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Tembo House Hotel

Shangani St, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0004 Tanzania
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#8 of 37 hotels in Stone Town
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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
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Game room
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
City view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Marina View
Languages Spoken
English, Arabic, Chinese, German and 6 more
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Anine Hollander wrote a review Jun 15
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What an absolute treat to visit Tembo Hotel! It is the most beautiful building on the beachfront, super central, amazing views, stunning architecture and fantastic service! Every single person working there was super helpful from start to finish, they helped me sort out my flights when it was cancelled, they helped me with my pcr test and they just made me feel so welcome! Rahim was especially welcoming and helpful! Thank you for an idyllic stay☀️🏝🌊
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Sherry C wrote a review Jun 7
19 contributions2 helpful votes
The Tembo Hotel was beautiful and located convenient to everything in Stone Town. Took a day trip to Prisoners Island and were picked up right in front of the hotel on the beach. Would highly recommend staying there.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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JonathanKing031 wrote a review Jun 2
Vientiane, Laos115 contributions34 helpful votes
The location is so perfect if you're wanting to walk around the town. My wife and I booked for 1 night and stayed for another 3! The rooftop pool has an epic view. Plus the buffet is delicious! The staff (like everyone in Zanzibar) are so helpful and friendly.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Candice King wrote a review Jun 1
Luang Prabang, Laos11 contributions2 helpful votes
If you are looking for a place with a buzz in old Stone Town, I'd recommend Tembo. The building is so well maintained for the age that it is! There is so much history in the hotel too. The rooms are decorated with a really cool style (Persian, I think) so it's a nice change of scenery from the usual resort you see everywhere in Zanzibar.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Ezra M wrote a review May 2021
1 contribution
An amazing place to open your eyes in the morning and start your day. Feels like and looks like paradise. The hotel staff are kind and made the stay feel very welcoming. I doubt there can be any regrets visiting Tembo Hotel
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tembo House Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Tembo House Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Aromas of Zanzibar (0.2 miles), The Coins Shop (0.2 miles), and Stone Town (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Tembo House Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Tembo House Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Tembo House Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tembo House Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tembo House Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Puzzle Coffee Shop, Taarab Restaurant, and Tea House Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tembo House Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Tembo House Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Tembo House Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Tembo House Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tembo House Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Italian, Chinese, Hindi, Greek, and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to Tembo House Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (0.3 miles) and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) (0.2 miles).