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Overview of Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins

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On the beach, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, beach towels
On the beach, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, beach towels
On the beach, sun loungers, beach umbrellas, beach towels
Outdoor pool

Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins

4 out of 5

4.3/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.3/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Spa
  • Restaurant

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment

Explore the area

    AirportZanzibar (ZNZ-Zanzibar Intl.)11 min drive
    Popular LocationChrist Church Cathedral16 min drive
    Popular LocationOld Fort25 min drive
    Popular LocationShangani Beach26 min drive

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Superior Double Room

  • 377 sq ft
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Superior Twin Room

  • 377 sq ft
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed OR 2 Twin Beds

Superior Family Room

  • 377 sq ft
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 King Bed OR 1 Twin Bunk Bed

About this area

Zanzibar Town

Located in Zanzibar Town, Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins is in the historical district and on the beach. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Nakupenda Beach and Shangani Beach.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Christ Church Cathedral - 16 min drive
  • Old Fort - 25 min drive
  • Forodhani Gardens - 25 min drive
  • Shangani Beach - 26 min drive
  • House of Wonders - 28 min drive

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 11 min drive


  • Raintree Restaurant — 1 min walk
  • Mangrove Bar — 1 min walk
  • Abyssinian Maritim — 8 min drive
  • La Taverna — 8 min drive
  • Le Spices Rendez-Vous — 8 min drive

About this property

Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins

4-star beach hotel with a full-service spa
Spend the day relaxing on the beach or pampering yourself at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins's full-service spa. All 13 rooms offer free WiFi, furnished balconies, and LCD TVs with cable channels. Guests will also find coffee makers, free bottled water, and ceiling fans.
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins offers 13 accommodations with safes and complimentary bottled water. Rooms open to furnished balconies. 42-inch LCD televisions come with premium cable channels.

This Zanzibar Town hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is provided daily.

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

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.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available
  • 24-hour roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free area shuttle up to 6 km

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available daily 7:30 AM–10:30 AM
  • 1 restaurant

Things to do

  • Boat tours
  • Full-service spa
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Snorkeling

Family friendly

  • Dry cleaning service
  • Free area shuttle
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool


  • Front-desk safe
  • No elevators
  • Vending machine

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Hair salon
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Beach loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beachfront location
  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • 2 treatment rooms
  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massages
  • Massage/treatment rooms


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Beach towels
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Ceiling fan
  • Free cribs/infant beds


  • 42-inch LCD TV
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Free bottled water

Outdoor space

  • Furnished balcony


  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Safe

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Check-in from 2 PM - 6 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM
Late check-out subject to availability
Late check-out fee: TZS 128000

Special check-in instructions

This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact this property in advance to arrange check-in.

Renovations and closures

This property is closed from March 31 2020 to February 28 2021 (dates subject to change).

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Free cribs (infant beds)

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: TZS 2320 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: TZS 33300 per vehicle (one way)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: TZS 33300.00 (one-way), (from 7 to 16 years old)
  • Late check-out fee: TZS 128000 (subject to availability)
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

Property is also known as

Mbweni Hotel Zanzibar
Mbweni Ruins
Mbweni Ruins Hotel
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins Hotel
Mbweni Ruins Zanzibar
Mbweni Zanzibar
Ruins Hotel
Zanzibar Mbweni
Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins Hotel
Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins Zanzibar Town
Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins
Protea Mbweni Ruins Zanzibar
Protea Mbweni Ruins

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins and receive a full refund?
Yes, Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Does Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.
Is Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins?
Self parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins?
Check-in is from 2 PM - 6 PM. After-hours check-in is not available.
What time is check-out at Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins?
Check-out is at 11 AM. Late check-out is available for TZS 128000 (subject to availability).
Does Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins provide a shuttle to the airport?
Yes, there's an airport shuttle. A fee of TZS 33300 per vehicle applies.
Where is Protea Hotel by Marriott Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins located?
Located in Zanzibar Town, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within 6 mi (10 km) of Christ Church Cathedral, Nakupenda Beach, and Shangani Beach. Zanzibar Ferry Terminal and Prison Island are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 58 out of 124 reviews
5 - Excellent 47%
Rating 4 - Good. 50 out of 124 reviews
4 - Good 40%
Rating 3 - Okay. 9 out of 124 reviews
3 - Okay 7%
Rating 2 - Poor. 4 out of 124 reviews
2 - Poor 3%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 3 out of 124 reviews
1 - Terrible 2%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

3/5 Okay

Traveled with family
Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great staff
GREAT staff. Room was shockingly damp, musty, spotted and worn. We could not understand how Marriott could be affiliated with this hotel.
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
A gem in Zanzibar
The grounds are beautiful and the location excellent. When our flight from Arusha was diverted and we arrived at night without our luggage, the night manager sent robes, slippers and a dental kits to our room. The restaurant stayed open late so we could get a bite to eat and a much appreciated glass of wine. The next day the front desk was helpful in contacting the airline to track our lost luggage which finally arrived by 1 pm. Shuttle to Stone Town is helpful. While the rooms show a little wear wear and tear, overall the hotel is well cared for. Despite the flight and luggage issue we enjoyed relaxing and exploring Zanzibar after our 12 day safari.
Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
a relaxed hide-away from the bustle of Stone Town
a relaxed hotel with very helpful and friendly staff
Stayed 3 nights in Feb 2020

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
What a terrific Hotel off the beaten path but with transportation to Stone Town. The staff was incredible and most helpful in ironing out tours for us and providing excellent service in the restaurant. Every need was looked after and the included breakfast was diverse and delicious.. The hotel is on the water and the breeze (so important in Zanzibar) keep conditions pleasant. It was both a great place to relax and "chill" (if one can use that word in Zanzibar) and a a base for tours of the area. No hesitation recommending this one!
Stayed 5 nights in Feb 2020

2/5 Poor

Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Mosquito heaven
My hotel room smelled damp. There weren't enough surfaces to put anything on so my open suitcase ended up on the floor. I didn't realise until 3 days later that the air conditioning unit has been dripping onto my suitcase which now had a puddle under it. There were a lot of biting insects inside and outside and a large dead cockroach under the bed. The hotel staff made a big deal of spraying insecticide in the room every evening but it's not great breathing in a lot of insecticide so waiting outside for a bit helps. Unfortunately I had to wait outside with the swarms of mosquitoes that the insecticide was supposed to be protecting me against. There was a large mosquito net spread over my huge bed which was great. However it would be even more helpful if they got rid of the pond with stagnant water just a few metres from my bedroom door ( I was on the ground floor ). The pond was presumably a breeding ground for those mosquitoes. Another point is that breakfast and dinner was in the outside restaurant, I was still trying to fend off the mosquitoes there. It would be nice if they could clean my room and squirt insecticide around it while I was in the restaurant rather than when I was in my room. The restaurant food was nice. The large amount of cats in the outdoor restaurant provided the entertainment - a least 2 cats sat under every table, hissing and spitting at each other while we ate. The redeeming feature of this hotel was the proximity to the beach and the sea.
Stayed 3 nights in Feb 2020

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