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Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins

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Reviewed 30 July 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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Reviewed 30 July 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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Reviewed 29 July 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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Reviewed 24 July 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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Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

Protea has got alot of perks and amenities other hotels just dont. The ruins it manages really set it far above the rest and the service is world class. I truly enjoyed my stay. Will be coming back around very soon.

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Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Upon arriving at the hotel we were greeted with cold glasses of mango passion fruit juice and a towel to clean our hands as we checked in. It was the best hotel greeting/check-in that I've received in my life. It was a very nice touch that set the tone for the remainder of our stay. Our room was more gorgeous... More 

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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

I had my special dinner in Zanzibar in the wooden terrace in front of the ocean. The kitchen is made by a real chef. He able to use spices of high level. In my opinion never try similar taste on Zanzibar. The garden of restaurant is amazing. A lot of kind of giant tropical plants in a big garden including... More 

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Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

We have used this place several times for Zanzibar getaways, and ownership has changed several times over the last years. It is perfectly located on a private beach just ouside Stonetown, a great place to combine a beach vacation in an exotic ruin garden with the pleasures of Stonetown. After Protea took over a couple of years ago, we had... More 

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

Dear Inge S Good day, thank you for staying with us and taking time to write this honest review pointing out both the positives and negatives. While we value all positive reviews, it is constructive criticisms such as these that help us improve our products and services. I am extremely sorry to hear that we didn't offer you a memorable... More 

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Reviewed 23 May 2016

The location was quiet and we felt safe. We stayed here because this hotel is the place where you get on the Chumbe Island excursion shuttle. It was not overly priced and quiet for a family or a couple.

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Reviewed 25 April 2016

I have been taking my family to Ruins since Dec 2015 on a weekly basis, just to relax on the Jetty and enjoy the good food and great atmosphere. Staff is great and service is good. Best part is the GM (Oom Mari-biscuit as called by my 2 year old daughter) all ways make us feel welcome and part of... More 

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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
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Price Range: €118 - €168 (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 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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