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San Francisco, California
Reviewed yesterday NEWvia 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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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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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia 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 Jose S
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia 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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Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spacious rooms mostly overlooking the swimming pool. Mosquito nets, fridge, kettle, tv, shower and bath. The restaurant overlooks the beach and a lot of small boat activity which makes breakfast interesting. Located centrally only 300m from Forodhani Gardens and 100m from Mercury House and the post office. Reception is laid back but eventually necessary jobs are done. We like it...

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Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hotel is really nice and very affordable compared to the other hotels near by. The rooms are beautiful, the pool is just perfect and it is located with the best view of the Indian Ocean. I have stayed here a number of times and keep coming back:-) Be aware that they don't serve alcohol- but there is a lot...

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Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed three nights. Great location, clean and comfortable room with tv, working air-condition, fan and mosquito net. We had room on third floor with a little balcony and was happy about that. Bathroom had good pressure in shower was clean and everything worked well. Should have shelf space for personal stuff in the but really thats just nitpicking. Service at...

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Beachfront
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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: ₹ 8,334 - ₹ 20,969 (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 Zanzibar Island/Stone Town
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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“perhaps sea view”
 of 5 bubbles hortinic, 13 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Avoid rooms on ground floor (e.g 108) with no balcony.”
 of 5 bubbles Sambururob, 10 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Sea view rooms have Phenomenal views!”
 of 5 bubbles , 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Best views, Large.”
 of 5 bubbles I5632XDmiriamb, 5 Jan 2017 | Read review
“It is a 1 km walk to the hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles ArnieM305, 3 Dec 2016 | Read review
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