Best hotels and hostels in Lilongwe

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    Latitude 13°

    Lilongwe's first world-class boutique hotel, this gated, nine-suite retreat raises the bar for Malawian accommodation. From the moment you step into its rarefied atmosphere of shadowy chic pulsing with glowing pod lights you're transported right off the African continent.

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    Kumbali Country Lodge

    A short drive from the city centre, on a 650-hectare forest reserve, is a choice of swanky individual thatched chalets (Madonna has stayed here on her controversial visits to Malawi) with beautiful views of nearby Nkhoma Mountain.

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    Woodlands Lilongwe

    From the outside, these 10 brick chalets – on a 26-hectare plot next to Lilongwe Wildlife Centre – look unimpressive, but they're well appointed and have boutique flair, featuring tiled floors, step-in showers, wicker chairs and African-chic decor. Add to this the peaceful bush setting with vervet monkeys scampering around, and you have a winner.

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    Sunbird Capital Hotel

    You can almost sense the ghosts of presidents and dignitaries who've walked along the Capital's swank corridors. Set in lush gardens, the 170 rooms offer many options, including executive (with their own mini-reception) and studios with rotatable TV. Facilities include spa, gym, pool, squash courts, hairdresser, shops and travel agents. It's a cut above the competition.

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    Mabuya Camp

    Lilongwe’s liveliest backpacker spot buzzes with a mix of travellers, overlanders and volunteers relaxing by the pool and in the large, shady gardens. There are dorms in the main house, as well as chalets, A-frame huts, en-suite rooms and camping pitches in the garden, with shared ablutions in thatched rondavels (round, traditional-style huts).

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    Barefoot Lodge

    Set in 6.5 hectares of lush gardens, Barefoot makes for a quieter alternative to the city centre. There are six nicely finished chalets with private verandas, and five walk-in tents, plus loads of space for pitching your own tent. The ablutions block is spotless, and there's a bar-restaurant (the 'Night Jar') and even a workshop and mechanic for your wheels.

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    President Walmont Hotel

    This five-star Peermont hotel offers an air-conditioned welcome in its Wild Orchid bar-restaurant and reception decorated with cute model cars. It soars 12 floors and houses 130 rooms, spa, gym, hair salon, gift shop and terrace bar. The setting, in Umodzi Park convention centre, is a little sterile, but the rooms compensate with their winning city views and light, contemporary feel.

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    Sunbird Lilongwe

    This white, colonial-style building is set in manicured gardens. Rooms are generally high quality, if slightly dated in places, and will be upgraded in the renovation set to finish by the end of 2017. The restaurant serves international food, plus traditional Malawian dishes for Monday lunch and Thursday lunch and dinner.

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    Korea Garden Lodge

    This good-value hotel has numerous rooms of varying standards; the more you pay, the larger and better equipped they get, and you can choose if you want an en-suite bathroom, TV, air-con and self-catering facilities. There's a tempting pool, flanked by a restaurant serving Asian food, and the grounds are replete with plants.

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    St Peter’s Guesthouse

    Anglican-owned St Peter's has four pleasant rooms next to a red-brick church. All rooms and the four-bed dorm are en suite. It's very peaceful, with a tranquil, leafy garden.

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    Mafumu Hotel

    The three-star Mafumu is low on atmosphere, but it has a bar-restaurant and 30 spacious self-catering rooms with tiled floors, king-size beds, flat-screen TVs and writing desks.

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    Crossroads Hotel

    With two restaurants, a gym, and 100-plus rooms around a pleasant courtyard and pool, Crossroads is conveniently close to the mall of the same name. It's slightly lacking identity, and not the best in its price bracket, but the comfy superior rooms have everything you'd expect, including DSTV. Decor is rather overwrought in the deluxe rooms and suites.

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    Pacific Hotel

    Behind its decrepit exterior, this three-floor, 48-room monolith boasts restaurant, gym and more marble than Persepolis. The rooms are comfy and colourful, with couches, DSTV, fridges and black-granite bathrooms. The hotel is off African Unity Ave.

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    Lilongwe Golf Club

    This tranquil site is next to the green, and campers can use the bar-restaurant with its terrace, kids' playground and pool. There's a basic ablutions block and guards patrol the grounds. The golf club is off Glyn Jones Rd.