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Maru Maru Hotel

Gizenga Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 4043 Tanzania
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#14 of 38 hotels in Stone Town
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Set in the heart of UNESCO world heritage site of Stone Town, Maru Maru Hotel provides the ultimate haven amongst Stone Town’s labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling markets, mosques, and famed Zanzibari doors, featuring magnificent ornate wooden carvings. Once a town house famous for its marble floors and tiles, it has now been lovingly restored to offer 51 bright rooms blending classic Zanzibar culture, iconic design and modern luxuries – King Room, Queen Room, Twin Rooms, Family Rooms, VIP Rooms and semi suite. 1 Interconnecting/En-suite Room (On Request). Its rooftop Terrace Restaurant, Swimming Pool & Bar with Live Music offers a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of the Indian Ocean and Stone Town. 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. Outdoor Badminton Court & Fitness Center - A perfect place for a quick workout. Hotel also has 2 Conference halls and 1 Board room
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Property amenities
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Rooftop pool
Coffee shop
Badminton
Boating
Children's television networks
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Rooftop bar
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Wine / champagne
Diving
Snorkelling
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Walking tours
Highchairs available
Car hire
Taxi service
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Pedicure
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Newspaper
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Doorperson
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Ironing service
Shoeshine
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Room features
Bathrobes
Desk
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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HOTEL CLASS
3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Modern
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Arabic, German and 4 more
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Susan C wrote a review 5 Apr
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This hotel is a real gem. The location is perfect to get around Stonetown, a few minutes from the night market and harbour area, and with a couple of interesting shops right across the street. The staff was wonderful. A real surprise was the food! Not only was some of the cuisine exceptional, it didn't come with the prices. In fact it was better value than a couple of local restaurants that we tried. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Maru Maru Hotel, Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and for your valuable time in writing a wonderful review. I will share your appreciation with the entire team. It will help us to achieve the next higher level. We are looking forward to welcoming you again. Thank you
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ramez143 wrote a review 4 Apr
Dushanbe, Tajikistan6 contributions3 helpful votes
The hotel is an old property but well maintained . The staff is good but reception is not staffed well. View from top of the hotel is very good . Good food . Very near to many attractions in stone town including ferry terminal of Zanzibar. Well trained staff Couple friendly Not much disturbance Well priced rooms
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: 15-20 minutes from airport
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Maru Maru Hotel, Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and for your valuable time in writing a wonderful review. I will share your appreciation with the entire team. It will help us to achieve the next higher level. We are looking forward to welcoming you again. Thank you
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Gene S wrote a review 3 Apr
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A Beautiful hotel indeed! We enjoyed dining on the rooftop! The food is delicious. Freshest fruit juice and wonderful friendly staff! The staff came to sing Happy Birthday for my friend and I as we were celebrating our birthdays. They surprised us with a cake and danced with us. It was so special, something that I will always cherish! This place holds a special place in my heart!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Maru Maru Hotel, Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and for your valuable time in writing a wonderful review. I will share your appreciation with the entire team. It will help us to achieve the next higher level. We are looking forward to welcoming you again. Thank you
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Ellies1999 wrote a review 2 Apr
Derby, United Kingdom152 contributions90 helpful votes
Visited here for food after seeing good reviews on trip advisor and the food did not disappoint! Great views from the rooftop, particularly at sunset. Great service and friendly staff. The food was absolutely delicious and great value for money. Drinks were also great and they have a happy hour for 8,000tsz from 4-7pm.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Maru Maru Hotel, Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and for your valuable time in writing a wonderful review. I will share your appreciation with the entire team. It will help us to achieve the next higher level. We are looking forward to welcoming you again. Thank you
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atravelynn wrote a review Mar 2024
Cudahy, Wisconsin924 contributions35 helpful votes
Charming hotel with friendly, accommodating staff and great food. What interesting architecture with lots of alcoves, stairways, and hidden hallways. The room was very good for my 4 nights. Perfect location to explore Stone Town or head to Forodhani Gardens on the ocean. Happy I stayed here!
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar! Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and for your valuable time writing a wonderful review. I will share your appreciation with the entire team including your feedback. It will help us to achieve the next higher level. Look forward to seeing you again. Thank you
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Justyna wrote a review Mar 2024
Central Poland, Poland9 contributions2 helpful votes
Hotel is located in center of old town in very nice area. Offers very nice and clean rooms. Has fantastic roof terrace with restaurant, bar and swimming pool there. Offers unique views of Stown Town. Very nice and helpful staff. Good food for reasonable money.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dear Justyna, Greetings from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar! Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and for your valuable time writing a wonderful review. I will share your appreciation with the entire team including your feedback. It will help us to achieve the next higher level. Look forward to seeing you again. Thank you
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Pogomore wrote a review Feb 2024
5 contributions1 helpful vote
The hotel was clean but is not what you expect for the price you pay. The service is just not on top, staff at reception were very lost, took long time for check in. At the restaurants no one was welcoming ir checking what you need very slow service all over.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled on business
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Dear Andrea Greetings from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar! Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and for your valuable time writing us. I will share your appreciation with the entire team including your feedback. It will help us to achieve the next higher level. Look forward to seeing you again. Thank you
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BR5250 wrote a review Feb 2024
Odense, Denmark3 contributions
Nice hotel with a good location in Stone Town. It is clean and has a friendly and helpful staff. A small nice pool area with a few sunbeds. The breakfast buffet was okay. A special and big thank to head housekeeper Sarah for helping us with a forgotten Ipad at the hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar! Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and for your valuable time writing a wonderful review. I will share your appreciation with the entire team including your feedback. It will help us to achieve the next higher level. Look forward to seeing you again. Thank you
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Sia wrote a review Feb 2024
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Maru Maru is a lovely hotel in a great location, but the customer service at the front desk spoiled my first impression quite quickly. I had been booked to stay at the hotel by a company, and the hotel requested a deposit, which was paid. The person making the reservation requested they send us a link to make a final payment and they never sent it to the company. Upon my arrival, I needed to take an important call as I was there for business, and the receptionist would not let me check into the room until I had paid the balance for the entirety of my stay. I told her I was unfortunately in a rush to take a call, and to please allow me to do so in the hotel room and I can come back down in an hour to pay. She refused and said the hotel card won't work until I pay the full amount (really?). Upon trying to pay, she tells me the hotel only takes cash, or card payment at 3% extra charge. Going to withdraw cash outside the hotel would make me late for my meeting. I had to run and take my video call in a disruptive outdoor location because she could not accommodate me in my room for an hour without paying the full bill. Once I finished my call, I paid the full amount and she did not mention that a deposit had been paid in advance by the company. Had I not informed the company that I made the hotel payment on their behalf, I would not have known a deposit was paid, and hence I had to go back and request them to return the deposit since I paid in full. While I understand that hotels may have (albeit inconvenient) policies in place, please train your staff to try and be problem solvers, and be accommodative in a way that may make your guests feel helped when they need it. The check-in experience spoiled my interest in the place.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled on business
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Dear Guest, Greetings from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar! Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and for your valuable time writing a wonderful review. I will share your appreciation with the entire team including your feedback. It will help us to achieve the next higher level. Look forward to seeing you again. Thank you
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IngvildL wrote a review Jan 2024
Ski Municipality, Norway3 contributions2 helpful votes
The hotel is located in one of the main streets in Stonetown, walk to all the shops and restaurants. The rooftop restaurant has an ok breakfast, but dinner menu and the view at night with the sunset is better. Some evenings with live music can be a bit noisy in the rooms and for dinner. The swimming pool is located at the rooftop by the restaurant so if you are shy to swim while people watch choose the early hours. Charming old style architecture with wooden staircases. Have stayed at Mau Mau 4 or 5 times and will return. The check out time can drag out so make sure youre not in a hurry.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Get the larger rooms , some rooms are small.
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£67 - £104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandZanzibar CityStone Town
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Maru Maru Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Maru Maru Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Aromas of Zanzibar (0.03 miles), Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral (0.2 miles), and Christ Church Cathedral (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Maru Maru Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and breakfast buffet.
Which room amenities are available at Maru Maru Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Maru Maru Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, breakfast, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at Maru Maru Hotel?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Maru Maru Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Breadfruit Restaurant & Cafe, Puzzle Coffee Shop, and Taarab Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Maru Maru Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a rooftop pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Maru Maru Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, Italian, Hindi, Arabic, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Maru Maru Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (0.2 miles), Mkunazini, Urban West, Zanzibar (0.2 miles), and David Livingstone's place of rest (0.2 miles).
Is Maru Maru Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.