A Rich Legacy of Zanzibari Hospitality
Welcoming Intrepid Wanderers Home for Generations
Our Kisiwa story starts during the reign of Sultan Said ibn Sultan, who fell deeply in love with Zanzibar and made it his home for a time. During this period, in the year 1840, the wealthy Omani merchant, Nassor ibn Abdullah Al Barwani embarked on the construction of a building in the heart of Stone Town.
This iconic landmark was later presented to our great-grandmother, Sulaima bint Salim Al Barwani, as a wedding gift in the early 20th century. Fondly called Bibi wa Darini, meaning rooftop grandmother, Sulaima chose to reside on the top floor of the building in later years, leaving her great-grandson to run the luxury hotel now known as Kisiwa House.
One of the oldest heritage hotels in Stone Town—an official UNESCO World Heritage Site—the rich cultural legacy of this building infuses all we do. Today, both Kisiwa House and our beachfront offering in Paje, Kisiwa on the Beach, retain the essence of family, eliciting a heartfelt connection with everyone who walks through their doors.
Kisiwa on the beach
Very Family Friendly. Amazing beach, incredible staff. Overall a wonderful experience. Their planned excursions are great and we had the best snorkeling we have had anywhere. The food is all well prepared and such great variety. The hotel staff is all very engaging and interested in your enjoyment.
Casey F , January 2024
5 star overnight stay. Very characterful and historic hotel not distance from all the other attractions of Stone Town.A lovely room. We only had breakfast, so can't comment on the dinner menu. But that was excellent and plentiful.The shaded rooftop restaurant location was particularly impressive.All staff were extremely helpful and friendly.
T&J/ Flyer538607, January 2024
What an amazing experience staying at Kisiwa House in Stonetown. Beautiful building and room, very kind and friendly staff ready to help with everything like ordering of dinner and breakfast to go, Kisiwa also has a great location close to the beach and the market is just a few minutes away. Will for sure be happy to stay there again!
Marianne K, January 2024
Kisiwa on the Beach
Perfect stay in Kisiwa. Beautiful hotel in a quiet part of Paje. Spacious room with a comfortable bed, helpful staff, always asking how they can help. Very good food. I really recommend it with a clear conscience. For sure We will be back soon..........
Dominika G, January 2024