Reviews of Kholle House
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A wonderful architectural building
We had two nights at Kholle House, and the accommodation was excellent. Beautiful rooms with interesting brick built bath, and enviable water pressure. Nicely air conditioned rooms, interesting mattress and beautifully made beds daily. Very close to the mosque, so be prepared for 4 o'clock awakenings.
Nicely located on the edge of Stone Town, but an easy walk into the central hubbub. Turn left or right out of the House and wander aimlessly amongst the narrow streets, greeted by very friendly locals, young or old.
We were there for the last day of Ramadan, and also for the start of Eid which was great to witness.
Unfortunately the staff at Kholle House were indifferent bordering on rude and unfriendly. The only place where my Swahili was ignored and possibly ridiculed. It seemed an effort for them to serve us breakfast, and their attitude was generally apathetic. We asked for refreshments on arrival and this was awkwardly and begrudgingly delivered to our room.
I know it was Ramadan, but if you are running a guest house and accommodating non-muslims, Western beliefs should still be respected, especially when the guest is paying.
Architecturally the building has been beautifully restored. The swimming pool was an added bonus, and beautifully clear and well managed. The 360 degree views of Stone town from the roof top area were stunning and it is just a shame that we didn't feel able to relax and enjoy our stay as the staffs' religious views were overwhelmingly made clear, and we didn't seem welcome.
Kohl House review
Stylish hotel - good decor and nice food. Good service.
A little on the rustic side perhaps, but very authentic (with welcome addition of AC!)
Overnight in Stone Town
The Kholle House was very functional for our needs and the rooms were definitely fitting with the local culture. We had only a short time to spend in Stone Town, arriving in the early afternoon and departing for the airport at 3:30 am. The hotel staff was very accommodating with our early departure, even providing a light breakfast.
I arranged a guided city tour through the hotel concierge. Good thing, or we would have been completely lost. As it was, we were just overwhelmed. The sights, sound and smells of the local market. The weight of the historic slave market. The narrow, winding streets, some only as wide as a sidewalk. The call to prayer booming from the loud speakers atop the many mosques. The heat and humidity. The beckoning of shop keepers. The chaos.
I am grateful for the experience, but I am glad it was only one day. I was eager to return to the tranquility of the bush.
The triumph of style over substance
Looked good, beautiful building but it didn't really work.Read more about the whole trip
Stone Town hotel
The hotel was friendly and quirky because of its history. We were only in Stone Town for one night so this suited us fine.
Good location near the sea front and a short walk to the main attractions.
Kholle House city centre
Kholle House was a perfect location for us - towards the edge of the old town, rather than in the midst of the warren of streets/alleyways, meant that w could always find it without getting stressed out, even late at night. The swimming pool also provided welcome relief from the heat and meant we could relax even during the urban part of our holiday.
Our room (number 24) was at the top of the building which gave us access to cooler breezes, and easy access to both roof terraces. The last set of steps up to the third floor were particularly steep and I think guests should be warned of that in advance (witnessed an older couple really struggling to climb the stairs).
Our main disappointment was that even though we had booked their honeymoon package the fact that we were on our honeymoon was never once mentioned nor acknowledged. Having said that, the staff were helpful when we needed to find a pharmacy. Overall I would say staff were 'helpful' rather than 'attentive'.
Quaint Kholle House
This was a small, cozy hotel located right in Stone Town which is a converted old residence of a sultan's daughter. I loved the old touches such as the old tiles.
Thank god they had a/c in our room as the weather was quite hot and humid in February. Zanzibar provides an interesting history of the influence of various European countries over time and the sad look at it's role in the slave trade. Shopping can be fun at the little shops but the narrow streets are stiflingly hot.
I would go to Memories of Zanzibar and Zanzibar Gallery on Kenyatta Road for a nice selection and good prices. Drinks at sunset at the Serena was magnificent with the Dhows in the foreground. You'll impress your friends with amazing photos of that scene!
Good stay at Kholle House
We stayed at Kholle House for one night (bed & breakfast) which completed our holiday to Tanzania. We did this so that we could spend some time in Stonetown. Although we were not overly impressed with Stonetown itself, we feel happy to have experienced a stay here and Kholle House was centrally situated for this.
The room accomodated all our needs, however we did not have the "best" nights sleep. We were kept awake by loud music coming from a local italian restaurant until 2.30am. Although understandable and unavoidable, we were also awoken by sounds from a cockerel and the local mosque.
For our final day, we had arranged 2 trips out & around Stonetown. As check out was at 10.30am, the hotel did kindly keep our bags locked away and also let us use a room to freshen up before leaving for the airport later that day.
This was a quirky hotel!
Breakfast seemed quite disorganised in that service was slow and we were brought coffee but had no cups or milk and had to ask for them to be brought. A cooked breakfast was ordered and brought to the table and the waiter said the baked beans would come soon. The beans were so slow in arriving the breakfast was Eaten by the time the waiter brought them to our table. He was apologetic but it did seem rather odd. We think that the restaurant needed. 2 people waiting on at breakfast time.
A hair drier in the room and tea and coffee making facilities would have been a good improvement to our stay- especially when we had to wait so long for the coffee at breakfast time.
The staff were warm and welcoming, and very accommodating to our late afternoon departure.
Unusual Kholle House
very different hotel - very convenient location for walking into town. Great choice of hotel - staff very friendly.Read more about the whole trip