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Beyt Al Chai

Budget Standard Luxury Campsite Permanent Campsite Lodge Hotel

Fast Facts

  • 6 rooms
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Bar

General Information

For those who want to experience the charm of a classic African setting with a touch of ancient Arabian mystique Beyt al Chai will not disappoint. The establishment is an exquisite 5-room boutique hotel within a traditional Zanzibar house. The house was built over 3 floors and once functioned as a tea house.

Sitting only a few paces from the sea, the house is cool and breezy. On a typical day, guests relax in the beautifully appointed lounge, which overlooks a hibiscus and tamarind tree filled square. It is a quiet oasis that is only steps away from the shops, restaurants and attractions of contemporary Zanzibar.

Beyt al Chai rooms are a venture into an authentically old Zanzibari style and d├ęcor. Each of the 6 en-suite bedrooms and suites are designed with richly coloured organza and silk curtains that billow in the breeze. The rooms are home to antiques that date back to the days of the Sultans.

The service is personalized and meticulous and the facilities are modern. But even the modern amenities make concession to the ancient. Every room is fully air-conditioned, but there is also a ceiling fan so you can open the window and enjoy the breeze in the ancient manner.


Beyt al Chai is located in Kelele Square at the heart of Stone Town.