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“Arabian Design and Delight”
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Kholle House
Ranked #17 of 33 Hotels in Stone Town
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Hawaii
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48 hotel reviews
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“Arabian Design and Delight”
Reviewed 28 August 2011

Just spent 3 nights in this lovely gem of a place in Stone Town just off the main road. It was quiet with great decor. Had a charming room (#1) and felt very taken care of by all the staff. Alejandra, the manager, was most helpful in suggesting sights, restaurants, and special areas I might want to see. I was traveling on my own and felt this place to be safe and supportive. I would go back again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 18 August 2011

The hotel is nice. Rooms are well furnished and thoughtfully decorated. The breakfast is substantial and good. The staff is friendly and helpful. The location has an upside, it is right next to the ferry so you can drag your stuff over without having to deal with the taxi touts (the hotel will send someone to help if you ask beforehand). But there are a couple of quirks. First, the bathrooms have no doors - not a big issue but something to be aware about. Second, the hotel is right next to a mosque - so ask for a room that faces away from it unless you're not bothered by the early morning call of the muezzin! Finally, there is no internet access - though the manager let me use her computer (for work reasons, I have to check in every day). But, given the prices they charge (relative to other upscale Stone Town hotels), the place is a steal!

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Leuven, Belgium
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

Kholle House is a beautiful haven of peace, with a ton of charm, in the heart of busy Stone Town.

Alejandra, the very welcoming hostess is someone who really cares about you having a splendid stay and about making you feel at home. She even spent an hour helping us to get a ticket for the ferry, without which we would've missed our ferry and, consequently, the airplane.

The beautifully renovated rooms are so breezy and elegantly decorated with great style!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Cape Town
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2011

Within walking distance to most of the tourist attractions in Stone Town.

Room Tip: Beautifully restored and decorated. Rooms were spacious. Breakfasts good.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 August 2011

On arrival we were greeted with cold towels and refreshment. The delightful Alejandra (manageress) regaled the romantic history of the hotel while our bags were discretely whisked away to our rooms. The hotel has been meticulously restored to its former glory and the suite I stayed offered welcome luxury, fantastic detail, discrete and and sympathetic to its heritage. Later, after fresh seafood and several sundowners at Livingstone's bar (cool bar with good music, 10 minute walk, faces out over the water to the sunset!) my sleep was deep and uninterrupted. Breakfast continued to impress, good coffee, eggs Florentine (with a side of real bacon!), all of which was served up with charming and enthusiastic service. When in Stone Town this is the place to stay.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2011

We stayed in the prestige suite for 2 nights on arrival in Zanzibar. We loved the luxurious feel and the wonderful renovation.
The main postive was the lovely Alejandra - the manager- with her quiet elegance and enthusiasm for Zanzibar. She was very welcoming and had lots of good advice for Zanzibar virgins. Her professional touch was everywhere from furnishings to the quality of the service from the staff.
The room and bathroom were lovely and we had a balcony. The bed was large by Zanzibar standards and very comfortable.It was very nice having the lovely green garden, pool and pool room though admittedly we didnt use the pool much on our short stay.
The location is good, just behind the old dispensary more towards the north end of town but only 5 minutes walk from Forodhani gardens.
Everywhere in Stone town you can hear the muezzin calls and Kholle house is no exception but we were not bothered by it. The alleys around Kholle house are quite narrow so you get less noise from scooters here compared to other hotels we stayed in (having said that the whole of stone town is pretty silent after 11pm).
Negatives - very hard to think of any - perhaps more space to hang up clothes in the room. Also I think the prices were slightly high and the prices for tours etc were high from the hotel but you sort of expect that - if you want the hotel to take the hassle out of booking things then you pay a premium.
Altogether a very relaxing stay and a great introduction to Zanzibar.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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96 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2011

a beautiful hotel, arabic style, calm, peaceful ... the place to stay in Stone Town

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Kholle House
Address: Malindi 607 / 608, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 642, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kholle House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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