If you want to step into the soul of Zanzibar and experience the timeless magic of Stone Town, then Emerson Spice is the place to visit.
Originally owned by the Mwinyi Mkuu, the last Swahili ruler of Zanzibar, the property has changed hands from one illustrious owner to another; and now graces the discerning traveller in pursuit of glamour with authenticity.
The principal structure which now houses Emerson Spice is a melding of two buildings and several distinct styles of architecture typical of the Stone Town heritage site, still offers the visitor a feeling of stepping back in time, when crossing the threshold.
The hotel hosts 2 restaurants - The Secret Garden Restaurant, located in the distinctive ruins of the adjacent garden and the rooftop Spice Hotel 'Tea House' - one of Stone Town's most renowned restaurants offering a stylish ambiance amidst the sound of the calls to prayer from the town's many mosques.
All the Emerson Spice Hotel Rooms have a fabulously unique story.
The Semele, Camille, Belle, Violetta and Desdemona Rooms are all elegant and inviting. Furnished with antique Zanzibar furniture, every single room is different from the other and the bathrooms are fully or partially open to the bedrooms.
The Aida Room is ideal for families, as it has a queen size bed in the main area and a sitting area with a spiral staircase up to a mezzanine loft.
Opening to two verandas facing South and North, the Kate Room is dedicated to Katherine Hepburn in a restrained Hollywood/Bollywood does Zanzibar style and is the least Zanzibari room amongst the Emerson's designs. The room has an al fresco second bath which is ideal for relaxing in after a day exploring.
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General Information For Guests
Tanzania has a large Muslim population on the island of Zanzibar. Modesty of dress is expected when outside the hotel's grounds. Trousers are entirely acceptable, but short skirts and bare arms should be avoided. Scarves must be worn over the head (and shoes removed) when entering a mosque.