What do you look for when you visit a new city? Beyond the iconic attractions and jaw-dropping sights, do you prefer world-class amenities and stunning art in the hotel? No matter what you’re into, we’ve searched the City of Kings to find the best places to stay as you indulge your senses. Here are five of the best places to stay in Bulawayo.
- Boutique hotel
Conveniently located 5 minutes from Bulawayo City Centre and the Nesbitt Castle landmark building, this property is known for afternoon tea, and lazy afternoons in the garden – their staff is so hospitable, that they’ll even help you make an epic bucket list. Two stylish on-site restaurants and a coveted place to stay make the Banff Lodge a model of old-style luxury.
The Sethule Lodge is an underrated property with so much to offer travellers. Its subtle hints of exquisite art are displayed throughout the property for guests’ pleasure. Limited to 22 boutique hotel rooms, it appeals to the eye, from its grey marble floors to the quilted walls. Suites are equipped with fireplaces, soaking tubs and six different pillow options to showcase the hotel’s understated opulence.
Venerable and historic, Sondela Guesthouse is a wonderful merging of old-world elegance and contemporary style. The interiors include a lavish restyling of the black and gold-hued marble lobby now hung with oil paintings that call to mind a Renaissance museum. The elegant in-house restaurant offers the most exquisite haute cuisine to keep you filled to the brim!
Mpala Boutique Hotel
On a beautiful tree-lined block lies the majestic Mpala Boutique Hotel. It offers bold geometric shapes over a white frame. Elegant yet high-tech, each of the guest rooms and suites come with panels that control temperature, entertainment, shades and lighting in the simplest of ways. Looking for a hotel alternative? You got it!
The Bulawayo Club
This property prepares upscale cuisine that does not disappoint. There’s an authenticity and attention to detail that’s rare to experience in a 3-star property. The lobby has a palette of brown marble floors and beige textured walls that seem unremarkable at first until you get the concept: it’s a sanctuary from the sensory overload outside. The restaurant serves farm-fresh delicacies to complete its progressive menu.
Bulawayo has an array of urban spaces that brings a cultural cachet to the commercialism of the 21st century. Comparable to other cities in Zimbabwe, places to stay in Bulawayo are the most spacious, often showcasing a decorative fireplace, a collection of classic books and full stock of all your favourite amenities.