The Tuskers Hotel is a large multi-storey affair in the heart of Kabwe, directly across the street from the Shoprite supermarket complex. The location is pretty good if you want to walk around the town center or take an early morning run through the quiet residential suburbs. The streets around the hotel and the town are thoroughly potholed to such an extent that it’s comical, but I guess it saves putting in speed bumps!
The hotel is fairly Spartan when it comes to furnishings and décor – it must have been a government hotel at some point in its past. There is no elevator so you will have to lug your own bags up several flights of stairs. The rooms are basic but comfortable, fairly roomy, clean and well maintained. The foam mattress wasn’t all that comfortable however and I ended up tossing and turning all night. The bedside lamp mysteriously turned on and off during the night so I ended up unscrewing the bulb. The hot water supply and water pressure was very temperamental and I had a frustrating time trying to take a shower. The door didn’t have any sort of deadlock or safety chain so not as secure as I would’ve liked. The windows weren’t well screened so I had to close them all up and crank up the AC which worked quite well. There is also a mosquito net hanging over the bed but I had no problems with mosquitoes during my stay. The outdoor courtyard cafe was really nice. We ordered some pizzas for dinner which were actually quite good. Service was a bit hit and miss at the hotel and they do not accept credit cards so make sure and bring a lot of cash. They accept $US, fortunately.
Overall I had a decent stay at the Tuskers Hotel and would stay here again on future trips. Although it has its faults, it may be the best place in town, and I would recommend it to other travelers.