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Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our visit was just for a jumping off point for going to Chumbe Island, and we were very happy with what we found at Mwembi Ruins Protea Hotel itself. The historical feel, truly is like living among ruins, yet in the lap of luxury. We like hotels with character, and this had the perfect blend of character and beauty. Great...

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Asheville, North Carolina
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

This stay EXCEEDED my expectations! Property: right on the Indian Ocean. Walk out your room and short path leads to the beach. Meals and drinks can be delivered to you while you lounge. Amazing sunset views you can't find anywhere else in Zanzibar. They even have a deck that extends out into the ocean for viewing. Surrounded by ancient ruins....

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed November 4, 2016

I visited Mbweni Ruins Hotel because that is the launch place for visiting Chumbe Island, the marine conservency island. It is situated on a lovely beach (just ten minutes from Stonetown) with expansive grounds and swimming pool , lovely vistas, a beautiful outdoor restaurant where I had a great low priced latte.There are atmospheric ruins of the old school for...

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Reviewed November 1, 2016

Courteous Staff , amazing product and Marriott brand! If you are going to Zanzibar, you cannot afford to miss Protea hotel. Its a bit far from Stone town but totally worth it. It is perfect if you are looking for a quiet place to stay with family or friends.

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chennai
Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

If you want to stay at place which quiet,classy ,private beach,swimming pool and a team who are very couteous ... Its not far from the ferry station ...Really enjoyed the stay would surely come back ...special mention for Manager Shekar Malik and his team ..

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Reviewed September 26, 2016

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
Reviewed September 18, 2016

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
Reviewed September 14, 2016

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...

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San Clemente, California
Reviewed September 7, 2016

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....

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Reviewed September 6, 2016

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...

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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: $126 - $179 (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
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#4 On the Beach Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
#10 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#12 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
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“Book a room by the jetty”
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“We were the farthest from the beach but still had a nice view from the balcony since rooms are staggered.”
 of 5 bubbles Steamboat_Spgs, Sep 6, 2016 | Read review
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