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This luxurious five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Zanzibar’s iconic city seamlessly blends contemporary design with local tradition.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Stone Town’s narrow streets, you’ll discover a charming historic building that has been meticulously restored into a luxury boutique hotel. Developed by husband and wife Steve and Raju Shaulis, along with a local partner, The Neela Boutique Hotel Stone Town is the flagship property of The Neela Collection‘s high-end luxury hotels. Each property in The Collection has a unique personality, rooted in its location.
The interior design and decor of this 14-suite hotel is a seamless blend of modern luxury and local craftsmanship. Conceptualised by internationally renowned interior designer Nelly Levin, guest suites and communal spaces feature handpicked vintage and contemporary furniture, curated artworks and earthy colours which draw on Stone Town’s rich African, Arabic and Indian heritage.
The Neela Boutique Hotel Stone Town has two exceptional restaurants led by executive chef Lance Louise, whose menu highlights local flavours and produce.
The hotel’s signature Breadfruit eatery offers visitors a tranquil courtyard setting where they can enjoy standout dishes such as Zanzibar classic Zanzicuterie, which comprises cold smoked marlin and tuna, kimchi, cashew nut tapenade, pickled sardines, pickled feta, labneh, mango confit and fermented papaya.
Views Rooftop Bar and the Parlour Lounge, meanwhile, are perfect for unwinding with delicious cocktails. The rooftop setting is ideal for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the ancient city below.
Steve and Raju are expanding The Neela Collection with a new ocenside boutique hotel in Fumba, set to open in 2024.
To book your stay, visit neelacollection.com.