Emerson Spice: The Lowdown

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Emerson Spice is a classic mix of old and new. It’s a new hotel in an ancient building.  It’s recently opened and refurbished, but run by one of the island’s most experienced hoteliers.

What’s Emerson Spice really like?

True to the feel of such an old building, each of the rooms are very different. Some are vast, others are cosy, some have balconies, or baths in the room and each has its own unique character. Every room has a name and is decorated to reflect the character it’s named after. Expect wooden four-poster beds, brightly coloured drapes, painted walls and twinkling coloured glass. All rooms have air conditioning and bathrooms, though in several of the doubles the bathrooms are semi open to the room. If you would like to know the details of the exact room we have quoted for you please ask!

Emerson and Spice has all the character and charm of an ancient Swahili building. You’re in the heart of the old town, so if you’re in one of the airy higher up rooms you’ll have to climb a few sets of creaky wooden stairs to get up there, and guests are often woken by the morning call to prayer from the mosque-it’s thought that Stone Town has one of the highest densities of mosques in the world!  Although most guests stay on a bed and breakfast basis, the hotel does serve evening meals on the roof, which have received rave reviews from our guests. If you would like to do this please let us know as rooftop dinners need to be booked well in advance.

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