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Situated in the centre of Zanzibar's historic Stone Town, Kholle House offers an elegant home that will transport you back in time. Originally built in 1860 by Princess Kholle, the daughter of the first Sultan of Zanzibar, this house has been carefully restored and is now a luxurious, boutique hotel.

Designed in typical Omani Arabic style, the hotel is an ideal base from which to explore this historic town, joining either a guided tour recommended to you by the staff, or heading off on your own to explore. Take a boat ride to Prison Island to see the giant tortoises, enjoy a day trip to the Jozani Forest to see the rare red monkeys, or take a dolphin trip from Kizimkazi.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards 2013 - Top 20 Small Hotels in Tanzania - Number 17
  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards 2013 - Top 15 Bargain Hotels in Tanzania - Number 9


  • Luxurious boutique hotel
  • Authentic decor with modern facilities
  • Offering tranquillity & privacy
  • 360 degree views over Stone Town
  • Swahili-styled tea garden & rooftop terrace

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The rooftop terrace boasts 360 degree views of the historic Stone Town as well as a Swahili-styled tea house where you can sample local teas.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Internet facilities


Start your morning with a wholesome breakfast in the breakfast room before heading off to explore the town. During the day, there will be light snacks at the Swahili-styled tea house on the rooftop. Walk the streets of Stone Town to find different restaurants for dinner each night, or ask the staff at Kholle House to recommend their favourite.

Classic Room

Kholle House has only 10 rooms, ensuring a personalised and intimate stay. Each room is individually designed and features a fusion of Swahili and French-Creole.

You'll find three Classic Rooms, three Deluxe Rooms and four Prestige Rooms, all incorporating the warm spice colours and a mixture of antiques and modern amenities.

The Classic Rooms offer a quaint, yet comfortable place to sleep and are all situated on the ground floor. All the rooms have an en suite bathroom as well as a Swahili-styled bed.

Classic Room AMENITIES

    Ceiling fan
    En-suite bath only
    Mosquito net
    Wi-fi available in room

Other Room Types

The Deluxe Rooms offer the same Zanzibari elegance, but with added space and incredible views over the town. Two of the rooms have direct access to the second floor terrace, boasting a view over the pool and nearby mosque. These rooms each have a queen-sized bed and large en suite bathroom.

The Prestige Suites offer the discerning travelling the royal treatment. Each is uniquely designed with a mixture of Zanzibari or French-Creole furnishings and is adorned with a vast collection of antiques and Swahili influenced décor. In the en suite bathroom you'll find built-in tubs inlaid with traditional Zanzibari tile detail. You'll also have a private balcony and seating area to sit back and enjoy the views over the town, port and sea.


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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"From the swimming pool to your private bath tub, the reading room to the rooftop tea house, this historic home is truly fit for royalty!"

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