I visited Harare in April 2007. Zimbabwe has suffered several years of hyper inflation and economic decline. The grand hotel had less than 30% occupancy rates. It showed in the buffet table made of limited varieties for breakfast and lunch. The dinner at the La Fontaine was okay. My room was splendid in design. spacious with lovely colours. However the carpet was worn out and there was a musty feel that resulted in my waking up with a stuffed nose.
The grand hotel has seen better days. I hope business picks up so some overdue refurbishment can be implemented.
Visitors need to learn how to manage the parallel and the official forex rate ;the gap is 75:1. Pay all the extras at the hotel with Zim dollars to avoid the inconvenience of being killed by the official rate as you check out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1915 Meikles Hotel has been regarded as Zimbabwe's premier 5-star luxury hotel. It is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and in 2013 was voted Best City Hotel for the 19th successive year by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA). Gracious charm is the hallmark of this legendary hotel. Meikles is situated in Harare's Central Business District overlooking Africa Unity Square gardens. A majestic US$9m revitalization was completed in October 2013. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Meikles Hotel Harare