We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 6 Blantyre accommodations

Doogles Lodge

Wenela Bus Station, Blantyre, Malawi
Hotel amenities
Doogles Lodge
We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Blantyre
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Write a Review

19 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (3)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This was my second hostel to stay in Malawi, and I liked the look of the place when I first arrived. It was clean, and the bar was well set up. After having a friendly personal experience with helpful staff at a hostel in Lilongwe, I was disappointed by how useless the staff here were. Firstly, they hardly spoke a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
19 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

A ten minute walk from Blantyre’s small bus station, and directly next to the big one, Dougles is frequented by locals, tourists and long term volunteers. Its self-contained bar, restruarunt, pool and lounge makes it a good stop-over when exploring Malawi. There is nothing much to do in the City itself but makes for an interesting stroll during the day... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
23 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a while, mostly because I was hospitalized at the nearby private hospital. Camping is good value, and you get free guavas from the tree. The rooms are much more expensive, and not very bright. Some of the staff was nice and even asked how I was doing, the rest would hardly nad in your direction, let alone... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I stayed at Doogles for two nights in July and found it a rather average experience. The location is fine as it's close to the bus station, but the rooms were average and the staff quite unhelpful. It was winter and our chalet had no windows so it was freezing. When we asked the receptionist to call a taxi for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
31 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

From the reviews already noted I was expecting the worst and was more than pleasantly surprised. The staff are endlessly friendly and helpful the dorm rooms were spacious and in room lockers were provided. I stayed over the weekend (Friday and Saturday night) and found that any noise from the bar was not excessive. The food was sliglty overpriced for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

OK but I had a good look around considering casping or taking a room, had a beer and a bite to eat and then went elsewhere to stay and eat. Pool was not clean. The location was convenient for those arriving by the minibus for but not for security as non-residents can pass through all areas. Rooms clean enough. but... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We camped at Doogles in December 2012 just before Christmas for one night. We weren't sure if we could camp there as we couldn't really see anywhere to setup but we asked at reception and were shown the area up the back reserved for camping. It's nothing special but for the cost and our purposes it was fine (we had... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Louis, Missouri
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

My husband and I came via bus from South Africa, and it was eight hours later than expected so by the time we arrived it was nearly 11pm. We took local advice and went to Doogles. It was close to the bus station, so it wasn't an expensive taxi ride. They had rooms available that were decently priced and clean.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Doogles Lodge security is terrible. The bar is lively and good fun but there are not safeguards to stop the local drinkers from entering any of the dorm rooms. On top of this, the lockers in the room don't work. My iPad was stolen from Doogles on a saturday evening whilst the bar was full. The management did not show... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Espoo, Finland
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
29 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Doogles is located behind the bus station and has a pretty quick access to Blantyre centre by foot and to minibuses towards all directions. The room was all right for the local standards but the toilet doors (in the en-suite room) looked like saloon doors with open space both below and above the doors.. Besides this detail, the room worked... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Been to Doogles Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Doogles Lodge

Address: Wenela Bus Station, Blantyre, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Southern Region > Blantyre
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Specialty lodging in Blantyre

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Doogles Lodge, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Bookmark for later
Save Saved
You added Doogles Lodge to your Saves list