Just steps from the Fordhani Gardens, seaside, and fort is a great boutique hotel - Maru Maru. The hotel is situated next to Fordhani Gardens and the Fort and you walk to anywhere from here. We stayed here for 4 nights and it was a great hotel. I had booked the hotel online and communicated with the general manager via email who was very responsive and nice. I had also booked an airport transfer from hotel, and they were there when we landed. Check in went smoothly and we were shown to our room.
We had booked 2 rooms as we are 4 people and the rooms are either 2 twins or 1 Queen. We got one of each. Booth rooms were decent size but the 2 twin bed room was a little bigger. Both had nice comfortable beds, with an armour closet, and a desk and chair. Both of them had nice size bathrooms as well. In the bathrooms, the hotel provides soap made by a local women's business cooperative which was a nice local touch. The Queen could fit 2 people, although it was tight.
Breakfast was included and that is served on the rooftop lounge/restaurant which had amazing views of Stone Town and the ocean. This is also where you can come and enjoy an amazing sunset (the only downside at night is that there is not enough lamps/candles/light so its pretty dark up there). Breakfast was standard cereals and toast, with fruits and an egg station. Coffee, and hot chocolate, were made by a machine.
Service at the hotel was very nice and attentive. There was free wifi in the hotel which was a major plus.
The hotel is located only a couple of steps away from Fordhani Gardens and the only negative thing about the hotel is the entrance/lobby. To get from the seaside/Fordhani Gardens to the hotel, you have to walk up a road that a night is dimly light (during the day, this is where all the taxis hang out so creates easier access to taxis). There are plenty of people walking and we never had a security issue, but it is something to consider. The lobby is right off the street so there is no major entrance or sitting area; not a big deal to me but some in my group cared about that.
Overall, location was good and hotel and service was excellent. The only downside would be the entrance but other than that, a great hotel.
- 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