Reviews of Kholle House
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19 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Kholle House and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Kholle House "
It's a really charming oasis in Stone Town. The decor combines the chic with the exotic, something hard to do and pull off, but it's been done with aplomb. There are many quiet indoor areas to read or have a drink, plus a covered area in the garden, small tables and chairs and more seats/a sofa beside the pool. It wasn't particularly hot when I was there but even so the pool was really welcome when I got home after hours of wandering and getting lost in town.
My room was long and narrow, so not much room either side of the bed but that somehow contributed to the atmosphere, as did lovely touches like the good linen, cut glass and votives. And the air-conditioning and wi-fi!
The staff were charming and very keen.
The chef is young and probably too ambitious. He has fantastic ingredients to hand, but over complicates things, particularly at dinner.
I loved Zanzibar, but realistically I'm not likely to return. If I did, I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Stone Town." See all these reviews: 7n in Kenya; 2n in Zanzibar
"Kholle House Review"
Expert Africa had NOT advised Kholle House that I am Coeliac and required a gluten free diet (despite having said so in my trip notes). This came as a major surprise to them and caused many problems as they had no conception of the requirements and constraints..
They were kind enough to let me leave my main case with them whilst I was away in Chumbe Island for 2 nights. However, when I got back the manager was on her day off and asleep and not to be disturbed. So when I got back around 1030 (the room was not ready for at least another hour which did not help) I did not get my case until 1700. Whilst they did apologise very nicely that was not the point and I was stunned that I could not get my case for 6 hours.
My main day for relaxation was a Sunday. it started well then I found that the management had let 6 local kids in to enjoy the pool. This was a disaster for me - everything got soaked! I retreated to the lovely roof lounge but it most certainly was not what I had envisaged!
Lovely hotel and friendly staff but I will not stay there again.
Did not wander into Stone Town as the hotel is tucked away and I would have got lost! All the little alleys are very confusing and rather intimidating. No maps etc available." See all these reviews: 5n in Zanzibar; 1n in Kenya
Kholle House have a check in time of 12:00, two hours afters after this traveler arrived at the hotel. All guests have access to the communal areal, including the lounge, pool and verandah at all points, and unfortunately she was required to wait for 45-minutes whilst her room was being prepared. We are sorry for the inconvenience she experienced. Kholle House apologised for the delay in returning her bag to her, and this is not typical practice for the hotel.
We are sorry that her day of rest was disturbed by children playing in the swimming pool. Kholle House confirmed that these were the children of hotel guests, and not local residents. The use of the hotel pool is solely for the use of hotel guests. It is unfortunate that this was not the relaxing setting she was hoping for, however the hotel can not restrict how the pool is used by its guests.
"Kholle House review"
The small swimming pool was very welcome after exploring Stone Town and it was lovely sitting up in the roof top area as the sun went down." See all these reviews: 6n in Zanzibar; 3n in Tanzania
"A wonderful architectural building"
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." See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania; 2n in Zanzibar
"Kohl House review"
A little on the rustic side perhaps, but very authentic (with welcome addition of AC!)" See all these reviews: 8n in Zanzibar
"Overnight in Stone Town"
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." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia; 7n in Tanzania; 6n in Botswana; 3n in Zanzibar; 2n in South Africa
"The triumph of style over substance"
"Stone Town hotel"
Good location near the sea front and a short walk to the main attractions." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania; 7n in Zanzibar
"Kholle House city centre"
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'." See all these reviews: 9n in Zanzibar
"Quaint Kholle House"
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!" See all these reviews: 5n in Tanzania; 4n in Rwanda; 2n in Zanzibar
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