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“Nice, relaxing and value” 4 of 5 stars
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Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Forodhani Street | P.O. Box 3974 Zanzibar, Stone Town 25524, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #20 of 32 Hotels in Stone Town
Bergen, Norway
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“Nice, relaxing and value”
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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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
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 tena"

Best regards
Management
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Veazie, Maine
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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 swimming in the ocean here (although people were), and we found the pool to be very refreshing.

When we first got to our room, I noticed some ants on the wall. They were gone by the end of the day, and they didn't eat our food :).

We spent a lot of time relaxing on the lounge chairs on the beach which was very nice. There were many dhows on the water right in front of the hotel that could take you to the outlying islands. We hired one to take us to Prison Island for $50.

Breakfast in the morning was good. There was juice, coffee, cereal, pastries, and hot dishes.

We traveled to Tanzania in January/February 2014.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
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
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Roskilde, Denmark
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9 helpful votes 9 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 get into bed. The bathrom was not clean and niether was the floor in the room. The doorhandle to the bathroom was loos, and we were afraid it would fall of. The shower was broken, so we had to take turns holding the showerhead for each other.
There was a henna painting on the wall, witch was coverd in, what looked like mould.
We asked to switch rooms, but it was nok possible. Luckely we were only there for two days, otherwise we would have looked for a different hotel.
The bar, restaurant, and pool area was ok.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Tembo House H, Guest Relations Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, May 10, 2014
Dear 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 are looking forward to see you once again.

Regards
Management
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Vancouver, Canada
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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 went to reception to see if a mistake had been made and were rudely turned away with a simple answer.... "we're full". It's too bad that one rude employee can create such a poor experience.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Tembo House H, Guest Relations Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, May 10, 2014
Dear 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 are looking forward to see you once again.

Regards
Management
reservations@tembohotel.com
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Sydney
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25 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Enjoyed our stay here, though not Stone Town in general.
The rooms were lovely, and clean and the staff helpful and smiling. The location is wonderful after the bustle of Stone Town. The pool area was very inviting. My only complaint was that all the hot dishes (except the eggs done to order) were stone cold. The little burners under each dish were not alight and I pointed this out the then person on duty. Next morning same thing. It's a small point but needs addressing, for health reasons if nothing else.

Room Tip: Not on the western side in summer. A tad warm!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tembo House H, Public Relations Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Jambo
Thank you Pud 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 in order to upgrade breakfast service.

We are looking forward to hosting you once again.

"Karibu tena na Ahsante sana"

Regards
Management.
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Appiano sulla Strada del Vino, Italy
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

The Tembo House Hotel is a historic building in the heart of Stone Town. The location is perfect, within walking distance you can reach all sights of this beautiful old town. Even the best restaurants and bars are just around the corner. Moreover, the hotel is right on the beach and you can watch the activity on the beach and the harbor at breakfast and throughout the day. The pool is nice and quiet. The staff was very friendly and the hotel is clean. The rooms are very nice and you feel like you are in a persian fairy tale. Everything's fine. What can we say, we had a great and comfortable stay and would come back. Stone Town has to be seen, there is something incredibly magical and is a colorful mix of different cultures.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
Jambo Mr. chris

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 hospitality to all our future customers.

"karibu tena na ahsante sana"

Best regards
Management
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We spent two wonderful nights at Tembo House in February 2014. The location is perfect -- right on the beach, in the heart of Stone Town, a quick walk to Forodhani Gardens. The hotel itself is lovely, with comfortable rooms and a decent breakfast in a beautiful location. Everything is sparkling clean. But the most impressive thing by far was the service -- everyone, from the front desk to the waiters, are friendly, helpful and responsive. Abdulaziz, the manager, deserves special mention -- he could not do enough to make our stay pleasant. We have rarely had service this good anywhere. I hope that hotel ownership realize what a great manager they have tin Abdulaziz. Thanks for a great stay!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tembo House H, General Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Jambo Mr.Barnett
Thank you very much for taking your precious time on writting your review on our property.

We are more than happy to hear that you are satisfied with our service and hotel enviroments.

It really gives us moral to maintain our hospitalitty to our all our customers.

We are looking forward to see you again,

Best regards
G.Manager Mr.Abdulaziz and rest of the team.
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Additional Information about Tembo House Hotel & Apartments

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:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Stone Town
#10 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#11 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
#12 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tembo House Hotel & Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 46
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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