I was at the Sun for a week. Originally I was given a room in the 150 series, large with desk and credenza, king size bed, no smoking. The king and queen beds are actually two extra long twin mattresses pushed together. But the room safe did not work. The warning I was given is that theft is rampant at this hotel. Don't even trust the room safe to keep your most treasured valuables, such as laptop or passport. So the Sun moved me to a smaller room, queen bed and smoking. I went to the front desk and explained that changing a room to a less quality room was not good customer relations. They agreed and assigned me to a room in the newer and allegedly nicer wing (rooms with 300 numbers). The room was large with a king bed, small flat screen TV, in room air conditioner (not central) two rattan easy chairs, an empty refrigerator (good for me, not good if you want a minibar) and a desk. On the downside; no iron or ironing board in the room (available from housekeeping), hair dryer is in the desk drawer and cannot be moved so some amount of contortionism is required to use it, no alarm clock or any kind of clock,and a weak flushing toilet that required constant holding down the flush arm for one to five minutes to clear the contents. The tub's cold water pipe turned with the cold water knob causing me fear that the pipe would unscrew from the wall sending a jet of water into the bathroom. It didn't happen because I was able to hold the pipe still while I turned the knob. Notification to the front desk did not result in any action.
The breakfast buffet was included in my room price and it was quite good. Beers were about US $7 equivalent for a pint of draught at the open air bar.
The business center was closed for upgrading during my stay .
Mahogany, the hotel's restaurant, was good, not great, but very fairly priced.
I recommend the hotel because I haven't stayed at the Grand Palm, its only real competition in this class in Gabarone. The Sun needs updating, its resting on its laurels and hopefully a new hotel will be built to give it more competition.
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- Also Known As:
- Gaborone Sun Hotel
- Sun Gaborone