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Tembo House Hotel & Apartments

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Bratislava, Slovakia
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We came to Stone town at the end of our stay in Zanzibar and this was the worst experience. Very overpriced for what you get. My daughter had corn flakes for breakfast and couldn't eat them as ants were crowling in the cereal. I also would have prefered to stay in the main hotel building. We were put to Mercury...

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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 pleasure of...

Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We arrived in Stonetown for our final night in Zanzibar. We spent several nights in different hotels around the island and this hotel was by far the worst one we stayed in (in Zanzibar and in Tanzania as a whole). The Room: We stayed in Room 4. It is literally attached to the dining room. This made for a loud...

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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 pleasure of...

Florence, Italy
Reviewed 20 February 2017

The outside is in the heart of Stonetown, walk through past the swimming pool in the courtyard to the beach just beyond the restaurant, the Hotel Tembo has a lot going for it. Traditional style refurbished with modern facilities (NB no lift) I had a corner room with balcony and sea views and would recommend booking it. The tiled bathroom...

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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 host you again Please...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We stayed in the apartments and not the actual hotel. The apartment, which is the same building that Freddy Mercury grew up in, was pretty nice. It's a bit old, but has a charm all to itself. The deck over looks the street but unfortunately becomes unbearably hot from the direct sunlight around 3-5pm. The wifi was good and once...

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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 host you again Please...

Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We were quite happy with the Tembo Hotel. We got a fantastic corner room with a great view of the beach. The a/c worked well, the rooms were clean, we enjoyed breakfast and the pool was refreshing. It is not over the top, solid. The mattress was extremely firm.

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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 host you again Please...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

This hotel was our base for our two days (one night) visit to Stone Town. The facilities are clean and well kept. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They accepted an early check in/late check out and organised our transfer to the airport professionally. Swimming pool is fantastic and the restaurant right in front of the beach, serves good...

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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 host you again Please...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Stayed here after my wedding for 2 nights with family and friends. Hotel is located in the heart of Stone town about 15-20min drive depending on traffic. Located centrally only 300m from Forodhani Gardens - which have night markets - a must go. Rooms are spacious with alot historic furniture, air conditioned, equipped with fridge, telephone and cable television. Mosquito...

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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 host you again Please...

Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We started a three week trip around Tanzania with a stay at the Tembi hotel in Zanzibar and it was amazing! Comfortable rooms with great modern bathrooms, stunning views, and a great bed! The staff were all friendly and helpful, and I found myself wishing we had more time there! If your staying in Stone Town I highly recommend this...

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Hi Megan , 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 host...

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Unfriendly , unwelcoming experience , terrible room after we expected something with a view of something , we had a peep of a dingy courtyard . Food so simple it could pass as prison food . Nobody said hello , thank you nada . Never again there are ample other quaint hotels giving you a better Stone Town experience.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

I visited for drink traditional tea with my friends years ago.This is calm place on the seaside.Prices not very high as well.There is also swimming pool for guests. Hotel prices also not so much. Very close to Freddie Mercury's house

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • 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: RM496 - RM1,727 (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
#6 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
#8 Family Hotel in Stone Town
#12 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
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“Many rooms have twin beds that take up too much space. If you don't need that reception will listen”
stefank703, 18 Apr 2017 | Read review
“there´s no alcohol in this property.”
Elizabeth_travelfun, 12 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Do not choose the rooms located next to the pool, unless being right next to the pool is very important. Upper floor rooms are much nicer.”
NorTraveller4018, 9 Mar 2017 | Read review
“dont stay in room 4. (too close to the dining area)”
PrickelyPear, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Avoid rooms on ground floor (e.g 108) with no balcony.”
Sambururob, 10 Feb 2017 | Read review
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