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“Beautiful beach and pool” 4 of 5 stars
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Mtoni Marine
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Mtoni Street 992, Stone Town, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #16 of 31 Hotels in Stone Town
Vastervik, Sweden
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful beach and pool”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

A nice layout just a short distance north of Stone Town. The room was a bit worn down but the staff had made a nice swan sculpture of the towel and decorated with flowers. Very nice! The pool area and the beach was very pleasant and tours to Prison Island was arranged to go snorkling and watch giant tortoises. The bar and restaurant was okay even though service sometimes was a bit slow. But when you're on vacation, who cares? The food was also fair but it didn't quite reach the ambitions that the restaurant seemed to have.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Udzungwa Mountains
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Mtoni is a nice place to stay. We were there with my in-laws who like their creature comforts and mtoni was perfect for that. The rooms are nice, cool, spacious and kept spotlessly clean- the bathrooms are fine- the staff are friendly and the sports bar serves good tasty pizzas and fish n chips and burgers and such like. When we were there the main restaurant was under maintenance so can't comment on this, but it is right on the ebach and looked lovely. For me the main attraction of this hotel is its convenient location - close enough to Stone town to go in and out for shopping, visiting stuff, meals out etc but far enough out to be quiet and provide a nice beach/pool atmosphere to relax in. Criticisms - actually can't really think of many, to be honest. For the rpice, for its location - it does what it says on the tin :) Oh - I did wish it had a gym - not that this was a major problem but it would have been nice to have the facility.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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MtoniM, Manager at Mtoni Marine, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Reviewed October 9, 2012 NEW

Dear Han Wood
Thank you so much for your postive feedback!
We at Mtoni are very pleased to hear you were enjoying your stay and that you liked our services.
Who knows that gym will be there in the future! We are always looking for improvement and new ideas and the next addition will be a conference centre. A gym would definately make sense than!
Looking forward to welcoming you in the future and warm regards from the Mtoni-Team!
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Mtoni Marine is just north of Stone Town, so it's a quick and inexpensive ride into town, without the bustle of staying there. The restaurant (very good) is right on the hotel's private beach, although I don't know if it's a good beach for water activities (a bit close to harbor industry, perhaps). The pool is quite nice, well-positioned near the bar.

This is a somewhat sprawling complex with different room options, but not too big. Note that the paths around the complex might be a challenge for some. A co-worker and I stayed in one of the 2-room apartments. Decent beds (with nets), decent a/c in the bedrooms, decent bathrooms. No wi-fi in rooms, but yes at the bar. (For the record, water/ice at the bar and restaurant is purified, i.e. safe.) Staff was very nice and accommodating, allowing us a room to refresh ourselves after checkout, after returning from the requisite spice tour before our flight back to the mainland.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

After spending 17 days travelling by truck from Nairobi, the Mtoni Marine was a very welcome sight. As we got out of the taxi we were given a lemongrass tea and myself and my two daughters were given a fresh flower bracelet and we were made to feel very welcome. The staff are very friendly and it is because they want to be as the rest of our trip was filled with people doing things (whether we wanted them to or not!) just for a tip but I did not get that feeling at this hotel.
The cleaners were very good as we had a couple of things break while we were there - a shower fitting and a tape on the mozzie net but by the time we got back ti the room they were fixed without us having to mention it.
The food is slower to come to the table than in more western areas as the food is cooked fresh so we just got into the habit of ordering before we got too hungry and in the cafe there is free wi-fi as long as you are ordering something.
The pool area was fantastic and also kept very clean and the guy running the bar was brilliant with the children, they were able to order things and it just got put on our bill if we weren't around.
The restaurant is a must as they give you a choice of having your meal on the beach which was very memorable.
I could keep going as we had such a lovely stay (look at my other reviews as I am actually hard to please!)

Room Tip: They have family apartments for four which was great as this wasn't always an option in Africa.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We had visited Mtoni Marine briefly on our trip to Zanzibar earlier and were impressed by the location and overall how the place looked. Hence for out next trip we decided to stay there for 2 nights. But it failed to meet our expectations. The room was good, but they must provide basic amenities like soap!!
We were refused a table in the main restaurant as we did not reserve one. Upon check-in Reception told us about restaurants and timings n never mentioned that we must reserve a table for dinner. They also gave us wrong closing time for breakfast. Next day when we went rushing for breakfast saw other guests are still arriving that's when we realize the actual closing time. The service was terrible at the sports bar and as well in the restaurant during breakfast. At the Sports Bar, we had to ask for every thing be it cutlery or condiments!!The breakfast buffet was disappointing. The food n service was ok at the pool bar. Overall the food is over priced and does not have value for money.
Hope they improve the service and train people to be service orientated.
The lady at Conceirge was knowledgeable and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Mtoni, Guest Relations Manager at Mtoni Marine, responded to this review, September 1, 2012
Dear Sim
Thank you very much for getting back to us!
We appreciate your feedback and will look into your comments first in order to get back to you with a more detailed resonse.
The soap missing sounds awkward to us though as all rooms are provided with natural clove soap that usually guests want to buy as it is so nice!
Are you absolutely sure there was no soap in the bathroom? Our clove soap is wrapped in a leaf and carefully decorated with fresh lemongrass. Might be you did not realize that this is soap?
Please let us know as we have not received such kind of complaint before. Did you ask our housekeeping for soap when you found it was missing?
Thank you for letting us know and expect an answer soon regarding the restaurant side.
Warm regards and thank you for staying with us!
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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised by this small traditional African boutique hotel. It was right on the ocean with beautiful views, however the beach was littered with garbage that had washed up. I was a single person at the hotel and I felt very safe. I was well attended, the concierge (Dida Talu) was friendly and very helpful. The day trip I took on a Dhow was one of the most memorable snorkeling, fine dining and sailing experiences I have been on. Mtoni Marine rooms are very roomy, the staff are warm and friendly and the food was great. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mtoni, Manager at Mtoni Marine, responded to this review, August 17, 2012
Dear Sandra
Thank you so much for your compliments and feedback; we certainly appreciate your contribution at Mtoni Marine and hope you will recommend our place to your friends for us.
Please keep on following us in the future on our facebook page as well as the blogg on the site.
If you have any nice pictures or stories we would appreciate if you could send them to us so we can place these on our blogg.
Looking forward to staying in touch and wishing you all the best,
Mtoni Marine
Management!

Toronto, Canada



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“A very decent place to stay”

Reviewed August 13, 2012 NEW


I was pleasantly surprised by this small traditional African boutique hotel. It was right on the ocean with beautiful views, however the beach was littered with garbage that had washed up. I was a single person at the hotel and I felt very safe. I was well attended, the concierge (Dida Talu) was friendly and very helpful. The day trip I took on a Dhow was one of the most memorable snorkeling, fine dining and sailing experiences I have been on. Mtoni Marine rooms are very roomy, the staff are warm and friendly and the food was great. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Balclutha
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Traditional African accommodation but disappointed by the number of Mosquitos in our room. We continually sprayed our room but could not get rid of them, luckily there were mosquito nets which did help. The pool was lovely with a perfect view of the sunset and the food at the restaurant was very good. Staff very helpful in organizing an airport transfer, although no TV in the bedrooms and Wifi only available at the bar which wasn't a place one would want to spend much time in. This hotel is quite a distance from Stone town and too far to walk. Would not stay again however due to the Mosquitos and location.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mtoni Street 992, Stone Town, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Stone Town
#4 Business Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mtoni Marine 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mtoni Marine is located on the west coast of Zanzibar, 10 minutes north of Stone Town and neighboring the legendary Mtoni Palace. This laid back and family friendly hotel is the ideal location from which to explore Stone Town and the rest of the island, while providing a peaceful retreat from it all. The hotel offers great facilities including a newly built infinity pool, a variety of restaurants and entertainment, The traditional Mrembo spa, the neighboring Mtoni Palace where Princess Salme was born and the perfect setting for Zanzibar weddings! ... more   less 
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Mtoni Marine Stone Town
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