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Baines Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #36 of 50 Harare B&B and Inns
Chennai (Madras), India
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“Baines”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

For the price-$70 per night- the accomodation is ceratinly not value for money. Starting with small rooms,stained linen, an absolutely lousy breakfast this place was a disappointment. U can't even make ur own coffee or tea in the room. No facilities are provided. The TV doesn't work. We moved out as soon as possible. Harare has many B& B lodges for that price.

The only plus as far as Baines is concerned is the location. They shouldn't charge more than $40.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Esigodini, Zimbabwe
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

I have now stayed twice at the Baines Bed and Breakfast and would certainly go there again. It is an excellent place to stay if all you really want is a bed for the night. It is indeed a bed and breakfast and does not offer other things you might get at a hotel but i think the rooms are fine, simple but comfortable, and the shower in the bathroom is one I wish I could take home with me though you have to take care you don't flood the floor! There is a TV with some DSTV channels though not always coming through in full colour for what it is worth.

One downside to the hotel is that there is potential noise. On the Saturday evening I was woken up by a live music show somewhere close by. The singing was quite good but at 2 in the morning I would have preferred to be sleeping. The Avenues district of Harare is notorious for its ladies of the night but that does not seem to affect the B and B and nor would I judge it to be dangerous to walk around at night but I wouldn't want visitors to Harare to be taken by surprise!! It is, however, a good central position in Harare.

I have had better breakfasts at other establishments but there is nothing seriously wrong with what is offered here, both by way of a cooked English breakfast or continental style. Michael, the head waiter, is friendly and helpful. Indeed on both my visits, I have found the staff very easy and pleasant to deal with. I am not sure what time breakfast is served in other hotels but here is begins at 7:00 am and I know I would prefer it to open from 6:30 am though in fact you can normally breakfast is available 10 or 15 minutes before the advertised time. If you need lunch or evening meals, you can pop over the road to the Bronte (same management) or down a couple of blocks to the Atheneum Spar. A Chicken Inn is also to be opened in that mall some time soon.

There is a small secure carpark at the rear of the building.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 31, 2011

This is a basic but decent bed and breakfast in a central location in Harare.

The rooms are somewhat worn, but they're tidy, clean and comfortable - as are the bathrooms. The rooms have an in-room safe, and TV, which also has UK Sky TV news.

The staff are very, very friendly, and helpful and the breakfast served is again basic, but good - cereals, fruit, pastries and cooked breakfast.

The Baines does not have internet connection, but as it is part of the same business which operates the more upmarket Bronte hotel - right across the street - you can go there and tell them you're a guest at the Baines and they will give you a free wifi pass.

The Bronte is also a good place to go to dinner - their restaurant is okay. It's also a good place to get a drink and watch the soccer in the evening. I frequently headed over there to sit in the Bronte's beautiful courtyard to meet people and do some work.

One thing about the Baines is that it's not completely secure - the entrance gate is open, with no security, and so anyone can walk in, but the reception is always staffed.

This did slightly worry me on my arrival, but I soon realised this is a decent neighbourhood, and it wasn't really a problem. The Baines does have secure parking at the back, though.

If you're travelling on a tight budget, I would recommend the Baines - I would stay there again.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Baines Bed and Breakfast
Address: 121 Baines Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Harare Province > Harare
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #36 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Harare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 34

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