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Mtoni Palace Ruins

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It seemed very neglected -compared to European standards. We went there with a guide who had a book... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2018
A Palace in Decay - Best seen with a Guide

We saw this in conjunction with a city tour since it’s a bit out of Stone Town and requires a... read more

Reviewed January 25, 2018
Paul K
Denton, Texas
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

It seemed very neglected -compared to European standards. We went there with a guide who had a book & seemed very knowledgeable. Not sure if you could go unescorted. There is no information around the site so you would need to take a guide book...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed January 28, 2018

This is a site steeped in history, however, there is only one informational sign and the building is in disrepair. This is a diamond in the rough with tremendous potential as a cultural & historical tourist site if preservation and restoration were to occur. Hiring...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed January 25, 2018

We saw this in conjunction with a city tour since it’s a bit out of Stone Town and requires a driver and guide. It was a fascinating tour and the guide had pictures that showed what it looked like when it was constructed. The sultan...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Paul K
Reviewed June 23, 2017

Some experiences are very special and even create amazing memories, the traditional coffee ceremony at the Mtoni Palace Ruins is one of those for me. My wife and I had a private traditional coffee ceremony hosted by three people. The care, joy and connection we...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank 173FrancisB
Reviewed April 12, 2017

An informative tour of the Ruins at sunset. On returning to the main area, you walk into a candlelit, intimate dining area set up with musicians and cast transporting you back in time with narrations and song. It's mesmerizig and sadly all too soon the...More

Date of experience: May 2016
3  Thank catherinebinky2016
Reviewed September 12, 2016

DO make it a priority! It's an evening filled with a tour of palace ruins by a hilarious guide, an amazingly delicious dinner, drinks, an acting performance to share the history of the island, a beautiful musical performance that I still find myself humming, and...More

Date of experience: December 2015
6  Thank Christina Q
Reviewed July 31, 2016

We saw these as part of a tour, and it was OK, not great. But the tour itself was very fun. If you have some extra time, visit, but don't make it a priority.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank trevorrohm
Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Excellent evening with a combination of a tour of the castle led by the "Sultan", wonderful music with dancing, and a delicious dinner served in the courtyard. They do performances on Tues & Fri evenings, call for reservations. All profits go to help with restoration...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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MtoniMarineHotel, Manager at Mtoni Palace Ruins, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2016

Thank you for visiting Mtoni Palace Ruins in Zanzibar Island.

Reviewed February 16, 2016

A not to be missed experience,it is like being transported back in time to a place of the Sultans with song and Dance from a bygone era with good food, close to Stone town and worth every penny.

Date of experience: February 2016
3  Thank Panamatenga
Reviewed February 10, 2016

Very nice old ruins . There is nothing to do there apart from see the old structure of the building and a nice hair saloon next to them. Is a shame a place with such history can not be renovated . Could be a good...More

Date of experience: January 2016
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