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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Mbweni Ruins
- Protea Hotel By Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins Zanzibar Island/Stone Town