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Bergen, Norway
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163 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had this hotel as base when we visited Stone Town. The plan was to take a flight from Zanzibar to Nairobi the next morning, but Kenya Airways was kindly enough to cansel the flight and book us on a plane 03.00 AM so we left the hotel 00.15 AM. Friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere. Small rooms, but nice and... More 

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Kristiansand, Norway
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The location of this hotel i perfect: right on the beach, close to shops and several good restaurants, and a good starting point if you want to og on trips - either by boat or car - in Zanzibar. The staff were very helpful, the view is gorgeous, and the breakfast is delightful. The buliding and the rooms gives an... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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68 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here for 4 nights and wish we had longer. It is perfectly located on the beach in Stone Town and within easy walking distance of the major attractions. The hotel has kept the charm of its historic buildings that are well maintained and very clean. Whilst our room could have been bigger, the decor and views from the... More 

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Tembo_House_Hotel, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Esteemed Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share with us your feedback following your most recent experience with us here at Tembo house hotel And Apartments. I have just shared your comments with my team and we are all very pleased that we were able to meet and then exceed your high expectations of us. Thank you very... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is very clean, apartments are spacious. Freddy Mercury lived in one of the apartments until he was 9 years old and we got his apartment!! Breakfast is good especially that you can eat on the beach, the view is really nice. The pool is also good, the whole hotel has a really friendly and relaxing atmosphere. location is... More 

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Abdulrahim_A_Numa, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Dear Hordos D , Thank you very much for wonderful review. We are all very pleased that you had a relaxing vacation with us and I am glad that you took home some great memories especially memories of sleeping in Freddy Mercury's Apartment. Thank you very much for everything and we do hope that you will come back to visit... More 

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5 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We chose Tembo House for its location and its traditional feel. The rooms are not as spacious as expected (twin beds) but comfortable nonetheless. Food is very good but the breakfast could be improved. All the staff was amazing and made our stay great. The location of the hotel is perfect to explore Stone Town!

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Abdulrahim_A_Numa, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Dear Dansira Thank you for taking your precious time to write your wonderful review about tembo house hotel and apartments It’s a great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us; it is by receiving wonderful feedback from our valued customers like yourself that helps us better and improve our standards. we are looking forward to have the... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

The hotel is located centrally next to the beach, Stone Town, Old Fort, and the Forodhani Gardens. It's charmingly decorated with old world charm and a great view of the sea. The staff were very welcoming and helped us whenever we needed to book an excursion or a taxi. Breakfast was a good variety of fruits, eggs, crepes, and local... More 

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Abdulrahim_A_Numa, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Dear PoppyPlay, Thank you for taking the time to share with us your feedback following your most recent experience with us here at Tembo house hotel And Apartments. I was delighted to read your comments and that you thoroughly enjoyed your time among us. Please rest assured that your comments will be shared with the team, as all the credit... More 

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Reviewed 23 October 2016

The hotel is an interesting piece of architecture. A lot of history attached to it. The staff too, is very hospitable. Nicely evolved with time, keeping in check it's heritage. I was looking forward for a postcard or some memorabilia that I could take with me which would remind me of the place. Size of the rooms was a bit... More 

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Tembohotel, Guest Relations Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Dear Murtaza Irfan , I would like to thank you for having chosen Tembo Hotel and sharing your experience on Trip advisor. We are delighted to know that we exceeded your expectations and you had a wonderful stay with us. I am very glad to know that you appreciated our sense of hospitality,our employees’ friendliness that made every moment of... More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Interesting hotel in the arabian style, with a lot of history. Expect that Things in the rooms do not always Work. The stairs are quite steep, so use good shoes when using them. It has a small pool in the courtyard. If you have a room facing the Court yard on oe side it has lovely balcony. The restaurant food... More 

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Abdulrahim_A_Numa, Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Dear Hejor, Thank you so much for taking your precious time to share your feedback with us at Tembo house hotel & Apartments. It’s a great pleasure to receiving wonderful feedback from you that helps us to improve our standards. On the other hand, we apologize due the shortfalls happen during your stay, we are looking forward to have the... More 

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14 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Great restaurants serving a variety of local and international food. Staff very friendly and offer great assistance when ordering your meal. Will recommend the sea food. Bar prices reasonable. Situated close to the beach to look at the Sunset. Enjoy

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Tembohotel, Guest Relations Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Esteemed Guest, Thank you for taking your precious time to write your wonderful review about tembo house hotel and apartments It’s a great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us; it is by receiving wonderful feedback from our valued customer like yourself that helps us better and improve our standards. We are looking forward to host you... More 

India
1 review
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Location of hotel too good.breakfast excellent nd sufficient,room is very good.excellent service by staff. Hotel manager MR.yakoob is very cooperative nd helpful person.he attended us for each nd everything personally.

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Tembohotel, Guest Relations Manager at Tembo House Hotel & Apartments, responded to this review

Esteemed Guest, I would like to thank you for having chosen Tembo Hotel and sharing your experience on Trip advisor. We are delighted to know that we exceeded your expectations and you had a wonderful stay with us. I am very glad to know that you appreciated our sense of hospitality that made every moment of your stay enjoyable! We... More 

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Concierge
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Breakfast Available
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 

Additional Information about Tembo House Hotel & Apartments

Address: Forodhani Street | P.O. Box 3974 Zanzibar, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3974, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Price Range: RM532 - RM3,194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Tembo House Hotel & Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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Also Known As:
Tembo Hotel Stone Town
Tembo Stone Town
Tembo House Hotel & Apartments Stone Town, Zanzibar Island
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Stone Town
#7 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
#9 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#13 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
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“Room 201 is on the top floor and the room closest to the ocean (other than the suites at the front) so had great views.”
 of 5 bubbles SCS62, 12 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms are beautifully decorated in old Zanzibar style - four poster beds and lots of lovely tiling in the bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles Babiedoo, 11 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a view of the beach”
 of 5 bubbles HimalayanHiker, 2 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a terrace overlooking the pool. Great views!”
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“Check your room first before you accept.. there are different types of rooms”
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