Situated in the heart of bustling Stone Town, the Kholle House was an exotic oasis. We stayed there for two nights and were bowled over by the excellent service and beautifully decorated interiors.
The rooms were neat, spacious enough with high ceilings, air conditioning and four poster beds. Our room was situated right next to the mosque, which we loved. Others might find the close proximity to the mosque a disturbance, especially with the early morning call to prayer, but I doubt it would be much different anywhere else considering there are 51 mosques in Stone Town alone!
Built in 1860, the house belonged to one of the Sultan of Oman’s daughters, Princess Kholle. The house, a bed & breakfast hotel, is a perfect blend of Arabian and African influences and styles and each room features it’s own exquisitely carved wooden door. The cosy restaurant area leads onto the courtyard and pool and the house also features a tea house/terrace. With 360º views of the town, it’s the perfect place to unwind with a hookah and some drinks. (It is also the spot where the (free) wifi signal was at it's strongest lol).
Breakfast was a simple affair yet delicious. Think pancakes, homemade yoghurt, sausage and eggs, yummy mango jam, avocado and lime juice and awesome coffee! All served in various Zara Home tableware. (I know this because I remember pinning the cutlery to one of my many Pinterest boards haha.) The staff were so warm and friendly, attentative without being intrusive. The location of the house is great as it is only a few steps away from the mosque, about a minute away from a café and the restaurant Mercury’s and about a 15 minute walk from the Forodhani Gardens.
Granted the opportunity, I would go return to the Kholle House without a doubt. It is so peaceful and quiet, you would never guess that just outside it’s gold and wooden carved doors lies the hustle and bustle of the rest of the town.
I’ll stop now and let the photographs do the rest of the talking!