Corner Third Street & J Moyo Ave | P O Box 594. Harare. Zimbabwe
Bar/Lounge, Business Center, Fitness Center, Free Breakfast, Free High-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Shuttle Bus Service, Suites, Swimming Pool, Wheelchair Access
Historical trivia buffs should check out the two lions keeping watch from the cupola over 2nd Street at Harare's most...
Historical trivia buffs should check out the two lions keeping watch from the cupola over 2nd Street at Harare’s most posh hotel, the Meikles. According to a tale highlighted in the leather bound info manuals found inside the colonial era rooms, when the hotel opened in 1915, these jungle kings would roar their approval every time a virgin passed. Celebrating a century of continuous operation in 2015, the family-owned Meikles occupies a prime spot in the Central Business District, overlooking Africa Unity Square. It is popular with visiting dignitaries and VIPS – plain-clothes security guards kept watch over a room down the hall from me during my stay.
An elegant Victorian ambiance that feels very early last century – minus the racism – prevails throughout the historic property. But don’t let the old world décor fool you into thinking you the place is outdated: the hotel is impeccably maintained and was going through minor renovations when we visited. Rooms are decent sized with lovely curved archways between the hallway and bedroom itself, plus white crown molding and calming gray green walls. Victorian era mahogany furniture, a small flat screen TV, with CNN and other international channels, and floor to ceiling windows offering city skyline views complete the look. Bathrooms have marble counters and floors and a shower with decent water pressure, plus hotel branded amenities.
Wi-Fi is available for $1 per hour and there is even a small fitness center and rooftop swimming pool (rare for a Harare hotel). The included breakfast is the best in town.
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