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Celebrating a century at the top

Celebrating a century at the top

Celebrating a century at the top


Meikles Hotel celebrates its 100th anniversary during 2015, secure in the knowledge that it has enjoyed a fine run during a century of service to Zimbabwe and the world.

The hotel, which earned five stars in 1983 and has held the rating ever since, is today a modern and welcoming hospitality establishment that is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and hosts visitors from across the world, principally business travellers. It has more than 300 suites and bedrooms, as well as a dozen or so banqueting and conference rooms, and a range of facilities and amenities as expected of a 21st century hotel.

Meikles Hotel is situated in the central business district of Harare, overlooking the colourful gardens of Africa Unity Square, a historic landmark that the hotel helps to manage through a partnership with the local authority, businesses and other organisations situated around it.

The hotel is made up of two towers – South Wing and North Wing – and a central public area on the ground and first floor levels. Atop the South Wing is a leisure area for residents of the hotel, including a bar, swimming pool, gymnasium and spa with sauna.

A refurbishment project costing almost $10 million was undertaken during 2013, after which the North Wing was re-opened with a new style and presenting guests with features that international travellers expect. Within the wing is the Meikles Club, an upmarket series of deluxe rooms and suites with personalised service offerings, and a private dining, lounge and executive-meeting area.

La Fontaine Grillroom is the hotel’s flagship restaurant, running continuously for 57 years and still one of Harare’s most highly regarded dining venues. Adjacent to it is the Can Can cocktail bar, where diners gather and people meet to socialise. Both venues have views across the road into African Unity Square. On the ground floor is Explorer’s Bar, a busy watering hole that offers pub lunches on weekdays and is a casual venue for meeting and socialising.

Also on the ground floor is the Tanganda Lounge – named after the famed brand of tea grown and distributed by a sister company within the family-based Meikles businesses. In this lounge residents of the hotel and city folk can enjoy pastries, cakes, sandwiches and tea or coffee … as well as traditional high tea each afternoon.