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397 - 400 Gizenga Street Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar City Tanzania
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 21-01-20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#18 of 37 hotels in Stone Town
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Set in the heart of UNESCO world heritage site of Stone Town, Maru Maru (Boutique) 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 – 17 King Room, 23 Queen Room, 10 Twin Rooms and 1 Family Room, 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
Kids stay free
Books, DVDs, music for children
Street parking
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Rooftop bar
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Evening entertainment
Walking tours
Children's television networks
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Car hire
Taxi service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Neck massage
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
VIP room facilities
Bottled water
Clothes rack
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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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Arabic, German and 4 more
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Justa Lujwangana wrote a review Apr. 16
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania5 contributions
I'm a tour operator and work with Maru Maru for many years now. I really appreciate the service they give to me and the guests. Love the staff and management is easy to work with. Highly recommended to stay here.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled on business
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Vanni Marotta wrote a review Jan. 2021
Montespertoli, Italy8 contributions
Hotel's Favourite
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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Response from Maru Maru Hotel, Marketing at Maru Maru Hotel
Responded Jan. 16, 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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oantsu476989 wrote a review Apr. 6
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
We have enjoyed our stay, all went well Check in was efficient Hotel has a central location and a great view Room was clean and comfortable Pool is a great addition Minus - limited parking space, and that you need to pass through garbage when you come from the parking or when you return from the walk.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Libby B wrote a review Mar. 2021
11 contributions1 helpful vote
Maru Maru has a lovely pool and terrace. The terrace has ocean views and breezes and 2 for 1 happy 'hour' (4-7) cocktails. The chef does excellent Indian food (and others but I only ate Swahili and Indian so can't comment on the western food).The rooms are cosy but have everything. My only complaint as a couple is only one chair if you don't want to sit on the bed.
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Date of stay: March 2021
1 Helpful vote
Theresa S wrote a review Mar. 2021
1 contribution
Staying at the Mary Maru hotel has been one of the best experiences in my travels to over 15 different countries. As much as Zanzibar and the people here puts you under its spell, coming home to Maru Maru hotel after every excursion was the most magical part. Every member of staaf greets you like family and make you feel like the prodigal son who has returned home. Every evening Ana, the kindest lady with the sweetest smile would make me feel like I'm recounting my day with an old friend. Thank you to every member of your wonderful staff fro every magical moment.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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US$95 - US$178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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 The Coins Shop (0.04 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, Tea House Restaurant, and Taarab 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) 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.