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.

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  • Kisiwa on the beach

    Amazing stay! It was 10/10, really unforgettable experience and it could not be better!The staff went above and beyond to ensure our comfort and satisfaction throughout our entire stay. Their attention to detail and genuine hospitality made us feel truly valued as guests. They always ask about your day and how you feel and this really makes you special! They are very chill (hukana matata) and very hardworking people.... Read this review

    Sara, February 2024

  • Kisiwa House

    Lovely peaceful clean hotel Excellent, peaceful hotel with breakfast included. Very clean, comfortable room with AC. Good location, would definitely recommend. We particularly enjoyed the friendly staff and the welcome drink/friendly greetings. It was a great stay.

    Simon H, February 2024

  • Kisiwa House

    Beautiful house in the heart of Stone TownWe spent one night in this charming house in the heart of Stone Town.Everything can be done just walking a few minutes.The room is nice and the bathroom big and comfortable.There is a beautiful view (city and ocean) from the roothtop restaurant.Food was excellent.All the people working in the hotel are very smiling and friendly.It was a great place to stay in... Read this review

    Alex13880, February 2024

  • Kisiwa on the Beach

    An unforgettable stay! The hotel is located right by Paje beach with a dreamy view. Our room was very clean & cleaning was done daily. The breakfast, lunch and dinner was delicious. The dinners had different themes each evening which was really nice! Each and every staffmember was superfriendly and keen that you had the best experience both at the hotel and in Zanzibar, they really go that extra... Read this review

    Vian R, February 2024