For those who want to experience the charm of a classic African setting with a touch of ancient Arabian mystique, Beyt al Chai is perfect. Beyt al Chai is an exquisite 5-room boutique hotel within a traditional Zanzibar house, built on 3 floors on what was once a tea house.
Folklore has it that the square was christened Kelele - Swahili for noise - because of the noisy dogs that the Europeans brought with them.
The Beyt Al Chai has the advantage of being part of a group that includes two sister beach resorts located a short drive away from it's the city - the Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa and the Sultan Sands Islands Resorts.
This enables the Beyt Al Chai Hotel to offer its guests a variety and scope of facilities well beyond the reach of a normal city hotel.
Each of the 5 en-suite bedrooms and suites are designed with richly coloured organza and silk curtains billowing in the breeze around antique furniture dating back to the days of the Sultan.
Every room is fully air-conditioned, but just so you can open the window and enjoy the breeze in the ancient manner, or simply listen to the late night call of the Muezzin as it has been heard in the square of this house for generations, there is also a ceiling fan.
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 and rooms overlooking a square filled with hibiscus and ancient tamarind trees.
The Indian Ocean lies just beyond the trees and and the house is just steps away from this World Heritage Site, shops, restaurants and attractions of contemporary Zanzibar.
The location has an interesting history. A wealthy Arab merchant originally built this fabulous old building. In the years that followed, its square became a favourite haunt of the European residents of the town.