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Al-Minar Hotel, Zanzibar Town

Family-friendly hotel with restaurant, near Shangani Beach

  • Free full breakfast and free WiFi

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Plot 96 Shangani, Zanzibar Town, Tanzania
8.4.Very Good.
  • I loved my stay. The room was great, the breakfast was delicious and the staff/service…

    Jan. 26, 2019

  • Good breakfast options; towels are old/dirty - need to be replaced

    Dec. 31, 2018

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 48 hours gap period enforced between guest stays
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 22 guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant
  • Airport shuttle
  • Childcare

For families

  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bedroom
  • Separate dining area

What’s around

  • In Stone Town
  • Shangani Beach - 3 min walk
  • Nakupenda Beach - 39 min walk
  • Old Fort - 3 min walk
  • Forodhani Gardens - 4 min walk
  • House of Wonders - 6 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Standard Double Room
  • Executive Room
  • Standard Twin Room
  • Standard Single Room

What’s around


  • In Stone Town
  • Shangani Beach - 3 min walk
  • Nakupenda Beach - 39 min walk
  • Old Fort - 3 min walk
  • Forodhani Gardens - 4 min walk
  • House of Wonders - 6 min walk
  • Christ Church Cathedral - 8 min walk
  • Zanzibar Ferry Terminal - 13 min walk
  • Prison Island - 16 min walk
  • Livingstone's House - 23 min walk
  • Chapwani Island - 5.6 mi / 9 km

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 7 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
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Plot 96 Shangani, Zanzibar Town, Tanzania

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 22 rooms


  • Check-in time noon-anytime
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Express check-in/out

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 15


  • One child (7 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • Babysitting/childcare*


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Offsite parking nearby (USD 5 per night)
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop/café
  • 24-hour room service

Working away

  • Computer station


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas


  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Low-height counters/sink

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Swahili

In the room

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Soundproofed rooms

Things to enjoy

  • Fireplace
  • Separate dining area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite TV channels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Terrace Restaurant - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Small print

Also known as

  • Al-Minar
  • Al-Minar Hotel Zanzibar Town
  • Al-Minar Hotel Hotel Zanzibar Town
  • Al-Minar Hotel
  • Al-Minar Hotel Zanzibar Town
  • Al-Minar Zanzibar Town
  • Al Minar Hotel
  • Al-Minar Hotel Hotel

Optional extras

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

Parking is available nearby and costs USD 5 per night

Rollaway beds are available for USD 20.0 per night

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 20 per vehicle (one-way)


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 1.00 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • Yes, Al-Minar Hotel does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property is closed from June 3 2021 to August 31 2021 (dates subject to change).
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from noon - anytime. Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Express check-in and check-out and contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes, Terrace Restaurant offers alfresco dining and international cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Traveller's Cafe (3-min walk), Maru Maru (4-min walk), and Le Spices Rendez-Vous (4-min walk).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 20 per vehicle one-way.
8.4.Very Good.
  • 8.0.Very Good

    Great staff as they were all friendly and willing to help make the stay wonderful.

    2 night trip, Oct. 14, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Excellent experience. My girlfriend and I stayed for 3 nights and couldn't be happier. The location is perfect. In a quiet part of Stonetown but still right near all the action. Santos and his staff were extremely nice and willing to help all the time. Santos helped us get a good deal with hotels on the other side of the island. If we come back to Stonetown, we'll forsure be staying here.

    Alex, 3 night trip, Aug. 8, 2018

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  • 4.0.Fair

    Good location, once you find it. TERRIBLE internet. If you're on a business trip or rely on consistent and strong wifi, this is absolutely not the place to stay. The staff are very kind but the manager was quite rude. Decent rooms but the towels are very rough. I won't be staying here again.

    Desire, 8 night trip, Jul. 9, 2018

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Nice & helpful staff, great breakfast, clean room. Very pleasant stay overall!

    3 night trip with friends, Feb. 19, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Great location, friendly and helpful staff. Breakfast was plentiful and tasty. Good budget choice for Stone town.

    2 night trip, Jan. 18, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Staff was EXTREMELY friendly and super helpful!! My original tour to Prison Island was abruptly cancelled without notice one day. So I asked the front desk if they knew of any tour guides. They immediately hooked me up with a great guide and matched the price of my original tour. Facilities were good. My only issue was that the hot water only lasted for a few minutes (didn’t go straight to cold though), but it was already so hot outside that lukewarm water actually felt pretty nice.

    SM, 3 night trip, Mar. 6, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    A well spent stay

    It was a pleasant experience Very friendly staff Juma and Sebastian.....bery helpful guys

    Tshepo, 7 night trip, Feb. 12, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Affordable gem in an upscale hotel area

    Always an awesome choice for location, service, and room quality, this was my 4th stay and probably not my last.

    Daniel, 2 night family trip, Feb. 2, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Nice, clean comfortable place to stay in Stone Town for business.

    3 night business trip, Nov. 16, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Great Place near everything at Stone Town

    Amazing...just need to replace worn out towels

    Ana, 1 night trip, Nov. 8, 2019

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