As I had to spend 2 days alone i didn't really want to be in Stonetown. This hotel offered just the relaxing break I needed. The staff were excellent- restaurant and reception. The location was perfect- beautiful views. The beach was lovely and the water was clear. The pier was a great option for sunbathing. I heard there were sand flies on the beach but I didn't see any. The gardens are beautiful and the restaurant, rancho style looks out over the sea. At night I saw monkeys in the tree- that was the only noise and it didn't last long.
I enjoyed all my meals- the grilled fish and salsa was excellent.
My room had 2 single beds and a small balcony that looked out over the sea- perfect. I wouldn't call it luxurious but the furnishings were of a high quality. At night they draw the mosquito curtains over the beds. The safe was tiny. The air0-conditioning was quiet.
I'd definitely go back.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mbweni Ruins
- Protea Hotel By Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins Zanzibar Island/Stone Town