Kholle House Stone Town

Kholle House is located in the heart of the historic and legendary city of Stone Town. With its rich and vibrant history, Stone Town has enriched the imagination of countless writers, travelers and philosophers. Today, Stone Town is on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Stone Town is beautifully located by the sea, which means that it is perfectly possible to lie on the beach for an afternoon and swim in the warm sea.

Kholle House was built in 1860 for Princess Kholle and has since been carefully renovated. There are 10 luxurious rooms, all individually decorated in Arabic style and with air conditioning, ceiling fan, mosquito net and private bathroom. The hotel also features an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace with a Swahili-style teahouse and stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

When you're not diving or swimming in Stone Town, there are plenty of exciting alleyways to explore. In addition to all the small nice shops, there are several cozy cafes, restaurants and carefully renovated hotels. Traces of Arab culture can really be seen here. You'd need at least a week in Stone Town to dine at all the delicious rooftop terraces in town.


  • 10 rooms with private bathroom
  • Location in the middle of Stone Town
  • Own restaurants
  • Roof terrace with bar
  • Outdoor pool
  • Proximity to diving center
  • Free WiFi in the lobby
  • Transfer by speedboat
  • Air conditioning
  • Reception open around the clock

Classic Rooms

The hotel's classic rooms are elegant and cozy with a Swahili-style double bed that reflects the hotel's original decor. The rooms are located in different parts of the house, some of them have a balcony and others are on the ground floor for easy access. Each room is decorated differently, they are colorful and have a good mix of antique and modern style. In each room you have air conditioning, fan, bathroom and safe.

Deluxe Rooms

Each deluxe room is unique in design and two of the rooms have direct access to the second floor terrace which gives you a lovely view of the pool, the city and the nearby mosque. In each room you will find a double bed, private bathroom, air conditioning, fan, safe and mosquito net.

Prestige Rooms

The Prestige rooms are the hotel's most luxurious rooms. They have an indoor seating area and private balcony with a breathtaking view of the old part of Stone Town, the harbor and the sea. Each suite is uniquely designed with a mix of Zanzibari or French-Creole decor. The room's large and elegant bathroom has a gold-colored bathtub and traditional Zanzibari tiles mixed with modern European style, giving it both comfort and style.

Dive with One Ocean Stone Town

  • Daily boat trips to nearby dive sites
  • Snorkeling excursions by boat
  • Full range of PADI diving courses

The dive sites you reach from Stone Town include both nice reef diving and some wrecks. There are four reef areas, Bawe Island, Murogo Reef, Pange Reef and Nyange Reef. The diving depth varies between 12 and 24 meters and offers varying coral formations, coral species and scattered "bommies". Other wildlife is typical for coral reef diving and here too there is great variety. The most popular wreck is "The Great Northern" which was built in 1870 and sank on New Year's Eve in 1902. This is a shallow dive of 12 meters. You can find slightly more advanced diving on the wreck "The Royal Navy Lighter" which lies at a depth of 30 metres. Common to these wrecks is that they also offer teeming wildlife and some coral.

The One Ocean dive center is located in both Stone Town and at Matemwe and takes you out to the dive sites by either speed boat or with the more traditional "dhows" depending on the dive site and weather.

Unlike the diving at Matemwe, at Stone Town you are not at all dependent on the tide, but the diving starts at the same time every morning and afternoon and night dives are also offered.