What a beautiful building tucked out of the way in Stone Town! Simply gorgeous interior - very unique feeling. Our rooms were quite small, but certainly adequate for our needs, and had such a romantic, antique feel that we felt like we were in another time and place! There was a lovely balcony with table and chairs just outside our rooms (numbers 21 and 22 I believe) which we used to extend our living space. Just up another set of stairs from the balcony was a sweet sitting area with cushions and netting and a fabulous view of the city.
The pool was also small but was just the thing to cool down from the heat and humidity. Poolside drink service was excellent - attentive without being intrusive. It was easy to forget the bustle and crowds just outside the walls of our little palace!
Special mention must be made about the lovely lady at the front desk when we checked in. She went out of her way to welcome us, all while dealing with another large family arriving, as well as one checking out. Then, when I needed to find a cash machine that would accept my Visa card, she found 2 that would work, called a taxi for me, paid for it herself (so that I wouldn't get charged a tourist rate) and made sure he brought me back, all the while keeping an ear out for my kids, should they need anything! And all this was done when the poor woman was trying to eat some lunch!
The air conditioning unit in my room was not working properly when I arrived but it was attended to promptly, and was working before we were done our lunch at the nearby classic, Mercury's Restaurant.
The only negatives that I experienced were the breakfast that was entirely uninspiring (food bland and served cold); the proximity to the tower at the mosque which was startlingly loud at 5 in the morning; and the difficulty finding it amongst the twisting, winding little back alleys! I would certainly consider staying here again if we ever go back to Stonetown.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Kholle House Hotel Stone Town
- Kholle House Zanzibar Island/Stone Town