Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"The Tembo Hotel has an old fashioned style with all the modern conveniences. It was delightful to sit at breakfast and look out to sea and observe the locals going about their business on boats and on the shore. Historic Stone Town alleys are at the entrance and a guided town walk is a must. To top it all off the manager has a brother living in Australia and he went out of his way to give us a late checkout on the day of our departure "
- Travel date: 2nd July 2016
"This may be the most charming hotel in Africa. Beautiful furniture, wonderful setting, large, clean, comfortable rooms. The staff was professional and alway helpful! We wish could have stayed longer."
- Travel date: 14th March 2007
Skip this hotel and head down the street to the Serena Hotel
"We had a day room at the Tembo, and we would suggest you skip this hotel and head down the street to the Serena hotel (where we ended up going for lunch anyway). The hotel was worn and dirty. Our room was not clean when we arrived and they put us in the dirty room anyway and then sent someone to clean it about 45 minutes later. Ick. It was very hot, ceiling fans did not cool thinkgs off. Pool is loud and in the middle of the hotel. Walking around Stone Town is a little intimidating. Skip it. I would suggest the Serena down the street, we went there for the afternoon!"
- Travel date: 7th February 2007
Good Location, needs some updating
"After reading reviews of Tembo, I thought this sounded the best hotel and good value. It did indeed have character and the location was prime on the waterfront. There was a dodgy electric fitting in the room which was a bit of a hazard and the shower in the bathroom was not up to much. Breakfast was on the lovely terrace but I felt the menu could have been improved. Having said that we enjoyed our one night in Stone Town and ate at the Emerson Green rooftop Terrace which is recommended."
- Travel date: 8th November 2006
Traditional Zanzibar Hotel
"We arrived for our first night in Zanzibar at the Tembo after a long journey from the UK and it exceeded our expectations! As a family of four I think we got the best room in the house, a large room for 4 with a huge balcony overlooking the beach and sea. The room and the rest of the hotel has lovely old furniture, doors and stained glass windows. You really felt like you are in Zanzibar. The restaurant and patio area were attractive and shady with so much to watch down on the beach and in the water. The pool was excellent and very clean. The food was good and reasonably priced and the staff on the whole were helpful. It is in an excellent location right in the center and right next to one of the only cash machines - which was very helpful! It was a great start to a fantastic holiday."
- Travel date: 8th November 2006
Decent Option in good location
"The Tembo House Hotel is situated in an atmospheric building right on the beach, situated only minutes away from the Forodhani Gardens and the old parts of Stonetown. It is a decent option in town, and you could do worse than the Tembo. It is not in the same league as Emerson and Green or the Serena, but it is cheaper and is in a good location. The hotel is split into two wings - the old wing was an old sultan's residence and is fairly atmospheric, and the new wing, a bit more sterile, is built in a similar style directly across the pool. The rooms in the hotel are OK, but clearly have seen better days. The plumbing is not great, and we did have some problems with smells emanating from the pipes. If you manage to get a sea-facing room then this hotel represents good value for money - however, most of the rooms face inwards towards the pool and for these rooms you pretty much get what you pay for. The pool is a nice touch, but we didn't really find the need for it. Stonetown is not a pool and beach place, and if you are after this you are better off elsewhere on the island. We also found it to be fairly nosiy around the pool during the day, especially as the pool was used by a group of local kids. At times the place felt a bit like a package holiday resort, and not what you expect. The hotel is situated right on the beach, but again the beach here is not the type of beach you would neccesarily spend a lot of time on - the water is not clean enough to swim in, and the beach is used for commercial boats and is a busy thoroughfare, particularly for the local papasi. The staff at the Tembo are helpful enough, but seem a lot more interested in directing you to their 'friends' to book trips (and I'm sure a commission), and that is when they are at their friendliest. Breakfast was a fairly dissapointing affair - stale pastries, fruit and cereals were the options each morning - and whilst these are fine for cheaper hotels, you would expect more in a hotel like the Tembo. On the positive side, however, the hotel was clean and pleasant, and a great refuge from the craziness of Stonetown. The location is perfect, and within walking distance of all the town's sights. It would not be our first choice if we return to Stonetown, but as a decent mid-range family friendly hotel it fits the bill."
- Travel date: 3rd September 2006
"Make sure you get appropriate bed. We were two adults and two children with two (double) really twin sized beds. Ok that was my only complaint. Other than that we really really enjoyed out stay. Continental breakfast was lovely. And the hotel is within walking distance of Stone Town and area restaurants. The owner even stopped and chatted with my in-laws talking about how Zanzibar has changed over the years. Absolute gem!"
- Travel date: 9th March 2006
A real Unspoilt Zanzibar Hotel
"After four seperate visits to Stone Town I can assure readers 'you won't do better'! The Tembo hotel is in a fantastic location, on the beach yet on the edge of 'the old town'. Beautifully furnished, clean and welcoming with a nice sized fresh water swimming pool with which to cool down in. It is exactly what you could expect from an original African/Zanzibarian hotel. Very friendly staff. The downsides are 'No Alcohol' however there are several bars nearby in particular a new one just adjacent on the beach, 10 yards. Breakfast in the morning is my only complaint."
- Travel date: 5th March 2006
A gem from the past
"We just returned from a 2-week trip to Tanzania with 5 days in Zanzibar. As we are not the regular "beach potatoes", we wanted some tours before hitting the beach and thus came to reserve 3 nights in the Tembo. We did this via e-mail and got approval for the first night with "waiting list" status for the others. We were updated by the hotel staff as the situation cleared and happily, we had all three nights there. When we arrived we were shown to a very nice room on the entrance level facing the pool. We requested an ocean view and were told that the next day we'll be moved to one. We offered to pay more but were refused by the receptionist - he said it would cost just the same! On the next day we were given another room on the 2nd floor (please note there are no elevators...) and another beautiful and spotless room it was. We used hotel service for laundry (came back next day) and internet (that costs 3x more than the outside places but is still right in the hotel) to our full satisfaction. The hotel is decorated beautifully in the original Zanzibar style and you have the feeling of being in a Sultan's house some 200 years ago but with all the comforts of modern world (in-room telephone, TV etc.). We were offered some tours at the reception and these were not more expensive than the other external operators (we went to Jozan forest for 20$ per person for several hours). There are safe deposit boxes at the reception for guests usage and we used these too when we left for a full day snorkelling trip. As the owners are Muslim, alcohol is not served in the hotel but that did not bother us at all. To summerise: the hotel is a gem with great cost-performance, great location and wonderful service."
- Travel date: 28th February 2006
Great Stonetown hotel
"This is an ideal place to stay in Stonetown. There's a lovely atmosphere, it's very convenient for arriving from the airport, for shopping and sightseeing in Stonetown, and for onward transfers. The staff were helpful. It was GREAT to have a pool to cool down in, and both the upper terrace area and the beachfront are nice to chill out in. The room was small, but very clean. While not as atmospheric as Emerson and Green, it represents better value for money. You are right beside the best shops in Stonetown, as well as close to the Forodhani Gardens. There is no bar, but there are several nearby. There was very, very little hassle from people selling things, and Stonetown was an interesting place to stay for a few days before hitting the beach!"
- Travel date: 3rd January 2006
great choice in stone town
"great little boutique hotel in the city centre. not really a beach resort, but perfect for exploring stone town."
- Travel date: 2nd January 2006
Top traveller tips for Tembo House Hotel & Apartments
"Book a room facing the sea."
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