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“Best hotel in Lilongwe, maybe Malawi” 5 of 5 stars
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Latitude 13 Hotel
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   43/60 Mphonongo Road | Area 43, Lilongwe, Malawi   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Durham, North Carolina
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“Best hotel in Lilongwe, maybe Malawi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

After staying at a guest house and on a second occasion a very large whitewashed hotel in Lilongwe, my colleagues and I stayed at Latitude 13 on our way back from a long and taxing week in rural rural Malawi. We were delighted to have a long, hot shower in the glorious bath (and later I took a bath in the amazing bathtub). The hotel is minimalist, monochrome (sealed concrete) which may lack character for some, but it is undoubtedly chic and hip for those looking for a sleek, intimate boutique hotel in the midst of a wandering, sleepy city. Most of the rooms are loft style and are large, spacious and have a beautiful open plan. The restaurant is also very upscale and has an impeccable wine list.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Very stylish hotel set in a lovely garden with one of Lilongwe's best restaurants. Very chic rooms, with lovely large full bathroom. The restaurant has a great menu and an awesome wine selection! Much nicer than staying in a city business hotel. Has wi-fi all around the property.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The hotel meets a need for a good quality place to stay in Lilongwe. Is it worth USD 220 per day, not by my estimation given the level of amenities at the moment. There is no telephone in the room, neither is the water supply reliable. The water in the shower stopped just at the moment I was using it and given that there is no telephone in the room - I had to take my sud covered self down to the reception to ask them to resolve the problem. Having said this - the food provided at the restaurant is fabulous by any standards and therefore has become a hot spot in Lilongwe and that leads to the other problem of not being able to sleep because of the noise coming from the restaurant. The hotel needs to make some minor changes and it can go from average to very good value for money.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We absolutely loved our stay at Latitude. We stayed there for 2 nights after spending 3 weeks in a very dusty Landrover, so it was heaven for us.
It is very different from any other lodge or hotel we stayed at in Malawi or Zambia - more like a hotel you would find in NYC. The decor is very modern and there are lots of interesting pieces - what's brilliant is that many of the items have been made by Katundu Textiles on Likoma Island near Kaya Mawa (their sister hotel), which provides employment for local people. The feeling of quality is unmistakable - every little detail has been thought through to make sure your stay is as comfortable and memorable as possible.
We also stayed ay Kaya and visited the Katundu workshop - they were making black mosquito nets for Latitude - so when you go you may see them!
We stayed in one of the rooms in the main building - it was amazing with a TV which swivelled round enabling you to watch it from the seating area or your bed! There were lovely bathrobes and plenty of goodies to indulge while you were there. We even had a double shower!
Malawi is known for it's unpredictable power, but Latitude has a generator which means there is always power available.
The Head Chef Andrew and Hotel Manager Lisa were always around to help with ideas of where to go locally or to just have a general chat about our travels. The team are excellent - all immaculate in their black and white outfits with a continuous smile to make you feel very welcome. They also provide a same day free laundry service, which was great as our clothes were pretty grubby after our travels.
We dined in the hotel both evenings and the food was fabulous - we can definitely recommend the lamb burger which was delicious.
The location is fine - although a bit out of town it was only 10 mins in a taxi which cost us around £5 - so pretty handy. It also has a really cool swimming pool...perfect after wandering around in the heat.

Room Tip: They are all amazing...although the main building rooms appear to be a bit bigger.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

While attending the City of Stars Festival, I enjoyed every bit of my stay at Latitude 13 degrees.

I loved the rooms, the food, especially the fish over lunch, and the hospitality in general. Special thanks to Alicia and Selina for the kindness and hospitality.

I would come back again and again.

Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Latitude is an excellent option for Lilongwe. The rooms are spacious and clean and the food is delcious. The staff go out of their way to help you.

Yes we had some issues with the water pressure and sometimes orders took slightly longer to arrive that you'd hope for, but this is Africa and not everything is within the control of the hotel!

. Happy to recommend.

Room Tip: I preferred the upstairs rooms with the balcony and view of the garden as I found them lighter and m...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Latitude 13° hotel you guys are truly great at what you do and running this business. We sincerely appreciate the friendly and efficient service we got from your stuff and the food was tastefuly prepared. The rooms were more than a home away from home and the decor and lighting give you a sense of relaxation.Thank you for histing us and it's our hope we'll stay with you guys when we're in Malawi hopefuly soon. Thank you.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 43/60 Mphonongo Road | Area 43, Lilongwe, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Central Region > Lilongwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Lilongwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Latitude 13 Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Malawi, 'The Warm Heart of Africa', now has Latitude 13° to set the beat.An exclusive boutique hotel combining bold style with instinctive personal service, Latitude brings a unique concept to Lilongwe.The 9 spacious luxurysuites and arguably the best restaurant in Lilongwe, make Latitude 13° theperfect escape for both the business and leisure traveler. ... more   less 
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