Zanzibar was a dream for me, and to arrive at Tembo hotel, with its history, and its old world charm, right in the midst of an old world itself, was simply extraordinary. Rooms were nice, and we were lucky to have ours face the ocean, with a nice balcony too!
After my trek & safari, I did not really expect too much out of service in Tanzania. So I wasn't quite disappointed with the staff like some of the other reviewers. Just take it as an old-world place, without any frills..
So what has the hotel to offer : a nice looking pool in the courtyard, no alcohol(!!), fancy rooms with TV (what a treat after what I had experienced so far), a restaurant literally on the beach, awful food, Wifi, - so a real mix of stuff, but who cares? We were in Zanzibar, and in Stone town, and the beach at our feet...
And there are some wonderful restaurants pretty close by. Just don't eat at the hotel! :)
- 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