The 236 Hurumzi is located in the centre of Stone Town. The hotel is in the pedestrian area and so it is not possible to arrive directly by taxi. However, the hotel is not far from the drop off point and it will be possible to pay a taxi driver to help you find the hotel upon arrival. Housed in an historical building, the second tallest in the city and the former home of one of the richest men in the province, 236 Hurumzi offers a very special stay. Every room is unique, and most are surprisingly large. If the hotel is not busy staff will let you choose your own room from a selection. Each floor has its own reception area and kitchen. The hotel is decorated and furnished with genuine antiques giving it a sense of authentic faded grandeur.
Accommodation at 236 Hurumzi
The amenities offered by the hotel are very basic. Rooms are equipped with safes and AC, but the hotel prides itself on offering a slice of history. With this in mind, it is unsurprising that internet access is limited and poor and there are no televisions or radios and no elevator (but plenty of stairs). Hot water has to be switched on manually up to twenty minutes before required. For a traveller looking to stay in enchanting rooms and experience Stone Town’s past this hotel is ideal. For those seeking total modern comfort and luxury this would not be the best choice.
Food and Drink at 236 Hurumzi
The hotel offers a rooftop restaurant where a good breakfast is served. The view over the city is wonderfully clear, though the hotel’s views are of real Stone Town and not just the idyllic coast line. The hotel overlooks the noisy heart of the city and the nearby square is a constant hive of activity. As with most central hotels noise is inevitable from traders and locals as well at the early morning call to prayer. Ear-
The restaurant itself has a pleasant atmosphere and provides traditional entertainment. It is not the quietest and most secluded spot to eat in Stone Town, but it is a lively alternative to other eateries. The hotel’s restaurant is better reputed for its exotic ambience and location than its food. Those in search of fine dining or a budget dinner might be better to seek alternatives.
Service at 236 Hurumzi
The hotel is generally well-
Hotel staff do not have the best reputation for friendliness of the region’s B&Bs. However the managers on site are dedicated to solving customer grievances quickly and pleasantly. They also respond very fast to emails, but unless you specifically ask them not to, may pass your email address to local tour firms and you may get unsolicited mail.
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How to get to 236 Hurumzi
236 Hurumzi is located in the heart of the pedestrian district of old Stone Town and it is 100m from the taxi drop-
Stone Town itself lies approximately 7 km from Zanzibar airport. The taxi takes approximately 15 minutes to reach the town. Ferry routes link Stone Town with Dar es Salaam daily and with Pemba less frequently. Passengers are warned to beware ticket touts when buying ferry tickets and advised to take the faster, more expensive ferry as travellers have raised safety concerns with the older slower stock of boats.