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Wenela Bus Station, Blantyre, Malawi
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Lusaka
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

dorms were good size with lockers big enough to fit 75 litre backpack and the bathroom was clean with hot powerful showers. Staff were helpful and arranged a free lift to the bus stop as well as organising our four day trip up mount mulanje. Big party atmosphere so pretty noisy. Good security with key pad entry to guest areas... More

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I stayed here with my young daughter for a few nights. The staff were really friendly and couldn't do enough for us - they helped us find our buses for our return to Lilongwe. Clean rooms -we have a huge family room. Safe with coded entry to sleeping areas. Lively bar. Good location right next to Wenela bus station. Thank... More

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London, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
61 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We turned up expecting to be able to camp, but no such luck, it had closed down 2 years previous. Lonely planet guide needs to be updated! We ended up in a twin chalet at 26$ per night. This was actually good value as the rooms were very clean and spacious with modern bathroom. The grounds were manicured and the... More

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Toronto, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I stayed at a six sleeper with only my friends so as such I've had none of the security issues that other reviewers mentioned. The rooms reasonably prices and of an inconsistent cleanliness. Washrooms and showers are co-ed. Some of the bunk beds look questionably stable.

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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19 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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

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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

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7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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

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London, United Kingdom
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30 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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

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Address: Wenela Bus Station, Blantyre, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Southern Region > Blantyre
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Ranked #4 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Blantyre
Number of rooms: 60

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