• Location: Tanzania, Zanzibar
  • Type of Accommodation: Boutique Hotel
  • Comfort Level: Luxury


Once home to the religious councillor of Zanzibar’s first sultan, this tastefully-refurbished palace is an enticing blend of ancient and modern sensibilities that captures the evolution of Stone Town from trading post to holiday hub. Offering a taste of old Zanzibar with a touch of modern chic, guests can imagine a lost era wandering the vast open spaces between the cool, thick walls and sky-high ceilings of this former royal abode. Antique furniture and precious ornaments of Arabian, Indian and African origin adorn its historic corridors into which golden light streams through the arched windows. Because it has been repurposed from a grand private residence, each of the 18 rooms is unique but all feature rich ivory tones, 4-poster beds cocooned in frothy gauze, intricate stucco carving and heavy carved doors.

Echoing how the accommodation effortlessly straddles the past and present are the dining options. Pep yourself up for a day of exploring Stone Town’s intricate alleys and kaleidoscopic markets with a traditional morning coffee service in the Tea Lounge or celebrate a very special occasion at One Table Restaurant – literally, a single table on a lofty terrace where you will have utter privacy.

Centred on a jade green courtyard, the Mashariki Palace Hotel is a restful nook in which you can daydream about being a Zanzibari princess or a swashbuckling buccaneer from the days when the aromatic Spice Island was an important trading post between East Africa and Arabia, and dhows heaped with fragrant cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon sailed the cobalt Indian Ocean…


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Roof-top restaurant & bar with skyline views
  • Solarium & massage service
  • Dramatic, individually designed rooms
  • Palpable sense of history & place

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The Mashariki Palace Hotel will be a hit with travellers who relish setting their own pace and immersing themselves in the local way of life then returning to quiet, understated luxury. Enjoy a massage or body scrub in the comfort of your high-ceilinged room and relax on the soft daybeds out on the sunny solarium terrace.

The concierge will be able to assist with bookings, tours and transfers, and babysitting and laundry services are also available.

General Facilities

    Babysitting service available
    Concierge service
    Computer facilities
    Beauty or wellness therapist
    Wi-fi available
    Laundry service


The restaurants are positioned to take in Stone Town’s fairy-tale skyline, with its panoply of towers, citadels, domes and steeples. Enjoy morning coffee and revitalising spiced and iced afternoon teas in the Tea Lounge. The Kisi Restaurant & Bars has a view of the old Forodhani Gardens and House of Wonders (the first building to be electrified on the island) and is the spot for day-to-day meals, and tasty canapés and evening drinks. For landmark occasions, reserve the One Table Restaurant: celebrate a birthday, marriage or anniversary at your own table on an elevated terrace to the rustle of Stone Town’s night pastimes below and the scattering of silver-sequin stars above. 

Darajani Superior Room

Having been converted from the wing of an old palace, each of the 18 rooms is utterly unique in structure but are united by strong Arabian, Indian and East African influences. Expect double-volume ceilings, ivory and golden tones and chic minimalism. All, including the entry-level Darajani Superior Rooms, have air conditioning, 4-posted beds with nets, flat-screen TVs and mini bars.

The Shangani Prime rooms are generally more spacious and are equipped with a lounge area and/or a courtyard balcony.

The Forodhani Deluxe rooms all have sea views and terraces.   

Darajani Superior Room AMENITIES

    En-suite bathroom
    Air conditioning
    Mosquito net
    Safe in room
    Mini bar
    Tea & coffee-making facilities


  • Beach activities
  • Day tours
  • Snorkelling
  • Sunset cruises
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Oct 2016 - 20 Dec 2016 $95 Bed & Breakfast
  • 21 Dec 2016 - 28 Feb 2017 $115 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Forodhani Deluxe Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Mashariki hotel is very nice hotel but, it isn’t fully operational. They serve only breakfast. I think only two rooms are occupied, which made staff concentrate on our service as I told the manager Peter that I have never felt at home like this hotel. It was wonderful. Farooq the assistant manager took me on his motorbike in the narrow alleys of Stone city looking for swimming shorts we ended buying spices. Naser, one of the employees took us around the city to buy souvenirs. Fantastic experience.

    Talal Alnafisi, July 2011

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Maureen Stover

Maureen Stover

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"Looking out over the neighbouring roofs from the upstairs restaurant at Mashariki Palace, you know you are in the heart of Stonetown, surrounded by the local culture and energy of this bustling city. The calm, cool interiors of this hotel give you a tranquil oasis to relax in between sight seeing."



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