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Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town

4-star4 stars
MbweniZanzibar TownTanzania

Zanzibar Town beachfront hotel with spa, outdoor pool
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in lobby, and free parking
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Very Good8.4
Great location
Tasty breakfast
Great amenities
Great room
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Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town

from $140
  • Superior Twin Room
  • Superior Double Room
  • Superior Family Room

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


  • On the beach
  • Unguja - 1 min walk
  • Christ Church Cathedral - 4.3 mi / 6.9 km
  • Hamamni Persian Baths - 4.4 mi / 7 km
  • Livingstone's House - 4.5 mi / 7.2 km
  • House of Wonders - 5 mi / 8.1 km
  • Forodhani Gardens - 5.1 mi / 8.2 km
  • Old Fort - 5.1 mi / 8.2 km

Getting around

  • Zanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.) - 9 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Free area shuttle
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

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


  • Check-in time 2 PM-6 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
There is no after-hours reception at this property. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning.
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
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers -
  • Year Built
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace

In the room

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
  • 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 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


Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

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 property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.4 From 32 reviews

Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town
Very Good8.0
Great location, sub par service
The hotel location is amazing, private beach is quiet and secluded, a great place to get away from the world. The service was not up to the level of a Marriott, it seemed rushed and understaffed. The waiters were charging a hidden fee for delivering room service unbeknownst to the management. Overall a great hotel but needs to be run better.
A Traveler, us1 night trip
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town
Embarassing Marriott Brand Hotel
This Hotel - Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins is an embarrassment to the Marriott brand. We stayed there recent - August 24 - August 27, 2017. The hotel is undergoing renovation / restoration, and workmanship is shoddy to say the least. The property itself has great potential but is poorly maintained. Beach is a joke (don't let the photos and description fool you), there is all 100 yards x 10ft. of sand at high-tide. However, come low-tide you have to walk almost 1/2 mile to get to the water. The mangroves don't help. The pool - if you can call it that - is a kiddie-pool. Doubt if even the kids find it exciting enough to want to jump in. Restaurant has a lovely location on the waterfront. Breakfast buffet has a decent selection. Lunch / Dinner options are limited but decent. Very slow service - again as with rest of the property, probably due to bare minimum staffing. Rarely see much joy or smiles on the faces of the service people. While the management was well meaning and constantly apologizing, it didn't help much to make for a pleasant stay. Oh, and yes the Wi-fi sucks. Big time. !! Wasn't even functioning on our day of arrival. It is a 15-20 minutes taxi ride to Stonetown so not like it is in the middle of action. There are better places in Stonetown - if you are willing to pay the price, or plenty isolated properties all over the island if you want budget choices. Would not recommend staying here for sure. Worst Marriott experience todate.
Suresh, us3 night family trip
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town
Lovely one night stay
Beautiful hotel set within the gardens of the ruins. Lovely view of the ocean and the staff were very accommodating.
Anne-Marie, gbOther trip
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town
Very Good8.0
Staff Lovely. In need of a bit of paint. Pool definitely needs some attention. Some mosquito spray in the rooms would be a great idea and a hair dryer. Nice setting though. Close to airport and Stonetown.
A Traveler, gb2 night 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

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, Zanzibar Town

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