When Arabic architecture, meets modern Swahili design, that equals elegance!
Boutique hotels are my all-time preference. They have such intimate looking spaces that make you fall in love with them very quickly. It is not only for their fewer rooms occupancy that makes them more intimate compared to a hotel or a resort, it is their ability to give a personalised service that makes a guest feel like part of the family. As the saying goes “mi casa es su casa” – my home is your home, it is a notion that is act upon in many boutique hotels that I have stayed in.
Everyone wants that “a home away from home” kind of experience when they travel to a new place and when I stayed at the Seyyida, their casa was my casa.
Apart from its service, the hotel is a 5 mins walk to the ferry port, and about the same distance to the Forodhani Gardens where there are many restaurants.
Stone Town is filled with many boutique hotels, and The Seyyida is one of them. When I frequently visited Stone Town, I used to pass by the hotel and always wondered how it would be to stay there a night or two. The room (balcony sea view) I always wanted was slightly higher than my usual budget, that is why it took me awhile before booking a room there. However, I am glad to have stayed in other boutique hotels in Stone Town before booking at the Seyyida; in that regard, I appreciate its facilities and services a little bit more than if I had stayed there before experiencing other hotels.
Buildings in Stone Town are built quite close to each other, so you might think the rooms are cramped up. At the Seyyida, they have beautifully decorated and spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms. I finally stayed in an ocean view room, and I enjoyed my little balcony, especially in the morning when it is bright outside and I can clearly see the ocean.
My room at the Seyyida Hotel
View from my room
The hotel has a beautiful rooftop restaurant. My favourite time to sit there is in the evening, where I enjoy my masala tea with halwa as I watch the sunset.
I had fish for lunch and dinner every day, alternating between prawns, calamari, octopus and lobster. The chef was ready to cater to my needs, I once ordered for a meal that was not in the menu and he made it without any complaints or excuses.
The staff members are very friendly, I would stay longer after my meals chatting with the restaurant manager and some of the waitresses. That attitude and service made me feel right at home and I would return to the hotel, even if to say hello to everyone.
My Favourite lounge area at the rooftop restaurant.
Masala Tea and Halwa.
It is a shame I did not get time to enjoy the pool, as it was bright and sunny every day. I used it as a work area and a place where I would get inspiration to continue writing my blog posts.
The pool area is not only accessible to guest who stay at the hotel, so anyone can enjoy this facility at a charge of $10 per day.
Good To Know
- WIFI: Is accessible at the hotel, however, it is very strong at the reception area, the pool and the rooftop restaurant.
- Spa: The hotel has a Swahili styled spa that is open to both hotel guests and the public.
- Neighbourhood: Forodhani Gardens, House of Wonders, Ferry Terminal, Mercury Bar.