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Didi badu next to Diani Sea Lodge Box 5206 Diani Beach, Kenya

The Tembo House Hotel & Apartments

Located on the seafront in what was once the American Consulate, Tembo House is ideally located for exploring historic Stone Town. It is also easy to find as it is not tucked away in the pedestrian alleys that spider the city. Though the road and the beach can be noisy, there are few places in Stone Town that are not; the town is all bustle and hubbub.

Accommodation at Tembo House Hotel

The hotel has 37 rooms of varying size and comfort. All rooms are en suite and most have balconies overlooking either the beach, or the hotel’s courtyard pool. The hotel is decorated and furnished in Swahili style with antique furniture and ornaments. This gives it a refreshing amount of character but does mean that some of the beds are either higher or shorter than the Western expectation. Rooms are well equipped by Tanzanian standards, each with air-conditioning, fridge, Satellite television and telephone. Some are quite small though it may be possible to organise a room change during less busy periods. The hotel also offers an internet café and Wifi access and, for an extra charge, a laundry service.

The hotel overlooks the town’s beach. This can be used for bathing in both sun and sea but is very public and not tranquil, nor as clean as many of Zanzibar’s beaches. It is better for catching a glimpse of Stone Town life over your hotel breakfast which is served in the beach side Restaurant. Besides which, the hotel has a well-maintained courtyard pool, far better for a relaxing swim after exploring hot and dusty Stone Town than the waves.

Food, Drink and Service at Tembo House Hotel

The breakfast buffet, included in the room price, is basic but generally good. The Bahari Restaurant itself offers both local and international dishes. The Restaurant itself is perhaps not Stone Town’s most exciting eatery, but it offers good quality food in a nice location. As the hotel is unlicensed, travellers wishing to enjoy alcoholic drinks and the buzz of a hotel bar should consider other options (The Africa House hotel for example, has a well-renowned bar).

Staff at Tembo House are relaxed and helpful and will offer advice on guides and activities. The hotel does not offer luxury accommodation nor service, but is a standard alternative to more expensive resorts (such as the local Serena Inn). However, it is still a good place from which to explore Stone Town offering a satisfactory, if basic service.


  • Airport shuttle costs extra
  • Beach chairs
  • Beach towels
  • Dry cleaning costs extra
  • Good access roads
  • Family friendly
  • Front desk safe
  • Laundry service costs extra
  • Room service
  • Towel and linen service
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Chef
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Babysitter costs extra
  • Bartender
  • Boat captain costs extra
  • Concierge
  • Driver costs extra
  • Fitness trainer costs extra
  • Gardener
  • Housekeeper
  • Security guard
  • Tour guide costs extra
  • Business centre
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Handicap accessible
  • Suitable for elderly
  • Suitable for events
  • Hot water
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Mobile internet reception
  • Mobile phone reception
  • Cable or satellite TV
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness room costs extra
  • Hot tub
  • Motor boat costs extra
  • Pool
  • Private beach
  • Sail boat costs extra