Tembo Palace Hotel
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Tembo Palace Hotel

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4.5
#24 of 60 hotels in Zanzibar City
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
Tembo Palace Hotel is situated in the heart of Stone Town, where a unique Zanzibari experience awaits you, all rooms are beautifully decorated with traditional wooden carved Swahili beds and furniture. A stone throw away is Tembo House Hotel, where all guests will be served breakfast and have access to all in house facilities such as the beach, sun beds, swimming pool, seafront terrace and restaurant.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Airport transportation
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Rooftop pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Highchairs available
Taxi service
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Concierge
Mosquito net
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Telephone
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
City view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
City View
Boutique
Languages Spoken
English, Arabic, German, Hindi and 3 more

Location

Kenyatta Road, Zanzibar City 3974 Tanzania
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Kisauni Airport
Dar Es Salaam Intl Airport
49.3 mi
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stevk22 wrote a review Jan 2020
Shanghai, China103 contributions80 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Generally positive experience with Tembo House Hotel. The location is top notch - right on the beach and in a location in Stone Town that is close enough to the action (and the night market) to be easily walkable but far enough away to be relatively quiet at night. The room (which was in a separate building across the street from the main hotel) was massive and the staff generally attentive. The room was also quaint and had a cool, local feel. The A/C and fans helped the room stay quite cool, even in the Zanzibar heat. On the downside, the furniture was a bit dated and the room had a dusty feel to it. Service was generally fine, but not overly solicitous.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Be sure to clarify which actual building your room is in before booking
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Response from TemboHouseHotel1885, Guest Relations Manager at Tembo Palace Hotel
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Dear Stevk22, Warmest greetings from Tembo Palace Hotel Zanzibar! We are delighted to hear that we were able to provide you with a memorable experience at our beautiful hotel in Stone Town, Zanzibar. We will surely be passing on your very kind compliments to our staff and management. Thank you for taking the time to rate us, we look forward to hosting you once again in the near future. Kind regards
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Magnus H wrote a review Jan 2022
Stockholm, Sweden125 contributions83 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great location, on the beach - good value for money. Stonetown is an interesting place, but hot… and being able to take a swim in the sea - or pool - was very good.
Friendly staff. Checkout is 10.00, but the hotel offered me a vacant room where I could shower etc before leaving for the airport in the late afternoon.
Good breakfast. Freshly made omelettes.
We stayed in the so called Annex (cheaper) but the room (4000) was very big with three huge beds, and a spacious bathroom.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The “Tembo Palace Hotel” consists of two different locations.: The actual “Hotel” + the slightly...
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silverhippo wrote a review Feb 2022
Lapland Sweden, Sweden182 contributions26 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Tembo Palace Hotel
I have been three times and I think it is a good solution / choice.
If you go directly to the hotel and discuss the appropriate price for the room type then they will try to get a good value for money.
Breakfast coffee is perhaps the best on the island and the pool brings comfort to the day.
The location is easy, especially for sensitive and older travelers.
A good choice
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Date of stay: March 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Olya France wrote a review Sept 2021
5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is something really special. Little gem hidden in an old city. The location is directly on the beach; you can hear the waves flapping, when sitting at the dining area outside. Also it is central, but in a very nice and secure part of town. The swimming pool is large and has a sea view. Breakfast is delightful. Accommodations are sparkling clean and have got this old style Zanzibar charm with an accent on furniture, doors , lamps and even ceilings. Beach view is spectacular. But the best part is the people, the staff. Friendly, accommodating and understanding. There was a technical mistake with my online booking, and I thought I lost a reservation, and to my biggest surprise the manager Yakub Abdulkarim, very kind and intelligent man, realised it was a legitimate mistake through no fault of anyone. He has fixed it right on a spot, and I found myself in this most amazing room/bungalow with the sea view and an unforgettable feeling of warmth from staff’s overwhelming hospitality. T
hank you Tembo team! Lovely people, awesome place to stay!!
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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WydraWygra wrote a review Apr 2021
Krakow, Poland30 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked an appartment at Tembo for a short stay in Stone Town for a family with 2 kids. The room was in a separate building on the other side of the street, but with access to all Tembo facilities. The room was exceptionally big, with huge comfortable beds, beautiful colourful windows and a very nice bathroom. Everything was very clean and well maintained. Airconditioning worked without any problems, wifi wasn't particularly strong but it worked fine as well. Breakfast was very nice, with a choice of pastries, fruit and freshly prepared eggs and pancakes. The staff was also very nice.
The infinity pool with views of the beach is great! There was just a few sunbeds around the pool and often they were all occupied, but with limited space there isn't much that can be done about it.
Parking in the heart of Stone Town is hard to find, so Tembo's private parking is really convenient.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Pathfinder737998 wrote a review Jan 2021
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is clean and comfortable. Tembo Palace is a stone's throw away from many tourist attractions like the Freddy Mercury museum, Fordani Food Market and picturesque harbor. Guests have access to two swimming pools,wifi and the sea front resturant. A delicious selection of sweets,fruit,beverages and warm foods are included in the generous buffet breakfast. A special shout out to the egg chef who's smile and warmth rival the largest sunny side up. Ali, the Food and beverage manager warms most guest hearts with his generous spirit and great service. All the staff during my stay were friendly and made time to have a conversation with every guest. Thank You for a fantastic visit.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from AbdulRahim Numa, General Manager at Tembo Palace Hotel
Responded 28 Jan 2021
Dear Pathfinder737998, Warmest greetings from Tembo Palace Hotel & Apartments Zanzibar! We are delighted to hear that we were able to provide you with a memorable experience at our beautiful and historical beachfront hotel in Stone Town, Zanzibar. We will surely be passing on your kind compliments to our management and staff. Thank you for taking the time to rate us, we look forward to hosting you once again in the near future.
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ChiAtl wrote a review Mar 2021
Fairburn, Georgia7 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Luckily I only booked 1 night at this hotel. From the pictures it looks nice & unique and it definitely has the potential to be a nice hotel however it is not! It's very outdated, the mosquito nets are dirty, 1 available plug in the room & it was not near the bed, sheets are cheap as well as the mattress.

On the plus side, it is in a great location, nice pool & the breakfast was good.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from AbdulRahim Numa, General Manager at Tembo Palace Hotel
Responded 17 Mar 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your recent experience. We value guest feedback both positive and negative - as it helps us to improve the guest experience. We are very sorry for the disappointing experience you had with the accommodation, in regards to your comments we at Tembo Palace Hotel pride ourselves in the uniqueness of a historical feel and antique furniture, but unfortunately it wasn't to your taste. Nevertheless, we will ensure to address this with the team and improve ourselves. Kind regards
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jazcynth p wrote a review May 2021
5 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is well located in the center of the town - everything one may need is in close proximity. Rooms were authentic, comfortable and well furnished. There were a lot of choices at the breakfast buffet and the staff were all so welcoming and helpful.

I had a pleasant stay at tembo hotel, would definitely come back!
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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TySurti wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked in to Tembo Palaca Hotel from the 9th - 15th March, the rooms were huge and had everything we needed. The hotel staff were great and always willing to help out and offer advice where needed.

Special mention to Abdul & Rizwan who were always asking us how are stay was and what we had planned. Rizwan made several arrangements with taxis and advising us which areas to visit. Abdul, was so friendly and very accommodating with us in arranging late check out on the day we were leaving which was really helpful and allowed us to make the most of our final day in Zanzibar.....he is a Manchester United fan too which was great to have a few conversations about the games we saw whilst out there.

The whole family really enjoyed their stay here and would definitely book here again.

Cant recommend this hotel enough!!!!
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from AbdulRahim Numa, General Manager at Tembo Palace Hotel
Responded 16 Nov 2020
Dear TySurti, Warmest greetings from Tembo B&B Apartments Zanzibar! We are delighted to hear that we were able to provide you with a memorable experience at our beautiful hotel in Stone Town, Zanzibar. We will surely pass on your very kind compliments to our management and staff. Thank you for taking the time to rate us, we look forward to hosting you once again in the near future. Kind regards
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Jessica L wrote a review Oct 2022
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the most fantastic stay at Tembo Hotel - the building is absolutely beautiful with great factilities (especially all 3 pools!). All the staff were wonderful. We stayed in the Annex and our Porter Ali was especially fantastic, and gave us recommendations of best local dishes to try and places to eat.

I can’t recommend this hotel enough - we’ll definitely be coming back!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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bobpeghome asked a question Oct 2018
usa20 contributions23 helpful votes
What type of laundry facilities do you offer and what is the cost?
Adventure5930 wrote a tip Feb 2023
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Insist on room away from streets"
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Magnus H wrote a tip Jan 2022
Stockholm, Sweden125 contributions83 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The “Tembo Palace Hotel” consists of two different locations.: The actual “Hotel” + the slightly cheaper Annex, opposite the hotel."
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LUFChefTri wrote a tip Feb 2020
Leeds, United Kingdom19 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"see view are great - next to restaurant on ground floor noisy at meal times"
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stevk22 wrote a tip Jan 2020
Shanghai, China103 contributions80 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be sure to clarify which actual building your room is in before booking"
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Mr_Mzungu wrote a tip Jun 2019
Kvicksund, Sweden31 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't accept the Mercury bulding, it's terrible."
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PRICE RANGE
£82 - £107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Tembo House Hotel
LOCATION
TanzaniaZanzibar ArchipelagoZanzibar IslandZanzibar City
NUMBER OF ROOMS
15
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tembo Palace Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Tembo Palace Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Aromas of Zanzibar (0.1 miles), The Coins Shop (0.1 miles), and Zivansh (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Tembo Palace Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Tembo Palace Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Tembo Palace Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tembo Palace Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tembo Palace Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Breadfruit Restaurant & Cafe, Puzzle Coffee Shop, and Taarab Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tembo Palace Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Tembo Palace Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Tembo Palace Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Tembo Palace Hotel?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tembo Palace Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Hindi, Arabic, Swedish, Swahili, and Urdu.
Are there any historical sites close to Tembo Palace Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (0.3 miles), Mkunazini, Urban West, Zanzibar (0.3 miles), and David Livingstone's place of rest (0.3 miles).
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