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Tembo House Hotel & Apartments

4-star hotel with outdoor pool, connected to a shopping center, near Old Fort

  • Free WiFi and free parking

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Forodhani Street, Zanzibar Town, 25524, Tanzania
8.4.Very good.
  • Amazing beach and central location and their food and the entire team of staff is above…

    Jul 29, 2021

  • The staff were very good and attentive. Over all I had a good stay on my birthday. Our…

    Jun 23, 2021

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global) and Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Dining options
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Airport transfer
  • Bathtub
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 65 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor pool
  • Nightclub

For families

  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • Children's pool
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate sitting area
  • Television

What’s around

  • In Stone Town
  • Nakupenda Beach - 37 min walk
  • Old Fort - 2 min walk
  • Forodhani Gardens - 3 min walk
  • House of Wonders - 6 min walk
  • Christ Church Cathedral - 8 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Single Room
  • Double Room, 1 Bedroom, Balcony, Partial Sea View
  • Suite, 1 Bedroom, Balcony, Sea Facing
  • Triple Room, Balcony
  • Twin Room, 2 Twin Beds, Balcony, Partial Sea View
  • Freddie Mercury Apartment
  • Double Room, 1 King Bed, Private Bathroom, Annex Building
  • Twin Room, Private Bathroom, Annex Building
  • Triple Room, Multiple Beds, Private Bathroom, Annex Building
  • Family Room


Forodhani Street, Zanzibar Town, 25524, Tanzania
  • In Stone Town
  • Nakupenda Beach - 37 min walk
  • Old Fort - 2 min walk

What’s around


  • In Stone Town
  • Nakupenda Beach - 37 min walk
  • Old Fort - 2 min walk
  • Forodhani Gardens - 3 min walk
  • House of Wonders - 6 min walk
  • Christ Church Cathedral - 8 min walk
  • Prison Island - 15 min walk

Getting around

  • Zanzibar Intl. Airport (ZNZ) - 16 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Ferry terminal shuttle
  • Shopping center shuttle (surcharge)
  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 65 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time noon-midnight
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Express check-in/out

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Up to 5 children (1 year old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*
  • Ferry terminal shuttle*


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Free onsite extended parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • Onsite parking limited

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • No alcohol served onsite
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Snack bar/deli
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free reception
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills

Things to do

  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Nightclub
  • Beach towels
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Billiards or pool table

Working away

  • Business center
  • Conference space
  • Conference space size (feet) - 161
  • Conference space size (meters) - 15
  • One meeting room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Limo or Town Car service available
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop


  • Number of buildings/towers - 3
  • Year Built - 1992
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Low-height counters/sink

Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish

In the room

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Turndown service
  • Egyptian-cotton sheets

Things to enjoy

  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Be entertained

  • 32-inch LED TV
  • Cable TV channels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


Bahari Restaurant - This beachfront restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. A children's menu is available. Open 24 hours. Reservations are required.

Small print

Also known as

  • Tembo House Hotel Apartments Zanzibar Town
  • Tembo House Hotel Apartments
  • Tembo House Hotel & Apartments Hotel
  • Tembo House Hotel & Apartments Zanzibar Town
  • Tembo House Hotel & Apartments Hotel Zanzibar Town
  • Tembo House Hotel Apartments
  • Tembo House Zanzibar Town
  • Tembo House
  • Tembo House & Apartments

Optional extras

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 15.00 per vehicle (one-way)

Airport shuttle for children between the ages of 5 and 10 costs USD 15.00 (one-way)

Ferry terminal shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Beach shuttle and shopping center shuttle service is offered for an extra charge


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Pool access available from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) and Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global).

For transfers, guests must contact the property on arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:
  • A tax is imposed by the city: USD 1.00 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • Yes, Tembo House Hotel & Apartments does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self and extended parking. Parking spots may be limited.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool and a children's pool. Guests have pool access from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from noon - midnight. Check-out time is 10 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Express check-in and check-out and contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes, Bahari Restaurant offers beachfront dining, international cuisine, and garden views. Nearby restaurants include Traveller's Cafe (3-min walk), Old Fort (3-min walk), and Maru Maru (4-min walk).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 15.00 per vehicle one-way.
  • Have fun with nearby activities like boat tours and scuba diving. Additional recreation nearby includes hot springs and safari tours. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hotel's other amenities, which include a nightclub and a picnic area. Tembo House Hotel & Apartments also has a garden.
8.4.Very good.
  • 8.0.Very good

    Amazing hotel with a very beautiful style

    An amazing hotel from the nineteenth century with old but beautiful indian style... two swimming pools on the beach this hotel offers everything you need

    Martin, 2 night trip, May 18, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    warm friendly staff.excellent location and breakfast

    Al U, 4 night family trip, Apr 5, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    This place is a gem and I loved my stay. I upgraded to a better room and it was stunning. The host is very kind and so are all the staff. The entire hotel is historic and looks like a palace. I sure felt like a queen here and was treated like one. I'll be back for sure. I think it looked better in person than in pictures. Wifi here was ok. I brought my own SIM card and used it because I have to do a lot of zoom conferences.

    Olubayo, 1 night trip, Mar 31, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Tembo Hotel was a beautifully decorated hotel right on the edge of the beach in Stone Town. The beach is accessible at all times. Lovely clean beach with abundance of local activity especially towards late afternoon. I was upgraded to a suite at a minimal price by the friendly manager Rahim. The suite was on the beach front, literally one step away from the sand. Quite a spacious room with a spacious bathroom as well. Plenty of antique furniture all around the hotel. The pools were very well maintained. Two pools, one large swimming pool in the central part of the hotel, and a smaller one on the first floor with a lovely view of the ocean and sunset. Service was excellent. Breakfast is served buffet style and overlooking the beach, a variety of foods which are different every morning, as well as an egg/pancake station. Fresh fruits offered every morning as well as three different juice options every day. Overall a very nice experience staying at Tembo Hotel, will definitely recommend and wouldn't mind staying again.

    Umar, 3 night trip, Mar 23, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Beautifully renovated historic building from 1880s right on the waterfront.

    2 night family trip, Mar 20, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Convenient location to visit the best places in stone town. Very authentic hotel, good value for money. Nice view from the balcony. Beds too small, room size small.

    Ranbir, 2 night trip, Dec 21, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Beautiful historic building

    Friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful grounds, with antique furniture. A large center pool and an infinite pool 1st floor overlooking beach . Triple room, had 3 small bottles of water, bring more. Breakfast was perfect with a very happy, smiling cook making omelets.

    Patsy, 1 night trip with friends, Nov 24, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very good

    The ambience of nature and peace , it was worth the stay. Staff were always smiling and the manager was friendly and professional .

    Chen, 8 night trip, Oct 15, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Beautiful facility-worth it!

    We stayed for 3 nights for our honeymoon. They decorated our room very nicely for us with gorgeous flowers. We had a beautiful balcony view that faced the infinity pool and the beach. Breakfast each day was good. Dinner was also good but was a bit pricey. All of the staff was very accommodating. Would definitely recommend to others and stay again!

    Zoe, 2 night trip, Sep 25, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The view of the ocean from the room was majestic. The hotel was rustic yet modern. Food served in the restaurant was very good.

    2 night romance trip, Sep 11, 2020

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