I would highly recommend Cluny to any traveller or consultant. I stayed at Cluny Lodge for the first month of my move to Malawi from the UK to work at Kamuzu Central Hospital.
I chose Cluny mainly because of their website and the fact that Bev and Marinus the owners introduced themselves on the website. I was coming to Malawi as a lone female and did not want to stay in a faceless hotel. I was not disappointed and Bev and Marinus take personal care of their guests and have every wish catered for. They were also really helpful in advising on local life and amenities.
The accommodation is lovely, personalised and also very clean and fresh, having just been repainted. There are great mosquito nets on the beds but also nets on the windows. They have good security and friendly guards, back-up systems for both electricity and water. Filter coffee, cold water and biscuits are ever available in reception and there is a loyalty bar with cold bottled drinks (e.g. cola and beer) in a fridge. The rooms also have coffee/tea making facilities but I always took the good filter coffee from reception. The internet is as reliable as you can get in Malawi and reception sells access cards. Breakfasts are like having a mix of continental and cooked English breakfasts at once and the standard of ingredients is excellent. Lunch or dinner can be provided on request for an additional fee and again the cooking is very good. There is plentiful hot water meaning a welcome shower/bath at the end of a busy day!
Cluny is very well located for a visitor to Lilongwe within 10-15 minutes’ walk of both Crossroads and the Old Town Mall (café, restaurants) and also a lovely place just down the hill called the Tranquillity Tea Garden. I also went to see local music/football at the stadium nearby on a Saturday. I used the gym at the Crossroads hotel a couple of times as they have an arrangement with Cluny. Lilongwe is a very spread out city and I found myself the closest to work of my 7 work colleagues and was able to take a couple of minibuses or walk (about an hour).
Cluny Lodge and Bev and Marinus gave me a great welcome and introduction to Malawi and I think other guests will find the same experience. There were a number of returning guests staying throughout the month and that speaks for itself as to the quality of the accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exclusive & comfortable accommodation in the Area 9 suburb of Lilongwe. Ideal for the consultant - the premises are quiet, secure and ideally situated for easy access to all parts of the city. Our mission and pleasure is to endeavor to make your stay as comfortable as possible and thus ensure your return visit!! ... more less
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- Cluny Hotel Lilongwe