On first glance Maru Maru Hotel looks great, the lobby area is attractive, the courtyards nicely laid out and the roof bar and restaurant have great views of the city.
Rooms are small but clean, beds firm, pillows very firm.,Bathrooms newly refurbished with showers, not very consistent hot water though, also have to turn on 15 minutes before use.
The real problem with this hotel is that it is so noisy. the inner courtyards act as one big echo chamber to transmit the noise of the kitchen and bar which is on the 4th floor. Our first night we were on the 3rd floor directly beneath the kitchen. We moved to room 202, marginally better but the rooms are very noisy. Bring earplugs.!
Food for breakfast is ok, not much choice but they are obliging if you ask for something they will provide it, at least they
have wonderful coffee, spiced with cardamom and ginger.
The staff attempts to be helpful, everyone is pleasant, you could do a lot worse, especially if you don't want to stay in one of the more expensive high end boutique hotels in Stone Town.
The location is very good, you can walk every where.
- 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