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About St Monica's Hostel

Located on an international site of conscience, a former slave market, St Monica's Hostel welcomes you to its rich and intriguing Saracen architecture, lush gardens and Christ Church Cathedral.

Resting in the heart of Stone Town, the hostel is just minutes from the airport, within walking distance of the beach and shops, and a short drive away from the Spice Market and the Jozani Forest.

Sitting atop the former slave chambers, accommodation comprises single, double and triple atrium rooms, of which some have balconies and overlook the gardens.

At St. Monica’s you will feel you are on historic and holy ground. After the abolition of slavery in 1873, the Slave Market land was purchased and Christ Church Cathedral established. Here you will feel the story of redemption and humanity’s heart for freedom and dignity come alive.

Spa: While you’re here, you’re invited to attend one of our worship services at the historic cathedral. Worship services are held every Sunday in English at 8 am in the small chapel and in Kiswahili at 6:30 am and 9:30 am. All are most welcome to attend.

  • Response Rate: 14%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 24 hours
  • Type: Bed and Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 33
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • KiSwahili

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St Monica's Hostel is 0.4km from the centre of Kiponda , the nearest airport 7.1km (Zanzibar International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling