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Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its 15-20 mins away from Stone Town. A beautiful place by the ocean. Serene and a good place to relax. We spent a day at Protea Hotel, Zanzibar and surely recommend this place for its location, food and drinks.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

To reach Protea is a bit of a bumpy ride, but once you enter you find this place heaven, with excellent view from room balcony, restaurant is also good and rates are pretty economical, overall at the cost which room is available this place is worth it.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Location of this hotel is just perfect as it's only 10 min drive from the airport and about 20min from Stone Town. There's a free shuttle that goes from the hotel to Stone Town three times a day. Rooms are nice and clean, all with sea-facing balcony. It's not a big hotel, it can hold about 30 people max at... More 

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What more could you ask for from a hotel but to have a beautiful location on the Ocean, a great restaurant to enjoy great food, drink and vistas, comfortable rooms, friendly and helpful staff, close to the airport, close to Stone Town ( a UNESCO World Heritage Site) but then it has beautiful gardens and the Mbweni Ruins right there.... More 

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is small and quiet. We only stayed one night basically as an in-transit stop. Room was clean with nice large balcony with ocean view and AC. The breakfast was good, but very expensive at $16pp. The beach is nice, but note it's not really a swimming beach except maybe during high tide. Grounds are pretty and nice to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed 5 nights on our special and first ever trip to Zanzibar. Staff were absolutely great and room staff went out of their way to decorate our room nicely and lovingly for our celebrations. The approach road to the hotel is absolutely terrible, a nightmare ride for about 10 minutes each way. The free shuttle to/from... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Nice area, with a small swimmingpool og beach. The rooms and the service are very good. The breakfast is wonderful. A okey hotel for a familyvacation. There is a restaurant at the hotels area, but it took between half an hour and an hour before the food came.

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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review

Dear Nathalie F Good day, thank you for staying with us and taking time to post your review on TripAdvisor. kindly accept my sincere apologies for the delay in food delivery, we will address this with the relevant TEAM members and sort the issue out. We look forward to host you again soon and offer a better overall experience. Thanks... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

We spent 4 nights here at the end of our holiday in Tanzania. It was extremely restful and a beautiful place to stay. Lovely room with a balcony overlooking the gardens and sea and only a few metres from the beach. The food in the restaurant was excellent - breakfast was especially good with a wide range of options. Staff... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

My room was comfortable if dated. The air conditioning was good and I was metres from the water. Breakfast was decent and the restaurant has an excellent view. The beach is clean and beautiful but not very swimmable due to tides and reeds. We had a lovely weekend break. The beach got extremely crowded and noisy as it's open to... More 

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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review

Dear Abeshababe Good day, thank you for staying with us and taking time to post your review on TripAdvisor. We do attract day visitors due to our proximity to the town & being one of the very few beach hotels in the vicinity. Sorry to hear this bothered you, we try to keep the numbers to an acceptable level. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Me and a friend spent our final afternoon on Zanzibar here after it was recommended by a friend for a relaxing beach location with the hotel facilities. For 20000Tsh, you get the private hotel beach with sun loungers, lovely pier, bar and restaurant, toilets, outdoor shower and pool. The charge also gives you a token to spend that much on... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The only Protea in the beautiful Zanzibar, Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins provides the perfect choice for both beach and Stone Town holidays in Zanzibar. We are located amidst Mbweni Ruins dating back to 1870s and a beautiful botanical garden. The hotel is ten minutes away from Stone Town, airport, ferry terminal and the CBD of Zanzibar. Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins is a cozy boutique hotel offering serene accommodations amidst a rare blend of history, greenery and ocean with a beautiful beach. Traditional Zanzibar hospitality at its best is offered at an affordable price. It's a hotel that complements your travel style. The site where the hotel is built was once an old Arab house, which was then bought by UMCA missionaries in 1871 to build a school for girls. The hotel makes a perfect base for exploring Stone Town. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins

Address: Plot number 143/93, Mbweni Street | Kiembe Samakie, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Price Range: $127 - $182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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Also Known As:
Hotel Mbweni Ruins
Protea Hotel By Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins Zanzibar Island/Stone Town
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#10 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#12 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
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