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Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins
Ranked #17 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

We stayed here for three nights and overall had a great experience. The location was good, close to Stone Town with shuttle services, beach area was excellent, rooms were clean with ocean facing balcony which was great for watching sunsets. Great staff members.
The only complaint I would have is the bed was not very comfortable, at times it felt like it would snap in half.

Room Tip: We had room #12, which was close to the beach, so it was an easy walk. The balcony was great too.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2014

Dear GUEST

Jambo from Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins. Thank you for staying with us and taking time to share your experience here on Trip Advisor. Thanks a lot for all the positives and the constructive criticism about the bed & mattress. It is THE most important facility that we provide and it is our duty to enure that you enjoy a good sleep. We will look into this asap and rest assured, this will be sorted out.

We look forward to host you again soon.

Ahsante sana, karibu tena!

Thanks and regards,

Dinish Antony
Group General Manager
Protea Hotels - Dar es Salaam/Zanzibar
gm@proteadar.com

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Reviewed 6 February 2014

I was here with my 5 year old daughter and it is a perfect place if you want to chill out on the beach/hotel and relax. Rooms are all facing the beach and pool/garden. They are spacious with a slightly hard and bumpy bed. Very uneven mattress.

The beach is beautiful and I love how it is all set in a garden where the trees are almost covering the buildings.

Food takes for ages to get. We waited half an hour to an hour for things we ordered even small lunch items. But it tastes good. Their coffee though is excellent!

Wifi works well in the restaurant. I had problems connecting to their log in page in my room no 2 but after I had connected in the restaurant it worked well. Managed to talk on skype but video is too slow.

When we were checking out at their check out time at 10 there were nobody at the desk, the visa was not connected and in total it took an hour for them to write a receipt and have me pay and that is not included the half an hour I waited in my room for them to get the VISA-connection going. Quite annoying when you have a little girl eager to go to the beach and you have to go back and forth to the reception waiting for them.

I recommend the place though. Staff is friendly and the grounds are great.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2014

Dear Loekis

Good day, thank you for staying with us and taking time to share this detailed review. I sincerely appreciate you pointing out both the positives and negatives. Dolf and his TEAM are working hard to rectify the mistakes and tweak the operations to ensure that such inconveniences are eliminated. We look forward to host you again soon.

Ahsante sana!

Dinish Antony
Group general Manager
Protea Hotels - Dar/Znz
gm@proteadar.com

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

My husband and I had the honor of having our Wedding Ceremony at Mbweni Ruins.
My mom, bridesmaids and I left early the morning of our wedding to head to the Mbweni Ruins Hotel and start our getting ready preparations. We rented out the Baobab Suite for the day and it was just lovely! There was plenty of space for all of us to get ready and AC in the room to keep out of the heat. There was also a large patio attached to the room overlooking the gardens and ocean. We all took turns getting our hair and make-up done at the Daja Salon and Spa located on-site. Daja did all of our hair and Cindy did our make-up and we couldn't have been happier with both ladies. The salon is just beautiful and also has AC. We also were able to order up lunch to the room while we were getting ready and champagne!

The groom and guests boarded a decorated bus from the Spice Island Resort at 2:00pm and made their way to Mbweni Ruins through the streets of historic Stone Town. Arriving at Mbweni Ruins, the guests walked through the tropical gardens to the stunningly decorated ruins of St. Mary's Chapel and were served water and juice as refreshments. The Mbweni Ruins are part of a complex built in 1880 under the support of David Livingstone, to house and school some of the first freed slaves. In 1960 is when restoration began to restore this historical site. The guests were escorted into the chapel and the processional began, accompanied by a local solo violinist who played Nakupenda Malaika (which means "I love you, angel" in Swahili) and the ceremony took place. Our officiant was a very dear friend of ours from Uganda and who is also one of Groundwork Opportunities project partners and runs a sustainable farm and training center in Masaka, Uganda.

During the ceremony, a 20 strong Swahili choir sang, rejoicing the union in KiSwahili. After the ceremony, champagne was served to toast and congratulate us after we hurried off to do a private photo shoot. Guests slowly made their way to the botanical gardens to enjoy local vendors serving Sugarcane juice and Zanzibar Pizza, Forodhani night market style.

After the cocktail hour and photos we made our way down the long jetty off the beach, past the mangroves, where we boarded two traditional arabic dhows and sailed towards Stone Town. The dhows were accompanied by the sound of a live African Jazz Duo. The sails were hoisted and the winds filled the canvas as we pushed North past Stone Town bay and past the old Dhow harbor. We embraced the magnificent African sunset overlooking Bawe and Prison Island as we celebrated with local beer and wine and music.

We absolutely loved the Mbweni Ruins and would recommend it to anyone as a beautiful and unique wedding venue. All of the wedding planning was done by Zanzibar Weddings and they were the best!

Room Tip: The Baobab Suite is the perfect place to get ready the day of your wedding. Beautiful room with pat...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2014

Dear GUEST

Jambo from Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins. Thank you for choosing our hotel for your wedding, THE most important event in your life and for the detailed review. I am absolutely delighted that we lived up to the expectations. We hope that it wont be too long before you come and stay with us again. I will definitely pass your comments to both the hotel TEAM and Zanzibar weddings.

Ahsante sana, Karibu tena

Dinish Antony
Group General Manager
Protea Hotels - Dar es Salaam/Zanzibar
gm@proteahotels.com

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Reviewed 8 January 2014

We were pleased to have chosen this hotel for our stay, as a family, over the Christmas period. The room was very pleasant, and nicely air-conditioned, with a double bed and bunk beds for our daughters. Housekeeping was very good, with a service twice a day. Plenty of towels provided without having to ask. Staff in the restaurant were friendly, especially Tumaini and Dry. We asked for an early breakfast one day and rolls etc were delivered to the room the night before.The daily breakfast menu did however lack variety-but I can recommend the pancakes. Bar was lovely for the sunset-do try the Zanzibar punch! It was interesting to observe the tidal beach, and we enjoyed several swims. The girls went off in their kayaks. The gardens are a botanist's delight, and very well-maintained. The ruins themselves are interesting to explore. My wife and daughter used the spa, which they said was excellent and very good value for money. The beach BBQ on the 24/12 and the Christmas lunch on 25/12 were commendable, given that it is sometimes tricky to source ingredients in Zanzibar-again good value for money. Dolf is a hands on manager, who is often seen about, and is very friendly. Any minor problems raised with him were always swiftly dealt with. We were sorry to leave!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2014

Dear GUEST

Good day, jambo from Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar. It was an absolute pleasure to host you and your family over the Christmas period. We are really grateful for choosing us for this family vacation. Thank you for the great review, I will ensure that the STAFF gets a copy of this and will personally thank Tumaini, Dry and of course Dolf for the fantastic work. We look forward to host you again.

Ahsante sana, karibu tena!

Thanks and regards,

Dinish Antony
Group General Manager
Protea Hotels - Dar es Salaam/Zanzibar
gm@proteadar.com

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Reviewed 3 January 2014

We did not stay at the hotel but spent a morning in the gardens surrounding the Mbweni Ruins.
The hotel charges a small entrance fee which is redeemable against a purchase at the bar/restaurant.
Had a lovely morning in the gardens, good coffee on the terrace with a stunning view over the ocean.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2014

Dear Alta W

Jambo from Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar. Thank you for visiting us and taking time to review your experience. I am really glad that you enjoyed the garden, beach and the restaurant. We hope to host you on your next visit to Zanzibar. Ahsante sana, karibu tena!

Thanks and regards,

Dinish Antony
Group General Manager
Protea Hotels - Dar es Salaam/Zanzibar
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

My partner and I spent a week here over Christmas. I picked this hotel after extensive research on TA. We were not disappointed.
Beach location is lovely and quiet very beautiful grounds are so relaxing. Pool is smallish but adequate.
Hotel is close to Airport (not close enough to be disturbed). It is 10-15 mins from the centre of Stone and the Hotel runs a free return Shuttle bus twice a day.
The room we had (No 2) was very pleasant and adequate and was kept spotless by the cleaner. A.C worked very well.
Food was generally very good and if there any problems the Chef or Manager will have it sorted.
My partner had a massage in the "Wellness Centre" and I was assured it was good value for money and relaxing.
There were a few minor problems that I won't go into here as the Manager Dolf is excellent - always ready to act on "constructive criticism" - and deal with the problems immediately.
The hotel is very small and intimate and after a day the staff know you and your likes and dislikes.
I would like to thank Dolf and all his staff for making our stay so enjoyable.
Would I stay here again - you bet !

Room Tip: As it is a small hotel all the rooms are near the beach/pool and Restaurant/Bar
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2014

Dear GUEST

Jambo from Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar. It was an absolute pleasure to host you recently. Thank you for this detailed review. I am really glad that you had a great stay and that the STAFF ensured your comfort. I will pass your compliments on to the TEAM, and Dolf. He will be delighted to hear the positive feedback. We look forward to host you again soon.

Thanks and regards,

Dinish Antony
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Protea Hotels - Dar es Salaam/Zanzibar
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

We spent three nights at Mbweni Ruins Hotel and had a wonderfully relaxing vacation. It is a small hotel set in lush tropical gardens. The beach is not the idyllic beach one expects in Zanzibar, but the hotel makes up for it in other ways. If you are staying in Stone Town or want to visit Chumbe Island for a day, then Mbweni Ruins is ideal.

The staff were so welcoming and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble, they really made us feel pampered. Two out of three breakfasts were phenomenal and the other quite mediocre, so it seems they do not have it all sorted out in the kitchen, but are well on their way. The dinner menu is very limited, and after spending further time at other resorts on the island and using this as a comparison, I can say that there is room for improvement in the kitchen.

The most magical time at this resort is in the evening, after dinner, take a walk through the gardens. Truly beautiful.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2013

Dear purdy37

Good day, jambo from Mbweni Ruins Hotel. Thank you for staying with us and taking time to review your experience. We really appreciate your feedback and promise to work on areas which need improvements. I am positive that the TEAM will be able to show the changes on your next visit. I will pass your compliments to them and thank them for their great job. We look forward to host you again soon.

Thanks and regards,

Dinish Antony
Group General Manager
Protea Hotels - Tanzania
gm@proteadar.com

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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Stone Town
#9 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#11 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range: £108 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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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