Tembo's location is great, a walkable distance to all the places you would want to go to in stone town. The rooms were nice and clean, and the staff were quick to help if one needed something. It is also one of the two hotels in stone town with its own swimming pool, which is great if you are not a fan of swimming in the not so clean water.
The beach is also nice for sun bathing.
The restaurant menu isnt so great but there are quite afew restaurants within few minutes walking distance from the hotel.
My one major and possibly only complaint is with the house keepers/hotel workers. They were very good at interrupting ones sleep, even after putting a "Do not disturb" sign on the door. I had 4 people knock on the door in a space 30 minutes, both early morning and at night for the three nights we stayed. Even AFTER asking the front desk to let the house helps to PLEASE not knock on my door, it still didnt stop. For someone who was trying to get some rest, it was quite irritating.
Other than that, it was a nice hotel!
- 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