236 Hurumzi - Zanzibar Hotels and Resorts - View Hotel
Zanzibar - Stone Town
A magnificent property set in one of the tallest buildings in Stone Town. Be transported back through time and experience true Arabian nights.
  • From: $92 pp Bed and Breakfast.
  • From: £57 pp Bed and Breakfast.

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An integral part of the skyline of Zanzibar, the Tower Top restaurant of 236 Hurumzi overlooks Stone Town’s mosque minarets, Hindu temples and church spires as is the second tallest building in Stone Town. The furnishings are all original Zanzibari antiques of varied origins and styles that, together, create the impressions of Arabian Nights and sultan princesses escaping in the dead of the night for romance.


The ten guestrooms are beautiful and romantic, each representing Zanzibari traditions in a distinct way. All rooms except for the Kipembe room are equipped with large stone bathtubs providing unusual bathing pleasure where a bubble bath and a bottle of wine are a frequent request. Ceiling fans keep guests cool along with the constant breeze on the upper floors.

Second and first floor rooms as well as the South room are equipped with air conditioning for added comfort. The sultan-sized rooms on the first and second floors have 20 foot ceilings, carved doors, original stucco décor and hand painted glass lamps and window panes. All guest rooms have large Zanzibari beds complete with netting.

Residence Hotel 240 Hurumzi

There are six guest rooms in the recently restored building 240 Hurumzi next door. All six rooms are elegantly furnished with Zanzibar beds and antique furnishings. These rooms are located along spacious corridors on the two top floors. Each floor has access to its own fully equipped shared kitchen.

Peace of Love wing

The western wing addition to 236 Hurumzi is named the "Peace of Love wing" in honour of the small lively square that it overlooks. This wing features the most original and luxurious suites in the hotel. Most rooms have balconies, teahouses, or verandas.

Zanzibar - 236 Hurumzi
Zanzibar - 236 Hurumzi


The Tower Top Restaurant, a common stop for newlyweds and marriage proposers alike, is undoubtedly one of the most romantic restaurants in Stone Town. Featuring a panoramic view of Stone Town and a spectacular view of ocean, it is the perfect place to enjoy the setting sun. The dining room serves five courses open on all sides accompanied by the exotic sites and sounds of Zanzibar and guests sit Arabian-style on pillows and carpets, having left their shoes at the door.Eighty feet above the Stone Town and sitting on Persian carpets dinner here almost feels like a ride on a magic carpet.

Environment and local community

Folklore remembers that Hurumzi House was built and lived in by a man named Tharia Thopan, often called the Bismarck of the Swahili Empire. Due to his close ties to the Sultan of the time, Thopan was permitted to build his house as the highest in Stone Town, second only to the Sultan's own ceremonial palace

.Further stories say that in the 1880's this building was where British authorities paid Arab slave owners to free their slaves. It is said that the name Hurumzi comes from "Huru - MUUZE", meaning "let them free". Still not verified by the complex maze of Zanzibar archive records, these stories add to the mystery of this impressive building on Hurumzi Street.

Our opinion

236 Hurumzi, formerly Emerson & Green, has enjoyed the top spot in Stone Town for many years and is still highly featured in many of the older guide books. Modern Stone Town now has a wide range of great places to stay in all different shapes, sizes and styles.

We think that 236 Hurumzi is great option for those looking for a traditional style of Stone Town property in a historical building.

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