Tembo House Hotel in Zanzibar Island

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We went to Tembo House Hotel on the 7 June 2012 there was a slight mix up with the booking we were not sure that will still find a room.

Abdulaziz Yusuf the hotel manager came and was told the story by his staff and he came to us and greeted us and told us to relax in the restaurant and made us comfortable there,

offered us something to drink and promised that he will help us with the accommodation.

He came back after a short while and told us the room is available and asked one of his staff to take us up to the room.

He was very helpful all the step of the way.

I was really impressed with the service we got from Tembo House Hotel and staff was very friendly and help at all times.

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I'd high recommend that if one goes to Zanzibar, one should stay at Tembo House Hotel. I definately will be staying with them the next time I go to Zanzibar in the few weeks to come

It is a good 2 star accommodation by my assessment.

Good view of the sea.

However as it is close to the port, you will not feel like swimming here.

Breakfast is bad and the way it is laid out will remind you of school dormitories.

Best thing is the furniture ( quaint and antique ) that matches the milieu of the stone town. Pool is uninviting. Wifi is like the turtle seen on the island across.

Good place to stay if you are interested in the town, market, culture history etc.
Bad place to stay if you are here for a beach holiday.

Tembo House Hotel is an old fashioned and friendly hotel, surrounded by historic buildings on the seafront in Stone Town.

The hotel, converted from a 19th Century building, has two wings - one decorated in typical Zanzibar style and the other in modern western style. Tembo Hotel, located at the heart of the Zanzibar town, surrounded by historical buildings at the seafront is designed to offer a delightful appearance of sunset in the Indian Ocean and a true picture of Zanzibar by night.

The 19th Century restored Tembo Hotel is ornamented with oriental and Zanzibar traditional furniture and antiques which are rarely seen in the islands.

All 30 rooms are fully air conditioned with hot and cold showers, and telephone facilities. The Hotel has a swimming pool. It is only 15 minutes drive from Zanzibar airport and 5 minutes from the harbor.

Tembo House is strategically situated on the seafront of Stone Town, an ideal location for relaxing after a day's sightseeing.

The Tembo House Hotel is a landmark amongst hotels in Zanzibar. All rooms are spacious, and beautifully decorated with Oriental and traditional Zanzibari ornaments, antiques and furniture.

First-class facilities include air conditioning, telephone, mini-bar, multi-channel television and en-suite bathroom.

The hotel's swimming pool allows you to cool off during the heat of the day, whilst business travellers can take advantage of the conference room.

Other hotel facilities include the souvenir shop, offering a range of gifts and curio items and the Bahari Restaurant featuring local and international cuisine. Laundry services, Internet cafe are also available.


The Tembo Hotel is located on the beachfront in the Shangani district of Stone Town, close to Forodhani Gardens and the Omani Fort. It is a 10-minute drive from Zanzibar airport.


Tembo Hotel has 36 rooms

Prime rooms

Deluxe rooms

All the rooms are air-conditioned, have a telephone, mini-bar, mosquito nets, hairdryers, multi-channel television and an en-suite bathrooms

General facilities:

• Bahari restaurant

• Watersports centre

• Swimming pool

• Gift and curio shop

• Conference centre

• Internet cafe

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