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AVANI Gaborone Resort & Casino
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Gaborone
JHB
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“Good base for Gaberone”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Stay here regularly for business and for this purpose the hotel is ideally located and suites basic requirements for a business trip. As my stays are generally just a couple of nights have had no need to test out extensive services such as laundry etc. Internet services can easily be procured.

Rooms are adequate and comfortable. My only complaint would be the very old airconditioning units. In summer, air conditioning is a must yet these old units are noisy and ineffective. Bring earplugs.

The pool bar serves an excellent hamburger. There are many shopping centres and restaurants closeby, but if you want to stay in for dinner, rather go to the Mahogany's restaurant. The meat is very tasty.

Found all staff to be very friendly and helpful.

It's not the best Sun International Hotel I've stayed in, but to date have not had a bad experience at the Gabs Sun.

Room Tip: Room facing the pool with a shower.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I have stayed at the Gaborone Sun on several occasions - it is my preferred hotel in Gaborone. The rooms and pleasant and comfortable, the garden is beautiful with a lovely swimming pool. The Gaborone Sun is also a good conference venue with excellent meeting facilities.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

went to Botswana on business twice now and both times had meeting in the hotel and stayed over , very friendly staff and perfect as a stay over if you are going deeper into botswana , will recommend as a cool stay over and value for money for the service we recieved ! also very save and never feld exposed !

  • Stayed November 2012
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

The minimum standard for a Hotel room is a comfortable bed, decent shower and overall cleanliness. I give this one a 1.5 out of 3. Only the bed lives up to 4-star standards. The cleaning may be competent but the maintenance is not and no amount of scrubbing can get 20 years of grime off a hotel floor and furniture. The shower will only suit tiny people who don't mind clingy shower curtains and wild fluctuations in water temperature.

This is a large, low-rise complex with dark low-ceilinged public areas, decent conference facilities and gardens with a casino attached. Rooms with low numbers are close to reception but overlook the road while the newer ones in the Mopani wing are quite a walk through the bar, around the pool and across the lawn.

My room had a pleasant view over the golf course. I was luckier than my colleagues who faced the pool where there was a function on till the small hours. The food was nice and staff generally friendly and helpful.

This will remain the corporate venue of choice only until another major chain finally puts up some competition in the country.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

Despite other reviews, I find the rooms very dingy and dark and the carpets could really do with a good clean. The darkness of the rooms is depressing and whilst the ambience by the pool is good, the use of the casino is liming unless you want to be attacked by the local ladies of the night. Internet issues prevail and whilst it is ever popular, the new hotels in Gabs will certainly give this place a run for its money

Stayed November 2011
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Have stayed at the Gabs Sun a three times and have had outstanding experiences across the board. The location is great (although Gabs is small - nothing is that far from the hotel). The outdoor areas are clean and relaxing. I only stayed in the Mopane Wing, which was very quiet, clean, and had all the features you would want from a business hotel. I understand from others the rooms on the other side of the hotel (nearer the street) can be noisy, but I never stayed on that side. My family accompanied me on one visit, and they were very happy there as well. The business services were adequate and the adjacent meeting space was well run and had met all of the needs of our business.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

Stayed here with colleagues for a few days while speaking at a conference in Gaborone. I have stayed at many sun hotels and they are all very similar. Staff were pleasant though you got a sense they were expecting tips for everytime they smiled or helped you which I don't have a problem with as I am sure salaries are low.

This is a large hotel with long corridors and no lifts so if you are with people who have mobility issues make sure you ask for a ground floor room near the lobby.

The pool area was very relaxing and even in winter it was warm enough to sit by the pool and chill out, though beware, the water was freezing. Food prices were reasonable by western standards but expensive by Southern African standards.

The hotel reminded me somewhat of the old crossroads motel and I was expecting Meg or Adam to pop out at any moment.

This is very much a business hotel with lots of meetings taking place in corners and suits with laptops huddled together everywhere you turned. This meant that reception was always busy and it took ages to get seen to.

Bedrooms were large and colonial in style with large LED TV sets. Showers needed updating as to get the required temperature meant fiddling with the hot and cold taps with the door open so water ended up all over the bathroom floor.

If you are looking for a comfortable base then the Gabs Sun will do but if it is luxury and calm you want try looking for another place.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about AVANI Gaborone Resort & Casino

Property: AVANI Gaborone Resort & Casino
Address: Chuma Drive 4727, Gaborone, Botswana (Formerly Gaborone Sun Hotel)
Location: Botswana > South-East District > Gaborone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Gaborone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — AVANI Gaborone Resort & Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Find that just right blend of hospitality, business, and leisure at AVANI Gaborone Resort & Casino. Set in the vibrant city centre of Botswana's capital, Gaborone, it's never been easier work, rest, and play in style in the heart of Africa. Have the perfect start or finish to a great African Adventure with all the details that matter, done well. ... more   less 
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Gaborone Sun Hotel
Sun Gaborone

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