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Review of Sunbird Mount Soche

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Sunbird Mount Soche
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Blantyre
Lusaka, Zambia
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“NICE WELL REFURBISHED WORLD CLASS HOTEL”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2012

Mount Soche Hotel has taken a new face to a five star standard and is better than the last time I patronised the place. The Sportsman Bar is as good as ever and you watch European league on supersport at you help yourself to a drink. Pablos is a super place for those who want to mix leisure and business will a well designed setup. The new picasso restaurant is just inviting while the legendary Michiru Restaurant is as good and excellent as ever before. What is more important with the Mount Soche Hotel is its Management and personnel who will give you time right from the manager Proud to his staff.

Visiting Blantyre Mount Soche is probably the play for you to be and enjoy value for money.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2012

The Sunbird Mount Soche is, in my experience the best option for business in Blantyre. We situated within the town centre and within fifteen minutes of the airport.

The staff at every level are delightful, friendly and helpful and certainly enhance the overall ambiance of the hotel.

Rooms are a reasonable size although could be considered cozy if there were two of you with all the facilities everything you need. Very comfortable bed and immaculately clean bed linen. Lots of sport available on the free TV channels but little else to watch if sport is not your thing. WiFi is available in the rooms but you have to buy access, its not cheap and the packages available are limited by what the business centre has available at the time.

Bathrooms are smallish and the shower screens are perhaps my one complaint, sliding doors run along the rim of the bath and in my room they constantly slid closed even when trying to enter or exit the shower! The shower itself was a bit feeble but adequate overall. Toiletries were limited to a bodywash/shampoo combination and a body lotion so bring your own conditioner!

Picasso's, the main dining room offers an extensive menu and over four nights we were happy with 90% of the food served. Once again the waiting staff was exceptional, friendly, and attentive without being intrusive. We ordered a bottle of sparkling wine on our first night but it was far from cold...no arguments were made about us returning the bottle and asking for a cold replacement.

Breakfast is a self-service buffet offering a substantial start to the day if you choose. I was disappointed that the juices were not freshly squeezed, and in March the fresh fruit choices were limited.

Outside the gardens are beautifully kept, the pool is smallish so if the hotel is busy it can be difficult to find the space to swim. Seating areas around the pool too are limited.

Overall, good value for money.

Room Tip: Odd numbered rooms overlook the gardens, go for the best standard room you can afford.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank SANDJAW
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Luxembourg
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77 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2012

The rooms were very confortable, big and modern.
Staff was helpful and smiling all the time, making us feel at home.
Breakfast was ok, but not great.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank mgaivao
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Florida
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42 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2011

Staff outstanding and friendly - renovations are almost complete - new restaurant "Picasoe's" in the throws of opening - great decor - new bar outstanding - rooms small but very comfortable - hotel is well positioned with good security - been visiting for 12 years about every 6 to 8 weeks - only negative is the parking when a major function is on

Room Tip: 4th Floor overlooking the pool - lower number rooms on the floor - in other words rooms to the left...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank WNO2011
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2011

i girish asher,an indian citizen have had a privilege to visit malawi on more than 15 occasions.
my visit to blantyre,malawi was always with a stay at hotel mount soche.
its an excelent hotel,with a breathtaking view of mount soche.
good service,good restuarants,good bars,good staff and most of all very secure .
rooms are excellent with good room service and right from the security staff to the room boys and staff at the reception are very helpful and co-operative.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank girishasher
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Vancouver Canada
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65 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2011

This hotel far exceeded our expectations as the website is very modest. Set in the centre of Blantyre, it feels like another worked when you step through the front door. The grounds are beautiful and the pool setting inviting. Our rooms were very comfortable and included a very modern and updated en suite. Meals in the Gypsey restaurant, included in our half board, we delicious and the buffet extensive. Service was wonderful from beginning to end of our stay. I purchased a wifi card that enabled me to have access fo five hours which I found very satisfactory as it could also be used at other "hotspot" locations around the country. The hotel offered one free hour of Internet in the business center for those without their own computer.

Stayed March 2011
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Santa Clara, California, USA
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26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2009

Sunbird Mount Soche is very central to the city of Blantyre. It has access to the central business district. If someone were to come here for business, this should be the ideal location.

However, the pricing and the quality of room and service do not go together. The food is oily, takes 1 hour. The bathroom is average. Doors do not have bolts, which is the biggest turn off in Africa from a security standpoint. The staff is curteous, but needs to be reminded serveral times for simple requests. The price is around 130-170 USD, but really, the service and quality does not justify this price. I am aware of at least a dozen places in the world where that kind of price gives 5-7 star service

The hotel is controlled by the government and that sort of restricts the upgrades to service quality and other changes.

  • Liked — Location for business
  • Disliked — quality of services
  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Chirayuwadke
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Property: Sunbird Mount Soche
Address: Glyn Jones Road, Blantyre, Malawi (Formerly Le Meridien Mount Soche)
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Location: Malawi > Southern Region > Blantyre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Blantyre
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sunbird Mount Soche 4*
Number of rooms: 130
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