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Kumbali Country Lodge
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
“Well-being”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

What began as a very short experience of Kumbali Lodge -- just passing the night there in order to catch a flight the next morning -- was so lovely, I ended up canceling that flight and staying over the weekend. What I got was a star studded night sky, birds chirping in the morning, beautiful views, wholesome food, and family and staff running the place that cared how I was doing. Rooms aren't the latest decor but they are very spacious, clean, and have a veranda. Overall my experience was of well-being. When I was there the construction of a swimming pool was going on in earnest.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We had heard great things about this place, namely that Madonna was rumoured to have stayed! However the atmosphere was all slightly sombre (though not helped by powercut). The staff were very helpful but the decor seemed outdated in the bar area especially which made for a rather stiff environment. The food was lovely and garden pretty but location isn't particularly great and we were under the impression there were beautiful grounds which did not materialise to be walking territory! However, a good night's sleep and a comfortable stop.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Nice clean and large rooms, big bathroom. The staff is very friendly and caring. The food very nice and well prepared. Although I was there for business, it felt like a relaxing time at the lodge. May be a bit far out of town if pressed for time.

Room Tip: Take a room further from reception so that cars arriving do no disturb. I would say from room 6 up.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Mumbai
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

This was the last leg of our Malawi and we were a little disappointed.. The property is great !!

The friendliness of the staff can be much better! We were disappointed with the way the check in was handled and during the whole stay...

The food is average...

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

A beautiful place to stay! Near the city but far enough away to enjoy the true peace and quiet Malawi has to offer. The staff will accommodate your every need. If looking for a spot near Lilongwe this should be your first choice. Top of the line the Malawian way!

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Characteristic Malawian warmth and hospitality are writ large at this marvellous establishment. Set in magnificent grounds with superb views it is convenient enough for exploring Lilongwe whilst remaining removed from the hustle and bustle of the city - peaceful and rural. The staff are welcoming, obliging and delightful company - clearly all dedicated to making the most of every guest's stay there. The rooms are a good size, and boast very comfortable beds and superb showers and bathroom facilities. The verandah and bar/dining area are rustic and tasteful but not over the top in any way. Food is plentiful - excellent choices and fresh produce, some home produced - and of fine quality. I shall certainly be returning.

Room Tip: Great views from both the rooms we stayed in (at the start and end of our holiday), but Room 11, bei...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Guy and family, an attentive staff, tasteful furnishings and decor, good food and drink, beautiful lawn and gardens, all make the Kumbali Country Lodge an excellent place to stay while in Lilongwe. A little bit of zen in a world of chaos....I will return one day...

I really traveled in 2011 but, was not given the option..so I said August 2012..

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Kumbali Country Lodge

Property: Kumbali Country Lodge
Address: Presidential Way | Capital Hill Dairy Farm, Plot 9 & 11, Area 44, Lilongwe, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Central Region > Lilongwe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Lilongwe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kumbali Country Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Accommodation (14 executive and 2 deluxe rooms) Cuisine (restaurant, private and fine dining) Conference Centre (2 rooms) Wireless internet access (2 separate providers to ensure maximum availability) Fully stocked bar Comfortable outdoor seating with garden views and private upstairs lounge Lilongwe Airport transfers Transport to/from Lilongwe city centre Printing and photocopying Packed lunches (cool box available) Laundry facilities (7 days a week) Dry cleaning available on request Reliable electricity supply (generator power back up…just in case!) Torches and umbrellas in all rooms Swimming Pool ... more   less 
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