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Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins

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We stayed at Protea Hotel, Mbweni Ruins for 7 nights from 20 to 27 December. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We found the courtesy shuttle service to town to be a well thought of idea. The driver picked us on time and he was very friendly. On our departure, we found the driver at airport and he...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed weeklong stay here with family. Highly recommend! Unique beachfront hotel close to stone town. Rent a car and you then have the best of both worlds- stone town shopping and access to cozy exclusive beaches

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DinishAntony, Group General Manager - Protea Hotels by Marriott (Dsm/Znz) at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review

Dear Vivek N Jamba from Protea Hotel by Marriott Mbweni Ruins Zanzibar. Thank you for staying with us for a week and taking time to share your experiences here on TA. I am delighted to hear that you had a fantastic time and the TEAM looked after you well. We look forward to host you again soon. Thanks and regards,...

Dublin - Ireland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice hotel, not far from the airport, and main activities like Stone Town, night market etc. The pool is okay not really big and there is no kids pool. The staff is really nice and welcoming with big smiles on their face :) they're very helpful when you need help or advices, honestly speaking their hospitality was...

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DinishAntony, Group General Manager - Protea Hotels by Marriott ( Dsm/Znz) at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review

Dear Choubibou Jamba from Protea Hotel by Marriott Mbweni Ruins Zanzibar. Thank you for staying with us and taking time to share your experiences here on TA. I am delighted to hear that you had a fantastic time and the TEAM looked after you well. As you ave rightly observed the hotel is a boutique property with only 13 rooms,...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the protea Mbweni ruins for one night and the overall experience was quite positive. The staff was very friendly - we were welcomed by fresh and cooled coconut juice and they helped us with our luggage to the room. The garden of the hotel is very beautiful and you can find benches in the shade to sit...

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DinishAntony, Group General Manager - Protea Hotels by Marriott ( Dsm/Znz) at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review

Dear Rui Z Jambo from Protea Hotel by Marriott Mbweni Ruins Zanzibar. Thank you for staying with us and taking time to share your experiences here on TA. I am delighted to hear that you had a fantastic time and the TEAM looked after you well. I have duly noted your comments about the rooms, our TEAM has been notified...

Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

Small hotel 15 mins ($15) from Stonetown, 10 mins from airport. Good rooms, friendly & helpful staff. Being in the south west it's a ways away from the dive sites off the north & east of the island. Pros: Staff, rooms, price. Good breakfast. Service generally fast and always friendly. Cons: Beach small and sea not reachable at low tide,...

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DinishAntony, Group General Manager - Protea Hotels by Marriott ( Dsm/Znz) at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review

Dear Fatboylimey Good day, thank you for staying with us recently. I appreciate you taking time to share both the positives and negatives in your review. We recently moved our reception to the ruins, hence the travel desk is not yet up and ready, but we are working on having this facility available soon. I am sorry to hear that...

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Reviewed December 4, 2016

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 December 4, 2016 via 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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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Spa
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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: $125 - $198 (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
#4 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
#4 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#9 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#10 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
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“We were the farthest from the beach but still had a nice view from the balcony since rooms are staggered.”
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