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Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins

6 km south of Stone Town | P O Box 2542, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Ranked #13 of 32 Hotels in Stone Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

After we have spent 4 nights in a diffrent hotel for half the price the two nights in the Mbweni were quite disappointing. Once they forgot our dinner, breakfast was badly organized as we waited twice almost half an hour for coffee, no butter, not enough waitress to satisfy our demands. not enough sunchairs at the beach and nobody to... More 

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mbweni, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review

Hi Jill, I'm sorry that you were disappointed about a few things at Mbweni. I understand that when you came the hotel was pretty full - but that's absolutely no excuse, we should have done better. Unlike the bush camps that are also part of our group, Mbweni does offer an a la carte menu on both lunch and dinner.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

Couldn't have asked for a better place to end our trip in Tanzania. After spending many a day waking up at the crack of dawn to go on a game drives, walking safaris and such like we were ready to put our feet up and relax, and Mbweni offered just that. Everything about this place offered a sleepy serenity, like... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

We arrived at Mbweni two extremely tired business people from England, in dire need of rest and relaxation in a quiet, warm location, and we found this elusive dream at Mbweni. We are seasoned travellers with global experiences, all of which hold many good memories for us, but Zanzibar tops the lot, with Mbweni Ruins Hotel being almost entirely responsible... More 

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New York
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2011

I stayed at the Mbweni Ruins for one night in late May, which was supposed to be a 3 night stay. I was with a large group, and when we arrived several members of the group were unhappy with their rooms. Some rooms had a very strong smell of mildew and the rooms were generally equipped with very outdated furnishings.... More 

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mbweni, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review

Dear Xtraordinary Man, thanks for posting this review. We do like to get feedback from our guests - though we were very sad that this large group - also mentioned in the review below yours - were not happy and decided to leave. We are always aware that expectations play a large part in disappointment, especially with hotels. I'm afraid... More 

New York City, New York
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16 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

Went on a 2 week trek to Dubai, Tanzania, and finished up in Zanzibar with a group of 29 US graduate school students. The tour agency booked 3 nights stay at this hotel included in the package and out of 29 of us, 6 of us opted to pay to leave this hotel immediately, while the rest negotiated to leave... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2011

I found this hotel to be a very nice local hotel. This is not your standard Zanzibar beach resort, also a little dated, but if you want to escape Stonetown and or want to go to Chumbe island this is a good place for a few nights. The rooms are individual furnished with a bit of Zanzibar flair and everybody... More 

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Paris
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36 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2011

The main criticism we had towards the hotel was its quality/price ratio. It is a charming hotel and the staff is friendly. The deck and the beach are a definite plus. The rooms are clean and have nice balconies. However, it feels a bit dated and not entirely worth its price.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2011

This place is absolutely great. We had a room by the beach and it was absolutely stunning. Quiet, overlooking some small mangroves on the shore. Nice restaraunt, wireless internet in lobby and online computer for use in lobby. Rooms simple but clean. They are not five star rooms but the location absolutely makes up for that. We were lucky with... More 

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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2010

This was our first trip to Zanzibar and we were met at the airport by the hotel driver and taken the short distance to the hotel. What awaited us there was a charming hotel, our room overlooked the beach and ocean and watching the sun go down over the horizon each evening was magical. The staff were so welcoming and... More 

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UK
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

The actual place is beautiful - lovely beach and ruins. However, and a HUGE however, the rooms were not great and no where near good enough for the rediculous price (rubbish showers and whole bathroom in fact, and not clean at all!), they also make NO effort to get rid of mosquitos in the rooms - for what you pay... More 

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mbweni, Public Relations Manager at Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review

Hi, I have checked with the staff to find out what happened here and I understand that there was a delay in processing your payment, which was understandably frustrating. As you may know, in Zanzibar the credit card link often goes down, it is not the fault of the hotel. When this happens, the staff process the card manually (in... More 

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