We stayed 3 nights in July. Location on the beach was superb. Close to all the shops in StoneTown, and the Foroghani Park where we had tea at the stalls set up there on Saturday night. The atmosphere of the hotel very in keeping with StoneTown. Rooms perhaps a bit small, and I guess a bit dated, but hotel doesn't pretend to be 5 star, and the room rates are very reasonable. Staff extremely helpful and friendly. We had a mixup with our transfer from the airport, and, although it wasn't the hotel's fault ( our tour company ) they moved us to a better room facing the sea on the upper level as a "recompense" which was very good of them.
Food in restaurant very good, they had the TV set up there too, so we could watch the Football World Cup ! The hotel doesn't serve alcohol, but recommend the Taperia Bar on the 2nd floor, just round the corner in Kenyatta Rd if you feel like a drink.
We did the usual "Spice Tour" which although interesting, disappointed they hardly grow any spices commercially any more, the ones they had for sale all from Malaysia !
Prison Island tour not worth doing. Not much out there, snorkelling just for a swim, coral very 2nd rate.
Summing up the Tembo is a reasonably priced hotel with great location on the beach in Stone Town
- 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