Kholle House is a boutique hotel in Stone Town, renovated to reflect Princess Kholle's elegant style
Kholle House: Our full report
After three years of restoration work, Kholle House opened its doors in February 2011 as one of Stone Town’s newer boutique hotels. Situated right in the heart of Stone Town, it manages to retain a lot of character with apparently very reasonable prices.
Kholle House is named after Princess Kholle, the daughter of the first Sultan of Zanzibar, who built it in 1860 as a place to keep her prized collection of treasures. It was originally two separate houses, but these have now been knocked together, although some original features, doors and furniture remain.
Each of the ten bedrooms at Kholle House has been individually decorated, using antique furniture and traditional fabrics which help to maintain a sense of history. Warm yellows, pinks and reds have been used on the walls and in the soft furnishings, adding plenty of colour and interest.
Kholle House has three different bedroom types. The Prestige and Deluxe rooms both have a queen-size bed with mosquito net, en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and ceiling fan, and WiFi. In addition, the Prestige Rooms have a seating area and private balcony.
Smaller than the other room types are the Classic Rooms, which have a double bed and en-suite bathroom, plus air conditioning.
Kholle House has a rooftop Swahili-style lounge, offering panoramic views of Stone Town and the Indian Ocean from the traditional floor-level
Downstairs is a bright and airy breakfast room where light snacks, tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks are also available. Outside is a pretty little garden with a few seats, and a small swimming pool. Pools are something of a rarity in Stone Town, especially in the smaller hotels, so this is a real bonus, especially on hotter days.
Kholle House is a delightful addition to Stone Town’s collection of small hotels. For budget-conscious travellers who wish to experience traditional Zanzibari and design, it’s a great choice.
Ideal length of stay: Two nights is ideal in order to have a full day to explore the narrow streets, museums and shops of Stone Town.
Directions: Kholle House is located right in the heart of Stone Town – a five -minute walk from most of the sites and a ten-minute drive from the airport.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: A full cooked breakfast is offered including eggs prepared to order. For the less hungry there’s toast, jam, bread, fruit, tea, coffee and fruit juices.
Lunch and dinner must be arranged in advance.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15
Drinks included: No
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome
Property’s age restrictions: None
Equipment: Cots are available for babies
Generally recommended for children: The pool should keep children entertained in the heat of the afternoon, so Yes, we would recommend Kholle House to families with children over the age of eight.
Notes: Children must be supervised at all times, especially at the pool.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: Back-up generator
Communications: There is cellphone reception in the building and WiFi is also available.
TV & radio: None
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: There are many doctors in Stone Town.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: There is a 24-hour security guard at Kholle House and staff are willing to accompany guests walking to local restaurants if they need directions or feel nervous.
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are placed in the communal areas.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available for an extra charge.
Money: An exchange service is provided for GB pounds, US dollars and euros but the rates are not very favourable.
Accepted payment on location: Cash payments may be made in US dollars and Tanzanian shillings. Credit cards are not accepted.