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.