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Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
Ranked #10 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Redland City, Australia
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58 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Great Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Tembo Hotel is one of the better hotels to stay in Stone Town. Despite it's fantastic location, the rates are very reasonable. Rooms are spacious with a large bathroom and a great balcony overlooking the pool and ocean. The included breakfast was served overlooking the sea with lots of fresh fruit and a variety of breakfast items, all very tasty, especially the local coffee.
Easy walking distance to the Forodhani night market, which is well worth a visit.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tembo House H, Guest Relations Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, 26 November 2013
Thank you Dieter for your review and recommendation.We deeply appreciate your taking the time to post and are so glad you had a pleasant and comfortable stay.

We hope to see you again soon.

Thank you " ahsante"
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

The Tembo Hotel was a great experience in every respect. The location was perfect, close to everything in town that we wanted and on the beach with a stunning view, Our room was spacious and had all the conveniences we needed such as a small refrigerator, wifi, cable tv, plenty of hot water and excellent air conditioning. It also had beautiful handmade furniture to reflect the culture of Zanzibar. Those canopy beds were the best! What made our stay exceptional was the personal help and caring we got from the manager who made the effort to know us personally.They always went the extra mile to help and even let us keep our room until evening on the day of departure for no extra charge. The breakfast buffet was plentiful and diverse. We would definitely return if we ever had the chance.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, 26 November 2013
Thank you Brighty for the review on our property ,we really appreciate for sharing your experience to those who are looking forward to come and stay with us.

Looking forward to see you onces again.

"karibu tena"
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

If you must stay in Stone Town, then Tembo is one of the handful of places you can consider. The location is good, great views, rooms are comfortable and well laid out and the food is decent.

We got a massive room on the second floor which had a four poster bed and a huge bathroom attached.

Breakfast service was a bit slow with some orders taking really long to arrive, but the rest was all fine.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Tembo House H, Guest Relations Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, 24 November 2013
Thank you Mr Sharekhan for taking your time in sharing your experience at tembo house hotel and to those who are looking forward to come and stay with us.

We noted it down and we promise to rectify our short falls and upgrade our service.

We are looking forward to see you onces again

"Ahsante " (Thank you)
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Dar Es Salaam Region, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at tembo hotel for 5nights. Tembo hotel is one of the best hotel in stonetown with the excellent location with very beautiful view.
Our room was 26 with seafront balcony,everything in room was beautiful from furniture's to toilet ilove everything. Swimming pool and ocean was very impressed and clean. Breakfast and lunch and dinner at the hotel was so lovely with many choices,I like butter chicken alot. All staff were very friendly and helpful. Internet was free and high speed.
I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, 23 November 2013
Thank you Riyamy for your review and recommendation.We deeply appreciate your taking the time to post and are so glad you had a pleasant and comfortable stay.
We hope to see you again soon.

"Ahsante sana na karibu tena"
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Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

You can't beat this hotel for location as it backs onto a beach where all the tours to prison Island leave from and it's really close to all the sights and sounds Stone Town has to offer. It also has a lovely swimming pool.

Unfortunately it really lacked in other areas. Most notably in atmosphere. There is a lovely area by the pool and looking out onto the beach where you can sit, but there just isn't any atmosphere there. Most of the time we were there, there seemed to be a manager hovering around and he had a TV tuned onto a news Chanel which was fairly loud, not really what you want in the background when chilling by the beach trying to enjoy the beautiful view...a bit of music in the background would be nice.

We also found the breakfast to be really poor, although this meant we tried a lot of the lovely cafés which are nearby.

Another problem we had was with the front of house staff, they weren't very friendly and really weren't helpful when we asked a few questions about local attractions.

The rooms were clean and had good air con and an in room safe. The bathroom was pretty drab and unfortunately the water pressure was so low it was impossible for my wife to be able to have a proper shower!

All in all this hotel is average, and if it wasn't for the location it would probably be below average. A few small changes could make the world of a difference though.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tembo House H, General Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
Thank you James for the review on our property ,we really appreciate for sharing your experience to those who are looking forward to come and stay with us.

We noted it down and promise to rectify the short falls by upgrading our service in all areas.
Looking forward to see you onces again.

"karibu tena"

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

If you are looking for a modern, generic hotel this is the wrong place, if you are looking for a hotel which has a personality and is old school glamour this is the place for you.

I booked the hotel on a reccomendation from friends and I am glad I took their advice. The hotel has been lovingly restored and is stunning.

The beach is not the best in the world, but if you are staying in Stone Town then you are not really there for the beach and there is great pool if you want to swim/ relax. You only have to walk out of the front door and you are in the heart of Stone Town.

The restaurant was great, lots of choice and the food was delicious.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, 13 November 2013
Thank you for taking your precious time on your review and recommendation on our property which makes us feel great and gives us motive to maintain our hospitality to those who are looking forward to come and stay at tembo house hotel.

Looking forward to see you onces again.

"Karibu tena"
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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

Having spent 2 days in Stonetown at Tembo Hotel - On the beach front close to the "harbour" I wasn't expecting much initially so I was pleasantly surprised when the aircon worked, the bed was comfortable (after my boyfriend had us moved - we walked into a room facing a construction site with a mattress that had been torn and filthy) - I guess if it wasn't for the horrible view the mattress would not have mattered as much - but alas the super hotel staff and my super boyfriend had it sorted in no time, so we had a room facing the pool with a little (and I mean little)veranda and facing sort of toward the sea too- We actually had the best of both worlds and a lounge just outside our room which is obviously not often used but outfitted in the most regal luxurious old time original art and craft and furniture of the 5 star hotels of yester year, the hotel was refurbished from a old burnt down original building , and I would say they did a good job. It was like a little Oasis with working aircon a charge plug - we couldn't figure out how to use the flat screen TV though it did appear to work. Needless to say after walking around in stone town drinking up all the sights sounds smells etc. we ended up at the bar next to the hotel as no alcohol is sold in Tembo Hotel - but it was literally next door so - no problem.

We had no noise problem at Tembo that I could recall perhaps just the kids in the afternoon in the pool a little. Other than that the breakfast was fulfilling - just identify the Real coffee from the local coffee and Ask for eggs, and you will get.

Lets just put it this way - the experience was original if, even like something out of a novel about Zanzibarian History, it was Ottoman era kind of 5 star. I really will go back to Tembo.

The staff are friendly but try and learn their language at least - thank you and no thank you and you will be treated with the same respect. Oh and ladies please take along the sleeved shirts and the dresses/pants that cover your knees, it's out of respect that one wears it....and you'll be treated with respect then too.

In terms of tipping the staff they Really don't expect it, but if it's in your nature to give them something and you have to give they are happy to accept. If there are some of them that "hang" around for tips politely thank them and say goodbye showing your intention to start relaxing on your own in your room.

Manners begets Manners.

People in Stonetown do not use alcohol on the streets, I think if they do it must only be in their homes or restaurants. True in every destination there will be the opportunists and beggars, just be polite and tell them your intention or that unfortunately you can't help/ Make something up, or you don't want a guide you would like to explore alone. If you make an issue of it, it will become a problem and you will NOT enjoy your experience.

Going to the night Market in front of the old fort and I think town hall - almost like the "seafront" you will find bargains - and NEW out of this world traditional foods, but know your currency conversions especially your first night.....

Stonetown is an experience you cannot miss, and really lives up to the fact that it's the oldest "working" town in Africa.

Perhaps avoid the "tours" as my tip because you might just have an original unique experience and get to know the people. Oh, and ask before you take pictures.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, 3 November 2013
Dear Sháni H,
Thank you very much for taking your time in sharing your experience at tembo house hotel and its surroundings on tripadvisor which we believe that it gives the real picture to those who are planning to visit us.

We are looking forward to see you onces again and we promise to rectify our short falls and upgrade our service.

"Ahsante sana na Karibu tena" (Thank you so much and your most welcome)
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Property: Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
Address: Forodhani Street | P.O. Box 3974 Zanzibar, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3974, Tanzania
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Region: 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 (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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