Best hotels and hostels in Harare

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    It's a Small World Backpackers Lodge

    Single-handedly flying the flag for backpackers in Harare, It's a Small World does a wonderful job catering to the needs of independent travellers. It knows what backpackers want – clean rooms, fast and free wi-fi, a communal kitchen, pool table, rooftop deck and a sociable, low-key bar. Bikes are also available for hire (US$5 per day).

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    Wavell House

    In an attractive renovated colonial house, refined Wavell House is very much an oasis with over a hectare of gardens and a luxurious swimming pool. Rooms vary in size, but are all comfortable, modern and with individual flair; they're excellent value given the rate includes an impressive breakfast spread. The owners are both well-regarded designers, and will make you feel welcome.

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    Amanzi Lodges

    Set among a tropical, flower-filled garden, Amanzi is easily one of Harare's best and most unique choices, offering intimate and classy five-star service. Rooms are individually styled in themes from different African countries; it's worth having a look at a few on its website. There's a gym, pool, tennis court and complimentary coffee and evening snacks at the bar.

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    Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge

    Harare does charming guesthouses as well as anywhere in the world, and Jacana is one of its best. The tasteful interior designed by the friendly Dutch owners incorporates Zimbabwean antiques and colourful local paintings. Renowned Zimbabwean architect Mick Pearce designed the award-winning house using the principles of feng shui – natural light pours into open spaces.

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    York Lodge

    Journey back to Rhodesia at this colonial-style lodge – the kind of place you expect stories of hunting expeditions to be shared around the fireplace. The peaceful suburban location and dainty rooms with claw-foot baths lend a quaint atmosphere.

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    It's a Small World (Harare Centre)

    In a period house in a leafy inner-city suburb is the relaxed sister guesthouse to Small World Backpackers in Avondale. This option will suit longer-term guests or those wanting a more laid-back environment. There's a lovely garden with plenty of lawn and trees, a homely kitchen and lounge, and a wide choice of rooms.

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    Meikles Hotel

    Opened in 1915, this sister of the Victoria Falls Hotel is still the fanciest lodging in downtown Harare; its chaotic city location, however, won't be to everyone's liking. There's a choice of modern rooms in the North Wing, but for something with more character go for an older room in the South Wing overlooking the park.

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    Bronte

    A popular choice with visiting NGOs, Bronte hotel is sprawled out over peaceful gardens dotted with Shona sculpture. It exudes a colonial-like ambience, and though rooms are slightly dated, overall they are comfortable. There are several restaurants, a bar and multiple swimming pools. It's located on the eastern edge of town.

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    Sunshine Guesthouse

    This guesthouse lacks atmosphere, but the friendly owners, pool, jacuzzi (per person for two hours US$5), attractive lawns, soft beds and free wi-fi make it a good deal. Airport pick-up can be arranged for US$15 per person.