Tembo House Hotel is a unique and fascinating Zanzibar Hotel located at the heart of Zanzibars Stone Town, surrounded by historical buildings and the sea front looking out to the islands and the harbour.
The 19th Century restored Tembo House Hotel is the sister Hotel of Dhow Palace, (located just 300 metres up the road) and is a landmark amongst other hotels in Zanzibar in , having served many purposes over the years from being the American Consulate in 1834, to becoming the premises of Cowasjee Dinshaw and Partners in 1884 which was the famous Trading Companies in the western Indian Ocean.
Today Tembo House Hotel is locally owned and managed, being one of the first to start up after Zanzibar open its doors to tourism in the late 1980's, giving them a perfect location for their guests to explore the city of Stone Town. The original building really was a magnificent structure and many of the original features remain today, such as an array of antique furniture, fittings and ornaments from all over the world and the most notable amongst all of them, is the superb stained glass salon overlooking over the bay that is one of the architectural highlights of Stone Town.
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Accommodation at Tembo House Hotel
Tembo House Hotel offers their guests accommodation in 34 spacious rooms decorated with Oriental and traditional Zanzibarian ornaments, antiques and furniture. Many of the rooms have balconies overlooking the beach or the swimming pool courtyard.
All rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable and are equipped with mosquito nets, ceiling fans, air conditioning, telephone, hairdryers, mini-bar, multi-channel television and en suite bathroom with hot and cold showers. One of the more stylish and unusual features at Tembo House Hotel is that every room has a Swahili bed with the wooden carvings which are so unique to this region
Dining at Tembo House Hotel
Meals at Tembo House Hotel are served at the Bahari Restaurant and lounge area, which is adjacent to the beach and provides the ideal place for lunches with views over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and cooling sea breezes.
The Bahari Restaurant features excellent local and international cuisine giving you the tastes of the spice coast of Zanzibar where you can have your own private traditional meal served on the terrace over looking the sea.
As with Dhow Palace, Tembo House Hotel follow the Muslim code of not serving alcohol. This is unfortunate but something that we have to respect according to their beliefs. There are however, plenty of good restaurants and pubs within walking distance which do serve alcohol.
Tembo House Hotel Activities:
• Marine sports, dhow rides, boat excursions to nearby islands and picnics can be arranged through reception.
• Stone Town’s cafés, markets and tourist spots are all within walking distance.
Traveler Rating: 5 (out of 5)
Current reviews - 5 posted
I loved this place
Author: Marina Lembisch
Posted: Thursday, May 31 2012, 12:57:52
After weeks of travelling around South and East Africa, this place was a dream! Fantastic service, lovely atmosphere, and the pool was great. Location was also perfect and i found it very safe as I was a single female traveler. I hope to go back and take my husband next time!
Author: Lorraine Clifton
Posted: Thursday, May 31 2012, 12:55:25
Tembo is beautifully located and convinent to all the attraction of Stone Town. The rooms were wonderful with the style of the 40s.
Author: Andrew Matenge
Posted: Thursday, May 31 2012, 12:54:14
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.
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