This is our second visit to Zanzibar and our second stay at Tembo House. Our first visit was only two days. This time we wanted to stay longer. Our stay was for 7 days. Tembo House is very convenient to all the activities in Stone Town. We were able to easily walk to all the sites of Stone Town.
The staff are very friendly and helpful. After the second day they were able to remember our names. The front desk was very helpful on setting up any tour you would like. The restaurant severed a nice variety of foods and snacks.
Rooms are are designed in the old Arabic style with all the beds draped in mosquito nets. In the evening the house staff close up all the windows in you room, turn down your bed and spray for mosquitoes.
If you like a private quiet beach, this is not the place for you. However if you like sharing a beach with the locals this is a great beach. The hotel sits right on Livingston Beach. A portion of the beach directly in front of the hotel is private. The rest of the beach is a public. The evenings along the beach are fIlled with local boys playing games, swimming and many locals and families walking along the beach. You are also near the harbor so there are many boats in the area.
If want a resort, this is not the place for you. If you like local flare and culture, this is a must stay place.
Great places to eat near by are the Silk Road and Bani. If you are into diving, One World is just around the corner.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Agoda, Venere and Booking.com so you can book your Tembo House Hotel & Apartments reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Tembo Hotel Stone Town
- Tembo Stone Town
- Tembo House Hotel & Apartments Zanzibar/Stone Town