Maru Maru Hotel

Maru Maru Hotel: Our full report

44 rooms: 1 Family, 16 King, 17 Queen and 10 Twin.
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Excellent (100%) From 1 review
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After 6 years of renovation and refurbishment, the Maru Maru Hotel opened in January 2012. It is set in the heart of bustling Stone Town, right next to the Old Fort, making it a great base from which to explore the surrounding area.

Maru Maru has two separate but connected wings; the ‘classic wing’ which was originally a town house with marble floors and it has now been restored; and a new wing, which is larger and gives the hotel a clean and smart feel. The designers set out to build something that has modern comforts whilst incorporating classic Zanzibar style; they have managed to achieve this.

The hotel has 44 rooms - 1 family room, 16 King rooms, 17 Queen rooms and 10 Twin rooms (the main difference between these is the bed size not the room size). The rooms are simple, stylish and elegant and include: air-conditioning, fridge, a safe, TV, mosquito nets, furniture and an en-suite bathroom. Some of the bathrooms have hammam baths, others walk in showers, and all have running hot and cold water. The rooms are bright as they benefit from lots of natural light, which helps to make the place feel spacious.

The best part of the hotel has to be the roof terrace. From here you can enjoy 360-degree views of Stone town; from the Old Fort to the Indian Ocean. If you want a drink whilst the sun goes down the staff at the lounge bar can make a vast selection of cocktails. The terrace restaurant serves food which tends to be a blend of both northern and southern Indian cuisine, the ingredients are sourced locally where possible.

There is a star shaped fountain in the middle of a lovey courtyard where the Fountain restaurant serves a buffet breakfast each morning. This is also a great place to have a coffee or a cool drink in the middle of the day.

There are a variety of activities possible from Maru Maru such as: tours of stone town, diving, water sports and visiting neighboring islands. Please speak to one of our Tanzania specialists for more information.

Our view

Maru Maru is a bright, new and modern hotel with polite staff and a friendly welcome. The food is good and it is in a great central location. The hotel is however quite large, which tends to detract somewhat from its character.


Location: Stone Town, Zanzibar

Ideal length of stay: 2 nights

Directions: By road transfer from Zanzibar Airport.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Food quality: Although booked on B&B, Maru Maru’s rooftop restaurant is well worth a try at at least once during your stay. The food takes its influence from India, with a variety of curries, flatbreads and rice dishes on offer at the rooftop restaurant. On our visit here in February 2012 we tucked into a delicious (and spicy) fish curry.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Further dining info: Room service is limited – drinks are available but you cannot order food.


Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at Maru Maru.

Property’s age restrictions: There are no restrictions on age but there is only one family room.

Special activities & services: A children’s menu is available.

Equipment: The hotel can provide cots and high-chairs.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: There is Wi-Fi and telephones in all the rooms.

TV & radio: There is a TV in all of the rooms.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: There is a small first aid kit at the hotel.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: There are security guards outside the hotel.


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge

Money: There are safes in all of the rooms.

Accepted payment on location: Credit cards accepted (5% surcharge). Tanzanian Shillings and US dollars are also accepted.

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