ROOM: I had a private room with a double-bed, shared bath. The room was comfortable and furnished nicely. Just outside my window, however, was an open-air toilet and shower. Not ideal.
SHARED BATH: The nearby shared bath had a single shower, basin and toilet. The window was stuck ajar, so if you were in the shower (behind the sheer shower curtain) you don't feel very private.
RESTAURANT/BAR: Food was decent, bar and cafe area is nice and peaceful.
POOL: Pool area was small and compact, but okay. They need to invest in new patio furniture for sure.
KITCHEN: Shared kitchen area was absolutely FILTHY and doesn't appear to be tended to by the staff at all. I know guests are supposed to clean up after themselves, but this obviously wasn't happening. Staff needed to make sure this space was clean, but clearly neglected it. This room needs a complete renovation.
SERVICES/LOCATION: Internet (which you have to pay for -- $5 for 4 1/2 hours of access) was pretty reliable. Airport pick-up was $25. I didn't book any tours so cannot speak to that part. Location is a short walk to the Avondale Flea Market and shops where you can find groceries, pharmacy, cafe/bakery, restaurants (pizza, burgers, sandwiches), Eco Net phone store, and a few other merchants.
STAY HERE AGAIN?: Yes
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small World Lodge is a backpackers lodge offering private rooms, dormitories and camping. We have a swimming pool, bar, and travel advice service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Small World Backpackers Hotel Harare