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Kenyatta Road Shangani, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 3974 Tanzania
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#8 of 37 hotels in Stone Town
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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
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Game room
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
City view
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Bridal suite
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Marina View
Languages Spoken
English, Arabic, Chinese, German and 6 more
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Keith D wrote a review Apr. 6
Aberdeen, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Really enjoyed my stay at the Tembo hotel. Location of the hotel is great. Right on the beach but also very well situated for the tourist attractions with Freddie Mercury house less than a minutes walk from the hotel. Staff were extremely helpful and always polite Breakfast was good with everything you could want from Cereals , fresh fruit 3 hot dishes daily plus delicious omelette and crepes made to order various teas coffee and cakes too. I would recommend a walking tour of Stone Town my guide Ramandan was excellent with great knowledge of the local landmarks and history. The airport is about 20 mins in a taxi and cost 15 usd
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Louise S wrote a review Apr. 5
Dubai, United Arab Emirates371 contributions50 helpful votes
We recently had a lovely one night stay at Tembo hotel before our onward flight to the Serengeti. We arrived very early as our flight landed at 6.10am and so we decided to upgrade as a room was ready for us to use. The staff also allowed us to move our breakfast, which was included in our stay, to the morning of our arrival which was great so we sat outside over looking the sea enjoying the breakfast. Our room was great, very clean with complimentary drinking water and a selection of shower gel, shampoo etc and a great bathroom! The hotel was very central so we were able to catch a small boat from the beach over to prison island and the hotel is also located next door to the Park Hyatt which is a very popular (albeit expensive) hotel. Prior to arriving the hotel staff were helpful in assisting us with arranging airport transfers and also put us in touch with a local company for booking any tours and further transfers with. All in all it was a great hotel for our stay in Stone Town.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Ashfaaq M wrote a review Apr. 4
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania5 contributions4 helpful votes
Tembo House has one of the best facilities in Stone Town. The managers is easily one of the best I've Incountered in my travel experience. Their rooms are spacious and pristine, amenities are replaced daily. The breakfast is like a feast ans their staff are polite. Oh amd the view of the restaurant is breathtaking!Breakfast at Tembo House was therapeutic.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
3 Helpful votes
miq wrote a review Mar. 2021
Stupava, Slovakia96 contributions39 helpful votes
Very nice, spacious, clean, central location apartment. Annex close to the central hotel with breakfast, big pool and direct access to the beach. Breakfast tasty - lot of choices. Excellent stay, overall.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Mo Salah wrote a review Mar. 2021
3 contributions2 helpful votes
The location is great and the break fast was exellent with fresh fruits. The room was really nice with the sea view.The staff were very friendly.The terrece pool is amazing.Thanks Tembo for making memorable stay!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tembo Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Tembo Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Aromas of Zanzibar (0.3 km), The Coins Shop (0.3 km), and Fahari Zanzibar (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tembo Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Tembo Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Tembo Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tembo Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tembo Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Puzzle Coffee Shop, Tea House Restaurant, and Taarab Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tembo Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Tembo Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Tembo Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Tembo Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tembo Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Italian, Chinese, Hindi, Greek, and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to Tembo Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Christ Church Cathedral (0.6 km) and House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib) (0.3 km).