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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 #14 of 29 hotels in Stone Town
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ipswich, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Besides it's superior location, the staff at Tembo House hotel were absolutely wonderful, every request was met with diligence and a smile! Wi Fi was a bit spotty, but hey it's Zanzibar! Forget about the Wi Fi and go cruise the streets of Stone Town! Breakfast was amazing, as was the proximity to the ocean. As a solo traveller, I... More

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

Dear value guest, Thank you 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 na ahsante... More

Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed 3 nights in July. Location on the beach was superb. Close to all the shops in StoneTown, and the Foroghani Park where we had tea at the stalls set up there on Saturday night. The atmosphere of the hotel very in keeping with StoneTown. Rooms perhaps a bit small, and I guess a bit dated, but hotel doesn't... More

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

Dear value guest, Thank you 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 na ahsante... More

Secunda, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were pleasantly surprised with this hotel with the classy atmosphere.. We loved the old antiek furnuture and decoration. We stayed there to go on tours, which is much cheaper if you book there, than travelling from the North or South coast, and was well worth it. We enjoyed walking around the town and exploring the old buildings. It is... More

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

Dear JokeDeK , Jambo, jambo! Thank you for your great review on Tembo House Hotel&Apartments. We are so happy to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us and that we met your expectations. We have a great hardworking team and take care all the request to satisfy our guest. Once again thank you for your kind review, please... More

Wollongong, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have just spent our second night of three nights in this hotel. Our first night in our first room was disappointing... Firstly the jug did not work but was rectified reasonably quickly. Secondly the bathroom door could not be kept shut consequently banged all night. Thirdly the aircon was extremely noisy. And finally the room overlooked the hotel entrance... More

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

Dear value guest, 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. "ahsante sana na karibu tena" We... More

Nancy, France
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel, the decoration and the furniture are very nice but this establishment has a problem with its management. Some of the staff is helpful and welcoming, but others are incredibly indolent (and dirty! we saw one of them rolling pancakes with dirty hands and an other one with two hands in the nose...) The Wifi does not work and... More

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Kathmandu, null, Nepal
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hard to beat the location right on the beach near the port and most interesting points in Stone Town, plus in an historic, beautifully-restored property. Very atmospheric and worth it just for that. Staff try hard and seem genuinely interested in making your stay comfortable; and they keep the place spotlessly clean. However, many staff, especially in the bar/restaurant, need... More

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

Dear value guest, 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. "ahsante sana na karibu tena" We... More

Sunndalsora, Norway
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a pleasant stay in an upgraded room, the presidential suite. But no alcohol awailable at this hotel. The pool in the courtyard is nice. Do not swim in the sea outside hotel, water is heavily polluted.

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

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 sorry we don't have license to serve alcohol. We are looking... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We stayed at the Tembo hotel for one week and loved every minute about. The staff are all very friendly, the service is exceptional and there is a 24/7 cleaning regimen around the spotless hotel - the staff clean the public areas all day and all night. We stayed in a triple room and the sheets were changed everyday as... More

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

Dear JOe, It’s hard to find words to thank you for your absolutely stunning review of Tembo House Hotel And Apartments. We are so happy to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us. We appreciate your kind remarks regarding our facilities, services and particularly our staff, we are very proud of our beautiful hotel and even more so... More

Istanbul, Turkey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We spent one night at the hotel. The location is very good. Very close to downtown and also far away (walking distance) from it. So you can have a quite night to sleep. Authentic, nice place. The name "tembo" means elephant in Swahili. You may see many places with the name tembo (elephant), simba (lion), twiga (giraffe). These are three... More

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

Dear tunca, Thank you 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 na ahsante sana"... More

1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

2 nights well spent... Best: Room Restaurant Pool Beach I really enjoyed my stay Best hotel in stone town Special thanks to Rahim Amigo...........! Thanks for the hospitality .........................................................

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Tembo House H, Director of Sales at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Dear salwa, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are so happy to read that you had a fantastic holiday and you enjoyed our hospitality, and food, pool, our beautiful beach and high standard bedroom. It was our pleasure hosting you and we all hope to have the chance to welcome you again in... More

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Address: Forodhani Street | P.O. Box 3974 Zanzibar, Stone Town 25524, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tembo House Hotel & Apartments 3.5*
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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
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#3 On the Beach Hotel in Stone Town
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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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