About Emerson on Hurumzi

The atmospheric Emerson on Hurumzi hotel is located in the heart of historic Stone Town.

This beautifully restored hotel is the second tallest building in Stone Town and, together with the minarets and towers, forms an integral part of the Stone Town skyline.

Emerson on Hurumzi is uniquely and lavishly decorated, combining modern with traditional Swahili style.

The property

The sixteen rooms Emerson on Hurumzi are all different, but each one beautifully decorated.

The popular ‘Tea House’ rooftop restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers beautiful views of Stone Town and the Indian Ocean.


Emerson on Hurumzi was once the home of one of the richest men in the Swahili empire, Mr. Tharia Topan. He was the main financial advisor to Sultan Bargash and also head of customs in Zanzibar. The house was built in 1870 at a location and height from which Mr. Topan had a clear view of the ocean, to see his ships and precious cargo arrive in the nearby port of Malindi.

Emerson on Hurumzi offers the following facilities:

  • Lodging & breakfast
  • Spacious rooms
  • Comfortable bed
  • Bathroom with bath and/or shower and toilet
  • Moswuito net
  • Fen
  • AC
  • Wifi
  • Locker
  • Balcony (some)
  • Sea and/or city view
  • Roomservice
  • Restaurant
  • Tea House / bar
  • Sun terrace
  • Courtyard
  • Laundry service


The rooms at Emerson on Hurumzi have a large bath and open air porch with views over the city, antique furniture, Zanzibari beds with spacious mosquito nets, glass chandeliers and hand-painted windows adorn the hotel.

Emerson on Hurumzi offers the following rooms:

  • North Room, king (2p, bath, balcony, sea and city view)
  • East Room, king (2p, bath, balcony, sea and city view)
  • West Room, king (2p, bath, balcony, sea and city view)
  • Zenana Room, 2x king (4p, bath, balcony and city view)
  • Seyyed Room, king (3p, bath, city view)
  • Blue Room, king (2p, bad, city view)
  • Keep Suite, king (2p, bath, sea and city view)
  • Tour Suite, king (2p, bath, sea and city view)


Emerson on Hurumzi offers the following activities:

  • Walking
  • Good restaurant

Price indication

From € 65 to € 112 pppn (lodging & breakfast)
Minimum of 2 nights

Please note: the final property price depends on the season and currency fluctuations. Prices are excluding additional costs like transport, entrance fees for the parks, etc.

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