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Tembo House Hotel & Apartments

3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Forodhani Street | P.O. Box 3974 Zanzibar, Stone Town 25524, Tanzania
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Ranked #13 of 29 hotels in Stone Town
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great location to central stonetown (food stalls, shopping etc) and relatively reasonable for the quality of rooms. The overall building and each room has some nice character and the central pool is nice, and patio overlooking the ocean. Mainly though, its the great location. Service was also good.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, it was our first stay in Tembo Hotel. We received an excellent customer service; everything was fantastic. We are looking forward for December holiday. Thanks for making our stay wonderful. Please, additional of an entertainment (beach/sports or live/traditional) would add on hotel experience. Noel & Rose

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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Dear Noel, Thank you so much for taking your precious time to share your experience with us on Tripadvisor, which we believe that it will give the clear picture to who ever visit the site and looking forward to stay with us. We are extremely happy to hear that your stay with us was marvelous and we will maintain our... More

Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my second stay at this beautiful, historical hotel. The first stay was excellent, so this time I brought a group of 6 with me. Everyone had comfortable rooms and were impressed with the location and the service. One of our group became ill and the General Manager, Mr Abdulaziz, went out of his way to make sure she... More

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Tembo House H, General Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Dear value guest Thank you very much for taking your precious time on writing your review on our property. We are more than happy to hear that you are satisfied with our service and hotel environments. It really gives us moral to maintain our hospitality to our all future customers. We are looking forward to hosting you again, "karibu tena... More

Prague, Czech Republic
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is really nice, with swimming pool and beach. The biggest advantage is its location, just 5 minutes walk to the night market, 10 minutes to the port. The only reason for not giving a 5-star rating is the breakfast, which was quite below average.

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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Hello dear Kathuska , Thank you for taking your precious time in sharing your experience with us, we appreciate for your comments and its really helpful. We notice that and we rectify the short falls and we promise to upgrade service. We will try our level best to make sure that we meet clients satisfaction. We are looking forward to... More

Oslo, Norway
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tembo House Hotel is not only a beautiful, atmospheric hotel with a fabulous location right on the water - the staff are immensely helpful. I came down with a severe bout of food poisoning on my last night in Zanzibar and ended up in a hospital in the middle of the night. The next morning, the hotel manager came to... More

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Tembo House H, General Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Dear value guest, Thank you very much for taking your precious time on writing classic review on our property and service given to you during your stay we us. What ever we have done during that short period is our duty to ensure you are comfort stay with us, we hope that you are fully recovered by now. Hope to... More

Mississauga, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really wanted to love this hotel: it's look, it's history, the great atmosphere and decorations and pool and location. But I couldn't. The first room I had (Room 2) had no hot water and little water pressure: I discovered this the morning after checking in when I was woken up with a phone call from management telling me someone... More

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Bergen, Norway
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Tembo House is a cosy hotel in the middle of Stone Town, down to the beach. It has a good atmosphere, nice and large rooms with AC and a very polite staff. Its always nice to stay here, we have been here 3 times, and recommend the place very much.

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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Dear Hans, Thank you very much for taking your precious time on writing your review on our property. We are more than happy to hear that you are satisfied with our service and hotel environments. It really gives us moral to maintain our hospitality to our all our customers. We are looking forward to see you again, "ahsante na karibu... More

Veazie, Maine
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed in Tembo Hotel for one night when we were in Stone Town. The front staff was very nice and our room was beautiful, as it was right on the beach overlooking the water. Our room had working air conditioning and hot showers. We went for a swim in the pool since our guidebook advised against... More

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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Jambo swhitty , Thank you for taking your precious time in sharing your experience with us, we appreciate for your comments and its really helpful. We notice that and we rectify the short falls and we promise to upgrade the cleanness and hygiene through out the hotel premises. We looking forward to see you once again. "karibu tena" Regards Management More

Roskilde, Denmark
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We were af family traveling. A couple with two children and two couples. Our rooms were prebooket. The family with children and the elder couple got nice rooms, but my husband and me were not so lucky. The view was a wall just a meter away. The room was a shoebox, and I had to crawl against the wall to... More

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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We spent one night at the Tembo hotel in February, 2014. The hotel is a beautiful, historic building set in a great, central location. The "premium" room we paid for turnout out to be a small, dark room with barely enough room for two people to move around.... while the others in our group got large rooms with balconies. We... More

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Additional Information about Tembo House Hotel & Apartments

Also Known As:
Tembo Hotel Stone Town
Tembo Stone Town
Tembo House Hotel & Apartments Zanzibar/Stone Town
Address: Forodhani Street | P.O. Box 3974 Zanzibar, Stone Town 25524, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Stone Town
#11 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#13 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tembo House Hotel & Apartments 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Unique experience awaits at the Tembo House&Apartments.Tembo House Hotel&Apartments is situated at the heart of Zanzibar Stone Town by the picturesque seafront.The magnificent main Building has had various functions over the past centuries. Between 1834 and 1884 it served as the American Consulate in Zanzibar then passed on to become the trading offices of Cowasjee Dinshaw & Partners. Their headquarters was in Aden(what now is know as the Port of Suez), and with trading posts notably in most of the British Protectorate areas, it became the largest trading Company in the India Ocean. To this day , the name of Cowasjee Dinwash & Partners is still visible at the main entrance of Tembo House Hotel.Tembo House Hotel has seen a few celebrities pass through is doors during the consulate era, the Conwasjee Dinwash era and as a Hotel. Mahatma Ghandi, stayed here a few weeks with the Dinwash family on his journey back to India from South Africa 1930. As a rising new star in the British, and the world music scene, Freddie Mercury and his family used to retreat to what is now ”Marashi” apartment whenever they came back to Zanzibar on holidays.Next to Tembo House Hotel is also what used to be the British Consulate, where in 1874, Dr. Livingstone’s body was brought before embarking on its long journey back to England.A stone throw away is the Beit-al-Ajaib of House of wonders. This landmark building, is the largest and by far, the tallest building in Stone Town. Flanking the Beit-al-Ajaib is the Old Fort on one side and the Palace Museum on the other side.In other words, Tembo House Hotel is situated on a prime location, you need not go far to find the shops, the restaurants and the Historical sites that Zanzibar Stone Town has on offer.Zanzibar port is just 5 minutes drive away and the Zanzibar International Airport a further 15 minutes away.Welcome home away from home ... more   less 
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