Stayed at the Protea hotel during a business trip in Feb.
I had a really good nights sleep. The room, bed and bedding where very comfortable and just what I needed after travelling hundreds of Km's. The aircon also worked very well and the staff where friendly and quick during check-in and check-out.
It is definitely the best accommodation i have stayed in during my visits to Zambia. The restaurant is also pretty good with not bad food and very good waiter service.
If you swim (i cant swim), they have quite a nice pool area.
The biggest problem is that the hotel is now 10 years old and is starting to age really badly. I am not sure if it is a case of poor maintenance or the environment or what? The toilets definitely need replacing, the toilet seat was broken, the grouting at the bottom very discolored and I had the same toilet flushing issue the other reviewers mentioned. The walls in the room need repainting as they are quite dirty and some of the public areas look like they are falling apart.
But at the end of the day at least it is safe, relatively clean and well situated with lots of safe parking.
Am sure I will be back, when travelling through the copper belt.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Protea Hotel by Marriott(R) Chingola - Affordable Luxury in the heart of Zambia's Copperbelt. Chingola, the most picturesque of the Copperbelt towns, is where Protea Hotel by Marriott(R) Chingola offers a choice of 40 well-appointed, air-conditioned and en-suite rooms with tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, telephone, DSTV and free wireless internet access. The Restaurant offers a mouth-watering selection of meals, while the pub has a delightful variety of cocktails and drinks for a relaxed social get-together. After a long day, you can unwind and relax over sundowners on the terrace, next to the swimming pool. Conference and banqueting facilities are available for up to 120 delegates, while the gardens make an ideal venue for weddings, private parties and banquets.Sport and leisure activities include golf, fishing and swimming. The Business Centre will help with all office and secretarial services that the international businessman may require. Travel arrangements and car hire can be arranged at Reception. ... more less
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