I have lived in TZ for a couple of years now so have had the pleasure of going to Zanzibar a few times, Like everything it depends on what your going for but in my opinion staying in Stonetown is your best option and allows for no restrictions on what you do. If this is what your after look no further than Tembo Hotel. The rooms are fantastically designed providing all the luxuries of a modern hotel but maintaining a beautiful Zanzibar traditional feel. The restaurant served fantastic food. The Sea views from either the restaurant, one of the rooftop terraces or even the room was beautiful. Unlike most Stonetown Hotels Tembo also has a pretty descent beach, and in the evening they allow the local kids to play there, which makes evening meals pretty fun watching the kids do summersaults into the sea. (the kids are also aware that no pestering of guests is allowed). What really made this hotel stand out was the service, our concierge and reception staff were extremely accommodating. Although I am fortunate enough to pay resident rates, the price of Tembo is also very good for tourist rates as well, especially when you compare it to other hotels offering the same experience, and I hope it stays this way.... In my opinion a must for any one wanting to stay in Stonetown.
- 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 Island/Stone Town