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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
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Marina View
Languages Spoken
English, Arabic, Chinese, German and 6 more
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KeithMould wrote a review May 16
Cape Town15 contributions4 helpful votes
This majestic looking hotel offers great accommodation, delicious breakfasts, efficient and friendly staff with a wonderful outlook and direct access to the beach for swims amongst the dhows and fishing boats. There are two sparkling swimming pools too and the hotel is within easy walking distance to the fascinating Stone Town. Just magical!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Di Johnson wrote a review May 10
6 contributions1 helpful vote
As we entered your reception, I immediately felt at home. ABDUL AND ALL THE STAFF - WE EXTEND OUR SINCERE THANxxx FOR OUR AMAZING 3-NIGHT STAY. I CANNOT FAULT YOU ON ANYTHING (whatever might have lacked at breakfast for example, was explained and is NOT a complaint, as one has to see things in context with Covid and it's economic impact). I left a piece of my heart behind. Well done! Thanks also for upgrading us to our beautiful suits. A Biiiiiiiiig HUG FOR MY BIRTHDAY SURPRISE CAKE making it so memorable. Without a doubt thee best in Stone Town!. Asanté Sana xxx Di Johnson
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: We enjoyed sea-facing suite on 3rd level. If not fit then... a bit steep from the 2nd level up...
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2 Helpful votes
somerson wrote a review May 8
Dubai, United Arab Emirates16 contributions8 helpful votes
Unfortunately only got to stay one night in this stunning gem in Stone Town- will definitely consider it on my next visit to Zanzibar. Service good, attentive staff, good food and very helpful and knowledgeable front desk. Room was good size and very clean - feel they can do a bit better with amenities for travellers, and they need new towels.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
2 Helpful votes
Flavia D wrote a review Apr. 2021
2 contributions
Tempo hotel is very well located, staff is Absolutely amazing , I am solo travel I really enjoy my 2 nights here big thank you for the manager Suleman he makes my stay very special . Was my birthday he makes lovely suprise with other staff. Thank you guys I hope be back very soon xxxx Lots of love Flavia Ferreira
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Isotta wrote a review Apr. 2021
2 contributions
Tembo Hotel makes you feel at home. The management and staff are very kind and the location is simply magnificent, starting from the pool overlooking the ocean up to the nice food in the restaurant. A must when in Zanzibar!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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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 Stone Town (0.4 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).