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Gizenga Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9/10! (score from 161 reviews)
Rated by guests after their stay at Maru Maru Hotel.
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Food & Drink
Bar, Restaurant with Dining Menu, Snack Bar
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
Shuttle Service (surcharge), Airport Shuttle (surcharge), 24-Hour Front Desk, Express Check-in/Check-out, Tour Desk, Ticket Service, Baggage Storage, ATM on site, Babysitting/Child Services, Laundry, Suit Press, Daily Housekeeping, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Fax/Photocopying
Safe, Non-smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Elevator, Heating, Air Conditioning
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
Up to two children from 0 to 2 year stay free of charge in a crib.
All children from 3 to 6 year stay free of charge when using existing beds.
One child from 6 to 12 years is charged USD 27.50 per person per night in an extra bed.
One older child or adult is charged USD 55 per person per night in an extra bed.
The maximum number of cribs in a room is 2.
The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.
Any type of extra bed or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are not allowed.
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Based on 161 reviews
Value for money
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Score from 131 reviews Very good
Bed creaked and moved. Mattress not very comfortable and linen felt very worn and old. Wifi code only good for use on one device. Staff in bakery/coffee shop started moving furniture around at 6am waking us up. Night staff who turned down our bed must have turned the water heater off so we had a cold shower in the morning. Very tiny notice on the wall above switch says to turn it on 15 mins before taking a shower. We only noticed this after taking a shower. Breakfast was awful - hardly any variety. Omlete was tasteless. Curry wasn't bad but everything else we ate in the Restaurant was awful and tasteless. We requested a late check out and were told by reception we could check out at 1 o'clock. At 11:30 we went to our room to find housekeeping had already cleared the room leaving us no towels etc to shower with making the request for a late checkout redundant. Asked reception staff to find out why staff were moving furniture around at 6am and provide us with feedback. When we checked out several hours later and asked for the feedback we were told she hadn't done anything about it. Such a shame as the location is perfect and the look and feel of the hotel is lovely.
Location and decor
May have got food poisoning from the restaurant which definitely ruined our stay in Stone Town but the F&B manager did see us personally and seemed to take it seriously.
Roof terrace with nice music
Location and restaurant and front desk staff.
The wi-fi is not fast, and the food is not delicious
I like the design of the hotel and nice staff.
It would be nice to have a gym. We did not find the Spa!
The staff was extremely accomodating. The room was very comfortable and very clean. The food was excellent! Perfect location!
missed using our cocktail voucher....our own fault
We really enjoyed our stay at Maru Maru Hotel. It is in a very good location. The hotel courtyards and rooftop bar and restaurant have real character. Very comfortable rooms and very friendly staff. Highly recommend staying here.
Clean and comfortable interior Great rooftop bar and breakfast Staff extremely welcoming
Unstable wifi Unsafe and noisy neighbourhood Bad smell
The staff were great,no issues with check in, we arrived just before 10am and our roon was ready and we were upgraded to king room. location was superb, the roof top was the highlight of the hotel. Had free welcome cocktail. Clean and value for money and above all the only hotel in stone town with a lift. Would certainly recommended and the only place I shall stay in stone town.
Just know that..if you want to snorkel Chumbe Island, call a few days ahead. If you are getting picked up the ferry, you'll have to walk out to the street to meet your driver. They'll be there, not inside the port with other taxis.
Quick responses to my many questions, always ready to help me make arrangements, tours were customized but kind of basic..however I think it's great that you can just work through the hotel for all sorts of tours and experiences. The location is great--you can't get lost next to the old fort and great restaurants, sights and shops are just minutes away. Breakfast is great and its very luxurious to dine overlooking the views of the water and the town with the breeze and sun. :)
African decor, big double bed, balcony, free WiFi and a good breakfast. For taxi service, I highly recommend Salum.
Reciptionest . Kumbo. He made my trip better.. helpfull trustable.
They advertised a king bedroom with a shower and a bath but we got a small room without a bath. We had to take this up with the hotel cause it was false advertisement and only then they gave us a discount cause our room was an equivalent of a queen room.
Wifi was not that strong or reliable in our room. Given the location, it was noisy
Location Charming decor Cleanliness Friendly and helpful staff Rooftop terrace
Too close to shops
The staff and food,even environment was quite good
Sunset views Location Building Beds
The roof top restuarant
The staff wasn't too helpful at times but, by far, teh most disappointing feature was the restaurant. It's a rooftop venue with a great venue but that's basically it. The food is hideous. The food comes totally different from what is on the menu. We ordered a roti chicken with all these fancy apple coulis sauce and what have you and what we got was a very small portion of a dry piece of roasted chicken with cold and old fries. The price for that? Almost $10. The Indian menu was equally disappointing: looked and tasted nothing like Indian cuisine. We insisted in our mistake and ordered once a pizza, oh my! It came with a mushy soft colorless and barely baked base with isolated mini pieces of dried chicken. It's the pizza of the chef, mind you. I was asked if I liked it and said no to which I got no response, no "why" or anything. Careless.
Very clean, comfortable, good taste in decoration and great location in Stone Town.
the location is perfect, the staffs are friendly. the decoration is nice and the room is clean. Best value for price boutique hotel in Zanzibar. in addition, the breakfast quality is so good, and I am so impressed by free breakfast in such quality.
No pool. No view from the room.
Great staff Good food (a la carte) and breakfast. The room and the hotel itself is classy and feels fresh.
Not really charming, old hotel feel to it. All was ok, rooms were clean, breakfast was fine, rooftop bar is ok. Not a fabulous stay, just ok... The local Ibis I would say.
Excellent breakfast included in the price which was reasonable.
-Wifi was really bad, sometimes it didn't work at all but the reception was helpful and let us use their wifi which worked fine (but it only worked in the reception area) -Dinner was unfortunately not as good as breakfast
Rooms and bathrooms were very nice and modern (this hotel is recently renovated/newly built). Best breakfast I had during my 2 weeks long visit in Tanzania (and I am a bit picky), served in the rooftop restaurant with great view over stonetown!
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