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Gizenga Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 4043 Tanzania
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Set in the heart of UNESCO world heritage site of Stone Town, Maru Maru Hotel provides the ultimate haven amongst Stone Town’s labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling markets, mosques, and famed Zanzibari doors, featuring magnificent ornate wooden carvings. Once a town house famous for its marble floors and tiles, it has now been lovingly restored to offer 51 bright rooms blending classic Zanzibar culture, iconic design and modern luxuries – King Room, Queen Room, Twin Rooms, Family Rooms, VIP Rooms and semi suite. 1 Interconnecting/En-suite Room (On Request). Its rooftop Terrace Restaurant, Swimming Pool & Bar with Live Music offers a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of the Indian Ocean and Stone Town. 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. Outdoor Badminton Court & Fitness Center - A perfect place for a quick workout. Hotel also has 2 Conference halls and 1 Board room
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Property amenities
Free private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Rooftop pool
Coffee shop
Badminton
Boating
Kids stay free
Children's television networks
Street parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Rooftop bar
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Wine / champagne
Diving
Snorkelling
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Walking tours
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Car hire
Taxi service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Pedicure
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Newspaper
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Ironing service
Shoeshine
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Room features
Bathrobes
Desk
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Safe
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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HOTEL CLASS
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Mid-range
Business
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Arabic, German and 4 more
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SylvieDaC wrote a review Oct 2022
London, United Kingdom57 contributions55 helpful votes
We stayed 2 days in Maru Maru. The hotel is perfectly located, you can do all important thing by walk. The hotel is very nice, room are ok, we booked a king room and the space was ok but not so spacious. The breakfast located on the rooftop is excellent, various and fresh. Service and staff is perfect. Well recommend
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded 27 Oct 2022
Dear Sylvie, Greeting from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar! Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and your valuable time to write us wonderful review. I will share your appriciation with entire team, it will help us to achieve next higher level. Look forward to welcome you again. Thank you
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Vanni Marotta wrote a review Jan 2021
Montespertoli, Italy8 contributions
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Fantastic and Friendly Staff ! Clean Hotel and Clean Rooms ! Excellent downtown location. Good Food and Nice Roof top Swimming pool. Everybody of the staff of the hotel is very inclined to help the Hotel Guest Enjoy their stay. Very Close to the Beach ...that can be reached in less than 5 minutes. Lovely!!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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Responded 16 Jan 2021
Dear Vanni, Greeting from Maru Maru Hotel!! Thank you for taking your valuable time & reaching out to write your wonderful review of about staff, room food and location. Your general appreciation of the efforts of our team is very encouraging . I will share your kind appreciation with the team, as it is feedback such as yours, that motivates us to achieve higher standards of service. We look forward to see you this week. Thank you
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colin c wrote a review Oct 2022
Chicago, Illinois74 contributions57 helpful votes
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Great location service staff rooms - multinational and multicultural hotel overlooking the town minarets and churches. Located in the alleyways of stone town and steps to the waterfront taxis and boats.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 17 Oct 2022
Dear Guest, Greeting from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar! Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and your valuable time to write wonderful revieww. Look forward to welcome you agin. Thank you
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Shaherose Jamal wrote a review Sep 2022
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The hotel charged me twice for my stay at Maru Maru. I have reached out to Mahipal (the manager) over e-mail and what's app several times. After four working days, they still have not reversed the charges.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded 23 Sep 2022
Dear Shaherose, Greeting from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar! Apologies for inconvenience about double charge. I have already replied over email for refund process. same has already shared with finance and found yes there was duplicate charge as you have paid online for accommodation and at the time of check in again charged. as soon has refund process done will confirm you. Thank you
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Judy wrote a review Aug 2022
Memphis, Tennessee4 contributions
The Maru Maru Hotel has been in business over 100 years. The rooms are extremely clean and comfortable. The architecture is beautiful and there's a lovely rooftop restaurant and bar from which you can see the Indian Ocean. Service was helpful and professional. There is a leave one take one library, which was lots of fun. Food and service were good and the staff was helpful in terms of directions for getting around Stone Town. Would definitely recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 31 Aug 2022
Dear Tennessee, Greeting from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar!! Thank you for your staying with Maru Maru Hotel and your valuable time to write wonderful review . I will share you appreciation with entire team, it will help us to achieve next higher level. Look forward to welcome you again. Thank you
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PateLisbon wrote a review Aug 2022
Lisbon, Portugal650 contributions153 helpful votes
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Very central location. Great rooftop for sunsets, live music entertainment at night. Early morning is noisy with kids entrance at school nearby. Great staff. A friend of mine forget a small bag with facial creams, but she just realized it 2 days after and the hotel made an effort to recover it and delivered at Melia. But it wasn’t the right bag. But we appreciate the gesture. Great spot to stay while visiting the stone town and before you go to the beach resorts.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dear Pate, Greeting from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar!! Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and your valuable time to write wonderful review. Look forward to welcome you again. Thank you
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Kaushik D wrote a review Aug 2022
Tanga, Tanzania3 contributions
Enjoyed our stay for one day and it's right in the centre of town with all the place nearby and within walking distance. Food was awesome and staff were always welcoming. Very nice view from rooftop restaurant. Use of nice gym there makes us more energetic. All the facilities and services were superb.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 17 Aug 2022
Dear Kaushik , Greeting from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar!! Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and your valuable time to write wonderful review, i will share your appreciation with entire team. Look forward to welcome you again. Thank you
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BartonMom wrote a review Aug 2022
Seattle, Washington6 contributions
We stayed here for two nights to recover from a safari on the mainland, before we moved on to our beach resort. It is clean, centrally located to most Stone Town sites, and the staff are very helpful and friendly. The rooftop environment is very relaxing, although the restaurant food is not the best and they play this weird style of American songs turned into musak that got irritating after a while.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 7 Aug 2022
Dear Barton, Greeting from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar! Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and your valuable time to write wonderful review about location, staff and recommendation. I will share your appreciation with entire team including your feedback. It will help us to achieve next higher level. Look forward to see you again. Thank you
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anne-marie k wrote a review Aug 2022
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First night we had dinner at the roof top restaurant. We would strongly advice to improve the quality of the food. Also the music that night was far to loud and out of tune. The music the second night was much better, we did not eat again at the restaurant. The roof top terrace has a nice view. Breakfast has lots of choice and a very nice waiter. The rooms are nice but the chairs are screechy. We would advice to put vilt under the legs of the chairs. The ambiance is nice, the location good and the service and friendliness were all in good order.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 7 Aug 2022
Dear Anne, Greeting from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar! Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and your valuable time to write wonderful review about location, staff and recommendation. I will share your appreciation with entire team including your feedback. It will help us to achieve next higher level. Look forward to see you again. Thank you
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Vince O wrote a review Jul 2022
Excellent service and very friendly ready to help staff. Enjoyed delicious and affordable meals. Enjoyed extra snack from the cake shop and cudos to the person serving that shop. Cudos to reception area for readily getting us transport to various places we wanted to visit.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 15 Jul 2022
Dear Edward, Greeting from Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar! Thank you for staying with Maru Maru Hotel and your valuable time write wonderful review. I will share your appreciation and feedback with entire team, it will help up to achieve next higher level. Look forward to welcome you again. Thank you
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$81 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandZanzibar CityStone Town
NUMBER OF ROOMS
44
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Frequently Asked Questions about Maru Maru Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Maru Maru Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Aromas of Zanzibar (0.05 km), Old Slave Market/Anglican Cathedral (0.4 km), and Christ Church Cathedral (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Maru Maru Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and breakfast buffet.
Which room amenities are available at Maru Maru Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Maru Maru Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, breakfast, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at Maru Maru Hotel?
Yes, free private parking nearby, free public parking nearby, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Maru Maru Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Puzzle Coffee Shop, Taarab Restaurant, and The Beach House Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Maru Maru Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a rooftop pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Maru Maru Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, Italian, Hindi, Arabic, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Maru Maru Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (0.3 km), Mkunazini, Urban West, Zanzibar (0.4 km), and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) (0.09 km).
Is Maru Maru Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.