Emerson On Hurumzi

Stay at Hurumzi

In the heart of Stone Town is a beautifully restored hotel that once was the home of one of the richest men in the Swahili Empire – Mr ThariaTopan who served as the principal financial advisor to Sultan Bargash.  Today it is still one of the most popular hotels in Zanzibar.

An exotic building with historical significance and unique style. The recent refurbishment combines the elegance of the period in which it was built with period antique furnishing and the colour and comfort of the 21st century. 

Each room is unique with magical spaces.  Room information can be found here.

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Stone Town, The Real Zanzibar


Specials and Packages

Packages Festival Special valid during Sauti za Busara 11 – 14 Feb 2021E-Mail to: reservations@emerson-zanzibar.com

Packages Sunset to Sunrise view the stunning sunset from our Rooftop Restaurant over dinner, then sleep over and rise to a magnificent breakfast.

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Packages Senses of Zanzibar

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See and experience the Real Stone Town, Zanzibar

Emerson Zanzibar not only manage hotels, they have a real and active passion to help the local community.  When you stay at Emerson on Hurumzi you not only experience the real Stone Town but you are also helping the people of Zanzibar in many unique ways.  To learn more click here.


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Dine at Hurumzi

Marrying the culture and style of this historical property with the distinct culinary heritage of the era, Emerson on Hurumzi celebrates old world Zanzibar in modern times and terms. The iconic Tea House restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and Zanzibar tea ceremonies performed in the private dining room Roshani.

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I would highly recommend Tea Ceremony
We have had a very unique experience like never before. We have been served 4 different types of tea with no rush, one by one. Our dedicated waiter explained each and every single tea we were served with complimentary sweet and savory traditional sides. The set-up/decor was so beautiful, it’s just unimaginable. I would highly recommend Tea Ceremony to anyone and everyone. I will definitely visit the Tea House again this place is part of Emerson Hotel.
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Michael Wright
Rated 1 on Trip Advisor for a reason
We had dinner there last night and found the whole experience fantastic. Staff were exceptional, view phenomenal and food plentiful and tasty. Top thing to do in Zanzibar. Rated 1 on Trip Advisor for a reason!
trip advisor award excellence June 2020
The best rooftop restaurant in Stone Town
The best rooftop restaurant in Stone Town. It just is. The best restaurant in Stone Town. Amazing rooftop view of the city at sundown, good cocktails, friendly staff and some of the best food in town. We suggest you book a table instead of sitting on cushions, it’s more comfortable when eating. And try to go there when then have musicians playing, it adds a whole other dimension to the experience. If you don’t try it when in Stone Town you will regret it!
Cameron and Natasha
The Best Hotels In Zanzibar Ranked & Reviewed (2020)
Dinner on the Rooftop Tea House was our most memorable in Zanzibar and should be experienced by all who visit Stone Town. Diners sit atop cushions and large Persian rugs on the hotel’s roof while a velvet roof dances in the wind. Evening cocktails begin at 18:00 and dinner is served at 19:00, make sure to book a spot in advance as the demand is high.
One of the best and most beautiful hotels in Stone Town
Delicious food in the restaurant. This is a great way to experience Stone Town. The view from their rooftop is second to none and the sunset is stunning. The Sunset Dinner is highly recommended. One of the best and most beautiful hotels in Stone Town. A taste of Zanzibar. The perfect way to experience the sights and sounds of magical Spice Island.
Google Business Reviews Excellent
Martin Mitev
Dining on the rooftop is like being in a movie
My friend told me that dining on the rooftop is like being in a movie. So I did. And it is! Reserve in advance – the rooftop is not big. The food is excellent once you climb the steep 99 steps. Feel free to get distracted by the beautiful interior. The live entertainment completes the motion picture experience. I didn’t stay in the hotel but I am sure I would feel like a movie star if I did.
Google Business Reviews Excellent
Dave Hagen
Rooftop dinner was fantastic
Stayed 2 nights in January…north room was excellent, loved the over bed air on unit, very clever, service food and room was outstanding, rooftop dinner was fantastic, met lovely fellow travellers, food, entertainment and service superb
Bojan Fidanovski
Best experience in Zanzibar you could get!
Best experience in Zanzibar you could get. Totally worth it. Food, live music, service, setting excellent!
Google Business Reviews Excellent
Dino P
Food is very tasty
Well known place overlooking Stone Town, food is very tasty, we had lunch. You don’t have to make reservation or dress up for lunch. Good service.
trip advisor award excellence June 2020
This hotel totally captures the spirit of Stone Town
Quirkily charming this former palace has retained it’s character. This hotel totally captures the spirit of Stone Town–it’s history and its culture. Our room at the top (North) had great view of the rooftops, an outdoor (but private!) shower, and most amazing of all–and air-conditioned (as well as mosquito-netted) bed!


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