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Woodlands Guest Lodge
Ranked #5 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Harare
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“Superb place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

I chose Woodlands based on the previous reviews of this lodge. It is a beautiful place, very comfortable, and David, the owner, could not have been more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for him, including running me down to the village in has car when it was raining.

I stayed there for 4 nights on a business trip and my first visit to Harare. It is a few miles out of the centre but it doesn't take more than 20-30 minutes even to get to the far side of the city. Borrowdale Village, with a good selection of shops and restaurants, is only 10 minutes walk and seems safe to walk in the early evening after dark, so time to eat a meal at 7 and still walk back if you don't want to take a taxi.

The rooms are very spacious and well finished. There is covered patio outside to sip a beer and watch the rain pour down - as it did a lot in my visit in February. The only problem was that I had the furthest room from the main building and I couldn't get a wifi connection. So to access the internet, I had to sit in the comfortable bar/restaurant with an alway open honesty bar or round the swimming pool in the beautiful and large gardens - hardly an inconvenience!

Dinner is available Monday-Thursday evenings. I ate there the first night - a set meal which was excellent. I ate in the village a couple of other evenings - at Millars Cafe and 360, both very good.

Although Woodlands is slightly more expensive than some of the other lodges, it is definitely worth the extra. I had originally thought that Zimbabwe would be a cheap price to visit, but since they started to use the US$, prices have stabilised at around UK prices for restaurants, eetc.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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2 Thank HexhamDave
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2011

Wonderful guest lodge situated in beautiful Borrowdale. Checked in here after running away from a "5* star" hotel downtown.

Wonderful rooms, with flatscreen tv, minifridge, nice bathrooms and patios. Bed was extremelly comfortable and the room had lots of space. The breakfast was wonderful every morning and the lodge was very nicely decorated. Management was extremelly helpful!

We hope they re-consider their no children under 12 policy so that we can return again very soon!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank takian
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2011

I lived in Harare for 3 years and have stayed in or reserved for friends/family/colleagues in many of the hotels and guest houses around town and Zimbabwe. Woodlands Guest Lodge is an incredibly welcome change and addition to the options! This small, charming and very well run hotel has everything to offer. Clean, large, well appointed rooms, large and modern bathrooms, refrigerators and coffee service in each room, friendly helpful staff, beautiful gardens with pool, gym and tennis courts, lovely breakfast each day and dinner available some nights on request. Woodlands is located near one of Harare's best shopping malls with grocery stores, restaurants and lots of great local and international shops.

David and the other staff at WGL seem able to assist with any needs and are Harare locals who know the ropes. Internet works as well as anywhere in Harare, and we had hot water and electricity all the time (unusual for Harare).

I stayed with colleagues and hope they will also review, but I know they were all very happy also.

this is really a special place and I hope I have the opportunity to stay again!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank einsomalia
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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2010

Woodlands Guest Lodge is a new establishment in Borrowdale. It's a great place to stay for business travelers being quite, safe and comfortable. Rooms have wireless internet. Staff are friendly and accommodating. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank turksmw
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Additional Information about Woodlands Guest Lodge

Property: Woodlands Guest Lodge
Address: 9 Princes Close, Piers Road | Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Harare Province > Harare
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Harare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Woodlands Guest Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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