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Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
Ranked #11 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 February 2014

The Tembo House Hotel is a historic building in the heart of Stone Town. The location is perfect, within walking distance you can reach all sights of this beautiful old town. Even the best restaurants and bars are just around the corner. Moreover, the hotel is right on the beach and you can watch the activity on the beach and the harbor at breakfast and throughout the day. The pool is nice and quiet. The staff was very friendly and the hotel is clean. The rooms are very nice and you feel like you are in a persian fairy tale. Everything's fine. What can we say, we had a great and comfortable stay and would come back. Stone Town has to be seen, there is something incredibly magical and is a colorful mix of different cultures.

Room Tip: Take a seaview room
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank chris0084
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2014

Jambo Mr. chris

Thank you so much for taking your precious time to share your experience with us on Tripadvisor, which we believe that it will give the clear picture to who ever visit the site and looking forward to stay with us.

We are extremely happy to hear that your stay with us was marvelous and we will maintain our hospitality to all our future customers.

"karibu tena na ahsante sana"

Best regards
Management

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Reviewed 9 February 2014

We spent two wonderful nights at Tembo House in February 2014. The location is perfect -- right on the beach, in the heart of Stone Town, a quick walk to Forodhani Gardens. The hotel itself is lovely, with comfortable rooms and a decent breakfast in a beautiful location. Everything is sparkling clean. But the most impressive thing by far was the service -- everyone, from the front desk to the waiters, are friendly, helpful and responsive. Abdulaziz, the manager, deserves special mention -- he could not do enough to make our stay pleasant. We have rarely had service this good anywhere. I hope that hotel ownership realize what a great manager they have tin Abdulaziz. Thanks for a great stay!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tembo House H, General Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2014

Jambo Mr.Barnett
Thank you very much for taking your precious time on writting your review on our property.

We are more than happy to hear that you are satisfied with our service and hotel enviroments.

It really gives us moral to maintain our hospitalitty to our all our customers.

We are looking forward to see you again,

Best regards
G.Manager Mr.Abdulaziz and rest of the team.

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Reviewed 4 February 2014

Great location, with many shops and restaurants around, easy to access. Taxi drivers all know this location. There is also one ocean dive center there that you can consult snorkeling and diving, or straightly negotiate with beach boys.
The hotel is old but well cleaned. Terrace view is great.
If anything I don't like, maybe is the showering water not big enough. It just okay not good.
Service great. I need to check out before 6:15 so that I ask whether I can have breakfast early. They said yes and they did make buffet ready for me by 5:30.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank monica w
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2014

Jambo
Thank you Monica for taking your precious time in sharing your experience with us, we appreciate for your comments and its really helpful.

We are apologise for shower pressure which was caused due to technical problem with the pressure pump which is already replaced.
Looking forward to see you once again,

"ahsante sana na karibu tena"

Best Regards
Rahim

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

We stayed for two + two nights at the Tembo House Hotel in Stone Town.

An excellent and affordable hotel, within easy walking distance from the ferry terminal.

Perfect location at the beachfront, beautiful rooms, tasteful decor, clean and tidy, AC, fridge, free Wi-Fi and a swimming pool. Breakfast is included and served in a pleasant setting.

If you prefer wine and beer with meals, there are nice restaurants nearby.

A special thank you to the General Manager, the Resident Director and the swedish speaking Front Desk Manager and their friendly and helpful staff who gave amazing service during our stay especially by giving us Room 100 the two last nights, a friendly gesture and a great joy for us.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2014

Hello Mr.Strong,

Thank you so much for taking your precious time to share your experience with us on Tripadvisor, which we believe that it will give the clear picture to who ever visit the site and looking forward to stay with us.

We are extremely happy to hear that your stay with us was marvelous and we will maintain our hospitality to all our future customers.

"karibu tena na ahsante sana"
Best regards
Management and staff of Tembo

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Tembo Hotel in Stone Town is situated on a lovely sandy beach 10 minutes drive from Zanzibar Airport. The hotel is an attractive and pleasant place to stay in Stone Town based on Persian and Indian design. Walking distance to shops, Spice Market, Old fort, Slave Market, Narrow alley ways fill of shops. Or eat and drink on the beach at Livingstone's. Although you can not purchase or drink alcohol in the Hotel, there are many local bars or cafes.

Room Tip: Try to get a room over looking the Pool or the beach.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2014

Dear AucklandGail ,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, We extremely appreciate.
We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments.
We hope that you keep the memories for a long time and we look forward to see you again.

"Karibu tena"

Best Regards
management

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Reviewed 16 January 2014

We stayed at this hotel for two nights over the festive season but wish we could have stayed there longer!!... The rooms have everything you need and the small extras , like providing bottled water in the fridge really shows good customer service. The location of this hotel allows you to be in the middle of it all and still allows you to relax on the beach. The night market is just around the corner, and it should be on everyones to do list. We never ate at the hotel besides for breakfast, but there are plenty of restaurants around to explore. Would love to come back sometime!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2014

Dear Bird5 ,
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Thank you 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 with us.

We hope to see you again soon.

"Ahsante na karibu tena"

Best regards
Rahim

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Reviewed 14 January 2014

We stayed for two nights with four children (9, 13, 15, 17) at the Tembo and enjoyed every minute of it. Stunning location, unique rooms, beautiful interiors, great swimming pool. Excellent breakfast in superb setting. Friendly and helpful staff!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Tembo House H, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2014

Dear Annamk2014 ,

Thanks for such a kind review about your stay at Tembo house hotel. It was our pleasure welcoming and hosting all of you and we are glad to see how much you enjoyed the friendliness and efficiency of our staff, as well as the beauty of our location and property. It was very nice meeting you and the whole Tembo hotel Team would welcome you and your friends and family again, with great pleasure.

"Ahsante sana"

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Rahim

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Address: Forodhani Street, 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: £86 - £159 (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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