Reviews of Bulawayo Club
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11 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Bulawayo Club and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"A Strange Hotel"
The shower was dangerous (no control on water temperature, no bath mat, no non-slip mat in bath etc.).
No mosquito nets provided (the only place we visited where that was so) and we got badly bitten on our last night." See all these reviews: 13n in Zimbabwe
"Bulawayo Club review"
I did stay instead at the Banff Lodge, which was good. It was a little noisy (Rugby World Cup Scotland vs. South Africa) and the rooms are close to the bar.
Kudos to Nick at Expert Africa - he arranged a change of accommodation at short notice and a driver for the day.
Bulawayo is very interesting. Railway museum is excellent." See all these reviews: 15n in Zimbabwe
"A step back in history"
We weren't troubled by the noise, nor by the lack of electricity the following morning when our Full English was imaginatively cooked without electricity.
Bulawayo was an interesting town to visit, but the amount of litter lining the street and public places was a deterrent to the enjoyment. However, it was good to see local colour in absolute safety." See all these reviews: 9n in Zimbabwe; 1n in South Africa
"Charming old building and friendly staff"
The Art Gallery did not have much to offer, other than the only political satire I saw in Zimbabwe (two paintings, one of a Mugabe postered vehicle with a flat tyre and a Changiri vehicle where the wheel had come off)
Everything in the Club was charming apart from the shower facilities which were not as good as Hwange or Amalinda" See all these reviews: 10n in Zimbabwe
"Bulawayo Club - a time capsule"
We loved this place, just one or two small points could have made it a really excellent stay.
Despite only a few guests, on one morning all the hot water was taken by the room next door so we had a cold bath.
Rooms were quite cold with no extra heating, so a hot water bottle would have been nice or an electric blanket perhaps?
Just a bit more TLC around the hotel would have made all the difference as it was a bit 'tired' in a few places - but we really loved the 'colonial' ambience and the quality of the woodwork and fixtures. Staff were good and attentive, although the breakfasts were not to the same standard as the rest on the trip, but still OK.
They also now accept VISA credit cards." See all these reviews: 13n in Zimbabwe
"Bulawayo Club review"
The tea-making facilities are not in the room but in a guest lounge. This is not a problem except they didn't refill the supplies or cups, or take away the used teabags etc. We were there for 3 days and eventually had to ask for teabags and cups
Shorts are not permitted in the bar as my husband found out, and we did not feel that women were particularly welcome there. However, as it was so cold, we rarely used it, preferring to sit by the log fire in the entrance hall.
The staff were very friendly and helpful but the club isn't geared up to modern tourist needs. The bar seems to close quite early in the evening without warning. There was no indication of whether we could get lunch and were only asked whether we wanted any after we had gone out to find somewhere else to eat.
It was unusually cold in Bulawayo, and the rooms were freezing. However the log fire in the reception area became the venue for dining and drinking.
These are nit picking comments really as we enjoyed our stay and would probably stay there again. We had an excellent guide in Paul Hudson." See all these reviews: 9n in Zimbabwe
"Thank you for the report which is appreciated and valued. We are happy to say that we had already responded to some of the comments before we received this report, as a result of friendly feedback between the Millerman's and members of staff during their time with us - we were always happy to be of help and enjoyed hosting them. We know small things can make a big difference, and this is why we owe Mrs Millerman a huge apology on one count - the issue of the ladies' restroom. We are especially proud of our ladies restroom on the first floor, which we named the Marilyn Monroe Room because of it's quirky decor - it was our decor team's way of having a bit of fun at the expense of our historic men's Club ambience. Somehow, Mrs Millerman was never shown this restroom, and for that we owe her a sincere apology. We hope the rest of their tour went well, and we hope we can welcome them back to Bulawayo at a future date.
We are not sure why the cups and teas were not replaced upstairs in the VIP lounge but the staff are usually excellent at clearing and making sure that there is fresh cutlery etc. We have had a stern talk to the waiters on duty, it will not happen again."
"Retro experience at Bulawayo Club"
Our transfer/courtesy driver looked after us extremely well throughout the stay which enabled us to visit St Johns Cathedral, the Railway Museum (a must for children of all ages) and the very well presented Natural History Museum.
We were recommended not to take any street photographs which was a shame." See all these reviews: 10n in Zimbabwe
"Another time, another place"
We rated the overall facilities good rather than excellent but that is not to underestimate the work that the management have done in upgrading them. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the food is fine. The service can be slow but the staff were lovely.
The Club has the longest bar we've seen and is now letting women in every night (at last!). The snooker room was deserted (until we played a very amateurish game there) and the dusty side rooms echoed with history. The clientele, however, reflected modern Zimbabwe and an interesting mix of tourists.
We were accompanied by Paul Hubbard, our guide from Camp Amalinda, and he took us to the Railway Museum which was a fantastic experience, seeing Cecil Rhodes private coach, alongside the Garratt engines. He also took us on a pub crawl and architectural walk around the city centre. The next day we drove out to the Khami Ruins, a World Heritage Site second only to Great Zimbabwe. A great way to finish our trip before flying from out from Bulawayo Airport (quite an experience!) and home via Jo'burg." See all these reviews: 12n in Zimbabwe
"Bulawayo Club review"
Good food, and we enjoyed a couple of special cultural events in Bulawayo. Nice town!" See all these reviews: 11n in Zimbabwe; 6n in Malawi; 1n in Zambia
"A lot done. A lot more to do."
Paul Murray in the Bradt Guide says that it has recently been restored inside and out. Really? Must have been bad before. Well the stairs could do with a good cleaning and the removal of tattered and frayed carpet for a start!
Again Murry says "excellent food served in truly elegant dining room". Diningroom is interesting without being elegant. And as for food. Breakfast was again mainly full English with a few other bits. Dinner was set menu and not very appealing with the result we found other places to dine for the two nights we were there.
Could be great with the right investment and management." See all these reviews: 10n in Zimbabwe
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