When coming to Stone Town, a UNESCO site famous for virtually intact architectural heritage, it only makes sense to fully immerse yourself in the experience by staying in one of those historic buildings. Emerson on Hurumzi, housed in a property with a rich history, is the perfect candidate for the job.
The building was erected in the 1870s for a powerful Zanzibari merchant Sir Tharia Topan. It later came into possession of the Archbishop of Zanzibar and proceeded to change owners a few more times before it was eventually restored as a boutique hotel.
Retaining many of the original elements, Emerson on Hurumzi will take you back in time to the 19th-century trading hub that Stone Town once was. The intricate lace-like woodwork, rich fabrics, and colonial-style furniture won’t let you forget that you’re staying in a former mansion of a rich merchant family. If you’re looking for the best view in town, pick the Keep Suite or Suite Tour. Both have outdoor terraces where you can relax on a pile of pillows and marvel at the panorama.
The rooftop Tea House restaurant also delivers strongly on the views front so don’t miss a sundowner here. The cuisine is inspired by Persian and Omani dishes reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the town. Most nights, traditional music is played.