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Swimming Pool

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4
Good
790 reviews
Brilliant
286
Good
342
Average
108
Poor
34
Awful
20

10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Bed bugs at Dhow!

1
Awful
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Reviewed 4th December 2012

"After reading the many positive reviews we booked two nights at the Dhow Palace. First impressions were great as the hotel oozes charm and is in a good location. At first glance the room seemed nice with lovely antique furniture and a turkish bath. However, at a closer look the bath was a bit grimey and the bed head was dusty but we thought these may be minor oversights by the cleaning staff although the worst was yet to come . . . After we went to bed, we put the light back on and we were horrified to find two bed bugs next to our pillows! We wrapped them in tissue and showed them to the person at reception who offered us the presidential suite (but didn't even apologise). It was very late and the Serena Inn was fully booked so we inspected the suite and it seemed to be a lot cleaner so we stayed there. We checked out the next morning and went to a lovely CLEAN guesthouse opposite the Serena Inn called Beyt al Chai. Someone who we spoke to about our experience at the Dhow said that they were closed for a few months due to rennovations but they should not have re-opened if they didn't have time to clean up."

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  • Travel date: 23rd June 2007

Beware

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Awful
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Reviewed 26th October 2012

"Undoubtedly a fantastic hotel with an abundance of character. However, beware, after checking in at an agreed arte, which i wrote down on the registration card etc setlled in rooms went to roof top bar they informed me that a mistake had been made and wanted to treble our rate. A big traveller not come across this before. Found this a very peculiar and odd practice and believed someone was trying to take advantage, they insisted we pay these increased rates so i checked out with other friends, Sour experience, so please beware their odd practices."

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  • Travel date: 16th March 2007

beautiful

4
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Reviewed 14th December 2012

"The hotel was beautiful and a much better bet than the Emerson and Green. It is equally as atmospheric and attractive, and right in the city centre. My suggestion is to stay here, but go to the Emerson and Green for a wonderful view over the city on their romantic rooftop. Actually, we attempted to do that, but it was fully booked - AND expensive. Hard to pay prices like the ones at Emerson and Green when you know full well that it is a tourist price you are paying! So, we decided against it and found another place (can't remember the name), but it's also in the city centre, and had a fantastic view as well. So, just wonder around and ask the hotels if they have a rooftop - you're bound to come across a couple."

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  • Travel date: 31st December 2006

Great choice full of flavour

4
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Reviewed 14th December 2012

"Recommended in Lonely Planet. Not the cheapest place in town, 90 US off season for a room for two. You can negotiate the price off season. Included a good breakfast. We had a great room, Turkish bath, large comfy bed. Good choice for your stay in Stone Town. Loved the courtyard pool. Especially appreciated given the heat/humidity. Staff were friedly and helful. Good/cheap laundry service. Free safe. Free internet access. Good location for strolling the sites. Excellent choice, worth the extra money. Quiet & clean. Enjoy."

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  • Travel date: 5th December 2006

Fantastic Hotel in Stone Town

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 26th November 2012

"We stayed at the Dhow Palace Hotel for the last two nights of our stay in Stone Town and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our balcony overlooked the pool in the indoor courtyard and was beautifully decorated. The pool was most useful to cool down after the heat and hectic shopping in the alleys of stone town. Service was excellent and breakfast served on the rooftop was adequate. The Tembo House hotel (the sister hotel) is better located on the beach, but we were able to use all the facilities there, so didn't miss out too much by staying at the Dhow Palace. Thoroughly recommend it for a stay in Stone Town."

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  • Travel date: 29th August 2006

Great Value

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Reviewed 16th November 2012

"Stayed in a few hotels in Stone Town, this I think is the best value. Great location and atmospheric building. I'd eat else where as other reviewers note but roof top breakfast is very pleasant. Same for all hotels in the region, keep your valuables close by. Serena Hotel was no different we lost items there, just be careful and have a great stay."

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  • Travel date: 20th August 2006

Stay in style

5
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Reviewed 30th October 2012

"Good location (near Kenyata street), great furniture, colonial feel. Plus nice service, roof restaurant (tasty breakfasts) and pool – great to refresh! Great value for money, highly recommended."

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  • Travel date: 7th May 2006

Dodgy Dhow

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Poor
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Reviewed 4th December 2012

"Stayed at the Dhow for 2 nights on arriving in Stonetown. Plus points-great location especially for night time walking to and from restaurants, nice rooms, particularily those looking onto pool which has sun in morning and early afternoon, breakfast on roof terrace good. Minus points-leave nothing in room-I had my camera stolen (room 101-no doubt by staff with key) 20 mins before we checked out. My fault for leaving it, stupid I know, but didn't think it would walk over breakfast. Moral of the story-use the hotel safe or carry it with you at all times! Staff on reception unhelpful and surly. If you have a late departure make sure luggage is locked in storage room not casually left lying in reception. Front doors locked at 11pm although doorman appears eventually.(none too pleased!) Despite the minuses we stayed on last night as it was prebooked-Room 200 definately not secure with easy access from a street facing outside balcony and no locking veranda doors. Location good and not bad value at $90 double. But this is poor east coast Africa-guard your stuff!!"

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  • Travel date: 26th February 2006

A pleasant place

4
Good
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Reviewed 26th October 2012

"Perfect located in the heart of Stone Town, and next to the main shopping streets, is certainly a better choice as the most famous Emerson and Green. We spend two days in each one. A typical atmosphere, a refreshing little pool and nice forniture are included in a small price. The restaurant is not famous, but well located for a good breakfast in the top terrace. Only the conditioner was noisy."

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  • Travel date: 20th February 2006

Sultan of Swing

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Reviewed 26th November 2012

"Conveniently located smack in the center of town. It has a pool which is great to escape the heat & noise of this bustling place. Located next to many neat shops so leave all your tourist purchases till here. Watch out for the beds, some of the rooms including ours required a few steps up to the mattress. The air conditioning was heaven and made up for the no alcohol policy."

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  • Travel date: 1st January 2005

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