Hostels in Stone Town, Tanzania

7 hostels available. Prices start from $4 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Stone Town

Serene Abodes

Free Breakfast
Youth Hostel
"…Breakfast included. General: 24 hours reception. No curfew. Kindly provide your Whatsapp number when you book, it helps us be in touch for any updates and offers." …"The Abeid Amani Karume … More

Sanaa hostel

Free Breakfast
Adventure Hostels Beach Lovers Retreat Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…*We also donate a portion of our profits to orphanages across Tanzania, we want to make a difference where we can!* Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival, late cancellation or no show means … More
Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller
"Shoki Shoki Hostel is the new place on the map of Stone Town. It has been open in June 2022 in the very centre of this beautiful town. The building has 3 floor and contains 5 different standard … More
Party Hostel Youth Hostel
Kenyatta Road More
Youth Hostel
Sokomihogo street More
Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
Market street Masomo Bookshop, Shamshu and Sons Pharmacy More
Beach Lovers Retreat Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
Hurumzi Street 222 More

Apartments in Stone Town

"…Cancellation policy: 30 days before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. *IMPORTANT: Please send us your CVV code with your … More

Hostels in Stone Town, Tanzania

7 hostels available. Prices start from $8 for a dorm bed.

Get to know Stone Town (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Stone Town.

Guess what? Stone Town is also named and spelled Zanzibar City - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
 Old Carved Balcony

Stone Town, Tanzania, is the old part of Zanzibar City on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, and is hugely popular with tourists and travelers of every type. It is accessible by several daily ferries from Dar Es Salaam; the crossing takes about two hours.

The tiny alleys of Stone Town make for an intriguing wander; initially, travelers will get lost almost immediately. It's a maze of narrow streets, but heading toward the ocean will eventually get you reoriented. Watch out for motorbikes, though; the streets -- too narrow for cars -- are filled with motorbikes and cycles.

Stone Town has so much of interest to see -- it's mostly architectural, with a huge range of styles represented, which makes Stone Town a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stone Town has been an immensely important port since the eighth century, and became a center of trade for spices and slaves during the nineteenth century. The architecture reflects the diversity of the people who traded here with examples of the original Swahili settlers and the Arab, Persian, Indian, and European traders who came here.

Stone Town's houses are characterized by ornately carved doorways, verandas with carved wooden balustrades, and long stone benches on the outside walls. Most of the major historical buildings can be found on the seafront with many former palaces, churches, mosques, and municipal buildings -- all made largely with coral stone, which gives the town its name. Among the most well-known and striking buildings are the Beit-Al-Ajaib (House of Wonders), The Old Fort, The Old Dispensary, and the Palace Museum. All of these are found on the seafront. Dotted around town are many small old mosques and churches.

As befitting a destination so popular with international tourists and travelers, Stone Town is loaded with accommodation choices. Most of the upmarket hotels are located in some of the oldest and most beautiful old houses in Stone Town. Budget travelers are well served by a small number of hostels in Stone Town, Tanzania. It helps to have detailed directions to get to these as the streets are difficult to navigate. Stone Town, Tanzania hostels all have dorm accommodation and are great sources of information for onward travel around the island of Zanzibar. There are a number of destinations around the island on the coast that also have hostel accommodation and recommendations are easily had in Stone Town, Tanzania hostels.

Zanzibar is an essential destination for travelers to Tanzania and you might find yourself extending you stay as you get caught up in the Stone Town atmosphere.

Written by local enthusiast for Stone Town hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Stone Town hostels LondonroadMa

Stone Town Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Stone Town, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 7
Average dorm price $21
Average private room price $35
Cheapest hostel in Stone Town Lost & Found Zanzibar with $9.5
Party hostels in Stone Town Sanaa hostel (2 in total)
Average rating of all hostels 7.8

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Other Nearby Cities

Zanzibar (0.8 Km / 0.5 mi.)
Michamvi (34 Km / 21 mi.)
Paje (40 Km / 25 mi.)
Bwejuu (39 Km / 24 mi.)
Jambiani (43 Km / 27 mi.)
Saadani (48 Km / 30 mi.)

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