Madidi is OK, but not fantastic. The plus - a large room, and an OK price. Other than that, the hotel is a bit mediocre in most respects. Nothing very bad, but nothing that would really bring me rushing back. With a bit of thought and good management, the Madidi Lodge could be much better, and much more appealing.
The room was very large. That was good. But rather oddly/haphazardly furnished - and many things in the room just didn't work. But it had all I needed (or would have done if all the lights and plug points had actually functioned). The food was OK - hardly gourmet, but I would say better than average. Limited choice at dinner (two dishes) is alright, as long as one appeals to you. The somewhat remote location of the lodge means that - unless you have a car or taxi - there aren't really any other eating options in the vicinity. Crossroads Mall is about 10 minutes walk away. The staff were helpful and friendly.
Two complaints. One is that although I appreciate the use of CFL bulbs in the interests of energy efficiency, this is the darkest hotel I have ever stayed in. To the extent that it is almost impossible to read or use a laptop at night (not much use if you are there on a work visit), and when taking a beer in the evening it is also virtually impossible to see anyone sitting round the table with you. Lack of lighting is a real problem. My second minor gripe is that the Madidi Lodge appears to be a popular place for romantic shenanigans - with which I have no problem at all (the more romance in the world, the better). But when they are being played out in rather physical terms in the dark nooks, crannies and sofas just outside my bedroom door (as they were for two days of my stay, by different couples), I find them a little intrusive. While the idea of having lots of little random seating areas, each with comfy sofas and piles of cushions, scattered around the premises is a really nice one, it seems that they have become places that are sought out for purposes other than polite conversation!
There's a small swimming pool. I didn't try it, as the weather was quite cold, but it's a nice touch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Madidi we know that business travelling is not as glamorous as it looks from the outside, we believe that it is our duty to make our guests as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We like to challenge the conventional approach of bland designs and uncharacteristic set ups in order to fit everybody's taste. We feel that all our guests deserve to come 'home' to a place of comfort, relaxation and inspiring surroundings with the facilities that allow to finish off that report or meet colleagues and the opportunity to unwind and regenerate their energy at the end of the day. Madidi you can expect a non-standard and inspiring set up, our services offer travellers comforts and needs such spacious comfortable rooms, FREE WIFI, flexibility on breakfast and dinner times in beautiful and unique surroundings with personalized service. The 13 animal named rooms all have outside areas & balconies and have an African feel to it. Our menu offers a variety of home made comfort food that is prepared with care and attention and with a focus on using fresh local ingredients. The unique and tranquil pool area, gym & spa are designed to offer for some 'me time' and to spoil oneself. We believe that our attention to detail, design and service will make lasting memories. We believe in operating with our environment and community in mind. Where possible, Madidi promotes and supports local businesses and artist, the lodge is a showcase of local artists and we give preference to local suppliers. Furthermore, we aim to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible by recycling grey water, compost green waste and carefully manage the use of water. Madidi is easily accessible from Kamuzu International Airport and from the main roads leading to Blantyre and Lake Malawi. The Axa Bus and National Bus Company which offer transport throughout Malawi, are on walking distance from the lodge. ... more less
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