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Tembo House Hotel & Apartments

Forodhani Street Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 0004 Tanzania
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#10 of 36 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
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Game room
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Fax / photocopying
24-hour security
Baggage storage
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
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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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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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Lis wrote a review Jul 2020
Tanzania10 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a wonderful night in Stone Town in an amazing room thanks to Suleiman! He welcomed us and made us feel great in the Tembo Hotel. We enjoyed the facilities, the new swimming pool was relaxing and with beautiful views to the ocean. The room was very comfortable and had everything we need for the 3 of us as a family, spacious, cleanness and a stunning collection of swahily furniture and decoration. Thank you Suleiman to make the best of our stay and the rest of the team as everyone was very kind and helpful! Lis
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Date of stay: July 2020
Maryam S wrote a review Jul 2020
Los Angeles, California, United States103 contributions71 helpful votes
The hotel is very well located walking distance to all the major attractions and at the same time it’s in a very nice serene area by the beach. The rooms are very beautiful super clean well decorated. The breakfast was fantastic. The management is awesome and doing a great job, The staff are super friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this hotel and I will definitely stay here again whenever I visit this beautiful town.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
Leebs222 wrote a review Jul 2020
Calgary, Canada9 contributions
Having lived in Tanzania for four years, I was able to make multiple trips to Stonetown and stayed at a variety of places. Tembo House Hotel was one of my favourites. The service was good, unique rooms, excellent location and I regularly enjoyed the best fresh passion juice while watching the sun set at their beach. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to go back to the island of Zanzibar in April 2020 and I quickly booked my stay at the Tembo Hotel! Unfortunately due to COVID, all international travel was cancelled and I was not able to visit. The hotel graciously gave a full refund because of the unique circumstances. Asante Sana Tembo. I hope I can come visit soon.
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Date of stay: April 2020
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MV1 wrote a review Jun 2020
1 contribution
In the heart of stone town, in front of a beautiful sea view. The whole hotel design is very open and beautiful. The price was great and they even upgraded us at no charge. Very clean. The staff was super helpful and friendly. The manager did everything to accommodate us including making us breakfast since we had to depart early. I would definitely recommend and stay at the Tembo hotel again!!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Konstantia M wrote a review Jun 2020
Piraeus, Greece1,412 contributions34 helpful votes
In the heart of Stonetown, in front of the sea. Free wifi, 24 hrs reception, a safety place to put your luggage after the check out, kind and helpfull staff, nice rooms, clean with all the facilities (tv, A/C, etc). Delicious and fresh breakfast with a large variety of food and fruits. The chef cookes -live- the best omellette! Ideal for famillies. I definately recommend it!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: Ask to stay in the main bldg, in the high floors, the rooms have a better view
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
Which popular attractions are close to Tembo House Hotel & Apartments?
Nearby attractions include Aromas of Zanzibar (0.2 miles), The Coins Shop (0.2 miles), and Fahari Zanzibar (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tembo House Hotel & Apartments?
Conveniently located restaurants include Puzzle Coffee Shop, Taarab Restaurant, and Tea House Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Tembo House Hotel & Apartments have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Tembo House Hotel & Apartments offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Italian, Chinese, Hindi, Greek, and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to Tembo House Hotel & Apartments?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (0.3 miles) and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) (0.2 miles).