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Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Blantyre
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 3, 2013

I booked a room at the Protea for a short noticed business trip.
I usually do not stay in hotels this expensive, 180 USD a night is way beyond my budget.
Service is good, a bit slow but the staff is really nice and acknowledge the customer, and call you by your family name after 12hr, it does the trick, you feel special :)
I did appreciate the gym, well maintained and very clean. Food was good and they have very good coffee.
The hotel is very central, if you have that type of budget i guess it's worth it.
However, this is personal, I am used to staying in less fancy place and managed to find a very decent place in Blantyre for half the price.

Room Tip: My room was not ready when i arrived, had to ask for another room, it was probably a busy day and th...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Mischa L, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2013

Dear GUEST

I trust you are well. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at PH Ryalls. We really appreciate the positive comments and feedback, thank you for your support .

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed all the facilities , food and our coffee.

We look forward to seeing you again in the future.


Regards
Mischa Lehner

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Stayed there 1 week in 2010 - 3 years later, what I remember is how friendly and efficient the staff were. Also the gym was very decent for a hotel this price and this location. This hotel would compare to many 3-4 stars in other parts of the world.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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Mischa L, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2013

Dear GUEST

I trust you are well. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at PH Ryalls. We really appreciate the positive comments and feedback, thank you for your support.

We are glad you enjoyed our facilities, STAFF and our gym.

We look forward to seeing you again in the future.


Regards
Mischa Lehner

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

This is a comfortable hotel in the centre of Blantyre, with an interesting history.

Check-in staff are friendly and very efficient, breakfasts are good and the restaurant furthest away from the reception (I can't recall its name) is very good.
Rooms are nothing special but comfortable and clean with an ironing board and tea and coffee making facilities. There are free movies on the TV, which is a nice touch. My only gripe is with the TV set which is impossible to turn off with the remote!

There is also a decent gym on-site.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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Mischa L, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2013

Dear GUEST

I trust you are well. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at PH Ryalls & 21Grill Restauarant. We really appreciate the positive comments and feedback.

My apologies about the remote controls we are in the process of changing them.

We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Regards
Mischa Lehner

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

I stayed two nights at the Protea Hotel Ryalls in early November 2012.

We arrived by bus from Lilongwe, and it stopped 150 metres from the hotel entrance. The hotel is centrally located in Blantyre, close to the city's attractions.

We got a welcome drink by the service-minded reception staff when we checked in.

My room was clean and spacious. The breakfast buffet had a wide selection of food and drinks. The hotel also has a beautiful garden and a gym (that I did not have time to visit).

There is a very good grill restaurant just around the corner, and an ok Indian restaurant across the street from the hotel.

This hotel is probably the best in Blantyre - and maybe in all of Malawi?

Room Tip: Try to get a room at the top floor to avoid mosquitos at night.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Mischa L, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2013

Dear GUEST

I trust you are well. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at PH Ryalls & the 21Grill. We really appreciate the AWESOME comments you wrote from your entire stay , we are really glad that we made your stay a memorable one .We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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Mischa Lehner

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

this hotel is great. very clean. well decorated with nice facilities. the gym is simple but sufficient. breakfast is really fantastic, better than your average restaurant buffet. overall really enjoyed my stay and would recommend to others and stay there again if i return.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Mischa L, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2013

Dear GUEST

I trust you are well. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at PH Ryalls. We really appreciate the positive comments and feedback, thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

We are glad you enjoyed our Breakfast Buffet it is a big hit.

Regards
Mischa Lehner

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

My son and his family are living in Blantyre for a few years. We went to visit them from the UK and they took us to the Protea for a meal. We had a superb dinner and were very well looked after by the staff and the manager. Later in the holiday we took the family back for a buffet lunch which was also excellent. The staff were very good with our two boisterous grandsons of 5 and 7 and the children enjoyed the food, particularly the deserts. Well recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank WoolacombeArol
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Mischa L, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2012

Dear GUEST

I trust you are well. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at PH Ryalls. We really appreciate the positive comments and feedback.We are glad that we were able to make your visit to Malawi and PH Ryalls a memorable experience.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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Mischa Lehner

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Reviewed September 10, 2012 via mobile

We recently spent three weeks in Malawi and the week in Blantyre was spent at the Protea. My colleagues and I were greeted with a cold juice drink upon our arrival and the stay and service just got better! Our luggage was unloaded from our vehicle upon arrival and was sitting in our rooms by the time we made the trek from the front desk. The restaurant was superb as a full breakfast buffet is included with the cost of the room. Everything one could want for a morning meal, including cooked to order eggs and freshly pressed Malawian coffee! Also part of the Hotel is the restaurant 21; a perfect place to end the day with a wonderful dinner or light supper. The steaks and chops were fantastic - very tender and cooked to perfection.

The rooms are expensive when compared to Malawian costs for most everything else but when compared to America or the UK, the costs are a bargain. We will stay at this hotel whenever we are in Blantyre!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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1  Thank Rakey57
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Mischa L, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Dear GUEST

I trust you are well. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at PH Ryalls. We really appreciate the positive comments and feedback, thank you for your support .

We are glad you enjoyed all our Food & Beverage outlets especially our breakfast buffet and our Malawian coffee.

We look forward to seeing you again in the future

Regards
Mischa Lehner

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Additional Information about Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls

Address: 2 Hannover Avenue, Blantyre, Malawi (Formerly Protea Hotel Blantyre Ryalls)
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Location: Malawi > Southern Region > Blantyre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Blantyre
Price Range: $193 - $280 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls 4*
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the central business district of Blantyre, the commercial capital of Malawi, Protea Hotel by Marriott Blantyre Ryalls is perfectly suited for business travellers and holidaymakers alike. This district has become the financial hub of Malawi and the hotel is only 15 minutes from the airport. The hotel accommodation is spacious, elegant and comfortable, comprising of air-conditioned and en-suite rooms, with satellite TV amongst its facilities, as well as up to 500MB free wireless internet access per day. Protea Hotel Ryalls is the most technologically-advanced hotel in the country - the hotel for any result-orientated executive. After a hard and stressful day, you can either relax at the pool or work up a sweat in the Fitness Centre. Blantyre Sports Club, just down the road, offers the use of additional sporting activities such as golf, tennis, squash and bowls. Wining and dining facilities are available in the hotel and in town, plus an ideal venue for conferencing and banquets, offering world class facilities unique to the Malawi market. ... more   less 
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