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“Great hotel, comfortably situated close to airport and Chumbe Island”

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins
Ranked #18 of 34 Hotels in Stone Town
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Milan, Italy
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3 reviews
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“Great hotel, comfortably situated close to airport and Chumbe Island”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We chose this hotel as it was close to the airport and moslty because it is in front of the docking bay from which Chumbe Island boat transfers start. When we reached the hotel we were also very pleasanty surprised by the warm and efficient welcome of the resident manager and overall by the staff.
The hotel premises are very beautiful and facilities exceeded our expectations. The room was cosy and very clear, right in front of beach. The botanic garden is worth a few walks as the ruins. The hotel also has some adorable "pets" such as a bush baby and 2 dogs, completly in the wild but also very friendly.
Breakfast was very sumptious andthey even had sushi!
The beach is located so as to face sunset and you can swim between the mangroves or plunge off the dock.

We stayed just one night (28thJune 2014) as we had considered it as a "transfer" hotel but going back we would hav e stayed more. They even managed to organize a few taxi trip issues we had.

We strongly recommend this hotel for at least your first few days in Zanzibar.

Room Tip: We had a Beach view room and it was amazing but I am sure those facing the botanic garden are just a...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear Samantha_Max

Jambo from Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins, thank you for staying with us and taking time to write this detailed review. I am really glad that you had a fantastic time and Dolf, the Resident Manager, and his TEAM ensured your comfort. I will share your feedback with them. We look forward to host you again soon.


Thanks and regards,

Dinish Antony
Group General Manager
Protea Hotels - Dar es Salaam/Znz
gm@proteadar.com
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

I just sopped by this hotel for lunch while visiting the Mbweni Ruins and found it to be a hidden gem. While the ruins themselves were a slight dissapointment the hotel had magnificiant views of the ocean, great food and a spa at the ruin sites!!!!! Very interesting I thought.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Dear GUEST

Good day, thank you for visiting our hotel and dining with us. I am glad to hear that our TEAM looked after you well and that you appreciated the view, ambiance and the facilities. We hope to host you some time soon.

Thanks and regards,

Dinish Antony
Group General Manager
Protea Hotels - Dar es Salaam/Znz
gm@proteadar.com
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Protea Mbweni is a beautiful hotel with very friendly, efficient staff. The food is delicious food and very well served and presented. The hotel is in a stunning location, you step out of your room onto a beautiful beach.

Room Tip: Rooms close to the beach are super convenient
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review, 20 July 2014
Dear GUEST

Good day, thank you for choosing us as your final pit stop after a successful Kili climb. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to host you again soon.

Thanks and regards,

Dinish Antony
Group General Manager
Protea Hotels - Dar es Salaam/Znz
gm@proteadar.com
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Everyone seems to like this peachy hotel for vacation, and I couldn't agree more. The location is marvellous in every respect and the staff is so warm-hearted, always helpful and very professional. For the first two days of our stay we had chosen Mbweni Ruins Hotel, however, as the location for a workshop. A truely perfect choice: The hotel management had reserved a shaded open-air area as workshop venue and we had the luxury of a phantastic sea view and a nice breeze throughout the workshop - an extraordinary and very conducive atmosphere! The coast line in front of the hotel is a rare combination of sand beach and mangrove forest, and I enjoyed very much the opportunity to ride about the mangrove area in a kayak during high tide. All in all: a perfect stay!

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
Dear Wolfgang H

Jambo, thank you for staying with us and choosing our hotel facilities for your workshop. I am really glad that you had a fantastic time with us. I will share your feedback with the TEAM. We look forward to host you again soon.

Thanks and regards,

Dinish Antony
Group General Manager
Protea Hotels - Dar es Salaam/Znz
gm@proteadar.com
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

The hotel is amazing! The location is great not only because the hotel is beautiful and comfortable, but because its 10 minutes away from the airport.
Great value for money and excellent service.
Resident Manager friendly and approachable!
Very nice food and very comfortable rooms with all kinds of facilities.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Dear Marta M

Jambo from Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins. Thank you for staying with us and taking time to write this review. I am really glad that you enjoyed your stay and STAFF ensured your comfort. We look forward to host you again soon.

Thanks and regards,

Dinish Antony
Group General Manager
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Kathmandu, Nepal
1 review
Reviewed 8 June 2014

I chose the hotel in order to get a beachfront location, yet still be close enough to Stone Town for easy sight seeing. Complimentary minibus to Stone Town and back 3 time a day made it even easier. The beach is clean and secluded, but not swimmable at low tide. Manager, Dolf, and his staff were always friendly and helpful. The restaurant / deck was a great place for sundowners overlooking the Ocean. Rooms are quite old (rustic) so don't expect shiny new accommodation. Overall a really good experience, and a place I would recommend. .

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Dear David_J_Nomad

Jambo from Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins. Thank you for staying with us and taking time to write this review. I am really glad that you enjoyed your stay and STAFF ensured your comfort. We look forward to host you again soon.

Thanks and regards,

Dinish Antony
Group General Manager
Protea Hotels - Dar es Salaam/Zanzibar
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Brighton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 May 2014

I loved this hotel! Location is incredible, and staff very friendly. They also have a fantastic yoga teacher who hosts classes there 3 times a week, and I paid for one on one classes and got taught at the end of the hotel jetty over the Indian ocean - bliss.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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DinishAntony, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, responded to this review, 29 May 2014
Dear Faith V

Good day, Jambo from Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins. Thank you for staying with us and taking time to write this review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with and managed to take some yoga lessons in the spectacular setting, overlooking the beautiful Indian ocean. We look forward to host you again.

Thanks and regards,

Dinish Antony
Group General Manager
Protea Hotels - Dar es Salaam/Zanzibar
gm@proteadar.com
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Property: 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 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Stone Town
#4 Spa Hotel in Stone Town
#9 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#11 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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