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“Outdated and poor food”
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Sunbird Lilongwe
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Lilongwe
Reviewed January 26, 2014

Stayed here for a few nights with my family and was very disappointed with the rooms and level of service. The food is very poor, badly presented, tasteless and needs to be updated. This may have been ok twenty years ago but not today. Not going to be returning anytime soon.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Nothing special. Just another average hotel without much character there' no USP here. Lunch service was rather slow. It's clean, a bit outdated. They still have those old big box TV's with bad reception. It's located in the old town close to a shopping mall. Surprisingly there was a turn-down service with a chockie thrown in! There are other eating places near the hotel, try out Mama Mia not too far from the hotel. I will be going back to this hotel

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

I've stayed at several properties in Lilongwe and the Sunbird is my hotel of choice. I come to lilongwe for business and Sunbird has everything I need: clean updated rooms, good internet (for Malawi), and a well-trained staff. The included breakfast is tasty and the two restaurants offer something for everyone. City Center shopping center is a 10-minute walk away so you can stock your in-room fridge with reasonably priced snacks and drinks.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I stayed here on a recent work trip to Malawi. First things first, the wifi only really works in limited parts of the hotel and you have buy data on vouchers. The food takes FOREVER to arrive so you're best off getting the buffet - but watch out you don't get anything that's been sitting around all day. Also, some of the rooms smell of smoke so make sure you get a non-smoking room if you're a non-smoker.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank rexlombardo
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

We stayed for one night on our way back to Lusaka. It's a good choice: all rooms are in the process of being renovated; we picked a superior room and the lady at reception gave us a very nice, newly renovated room, facing the back. The room was really pleasant: a new king-sized mattress, new flat screen TV; the bathroom was completely re-done and it was very very quiet throughout the night. The staff was wonderful: always helpful and smiling; also a nice healthy breakfast: fresh fruit, yoghurt, non-sugary juices, freshly baked bread and rolls, different choices for a hot breakfast.
I would certainly stay here again.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Stayed for one night with colleagues. Spent some time reviewing the other hotels on Trip Advisor and this would not have been my first choice. However my company have used the Sunbird before and that's where they booked for us.
I can't really fault the hotel - service was good, the staff were polite, the food was OK and the room was clean. I'm sure it was a super hotel when it was built in the 60's or 70's or whenever but things have moved on and some serious money need spending on the Sunbird to bring it into the 21st century.
Perhaps due to tiredness we didn't venture out of the hotel, choosing to spend a couple of hours by the pool and far more hours in the bar! Drinks are sooooooo cheap!
If you're looking for an overnight or short stay then the Sunbird will be fine.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

This hotel is going through and upgrading all of the rooms systematically. The non-upgraded rooms are normal ones, and the superior rooms are the upgraded ones. The difference is around $20-$30 per night. We got an excellent weekend rate - $130 for a superior room. Very very nice and large bathroom. Flat screen TV. New bed.
The hotel is very central for Lilongwe and the food in the restaurant is good. The breakfast was a very pleasant surprise - lots of fresh fruit. Eggs however you might want them. All sorts of sausages.
I would recommend this as the best place to stay in Lilongwe.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sunbird Lilongwe

Address: Kamuzu Procession Road | PO Box 44, Lilongwe, Malawi
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Location: Malawi > Central Region > Lilongwe
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Lilongwe
Price Range: $101 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sunbird Lilongwe 2*
Number of rooms: 94
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