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“Possibly worse night of sleep in my life”
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Butterfly Lodge
Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Possibly worse night of sleep in my life”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Josie set us up for a night last minute because we didn't have a reservation but we would've been better off staying elsewhere. There were bugs crawling all over the room, the bed and us while we struggled to stay still and get some rest. It was hot and there was a lot of noise from the foot traffic from other guests. The property seems like it is a little abandoned and not well care for. Save yourself the headache and stay next door at Mayoka.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Most of the places including rooms and public spaces were not well cleaned actually it was quite dirty. The way to the outside toilet (All rooms are supposed to use outside toilet) was not well maintained and quite dangerous. Mayoka lodge locating next to Butterfly Lodge seemed to be better organized.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2012

Butterfly is the ideal spot for people who want to experience Malawian culture and give back to the community in the process. The open-ended nature of the volunteer program is the best because one is able to apply themselves in their areas of choice. There is no scheduled task for each volunteer and you are given the space to be as creative as you like! The owners, Josie & AJ are very different but compliment each other so well. If you don't identify with the one, you're sure to like the other (or both). In one sentence, Josie & AJ are two free-spirits making a difference in Nkhata Bay. If you are wondering whether this is a four or five star lodge, then Butterfly is not for you. My 3-month experience was simply amazing! Thanks Butterfly!
Mbali, South Africa

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Butterfly has the best combination of a lakeside lodge vibe and a volunteer center, as is the goal. Community projects are extremely well thought out and implemented well thanks to so many committed volunteers but moreso because of Josie and AJ, the owners. So many opportunities to get involved if you're flexible and the tiniest bit resourceful. Dorms are clean and nice, never tried the hot shower but hear its awesome, compost toilets are a great idea, and dinner is always hot and good (although you can find cheaper no western food in the area that's just as good). Come here if you care more about who you meet and what you learn/give back than the thread count of your sheets. Views from the restaurant and beach are also amazing, and the bar is a great place to meet many of the local beach boys.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Thank rhitree
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Paris
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

The people are not friendly, just kind like everywhere in Malawi. The room is dirty... I think they never clean it! The toilet is so disgusting that I can't you use it. And it is the first time in Malawi! Inside many malawian try to sell you some marijuana... So strange because it is not allowed in Malawi! the food is good but there are so many ants on your table and on your chair that you can't still sit down on it! At the end the view is not so nice and much better at Mayoka village. And the camp is very dark and could be dangerous at night. Definitely go to the next door Mayoka (good room, clean toilet, very nice view aand good restaurant) !!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Desroches A
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Vienna, Austria
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 7, 2012

Nife view and crew at the place!

Hope to go back soon and have a bed to spend good times at a nice atmosphere!

Haroldo Junior - Santa Catarina- Brazil

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Gaborone, Botswana
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 22, 2012

Butterfly offers nice camping space. It has community projects that would allow you to meet with friendly locals

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Butterfly Lodge
Address: Nkhata Bay, Malawi
Location: Malawi > Northern Region > Nkhata Bay
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Nkhata Bay
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
Butterfly Lodge Malawi/Nkhata Bay

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