Kholle House

Reviews of Kholle House

Good(81%) From 15 travellers
Excellent
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Average
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Below are independent comments from 15 of our travellers who have visited Kholle House, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Meerkats from Thame - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 15-Jan-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Facilities:
Average
Average

Kholle House review

Good location in Stone Town, just right for access to the sights, restaurants and shops.

Quiet, small hotel, friendly and efficient staff. Great swimming pool. The restaurant was not available while we were there so we had to go out for dinner each evening.

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The M family from Washington DC
Arrived on: 21-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Average
Average
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Terrible
Terrible
Food:
Terrible
Terrible
Activities:
Average
Average
Facilities:
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Kholle House review

Kholle house shows that in concept it was a valiant effort to restore a house with some historical pedigree as a luxury destination, but in execution it has succeeded only in restoring the house. The staff are not trained in hospitality, so don't expect service here. Attitude is somewhat sullen too, for Africans - who by in large are friendly and accommodating people in the tourism industry. It would appear that Expert Africa's arrangement with Kholle House provides what little trade it receives.

The place, while not that large was largely empty during our stay. It is located between two mosques, while makes early morning prayer quite easy for the traveler. Since it is not located particularly near to any of the tourist destinations (except Mercury's restaurant (over-priced, but OK menu), it has a certain non-tourist attractiveness, but this is overshadowed by the sterility of the accommodation and lousy service. "You're cooking my corn flakes?"

Recommending this booking is my only complaint with the arrangements made for me by Expert Africa.

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Expert Africa comments

We were sorry that these guests didn't enjoy Kholle House as much as we had hoped. We most recently stayed at here in February 2012 and really enjoyed our stay, so we were surprised to hear this negative feedback. We sent the feedback onto the owner who was upset to read it, and immediately looked into how they could improve. We will continue to monitor Kholle House, however it is worth bearing in mind that it is one of the least costly options in Stone Town, and so for those on a tight budget it may still be a good option.

Mr & Mrs R from Crawley
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Activities:
Good
Good
Facilities:
Good
Good

Kholle House review

The Kholle House was very different and has been refurbished well. The owner., Francis showed us round and explained the history of the house. Our room was fine.

The main problem was the close vicinity to a mosque and the call to prayer in the night which was very loud. We also had difficulty trying to pay our bill as the man on reception was unable to understand us.

The hotel organised a very good guide for us to do a walking tour of Stone Town. This was very interesting and enabled us to see more and be more informed than if we had been walking on our own.

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Mr & Mrs H - Canada
Arrived on: 18-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Kholle House review

Kholle House was beautiful although I'm not sure we would have found it without our driver, but that's Stonetown. It's a bit off the main road, down a couple of allys, which was just a bit foreign to us, but once we had our bearings, it was fine. It is an exceptional old home and the hostess took time to give us a history of the house when we arrived. Unfortunately we were only there for one evening and really didn't have time to enjoy its ambiance.

The room was quite authentic to a grander time in Zanzibars history and we were quite impressed as it was a stark contrast to the street below.

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Mr V & family - Switzerland
Arrived on: 21-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Excellent

Kholle House review

Lovely hotel, charmingly decorated in an old palace in shown town.

Great location with walking distance to the main attractions ( on a narrow street so the last stretch you have to walk on foot)
Fantastic breakfast.

Lovely common areas: Small but beautiful pool and garden, simple but charming roof terrace.

Highly recommended.

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