This is a decent, alcohol free hotel located in the center of Lilongwe's Central Business District, next to the USAID Mission and near the large city business tower where the African Development Bank and other diplomatic and international firms have located their offices. I suspect that if the hotel had a bar and served alcohol with its meals at its very decent and affordable Indian restuarant, many more would patronize the hotel.
OK, by European and North American standards, this is a three star hotel. The three or four storey building's architecture is 1980s with two wings off a central cooridor.The rooms are decent, fairly modern with acceptable furnishings. Free cable TV with the usual MNET Africa offerings is in each room. The internet is not free but solid, one has to purchase pre-paid cards, but once on, it's ok. The free breakfast is a proper English breakfast. At $70 per night per standard room, corporate rate, this was perfect for myself and my engineer. We walked to our project site and picked up our water, sodas, beer and snacks and occassional take away meal at the large grocery / department store right next door to the hotel. The central bank of Malawi is around back of the hotel, walking distance, and the new commercial neighborhood that is coming to define the CBD is nearby, a 15 minute walk. Several of the major airlines have their offices in the commercial building just 3 minutes away. There are some local lunch eateries including a pretty good grilled chicken place located in a coverted ocean container in the middle of the lot adjacent to the grocery store.
The CBD has no nightlife or other restuarants to speak of, and in fact, Lilongwe is not a hopping town. It is a somewhat staid, decent place with decent, respectful people so one is not really missing alot at night by staying at the Pacific or in the Central Business District. Taxis are readily available in front of the grocery store. Lilongwe has a new Chinese hotel about to open, and two or three Sun hotels which do hold to an international branded standard. OK, this hotel is not one of those other places, but the Pacific doesn't carry the cost burden of those branded hotels either. There always seems to be some rooms available and the NGOs do use this hotel for conferences and many of them stay at the hotel. If the CDB is where you intend to do your work whicle in Lilongwe, this is a decent business hotel to stay.
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- A large alchol free hotel with an excellent Indian restuarant near the African Development Bank, USAID, the Central Bank and other Government of Malawi ministeries. ... more less
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