Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.) - 19 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)


  • Stone Town Cafe - 2 min walk
  • Traveller's Cafe - 3 min walk
  • The Silk Route - 3 min walk
  • Lazuli Cafe - 3 min walk
  • 6 Degrees South - 3 min walk

About this property

House of Spice

House of Spice is only 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 25 per vehicle one-way. Free perks include WiFi and self-parking. A rooftop terrace, a terrace and a garden are other highlights. The helpful staff and central location get good marks from fellow travellers.



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 or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 6 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM until 11:30 PM
  • 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 airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • 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 cots (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours a day)*


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

What to do

  • Beach nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Garden


  • English

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer (on request)

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (surcharge)

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 25 per vehicle (one-way)
  • Local area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Safes in guest rooms can be used for USD 5 per stay

Children & extra beds

  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds

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.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have lifts.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Shaba Boutique Hotel
House of Spice Guesthouse
House of Spice Zanzibar Town
House of Spice Guesthouse Zanzibar Town

Frequently asked questions

Does House of Spice offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, House of Spice 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 that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at House of Spice?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at House of Spice?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at House of Spice?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by House of Spice?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 25 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at House of Spice?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 11:30 PM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at House of Spice and nearby?
House of Spice has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near House of Spice?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include 6 Degrees South (3-min walk), Mistress of Spices (4-min walk) and Old Fort (4-min walk).
What's the area around House of Spice like?
House of Spice is located near Nakupenda Beach in Stone Town, a short 5-minute walk from Forodhani Gardens and 3 minutes' walk from Shangani Beach. The local area is central and popular for its beaches.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

6/10 Good

Avoid room number 1 at any cost!!
Generally, my stay was great with EXCEPTIONAL of the bed. What I saw in the picture when booking is not what I got. I was given room number 1 which is the decker bed where you need to climb a steep stair and I found it very risky. At least they should ask a guest in advance if someone is capable of climbing those stairs regularly. I commend the two receptionists, they are very kind and helpful.
Lusubilo, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

SHABA very good area..
THE HOTEL IS HANDLED BUT ONE GIRL..PRICILLA who IS VERY NICE AND ACCOMMODATING THE OTHER GIRL IS NOT... but when I tried to book 3 more nights, tha tnight that might be booked but she could give me the other 2 fllowings nights ....she made me wait for the owner's response but never came back to me...the next day I went personally very early to the hotel...She was on leave and was the other girl..who said it was fully booked even the next 2 following nights that I was tld I could be confirmed... not very responsible --make sure to make booking through there was a confusion doing the booking through wanted to confirm using the 2 nights rewards not used at Kiponda... was rejected the booking...but nevertheless I was charged for 2nights... that Priscilla wasnt aware.... she charged me 2 USD for the 2nights instead if accepting a cash deal whcih had been cheaper.
maria dolores, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Shaba dabba do
Good hotel lovely decor and some interesting rooms and in a central location . Hard to access with a taxi but not far from main street. Priscilla was the star , thoughtful attentive and hard working this lady made the place worthwhile and special . Overall decent budget one night stay location
JAI, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Orbel, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent stay
Pav, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

very nice place
Great location and a very pleasant hotel - recently renovated. I enjoyed my two nights there
Pav, 1-night trip
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4/10 Fair

The building was interesting, but the hotel had two problems. The first issue was the tourist tax. Although Expedia explicitly says on their webpage that the tourist tax is included in the final price charged to us, they insisted that I pay the tourist tax. They told me that “many people complained” about the tax and they couldn’t communicate with Expedia” through emails or phone calls. So they have been making everyone pay the taxes despite Expedia had already collected the taxes. I told the guy at the reception when I checked in that I paid all the taxes, then the next day another woman came to ask me for the taxes, and yet again. I had to talk with her for 30 minutes until I found the Expedia chat function and the Expedia staff clarified that I didn’t have to pay. It seemed like the boss was making them insist on paying the taxes. Another issue is that they have the dining space in their garden, which is a good idea in theory, but in reality, there were five or six mosquitoes buzzing around me while I was having breakfast. I got five mosquito bites in fifteen minutes. They might need to move their breakfast location elsewhere indoors or upstairs to avoid this problem. The second day, I went with a piece of cloth to cover up my legs and a jacket to cover my arms, despite the humidity. The swarm of mosquitoes still bit my hand.
2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Overall good...upon arrival I was asked to pay a dollar tax when though I booked through The wifi was very poor on the 1st level of the my room
Michael, 1-night trip
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6/10 Good

There is no refrigerator in the room. Safety box usage is also charged.
2-night family trip
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