Maru Maru Hotel

Maru Maru Hotel

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Overview

Overlooking a skyline studded with spires, domes and towers that stretches to the traditional dhows rocking gently on the azure Indian Ocean, the rooftop of the Maru Maru Hotel has arguably one of the most enticing views in Stone Town. Seamlessly blending quaint Zanzibari elements like intricately carved balustrades, stained glass that twinkles like emeralds and sapphires, and brass-studded doors with modern conveniences like air conditioning and Wi-Fi, Maru Maru is one of the city’s larger hotels. There are 44 rooms of various configurations spread over two wings and three restaurants, all within a stone’s throw from popular sites like the Forodhani Gardens evening market, the House of Wonders built for the second sultan of Zanzibar and the Old Fort, which dates back to the 17 century.

Maru Maru’s rooms feature classic 4-poster beds draped in pure white netting, mini-bars and satellite television. At night, the rooftop terrace comes alive with the sounds of Tahereb music as you nibble on Carmella tiger prawns, baked red snapper or stuffed squid with a ginger-lime dipping sauce.

Only 20 minutes’ drive from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, Maru Maru is ideal for travellers who want to be in the heart of mesmerising Stone Town and who want to explore its alleys, shops, eateries and eclectic collection of stalls.

Highlights

  • Central Stone Town setting
  • 360° views from rooftop terrace & pool
  • Three on-site restaurants
  • Romantic & sophisticated ambience
  • Blends traditional architecture with modern conveniences

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'A fantastic value-for-money option, with modern finishes and amenities, set in the heart of the World Heritage Site of Stone Town. A variety of cuisines with typical Zanzibari influences; be sure not to miss the elegant rooftop terrace with endless views over the historic town, and azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean.'
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Rooms

Deluxe Twin Room

Maru Maru Hotel comprises the 11 rooms in the Classic Wing and 33 in the New Wing, making for 44 rooms of varying size and configuration. Bathrooms are all en suite; some have showers and others have tubs. Cots or cribs can be arranged for young children.

All rooms have electronic safes for your valuables, flat-screen TVs with satellite connections, mini-bars and a hot beverage station.

The self-explanatory Twin Rooms have twin 4-poster beds covered in mosquito netting.

Deluxe Queen Room

The Queen Rooms are slightly larger than the Twin Rooms and have twin or double beds. The King Rooms are more spacious still while the Family Rooms can sleep three adults in comfort or two adults and two children.

Facilities

Maru Maru’s concierge service will be able to arrange all the little extras that allow for a carefree vacation, from a same-day laundry service and Wi-Fi connectivity to airport transfers and a child-minding service for older children.

There is a rooftop swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers for those afternoons you want respite from the hustle and bustle of Stone Town’s maze of passageways, bicycles and pedestrians.

Dining

There are three eating places at Maru Maru. The flagship Terrace Restaurant is on the roof and promises views right the ocean as well as a menu that takes in Swahili, continental, South Indian and Chinese dishes. Sample island favourites like dosa (crepes made from rice and lentils), idli (steamed and protein-packed ‘cakes’) and chicken pakodas (crunchy, deep-fried fritters). For dinner, consider a glass of wine paired with a shrimp salad or grilled octopus served with a minty yoghurt dipping sauce.

The Lounge Bar also serves snacks and nibbles as does The Courtyard, where you can enjoy refreshments next to the traditional star-shaped mosaic fountain.

A children’s menu is available and the hotel can provide high-chairs. Room service for beverages is available.

General facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Babysitting service available
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry service
  • Safe
  • Television
  • Wi-fi available
  • Restaurant

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Mosquito net
  • Safe in room
  • Tea & coffee-making facilities
  • Television
  • Twin bed available

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