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“Fabulous holiday destination.” 4 of 5 stars
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Maru Maru Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   397-400 Gizenga Street | P.O. Box 4053, Shangani, Stone Town, Stone Town, Tanzania   |  
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Kabul, Afghanistan
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“Fabulous holiday destination.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Hotel room is good with friendly staff hotels location is good,i will with no doubt or second thought visit and stay in this hotel again and again.I will for sure recommend this hotel to my friends who will be visiting sometimes in Dec 2013.Keep up the good work.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mombasa, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

The hotel is located at the centre of the stonetown. This was ideal for me cause i was on a work trip carrying out job on some inspection jobs on a ship at the anchorage. After working hard the whole day would go back to Maru Maru and have a good rest. the hotel is so clean and well decorated. The price is quite good. Was there for a few days and i enjoyed my stay very much!!

Room Tip: On higher floor you can have a bird view of the stone town
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

hotel is nice rooms nice and clean. menu same every day best to go eat near by a few restaurants Silk Route two mins away good food very resnabley priced.lots of shops around all walking distance dont have to take cab any were airport get a cab locally its a lot cheper than hotel transport.

Room Tip: its a small hotel so all rooms are same
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

Friendly accommodating staff, we came in late from a flight and the chef kept the kitchen open to accommodate us.The room was cool, ac welcome, clean , charming, with high ceilings. Great location for a good price.

Stayed February 2013
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Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

The Maru Maru Hotel might be the best value among hotels in Zanzibar. It is located perfectly in the heart of Stone Town, 5 minutes walk from the ferry terminal and literally adjacent to the Old Fort, the House of Wonders, the Sultan's Palace and Forodhani.

Our pleasant experience with the hotel began before we even arrived, with an email from the General Manager a few weeks before we arrived and then a phone call from the property a few days prior to arrival to check if we needed an airport pickup (we arrived by ferry, so did not need to avail of this).

At the property, we were welcomed at the entrance with an ice-cold towel and a glass of cold fresh juice, a perfect respite from the afternoon sun. The lobby is very well appointed and all the staff take great pride in their property and their town, always looking to share a story or tip or other information. They are the biggest asset of the hotel. The property is also beautifully landscaped with lovely lighting in the inner and outer courtyards. The attention to detail manifests itself very well.

The rooms are quite comfortable and feature large comfy beds, effective air-conditioning, TV with satellite channels and complimentary wifi. Bathrooms are also clean and the toiletries are of good quality.

We also received coupons valid for a free cocktail at the rooftop restaurant which offers stunning views of Stonetown and the waterfront. We had dinner there too and enjoyed decent food with a live band. The hotel offers a range of tourist excursions too and we booked the Spice Farm Tour. It was well organised with an excellent quality vehicle and guides.

Overall, this property was an extremely pleasant surprise and undoubtedly one that I will recommend to any friends who are considering a trip to Zanzibar.

Room Tip: Rooms on upper floors may be disturbed by the live band on weekends.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lillestrom, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights in february and we loved it! it's probably the most central hotel you can get in Stone Town, set just behind the fort. We had a pickup at the airport and the driver met us with a big smile and cooling wipes. When we arrived at the hotel the receptionarea was lighta and spacious and the staff was friendly.
We got our room and it was really nice. White walls, 2 big delicious queensize beds with mosquitonet, aircon, tv, phone, fridge and tiled bathroom. It was cleaned everyday and every evening they made the beds and dimmed the lights. And the beds was amazing!! We didnt want to get up!
The rooftop has a great view and it's highly recommended taking a drink or two before dinner to watch the sunset. We had breakfast and dinner there everyday, but the breakfast is nothing special. very small choice of food, and for dinner it's almost just indian food and not a lot of options. The taste is ok, but maybe find a restaurant nearby the hotel instead..
The only thing we missed was a pool, but the staff helped us book a driver that took us to Paje for a day. Ask them for advice.
Plus for free wi-fi.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We stayed just one night in Stonetown. The hotel is really nicely located, rooms are nice and comfortable and there is a great rooftop bar and restaurant with lovely views of Zanzibar. We did find it a bit noisy at night though but i think our room was just by the rooftop staircase and there was loud music coming from a show in the nearby fort. I would still stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Maru Maru Hotel

Address: 397-400 Gizenga Street | P.O. Box 4053, Shangani, Stone Town, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Stone Town
#6 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Maru Maru Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maru maru set in the heart of stone town, ... more   less 
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