Zanzibar Hotels

Mtoni Marine Hotel

The Mtoni Marine Hotel is located on the North-western coast 10 minutes walk from Stone Town, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The hotel offers a modern alternative for travellers with families and those looking for dependable and westernised accommodation.

Accommodation at Mtoni Marine Hotel

This is a large resort-style hotel with 8 Palm Court (superior) rooms, 33 Club (standard) Rooms, 4 Family Apartments and even 1 Family House. All rooms and apartments are air conditioned and have en suite bathrooms, electronic safes and fans. Large parts of the resort are newly built and re-designed, including the resorts Infinity Pool. Only the Palm Court Rooms attempt to echo traditional Swahili style and are billed as the more romantic option.

Food and Drink at Mtoni Marine Hotel

There are two choices for dining at The Mtoni Marine Hotel; the Restaurant and the Zanzibar Sports Café. The Restaurant has a more substantial menu, while the Sports café is a good place to have a pizza and a limited range of other snacks. Restaurant waiting staff are efficient and friendly and the food is high-quality and well prepared. It is also not over-priced. The Hotel is licensed.

Though the food is not over-priced depending on your expectations you may feel the hotel to be. Somewhere between a luxury resort and a large hotel complex, Mtoni Marine Hotel does not provide a comprehensive resort service (yet it does not charge for this either). It does have a large pool, private beach and a variety of special services including a good relationship with the local spa and transfers to the local dive centre, Mtoni Palace and a small children’s playground (among other excursions that can be arranged through the hotel) and it is these resort features which it charges more for. Pitching your expectations right will ensure customer satisfaction. The Hotel offers many the facilities of a luxury resort but it is not one.

Mtoni Marine Hotel’s Service and Location

The hotel is tastefully designed and decorated and generally clean and well maintained. Though at busy periods may seem less so. Staff will normally deal with any issues in a polite and efficient manner including maintenance and facilitating room changes (where possible).

Though the hotel is located on the beach, being on the north-western side of the peninsula this beach is coral and is not perfect for bathing, especially at low-tide. The Infinity pool is a relaxing alternative. The situation of the hotel is good for exploring busy Stone Town, but being just outside of it provides more restful accommodation than the busy historical hotels in the heart of the city. Stone Town itself is far from an idyllic place, but it has wonderful cultural heritage and is fascinating to explore in spite of the apparent poverty of the area.

How to get to Mtoni Marine Hotel

The hotel will arrange a hotel transfer for you from the airport. It is about a 15 minute drive from here to the hotel. Stone Town is a ten minute walk from the hotel, and a taxi from the main ports will take you to your accommodation for very little expense. Alternatively you can walk north down the main road to find the hotel (taxi is recommended).

Stone Town is the old town of Zanzibar City which lies approximately 7 km from Zanzibar airport. The taxi takes approximately 15 minutes to reach the town. Airport transfers can be arranged through the hotel. Ferry routes link Stone Town with Dar es Salaam daily and with Pemba less frequently. Passengers are warned to beware ticket touts when buying ferry tickets and advised to take the faster, more expensive ferry as past travellers have raised safety concerns with the older slower stock of boats.

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