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Woodlands Lilongwe

3.0 of 5 Youth Drive, City Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi (Formerly The Sanctuary Lodge)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hellevoetsluis, The Netherlands
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been coming here on a yearly basis for the last eight years. This time was the last. The setting is still excellent. However it is under a new owner which has not done it any good. The whole place exudes a sad air of neglect and stinginess. The chalets are in need of renovation. The terrace has huge... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic surroundings, your own piece of the African bush right in the city centre in Lilongwe. Jay and his team are turning this place around, having taken over earlier in the year and they are attentive and gracious in their service to their guests. We were a team of 4 working for 2 weeks in Lilongwe and were very well... More

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Lilongwe
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there last night for a meal, had booked but had no record of booking. Found us a table that was dirty and took an age to clean and lay. Very limited menu and wine choice (no white, no wine by the glass). Against better judgement decided to stay. Despite there being only one other table occupied it took over... More

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Woodlands Lilongwe is the new name of the former Sanctuary Lodge. It has just come under new management, and is a very different place already. I am therefore also a bit more detailed in my review, as it needs to be put on the map. What I really like about this place is: Location and Space: It is in the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
85 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Bear in mind that the generally (but not exclusively) rather appalling quality of hotels and guest houses in LLW means that the Sanctuary can be considered to be better than most. But not nearly as good as the "really nice" guesthouses such as Wendel's and Cluny Lodge. The plus is definitely the location - not too far from town, but... More

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winchester
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Brilliant place right in the middle of Lilongwe. Note other places in this section are mostly very far away from the city, some several hours. Also that all the poor reviews come from before the management change. We had a really enjoyable stay here while our daughters house was too hectic for us to stay over her wedding. Such calm... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

A hard to believe oasis of peace and tranquility in a natural heavily wooded nature reserve in the middle of the city centre! Perfect for business or pleasure, this hotel is not your average city hotel that one might experience in an african city. The rooms were clean and comfortable with very helpful staff and wholesome fresh tast fare in... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

The lodge itself is lovely, nice setting in a quiet part of the city, but the service and attitude of the staff - particularly of the woman at the reception, was unprofessional and rude; she had no interest what so ever in making our stay a pleasant experience. We had been travelling through southern Africa for several weeks, but nowhere... More

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thesanctuarylodge, Head Chef at Woodlands Lilongwe, responded to this review

hello,Management sincerely apologises for ur bad experience during your visit at the Lodge.As from the beggining of this year,management and ownership has changed and we are doin the best we can to upgrade our services,to the customers satisfaction.We do hope you visit us again and find it different,lastly we thank you for your review,and we will certainly look into the... More

Blantyre, Malawi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Since new management have taken over the lodge it has been a great improvement, I stayed over for a four day business trip. Food was excellent and Lara and Brett are wonderful hosts, staff are very friendly and always willing to help. I can highly recommend The Sanctuary Lodge.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The setting is amazing and the infrastructure is good and promises great things. The services were wanting. You could say that 'this is Africa' but the other places we stayed in Malawi got it right, why can't this hotel? So here goes with a list of shortcomings, all totally avoidable... We were left to find our own chalets and there... More

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Lara P, General Manager at Woodlands Lilongwe, responded to this review

Hello. Sorry for the mishaps that happened during your stay here. My husband and I have recently taken over the Management at The Sanctuary Lodge and are presently fixing all the problems that you encountered. I do hope if you are ever back in Malawi you will stay here again and see a big improvement. Lara More

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Address: Youth Drive, City Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi (Formerly The Sanctuary Lodge)
Location: Malawi > Central Region > Lilongwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Woodlands Lilongwe 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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