I stayed for 2 1/2 weeks on a recent business trip. It is a nice hotel I would rate at three stars. It has a new deluxe wing I would rate at 4 starts, get one of those if you can. My regular room had a shower no tub and the whole room was basically clean but rather worn. The staff is very friendly. They have a generator so electricity is reliable. The longest it went out was about an hour. The TV has about 8 English channels including two movie channels from South Africa (lots of Canadian movies you've never heard of) and some international sports (think soccer and cricket). The Copper Pot restaurant is very good and we ate there 3-4 times during our stay. The breakfast buffet is in the room off the lobby and is included in the price and looked OK. Made to order eggs and some side dishes and even some dishes I would consider dinner entrees. I am a corn flakes and toast person so I can't comments from experience. Malawi is no tourist paradise but it is a nice place and Lilongwe has a surprisingly good choice of places to eat.
The location. It is part of the Crossroads strip mall. It includes a market, Steers (SA fast food) and a SA pizza chain. I tried both and they were good. It also has a money change bureau with good rates.
The Golden Peacock Resthouse is located in the new town of Lilongwe. The location inside a garden yard is nice, but the rooms in the guesthouse itself is miserable. I spent one night here because I though it would be easier to take a taxi from the new town to the airport than from the old town. The price for the room was 6000 MKW a night, breakfast incl.
The new town is a boring place. Don't stay here, but go to the old town.
The restaurant in the guesthouse has one of the best meals I have tasted in Africa. "Golden Peacock restaurant".
Hotel Mimoza is located right in front of Lilongwe market. It's also the place where the long distance bus stop. The hotel facade and and the reception looks a bit shabby, but the lobby, restaurant and rooms are OK. The staff are friendly and it's only 20 meters walk from the Zambia-bus to the hotel.
The hotel is right in front of the market, so if you have a room at the front side, be prepared for noise when the fish from Lake Malawi arrives at 5 AM. All the salesmen and traders comes into the market at that time. Ask for a room on the backside if you like it silent.
Its a 20 minute walk to town, 5 mins in a cab. The campsite has dorm beds for $6 and a big camping area. It has a bar and good facilities.
For Campers the best place to stay is at Lilongwe Golf Club. Some off the "Overland" bus companies come here as well. On certain days the campsite can be quite crowded.
The place is fenced and has a 24hour guard, and has it's own ablution block.
Near the gate is a storeroom where guests can leave their luggage while exploring the city. There is also a deep freezer!
The Lilongwe Golf Club will give a temporary membership to all their guests. With this you can use plenty of different sport possibilities including a swimming pool!
The staff is very friendly and helpful. There are also two restaurants and bars.
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