The Swahili House is  a quaint hotel with traditional influences and modern day facilities in combination with authentic Swahili hospitality. Most of the hotel has been restored into its original state, but there have been some changes made as well.

Located in the bustling heart of Stone Town.

The Swahili House building was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. In the 125 years that were to come the building was home to one of the many Sultan families and then became a hotel a few years ago. Moivaro Hotels, Lodges & Tented Camps purchased the hotel, and renovated it to its current status.

The Swahili House is a great example of Swahili architecture, that is illustrated in the 5 floors that are all built around a beautiful traditional Zanzibar courtyard. The floors are all reachable via traditional Zanzibari staircases and an elevator. The 20 rooms are spread out over 4 floors and can be divided in 3 different room categories:

  • Sultan Suites: large, spacious rooms with balcony.
  • Deluxe Rooms: standard size double or twin room.
  • Suites: medium sized, spacious rooms with balcony.

The rooms have all been refurbished and decorated in traditional Swahili style. The hotel has been modified to suit Western standards with its European sized mattresses, Mosquito nets, air conditioning and a fan. In room features include: an en-suite bathroom, with bath or shower, flush toilet, hand wash basin, soap, shampoo, towels and bottled water.

The rooftop terrace at The Swahili House is definitely a unique feature. It houses the bar, restaurant and a plunge pool to cool off from the Zanzibar heat. Enjoy a cocktail, lunch or dinner while indulging in stunning views of Stone Town and the Swahili Coastal area. The á la carte menu is a combination of Eastern and Western influences, spices and flavors and includes a wide variety of freshly caught fish and seafood, Mediterranean Tapas and is changed on a daily basis. A Continental and full English breakfast buffet is served from the rooftop kitchen every morning.

They also offer a large variety of wines, international spirits and delicious cocktails.


  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Sun Deck/ Lounging area
  • Plunge pool
  • Battery charging facilities available
  • Wireless internet available on the ground floor
  • Baby cot available
  • Visa and MasterCard accepted