SStayed for a very comfortable weekend while working in Dar, as I did last September. Five minute walk to/from the ferry terminal - right behind the recently renovated and re-opened 'Old Dispensary'. Kholle house have just completed their first year, and Alejandra has moved on. Staff training is ongoing, but everyone goes out of their way to help and has a smile - like most people other than the street touts in Stone Town. When finding a backstreet restaurant looked complicated after dark the new manager sent someone to guide me (and the restaurant later provided someone to guide me back). The air conditioning in the bedrooms is quiet and functional – important in the perpetual heat and humidity of Zanzibar. The decor has to be seen to be believed - the rooftop terrace the garden gazebo and some of the rooms look some something out of Architectural Digest or an Aman resort. Go now - it will soon be 'discovered and the rates will rise - for now it is a bargain (as a return guest I paid $100 for a ‘junior suite’). Previous complaints about breakfast must have been an off-day - for kitchen staff or for the guest! I had fresh fruit, fresh juice, spiced coffee (from an espresso machine) and excellent eggs benedict one day, huevos rancheros the other day – food and service were excellent. Wish I had known about the possibility of dinner on the roof – will try it next time.
- 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 assistance. Kholle 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 brought 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 a noble and austere facade 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, that was restored by the Aga Khan Foundation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kholle House Hotel Stone Town
- Kholle House Zanzibar Island/Stone Town