Before it became a boutique hotel, Jafferji House & Spa was home to Javed Jafferji, a well-known photographer and tour operator. Javed sought to turn his home into a hotel while retaining the building’s style, and the result is very impressive! Something of a hidden gem in the streets of Stone Town, Jafferji appeals to clients who want to do more than simply pass through the town on their way to the beaches. Accommodation is booked on a B&B basis, and the hotel is open all year round.


The hotel is accessed via 10 minutes’ road transfer from Zanzibar’s international airport. It’s situated behind the Old Fort, in the heart of Stone Town.


Guest accommodation consists of just ten suites, exquisitely styled and available in three categories – Signature, Superior, and Superior Deluxe. Each suite has a theme, as shown by their names, which include Spices House, Out of Africa, Livingstone, and Kama Sutra! All are individually decorated, with carefully selected furnishings and artworks. There are ample modern amenities too, such as air conditioning, a telephone, a 32-inch flatscreen television, a tea-and-coffee station, complimentary mineral water, and free Wi-Fi. En-suite washrooms generally contain a flush toilet, twin washbasins, and a Moroccan-style bathtub. Bathrobes, slippers, and toiletries are provided free of charge. Guests can ask Reception staff for electrical adaptors and chargers, and a laundry service is available.

Communal spaces at Jafferji House & Spa begin with the hotel’s welcoming reception area, accessed from the busy streets of Stone Town. This has a sumptuous yet homely palette of reds, browns, and golds, with plenty of interesting artefacts to admire. Javed Jafferji’s own photographs adorn the walls here and in other areas of the hotel. At the top of the building, you’ll find the Terrace Rooftop Restaurant. Here, staff serve delicious Swahili-style dishes with a continental twist, flavoured with some of Zanzibar’s most exciting spices. The restaurant also offers wonderful views over Stone Town! Every Friday, diners enjoy live traditional Zanzibari music in the form of taarab, a style blending Middle Eastern, Indian, and Western elements. Finally, if you feel in need of a little pampering during your stay, you need only pop across the street to Cinnamon Spa, for relaxing massages, skincare treatments, and more.


The hotel is very well positioned for guests to get out and explore Stone Town and farther afield! Here are just a few examples of things to do in the town and on Zanzibar:

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