All hotels in Zanzibar Town, Tanzania
1 room, 2 adults

Enter your stay dates to see prices and availability

You can collect® Rewards nights here

Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town

4-star4 stars
MbweniZanzibar TownTanzania

Mbweni beachfront hotel with spa, outdoor pool
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in lobby, and free parking
  • Our staying was good. The facility is under renovation and we awared of that, so it was…Sep 29, 2017
  • This Hotel - Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins is an embarrassment to the…Aug 29, 2017
29See all 29 reviews
From 244 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town

from $106
  • Superior Twin Room
  • Superior Double Room
  • Superior Family Room

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 13 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time noon-6 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Contact the property in advance to get details. Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact this property in advance to arrange check-in. Please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No pets or service animals allowed

Extra people

  • Roll-away beds available, charges may apply*


  • Free WiFi in public areas



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • Free self parking


  • Free area shuttle within 6 km

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
Things to do
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Outdoor pool
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Fishing on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Rowing or canoeing on site
  • Sailing on site
  • Snorkeling on site
  • Beach towels
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers - 10
  • Year Built 1994
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace

In the room

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
Sleep well
  • Turndown service
Things to enjoy
  • Furnished balcony
Be entertained
  • 42-inch LCD TV
  • Premium TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves with a trip to the onsite spa, which has 2 treatment rooms. Services include massages, body scrubs, body treatments, and manicures and pedicures. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and Ayurvedic.


Raintree Restaurant - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Mangrove Bar - This bar overlooks the ocean.

Sundowner Bar - Onsite bar.

Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town’s small print

Also known as

  • Mbweni
  • Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins Hotel
  • Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins
  • Protea Mbweni Ruins Zanzibar
  • Protea Mbweni Ruins
  • Mbweni Hotel Zanzibar
  • Mbweni Ruins
  • Mbweni Ruins Hotel
  • Mbweni Ruins Zanzibar
  • Mbweni Zanzibar
  • Ruins Hotel
  • Zanzibar Mbweni


Reservations are required for massage services and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

A city tax of USD 1 per person, per night will be collected at the property in cash. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • A tax is imposed by the city: TZS 2260 per person, per night

Optional extras

Onsite credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of TZS 128000

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of TZS 33300 per vehicle (one way)

Airport shuttle for children between the ages of 7 and 16 costs TZS 33300.00 (one-way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town


  • On the beach
  • Peace Memorial Museum (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
  • Christ Church Cathedral (4.5 mi / 7.3 km)
  • Livingstone's House (4.7 mi / 7.5 km)
  • Shangani Beach (4.8 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Malindi Mosque (4.9 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Old Fort (4.9 mi / 7.9 km)
  • Forodhani Gardens (4.9 mi / 7.9 km)

Getting around

  • Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.) 7-min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Free area shuttle
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 29 reviews

Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town
Beautiful, exclusive accommodation
The Hotel Protea Mbweni Ruins was a really beautiful accommodation. The room was really nice. My mother and I stayed at the hotel and the room we were in had separate sleeping quarters for me. The beds were comfortable, the sitting area was nice, and there were screens and mosquito nets everywhere. The bathroom was great; the water pressure, temperature, and toiletries provided were all excellent. One thing that really set the hotel apart was that it is only 15 rooms. This made for a very intimate feeling. When coupled with the low-key entrance next to the ruins and the dedicated beach front access, it felt really exclusive. Breakfast had a lot of choice and the staff were very attentive and helpful in the morning. I would absolutely stay here again.
Ernestein, usFamily trip
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town
Very Good8.0
Protea Mbweni Ruins, a unique resort!
The Protea Mbweni Ruins hotel is a neat little resort just south of Stone Town. We really enjoyed the dinning and lounge area. It includes a small library and has some games. Attached to that, is a very long jetty out over the water. As the name suggests, the hotel sits among preserved ruins of old buildings making for great photo opportunities. The manager mentioned that you can book part of the ruins for events and dinners. All in all, a nice quiet stay a bit away from the hustle and bustle of Stone Town. I would recommend to anyone
Louis, ie1 night family trip
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town
I group of friends booked this location because of the Marriot name, it's location on the beach, and the proximity to the airport. We booked a few days and I was very happy to leave. The condition of the rooms is pretty bad. The first time I took a shower, the curtains fell on me and I was disturbed by the corroded faucets. The resort had a lengthy menu, but as a vegetarian, I did not have too many options. They ran out of paneer, and when I ordered a Greek salad they took some time to inform me that they ran out of lettuce. The food took at least an hour to come to the table. This was true for every meal, lunch or dinner. I asked for a simple change in my meal (that they actually cook my french fries) and I had to move to sit next to the kitchen so that they actually understood what I wanted. I sent back my uncooked french fries three times. The rest of my meal got cold. Zanzibar has mosquitos, but my friends found we were bitten by ants or sand mites throughout our stay. The number of ants was quite annoying. They were at the restaurant and even on the beach, nests right below the beach tables. My friends had similar experiences and we were very happy to move to the Hilton in Stonetown (at half the price) to recover.
Rachael, 3 night trip with friends
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town
A super friendly boutique hotel
This is a super friendly boutique hotel. It is set in ruins of UMCA’s St Mary’s School for Girls and the grounds are steeped in history. The hotel is set in a tree covered site that slopes quite steeply down to the beach. It is a really beautiful location, but not necessarily good for people with mobility problems. The staff is great - very friendly and excellent service. The breakfast buffet has an amazing choice of dishes, together with pancakes and eggs freshly prepared to your specifications. The food provided by the restaurant during the rest of the day was excellent and very good value. The beach has a sandy sitting area but paddling in the sea tends to be a muddy because of the nearby mangroves. The pool is fairly small, but adequate for our children to enjoy a few hours a day. All in all, an excellent place to stay for our family.
Barry, 4 night family trip
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town
Very Good8.0
All fine except the beach is mud when the tide is out. Friendly secure relaxed. Free yoga on Wednesdays. .. lovely secluded spot . Mbweni Ruins worth a visit.
A Traveler, Trip with friends

See all reviews

Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town

Is the description of this hotel not correct? Tell us