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Kholle House

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Malindi 607 / 608, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 642, Tanzania
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here on my last nght in Zanzibar and enjoyed being in this traditional boutique hotel. I had a very early get up so literlaly had only 12 hours here. I had booked half board, but on arrival the chef had left for the day, they didn not kno w i had booked hald board. This wasnt a problem... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

We stayed for two nights at Kholle House, in one double and one single room, on the top floor. The good: - Beautiful interiors - Excellent breakfast - Nice pool and garden - Rooms had A/C and a fan - vital in the Zanzibar heat and humidity. The bad: - Every door, threshold and aisle was narrow and dark, the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016 via mobile

Kholle House was built by Princess Kholle and we never got tired of appreciating its beautiful architecture and detailed decor. It is a small hotel tucked away from busy streets on Stone Town. We were a bit nervous about going into narrow streets to get to the hotel in the beginning, but we felt completely safe roaming around the town.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

Kholle House is a quaint hotel near the ferry in Stone Town. It is quite dark inside, but the courtyard and pool area is lovely. The rooms are lovely as are the bathrooms. We had most of our meals on the roof top which incurred an extra charge but was certainly worth it. However, the poor staff probably don't think... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2016

My family stayed in several rooms at Kholle House during Christmas week 2015. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I will begin with the hotel strengths. It is in an old building that once housed the sister of the Sultan, and the rooms and furnishings are beautiful and atmospheric. The location near the port, museums, shopping and restaurants is a plus.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

less than expected, hotel is in a dodgy alley ,small to non reception ,hard to find and no taxi parking place bare breakfast ,kind of a la carte ,small options we stayed at upper floor ,2 rooms described as suites,they were ok but be aware of lot of cramped stairs serena hotel is the one to go eventhough i assume... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

We had planned one last day in Stone Town at the end of a Tanzanian tour. We arrived from a quiet corner of Zanzibar into the harried buzz of Stone Town where our driver was trying to approach to Kholle House to drop us off. Parking and vehicles are a very difficult way to negotiate the streets and park in... More 

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Rwanda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I second the praise by many reviewers. It is a tasteful renovation of a charming old Arab house. Pleasant small pool to chill out after sweaty walks down the alleys of Stone Town. I loved the small living where I discovered an interpretation of Mozart “a l’Egyptienne “. Service was attentive and professional. The small rooftop terrace is attractive but... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Probably the best aspect of Kholle House is it's location; especially if you arrive and depart by ferry. Decoration of the rooms are very nice but the pool & restaurant area is even better. Breakfast was also very nice. It is very close to the main historical places to see in Stone Town so it is very conveniently located for... More 

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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My husband and I stayed at Kholle House for two nights. The first night we arrived late and we were given a room that was not prepared for us. The room had a broken air conditioner and there was no drinking water. The night attendant pretended to turn on the air conditioner for us when he showed us our room.... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Kholle House fact sheet:Services & Facilities:• Wi-Fi available• Outdoor swimming pool• Transport to/from airport if required at an additional charge. Zanzibar airport and Dar es Salaam airport – ferry dock• Island tours and sea activities assistanceKholle House in the heart of Stone Town is an historical and authentic house build in 1860 which belonged to Princess Kholle. Sister of Sayyid Sultan bin Bargash and Princess Salme. The house has probably been there as a showcase from their crystal collection and porcelain.After the revolution in 1964 the house was confiscated and occupied by several families, this period caused severe damages in the house. Three years of restoration has bring us the pleasure to present our town beloved house, the work done in connection with historical monuments and in full respect with the construction methods in the time (coral rubble, lime, mangrove beams, marble…). With an noble and austere façade the building is typically Omani Arabic style while the garden has more Indo-Victorian fantasy rhythms. This style is featured on the covers of the old dispensary which faces Kholle House and was restored by the Ada Khan Foundation. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Kholle House

Address: Malindi 607 / 608, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 642, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Price Range: $123 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kholle House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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Also Known As:
Kholle House Hotel Stone Town
Kholle House Zanzibar Island/Stone Town
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#8 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
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