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Emerson on Hurumzi

Emerson on Hurumzi

The venerable “Emerson on Hurumzi”, Grande Dame of restored palaces in Zanzibar has returned to service under the acclaimed management of “Emerson Spice”

The building that today host Emerson on Hurumzi was built in the 1870s, the house has historic significance in that Arabian slave owners were paid by the British to free their slaves in this building. The street Hurumzi got its name from this period, Hurumzi is the combination of HURU uhuru ( freedom) MZI mzee (old man ).
The building at 236 Hurumzi was built in the 1870s by the powerful merchant Sir Tharia Thopan. He served as a principal financial adviser to Sultan Bargash and was the head of customs. The Tower Top itself may have been designed as an observation point to control the activities of the port, which was located in the waters just in front of the nearby house of Wonders. Tharia Thopan stayed here only briefly before the building was sold. It was used by the Archbishop to Zanzibar and it was during this period the registration office for freeing slaves was situated in the house, after that it was owned and occupied by a series of Ismaili and Arabian families over the years.
The building was nationalized in 1967 and occupied by poor Swahili families until the early 1990s when Thomas Green and Emerson Skeens started the restoration of the building.
December 2013 the old company Emerson ans Green went in to Liquidation and was closed. Emerson on Hurumzi took over the premises and reopen under new management. We opened 12 rooms and two apartment for longer stays.
Dinners and Sunset cocktails is served in the roof top Restaurant, the highest “tea house” restaurant in town, with breathtaking views of the sea and Stone town

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