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Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
Ranked #9 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
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“Lots of character”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

This is a nice hotel with a lot of character. It was also good to have air conditioning on a few nights as some times the ocean breeze isn't enough to cool things down. It's located in Stone Town and an easy walk anywhere, but it's not in the thick of Stone Town. This could be a good or bad thing depending on what you're looking for.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

It is a very good hotel, centrally located. Room is very nice and neat. View is great. Staff is very friendly. Nice beach.
The hotel has decent wireless. The hotel is walking distance from many nice places and cafes.
Breakfast is good.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Simon's Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

My friend and I stayed there from 24 November to 1 December 2012.
Tembo House Hotel has it all: located in the center of Stonetown, accessible on foot to all museums and eateries around town, right on the cleanest beach, next to the ferries and local dhows, excellent hotel management, the friendliest staff and the most romantic and cool rooms. We were spoiled rotten, indulged in and treated as friends. We so enjoyed our stay. 5 Stars to the manager Mr Abdul Masoud and his staff.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Delta, Canada
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

We stayed at the Tembo for 2 nights, wanting to be close to everything. The location is excellent.
The hotel itself is a heritage building, and the room size, the decor reflect the long history and roots of the previous and present owners.

It is a comfortable hotel, with all the amenities: restaurant, pool, and internet of course (at no cost!), The rooms are clean with balconies, so you can watch the young men on the beach early in the morning either exercising or swimming in the warm ocean.

Breakfasts were fine with a good selection of foods and plenty of tea and coffee. The Zanzibar coffee was great.

This is not a 5 star hotel by any means, but it is good value for the money. The service is not great but the staff really try to please.

You are going on vacation - so chill and take everything with stride.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

I spent two nights at Tembo House and it was great.....my room was small but neat. I really loved their food and hospitality.
The hotel is situated in the heart of Stonetown over looking the Indian Ocean.
No alcohol is served but there is pub next door, so no sweat for guests who really love there beer. The swimming pool is also perfect for the hot humid weather. Tembo I guess is one of the best hotels in Stonetown.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Chelsea, Canada
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Very nice traditionnal deco. Amazing view of ocean (room 25!). Room was clean and comfortable. TV, AC, ok bathroom. No bottled water in room, 3$ at bar.
I found the staff very nice and helpful.
Book tours on your own with a taxi driver (spice tour and all other), much cheaper than through the hotel.
Food was not the best for lunch and supper and overpriced, no alcool. Silk road restaurant next door has great indian food, better choice, safe to walk even in the evening.
Great location. Breakfast on the beach is lovely!
Good choice for Stone town.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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baltimore
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Had a perfect room looking out on the Indian Ocean. Staff was extra accommodating- early check-in- upgraded room- storage of luggage and use of the facilities after check-out. Close to everything you would like to do.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Tembo House Hotel & Apartments

Property: Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
Address: Forodhani Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3974, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Stone Town
#6 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
#8 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#12 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tembo House Hotel & Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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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Tembo Stone Town
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