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Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
Ranked #11 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 27, 2013

We stayed at Tembo House hotel for 3 nights after 3 nights in Nungwi and 2 nights in Paje.. When we arrived at Tembo house we found out that our reservations were made for 2 nights only, instead of 3. To make matters worse all rooms were fully booked due to the music festival. Our operator in Zanzibar (Sun Tours) admitted that they had made a mistake but promised us that they will be working with the hotel management and resolve the problem. The hotel manager, Mr. Yusuf went out of his way to accommodate us and in the end we were able to stay in the same room for the third night. It is a charming hotel, with antique furniture which kind of makes you feel you traveled back in time to the 30's Zanzibar, but with wi-fi access in the room! Very good location, overlooks the beach where you can have breakfast in the morning or watch great sunsets in the evening.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

very good location and helpful staff. hotel is very clean and close to shopping , restaurants , night market. be careful from stonetown taxi drivers , we show them hotel adress and name , he said i know , but took to us different place. it was more than tourist trap ; when we say we want go our hotel he was angry and he cant find famous hotels of stonetown. when you want walk to your hotel with your bags only 200 mt , maybe 10 guys follow you and they want commission from your hotel every stop. dont go stonetown and zanzibar without booking , first book your hotel and after that go zanzibar.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

The hotel was in a great location to everything and staff seemed somewhat helpful. We booked our room before arriving and they did have our reservation ready for us. We enjoyed the morning breakfast and that everything is within walking distance. However, after we stayed there we started having +5K of fradulent charges on our credit card. Thank goodness we caught it right away and called home to report it. I can not say with confidence that it was as a result of the hotel's machine but I would use cash to pay there next time just in case.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank travellingmedics
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Walking distance to most of Stone Town and its sights and restaurants. Rooms were farily large and have quite a bit of character due to the history of the building. Air conditioning in the room but due to the high ceilings didn't really cool the room. The reception staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Beach was a nice retreat but did have its share of folks trying to sell you something so we spent more time at the pool which was cool and refreshing especially after a morning of walking in town.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

This hotel is in a great location being on the beach front and close to many other restaurants and the nightly market. The bedroom was a bit cramped and it was difficult to see the television that was hanging on the wall whilst you were in bed as the end of the bed was quite high and the net had to be moved. Our room overlooked the pool and had a lovely view out to sea. The breakfast was very good and plentiful. The pool was excellent and the staff were constantly cleaning the area around it. It was only a short walk to the market and shopping areas.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Alclaire_11
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

We have stayed 3 nights at the tembo hotel and we really enjoyed the place.
Large rooms with view to the sea. Big swimming pool... The staff was very friendly and the breakfast was one of the best during the trip...

Room Tip: Room 203 had a balcony
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Good central location within very close distance to many shops, restaurants and sigthseeing. Hotel staff were very helpful in arranging us a taxi upon our arrival in the middle of the night from the airport and also during our stay. We were lucky to stay in the third floor facing the see and the pool area, saw some of the other rooms which were smaller and without balconies which would not have been so great. Breakfast at their restaurant on the beach under the almond trees but good in comparison to other hotels we stayed in. Next to Tembo down on the beach was a really nice pub-restaurant with tabels on the beach shaded by the almond trees so it was not too hot even mid day and you also got the additional fun of seeing the locals loading boats with cars and various other commodities they were shipping around the islands. Food there was quite ok, not the cheapest but good and as said, view was nice and staff very friendly and doing a great job.

Room Tip: Third floor rooms with balconies overlooking the sea and pool area were great.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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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
#7 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
#8 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#12 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range: $115 - $214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 Hotel Stone Town
Tembo Stone Town
Tembo House Hotel & Apartments Zanzibar Island/Stone Town

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