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Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
Ranked #10 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
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Manhattan Beach, California
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“Leading hotel stone town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

I experienced Tembo Hotel as a great place to stay with very friendly and helpful staff. Felt like a second home and with its conveniences of a pool and the ocean it's for me the best choice in Stone town with a great value for money.

Their meals were delicious and Mzale was very friendly, they arranged my transfer to the airport without an extra coin

I would recommend it to any one willing to visit stone town

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Tembo House H, Guest Relations Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
Dear Millermack ,

Thank you so much for the nice review!!!
We are glad that you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again!

Karibu sana and happy holidays!!!

Regards
Mzale
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Stone Town, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

Beautiful boutique hotel with loads of character. Top 11 reasons to stay at tembo hotel.
1) best location> hotel is on beach close to museums and shops .
2) our room with the excellent view direct to the ocean.
3) beautifully decorated rooms with paintings and lovely furniture's.
4) staff very friendly and helpful specially young handsome manager.
5) beautiful restaurant in the hotel with excellent service and lovely food specially local foods.
6) free high speed Internet in the room and restaurant.
7) swimming pool is clean and cool.
8) lounge with beautiful view to relax and enjoy watching movie and some time reading my novels.
9) meticulous daily room cleaning.
10) beautiful toilet in my room with window with great view of the ocean.
11) breakfast with many varieties,with seasonal fruits and many choices of tea bags and my favourite green tea.

I loved this hotel so and so much , and beach i wanted to take it home with me.

I highly recommend tembo hotel as number one top hotel in Zanzibar.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Tembo House H, General Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, 28 November 2013
Dear charming princess,

Thank you for sharing your honeymoon with us. I think you have mentioned everything a potential guest needs to know.
We hope the rest of your honeymoon was fantastic and lovely.
Here's to a long happy life together.
Thank you
Young handsome Manager "Rahim"
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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

The Tembo is an elephant-themed hotel in a glorious old building on the beach front in Stone Town. Two things make me enthuse about it: the gorgeous, ornate, carved-wood furniture in the rooms, which gives you an great feeling of being in old Africa, and the beachfront patio, which is a fabulous place to eat, especially at breakfast. Breakfast was included in the room price and was really substantial, and the room offered a fabulous four-poster bed with mosquito netting. Excellent destinations in Stone Town, such as for shopping, are in walking distance. The beach views here really are first-rate. The Tembo has been in business for a very long time, and treats customers well. It was appropriately priced for what it offers, and in decades of travelling the world, I have to say the Tembo is a very cool hangout, a place I am proud to have been. Staying here is an immersion in the golden age of travel, and hotels with this much charm and character, in buildings this old and storied, are very very hard to find.

Room Tip: Beach front views are VERY nice.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review, 26 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.

"ahsante"(thanks)
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Redland City, Australia
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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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Thank Dieter B
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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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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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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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Thank ShareKhan4
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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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Thank Riyamy15
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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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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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