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Home away from home in Harare

Home away from home in Harare

Kingsmead Guesthouse, Harare
Kingsmead Guesthouse, Harare
Kingsmead Guesthouse, Harare

For many travelers, whether business or leisure, the preferred accommodation is not that of a five star hotel, but rather the more homely environment of a good B&B. Aldrijk and Jenny Stijkel from Harare felt there was room in the capital city for a new purpose-built guesthouse that would cater to the modern traveller’s needs. They employed the services of renowned Harare architect Sarah Morgan, and the end result, Kingsmead Guesthouse, is certainly worth a sleep over. Zambezi Traveller talks to Jenny Stijkel.

ZT: Are you getting many enquiries and bookings?
JS: Our occupancy has been steadily climbing over the past few weeks and we have realised that word of mouth has been our most productive marketing tool to date.

ZT: Who is your prime target market?
JS: Both the business and leisure traveller. The guesthouse was designed to accommodate business clients who require longer stays as we have two rooms that have well-equipped kitchenettes as well as an inter-leading room to accommodate families. All rooms have desks, universal plug points, mini fridges, digital safes as well as electric blankets and eco-panel wall heaters for the colder months.

Our bathrooms boast high-pressure showers, some have baths, as well as heated towel rails. Wherever possible, the guesthouse is environmentally friendly with solar panels for water heating, energy-saving lighting and appliances, grey-water reticulation for garden use and we are completely self-sufficient for the times we experience power outages.

ZT: Do your provide meals?
JS: We offer a healthy continental as well as a full English breakfast. Light lunches are available on request and our chef will gladly prepare dinner Monday to Friday on request. We have had some great compliments on our meals.

ZT: You have some beautiful paintings on your walls. Do you support the local talent?
JS: We have had numerous admirers of the paintings and many of them have been painted by Marlene Bornman who is a local artist.

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Harare

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 14, Sept 2013)