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 training. Several didn't even know their own menu. Frequently hard to get something missing (salt, fork, etc...). It was busy while we were there, but not abnormally so. Often this sort of thing is a language issue, but I don't think so much in this case - I can usually spot and adjust for that. This seems something else. My theory: rapid development of local tourist industry drawing from a limited pool of talented labor, so some staff not as well "seasoned" (or with adequate, um..."basic skills"). A perhaps related issue: they seemed to have more trouble than average keeping the breakfast buffet stocked and with a suitable variety of foods to appease their culturally mixed cliental. We stayed three nights, and for three breakfasts it was barely-controlled chaos and many missing items. That was the only truly annoying aspect, mainly because it's easy to fix with better management; and many other, less well-endowed properties have no problems with this. Finally, one other blemish: low water pressure. But the staff were very responsive to that issue and did improve it to the point a shower was adequate, if still not good. That may be a consequence of a very old (if largely renovated) basic infrastructure in an old part of an old town. Our room was quite small, but artfully-decorated with antique bed and armoire and was comfortably en suite. Good A/C (you'll need it). Would we stay there again? Absolutely! We'd just dial up our patience meters even more than usual and plan to spend even more time gazing out on the water.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tembo Hotel Stone Town
- Tembo Stone Town
- Tembo House Hotel & Apartments Zanzibar/Stone Town