While it all looks lovely on first glance – water feature, drinks on arrival, clean and crisp finish, roof top bar - when you actually stay in the hotel it doesn't live up to the expectation that the décor would have you believe.
The rooftop terrace is nice but its certainly not 360 degrees as stated in the description – a large part of the view concealed behind the restaurant awnings.
My husband and I had envisaged a relaxing and long overdue lie in following 5-days of safari, however the water feature which all the rooms centred around is incredibly noisy in the morning! This was accompanied by regular intermittent banging of mop buckets as the cleaner cleaned the corridor outside the rooms – at 7am in the morning! Not a good start to our day, or stay in Zanzibar!
The food was hit and miss. One night we had a lovely meal but the second night was terrible – perhaps it was a different chef we wondered, as there was such a disparity. The second night our food was not even edible. Hot breakfast was average.
Cocktails in the bar were overpriced and most certainly not 5* standard as we expected.
Overall we were really disappointed. This had been our treat to ourselves, 5* luxury in the heart of Stone Town... We rightfully had high hopes – Maru Maru fell significantly short!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of the UNESCO world heritage site of StoneTown, Maru Maru Hotel is just a few steps from the city’s historical wonders, colourful markets and labyrinth of shops. Once a town house famous for its marble floors and tiles, it has now been lovingly restored to offer 44 bright rooms blending classic Zanzibar style with iconic design and modern luxuries. Its roof terrace offers one of the best views in the city with a 360° panorama and is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail as the sun melts into the Indian Ocean. The relaxed ambiance at Maru Maru continues long into the night as people come to enjoy a vast variety of Continental, Chinese Indian and Swahili cuisine, view art in Maru Maru’s gallery and enjoy the captivating sound of Tahareb music as it floats into the night. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maru Maru Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town