Kisiwa House

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Kisiwa House

Kisiwa House is one of Stone Town's oldest and loveliest traditional guesthouses. It's located on a quiet residential street just outside the centre of the historic town and accommodates no more than 20 guests.

Kisiwa House is part of the very fabric of Stone Town. It was originally built in the mid-nineteenth century by a wealthy Omani trader, and is said to have been amongst the very first merchant homes in Stone Town. It has remained in the same family ever since, and only in recent years was it converted into a luxury guesthouse. Many of its features, for instance the brass-studded carved wooden doors, date back to 19th-century, while in other areas the house has been carefully restored.

There are many boutique guesthouses comparable to Kisiwa in Stone Town, but Kisiwa was among the first of its kind and in many ways set the template for other high end guesthouses to follow. It offers beautiful rooms and friendly service close to the heart of Stone Town.


The eleven rooms at Kisiwa House are decorated in typical Swahili style, with intricately carved furniture, chunky wooden beams and colourful fabrics. The rooms differ in size but the amenities and decor are much the same. All rooms come with LCD TV, air-conditioning, internet access, safe, minibar and tea/coffee facilities.


There's a stylish restaurant, the Darini, serving a mix of Zanzibari specialties and more familiar dishes. Lots of seafood and great curries!

The Courtyard Lounge offers coffee, traditional Zanzibar tea and a selection of fresh baked pastries.


Darini Restaurant
Courtyard Lounge
Rooftop views
Internet facilities


Various things of interest to see and do in Stone Town and further afield – the staff at Kisiwa House are always happy to advise.

Child Policy

Children under the age of two stay free of charge at Kisiwa House, while those under seventeen pay a reduced rate if sharing with an adult.