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“Business in the old town” 3 of 5 stars
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Sunbird Lilongwe
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kamazu Procession Road | PO Box 44, Lilongwe, Malawi   |  
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Ranked #6 of 10 hotels in Lilongwe
Colchester, South Africa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Business in the old town”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

If you need an old school hotel in the heart of Lilongwe then this hotel provides most of your needs - it needs a bit of a revamp but the staff are friendly and the rooms offer most of what you would need, clean central, mosquito nets, TV etc. My only criticism would be free internet is a must in 2013 and the cost from the hotel is far too high

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The hotel is located in Old town and has a great central location. The staff are great and very helpful. The restaurant is great and has very nice breakfast. It has lots of space and a small swimming pool. The bathrooms seem a old but well maintained. It is a great place to stay in away from the hussle.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We stayed at the Sunbird Lilongwe for two nights before leaving Malawi. The hotel's location is central, so you can walk to most places for shopping, the bank, restaurants etc.
We had a lovely suite with a very comfy bed and there was a beautiful bunch of roses and some fruit on our arrival. The bathroom could do with being renovated.
There is a pool which looked nice but we didn't use it.
Staff, food and general service very good, as they have been in the other 3 Sunbird Hotels we've stayed.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

it's well located, and the rooms are nice and cozy, if a little faded. Basically, it has what you need - and perhaps a little bit more (e.g. good location, small swimming pool, garden, lots of space, and peace and quiet). I really wasn't overwhelmed, but you have to compare with other hotels in Lilongwe, which don't set the bar very high (the exception being places like Wendel's Guest House, which are among the few which are well above the norm), then it's definitely in the "better" bracket. Not very cheap, but OK price (about US$ 110). The food is more or less edible, but nothing to write home about. No free wifi (you have to buty a card). But decent room and work-space, and I appreciated the green surrounds and easy walking distance to nearby restaurants and offices. I'd go back - wouldn't choose it as absolute first choice (ref. Wendel's again), but a perfectly pleasant and adequate place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012 via mobile

Excellent location in the Old Town. Within easy access of numerous bars and restaurants. This hotel charges 4 star prices with one star facilities and with so many options now in Lilongwe we moved else where after one night.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Hotel Sunbird, Lilongwe
Not to be confused with the Sunbird in Lilongwe, this is of the same group but a five star executive hotel.
Pros
- One of the best hotels in Malawi
- Efficient, friendly and extremely courteous staff
- Wonder why its rated as One Star – deserves 3 at least
- The conference facilities are good
- very able culinary skills of the restaurant – wide variety to suit very pallet- European, Indian, east Asian and of course Asian
- gives a very safe feel over all
- very good sense of space
- well maintained parks and environments
- the business Centre is very well equipped and even sells Airtel recharges

Cons
- A bit old compared to other hotel
- Small swimming pool
- Very few channels on television (old ones)
- No FREE internet
- No Dental and Shaving kit

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012 via mobile

I went here in 2010 with as part of a school trip to Malawi for 3 weeks. We stayed here for our last night and was by far the best nights sleep I had had for 20 days! Rooms were cosy, sliding door onto grassed area (leading to pool - brrr), and a bath!!! Lush hot too!! The only hot water we had the whole trip. Very nice hotel too, clean and homely reception and corridors. Next to a main road but we weren't bothered as it was very close to a great market and pizza restaurant :P mmm. Plus the breakfast wasn't bad at all! Huge variety with chefs making sure it doesn't empty. All in all - great place!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sunbird Lilongwe

Address: Kamazu Procession Road | PO Box 44, Lilongwe, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Central Region > Lilongwe
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 10 hotels in Lilongwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunbird Lilongwe 3*
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