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What guests are saying:
Very clean, comfortable with helpful, courteous staff. I enjoyed my relaxing stay.
Margaret from United States
Solo traveler
Happy
Zenande from South Africa
Group
Excellent, we could not have been happier. Wonderful location, roof top bar and rest, friendly staff and lovely room for a reasonable rate. A first rate experience.
James from United States
Couple
It was really enjoyable. Would love to go again
Benedikta from Germany
Group
The Maru Maru hotel was the highlight of our stay in Zazibar. The accommodations were first class and the hotel staff were above and beyond attentive and accomodating. I would not hesitate to return
David from Canada
Couple
Had a v good time
Shuaib from South Africa
Couple
this hotel was a wonderful place to base our visit to zanzibar -- so convenient. wonderfully comfortable room, great meals and bar on the rooftop, and a very attentive staff.
Audrey from United States
Solo traveler
it was too hot to walk very far but everything I wanted to see was just out side the door. Good location if, like me you just want to rest and get ready to go back home after an exciting journey
Barbara from United States
Solo traveler
Excellent
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8.4
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Excellent cleanliness
8.9
Recommended by 88% of guests
Value for money7.7
Distance to city center0.1 Km
Location rating9.2
Nearest airportAbeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)
Distance to airport7.1 km
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8.4
Excellent
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King Room
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  • Room size: 32.52 m²/350 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 king bed
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Twin Room - 2 Single Beds
Twin Room - 2 Single Beds
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds
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Queen Room
Queen Room
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shower
  • 1 single bed and 1 super ki...
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • City view
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            Agoda Reviews (102)Booking.com Reviews (222)
            8.4
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            Cleanliness8.9
            Facilities8.1
            Location9.2
            Room comfort and quality8.4
            Service8.2
            Value for money7.7
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            9.6
            Exceptional
            Paul from South Africa
            Family with young children
            Queen Room
            Stayed 3 nights in December, 2018
            Well located base in Stonetown”
            A good medium budget hotel, well located close to the old fort and the house of wonders. It's rooftop restaurant and bar offer wonderful views across the city. The rooms are clean, somewhat sparse in detail. Con is the price of meals, the portions are small. There are better options for meals, go out and explore.
            Reviewed January 05, 2019
            8.8
            Excellent
            NUJTIYA from Malaysia
            Couple
            King Room
            Stayed 2 nights in January, 2018
            Good location , Clean room”
            Good location to walk around in Stone town, wifi available in the room with strong signal and room was clean & spacious. Breakfast was good and we enjoyed ourselves at their open air lounge with live band.
            Reviewed February 12, 2018
            7.2
            Very good
            Thanh from Vietnam
            Group
            Twin Room - 2 Single Beds
            Stayed 1 night in August, 2018
            Nice hotel but not as 5*”
            This hotel has a small front face but quite big inside. The pool is too small to swim, it is more like a decoration for the rooftop. Rooftop view is cool. Maybe, we stay short time at hotel but I don't think it is 5*. Especially the staff, it took us too long time to wait for our room at check-in, receptionists just left us at the waiting lounge. I even had to use the outside toilet because we waited too long. It was around 3-4pm. Quite the same when we checked out
            Reviewed August 31, 2018
            8.8
            Excellent
            andrea from United Kingdom
            Solo traveler
            King Room
            Stayed 2 nights in August, 2018
            Great location”
            + location could not be better 5-10mins away from ferry port on Mizingani Rd, the old fort & very close to the street bazaars & some excellent restaurants. Rooms were very clean & spacious. Rooftop bar has amazing views also. -Not the cheapest hotel but worth the extra. Adequate food at the restaurant but much better available elsewhere. Service could be slow at times so keep your pole pole mentality!
            Reviewed August 17, 2018
            8.4
            Excellent
            Laetitia from Germany
            Couple
            Queen Room
            Stayed 1 night in July, 2018
            Good Accommodation ”
            After many nights in hostels on the beach it was a great change of environment at maru maru. The room was exactly as on the pictures, very clean and spacious. I needed a doctor and they sent one straight to my room which was convenient. The music on the rooftop was rather mediocre and the breakfast buffet disorganized. Staff was helpful but not the most friendly. All in all it was a good stay in a great location in Stone Town. Because of the great deal on Agoda we payed way less than what they usually charge. I wouldn’t say it is worth it for full price.
            Reviewed July 23, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Rosemarie from United Kingdom
            Family with young children
            Queen Room
            Stayed 2 nights in August, 2017
            Loved this place! Wish we had stayed longer! Highly recommend”
            Really nice place - great decor, good facilities, lovely staff. Additional bed provided at no extra charge. Fantastic location. There is an extension going on but guests are totally unaffected. The only thing we weren't happy about was the cost of the walking tour arranged through the hotel!
            Reviewed August 23, 2017
            8.3
            Excellent
            Carlie from Australia
            Solo traveler
            Queen Room
            Stayed 1 night in July, 2013
            Lovely hotel in a perfect location”
            Location, Rooftop Bar and Restaurant,
            This hotel was in the perfect location to see the sights of Stone Town being walking distance from all of them. The room was comfortable and the food and service at the rooftop bar and restaurant excellent. You can't beat the view of the sunset from the roof. As it was the last night of a 2 month trip to East Africa it was a good location to do some shopping to pick up some gifts and souvenirs with plenty of shops nearby. Couldn't fault my stay there and got a great deal when booking so it was great value for money.
            Reviewed December 29, 2013
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Katya from United States
            Solo traveler
            Queen Room
            Stayed 1 night in July, 2018
            Clean, Safe, Excellent Location - Would Stay Again”
            From the moment I walked into Maru Maru (soaking wet from a surprise rain burst), they were incredibly kind and efficient. I was welcomed with a refreshing cold towel and watermelon juice. I was brought up to my room off of the gorgeous fountain, and the staff member made sure I had the front desk number and the hours of the rooftop restaurant. They offered turn down service and stored my bag for me for a few hours after I checked out. The location was unbeatable - I walked every where in Stone Town and felt safe, even at night. Also, the bathroom was clean and the shower was hot.
            Reviewed July 06, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Elizabeth from United States
            Group
            King Room
            Stayed 1 night in June, 2018
            The hotel was clean for stone town! It is veryquite after 10 pm. I would definitely go back there. ”
            Bathroom great all the necessary was there - soap, shampoo, towels etc. Room was very clean, I was honestly impressed. In stone town you don’t find many hotels that are that great. Breakfast was good. Elevator doesn’t work after midnight....... but Definitely value for money.
            Reviewed June 24, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            jackline from United States
            Solo traveler
            Twin Room - 2 Single Beds
            Stayed 1 night in February, 2018
            Exceptional”
            For the amount of money that i paid, I got more than I deserved. Very clean hotel, comfortable beds and an amazing breakfast spread which was free to me. The location is perfect as well. Book quickly, you won't regret
            Reviewed February 20, 2018
            9.6
            Exceptional
            Natalie from Australia
            Group
            Twin Room - 2 Single Beds
            Stayed 2 nights in January, 2018
            Fantastic Stone Town hotel, stay here!”
            This place is wonderful. We spent our first night in a different hotel in Stone Town which was just terrible and left as soon as we could the following morning. Moved to Maru Maru which was like heaven, it put the biggest smiles on our faces after a rough night. You definitely want a clean, comfortable, well maintained, modern hotel in Stone Town to relax after spending your days in the hot hustle and bustle. The only thing we can fault it on is the noise we could hear from our room at night - we were directly under the restaurant kitchen so got the noise of pots and pans plus the live music at night. But I'd prefer to put ear plugs in to sleep any day than stay in a less comfortable, less clean place. Maybe ask for a room as far away from the rooftop noise as possible. Regardless, would absolutely stay again and 100% recommend to family and friends.
            Reviewed January 08, 2018
            8.4
            Excellent
            Marselle from United States
            Group
            King Room
            Stayed 1 night in August, 2016
            Great location, comfortable, pricey”
            I haven't been to Zanzibar for 11 years and was shocked how much prices have gone up. We paid US prices for less than US standard of service. Our first night we were told breakfast was included. When we each got charged for it, a total of $40 for our four person group, we of course went right to the front desk, who acknowledged they had told us breakfast was included. When we shared that we were charged, they showed no interest in reversing the charge and just shrugged their shoulders. I'm used to the laid back island/Swahili culture and would have just brushed this off, but when my companions pointed out we were paying high costs for low service, I did get rather annoyed. Everyone makes mistakes, and there were a few other examples of mistakes made by staff that would have been fine if they were more willing to correct them. The staff are pleasant and friendly and want to be helpful, I suspect this penny pinching comes from the management. We were otherwise comfortable and happy with our stay.
            Reviewed September 18, 2016
            9.2
            Exceptional
            Resheda from United States
            Solo traveler
            Queen Room
            Stayed 2 nights in September, 2016
            Great Experience!!”
            Great location to restaurants, shops, the port, and Forodhani Gardens. The staff was very friendly and helpful with questions and coordination. The rooftop restaurant view was beautiful and the food was yummy. Upon arrival, the hotel even gave a free voucher for a free cocktail, a nice bonus. Also, small pastries were left in my room in the evening time, which was a sweet surprise. Overall great stay, will visit again
            Reviewed September 13, 2016
            9.3
            Exceptional
            viorel from Romania
            Couple
            Queen Room
            Stayed 4 nights in August, 2015
            Nice vacation ”
            Good location , friendly staff, clean room
            It was our first time in Zanzibar and we enjoy it a lot. The location is good, with a nice view of the stone city from the terrace, close to all the shops and restaurants, room was clean, staff is friendly, so we had a great time there.
            Reviewed September 08, 2015
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Stephanie from Germany
            Couple
            Queen Room
            Stayed 2 nights in August, 2015
            Great hotel in good location with friendly staff”
            Great service with friendly and attentive staff, rooms are very clean and modern in a perfect location to start day trips or explore town, best indian food
            We had a great stay at Maru Maru Hotel. All rooms are clean, the staff very friendly. Loved the rooftop for sundowner drinks. International menu with good choice, but definitely best is the indian food there. We can absolutely recommend this place to everyone who is looking for a clean and modern hotel in the heart of Stone Town.
            Reviewed September 08, 2015
            8.0
            Excellent
            Akbar from United States
            Business traveler
            Queen Room
            Stayed 4 nights in July, 2015
            Nice centrally located hotel”
            Location, view, access
            Good stay overall. Room was nice, but furnishings were relatively okay. Had problems with water pressure in the shower and toilets. Roof top restaurant is nice, though there is room for improvement in service. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. Would recommend it as a very good option to consider in stone town
            Reviewed August 03, 2015
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Robyn from Australia
            Solo traveler
            Queen Room
            Stayed 3 nights in February, 2015
            Just perfect!”
            The staff, the beds, so clean!
            I loved my stay at the Maru Maru, the staff were all so friendly and kind, from the person who picked me up from the airport, to the front desk staff, to the cleaners. The hotel is immaculate, is is always kept very clean. The room, was no different, the bed and pillows were so comfortable and the softest sheets! A huge breakfast selection which was always tasty. The rooftop has great views, a really good place for a happy hour cocktail or beer and watch the sunset. Live music, or DJ most nights on the rooftop. This place is a true gem in Stone Town
            Reviewed February 11, 2015
            8.3
            Excellent
            Richard from Lebanon
            Group
            Twin Room - 2 Single Beds
            Stayed 3 nights in December, 2014
            Charming hotel”
            Location, Terrace of the hotel and rooms
            Very nice stay. The hotel is very central in Stone town. Rooms are nice, big and modern. The hotel has an outdoor terrace restaurant with really nice views. Food at hotel us also very good. The only 2 small negative points is that the staff in the morning is very noisy and just across the hotel there is a garbage dump which is not very charming
            Reviewed January 05, 2015
            7.0
            Very good
            Trevor from Canada
            Solo traveler
            Queen Room
            Stayed 1 night in June, 2014
            In the Heart of Stonetown”
            location, heritage, cleanliness
            Hard to agree this is a 5 star hotel, the rooms are quite basic but very clean and overall the hotel is nice. The location is the best part as your right in the alley of all the nick knack shops so its very convenient
            Reviewed December 19, 2014
            9.3
            Exceptional
            Terrence from United States
            Solo traveler
            Queen Room
            Stayed 1 night in December, 2014
            Lovely hotel, but noisy.”
            Rooftop Restaurant; Staff; Appearance.
            Lovely hotel, but the rooms are too noisy. The floors are all tile and the sound transmits easily through the courtyard. The staff communicate from one floor to another and it is impossible to sleep past 7am. The rooftop restaurant is very beautiful and the food is good. Lovely bakery on the ground floor. Breakfast is expensive at 12 US dollars. Rooms are stylish and elegant, although too small. The bed sheets are fabulous.
            Reviewed December 17, 2014
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