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“Lovely views, good facilities”
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Brackenhill Lodge
Ranked #3 of 14 Mbabane B&B and Inns
Dorking, England, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Lovely views, good facilities”
Reviewed 17 August 2013

Location is lovely with some nice walks/scrambles into the surrounding hills. Helpful, informative and welcoming, well equipped but fairly basic rooms. We enjoyed the tennis court and small gym - it was a bit cool for the pool. Dining room has free wifi and had a welcoming fire in the evening. Dinner (relatively) expensive but good.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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4 Thank Heather G
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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111 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2013

It is probably the best bet in Swaziland, but it cannot compare to excellent rated lodges in South Africa, far from that. The rooms were small and outdated and nothing special. Also the pool looked dirty and so did the lounge beds near the pool. Location is excellent. Very nice setting and very friendly staff. Dinner was expensive for the quality.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Cresskill, New Jersey, United States
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2013

I visit Mbabane every three months for business for about 5 nights at a time. I have hopped from one bad hotel to another until I found Brackenhill Lodge. I have just returned from my second stay there. I have a new home in Mbabane - and have already told them I will be back for a 3rd visit in September.

It is a magnificent environment set on the side of a hill with glorious vistas wherever you look. The rooms are really comfortable and clean, and there are nice little attentions to detail throughout. There are an array of different style rooms - an old converted stable, little cottages and rooms attached to the dining area. I have tried the stable and the cottages. Both were great. Next, I am trying the rooms next to the dining room, as these are the only ones that have wifi.

Breakfast is tasty and cooked every morning. Dinner is always interesting, and differs each night. In the morning you let them know if you will be having dinner, as they cook based on the number of guest planning to eat in, and there is only one sitting.

The owner is a baker - the best bread I have ever tasted! The owners and staff are extremely caring and attentive, no matter what I strange requests I have had. They have always seen to my every need.

Room Tip: Stable includes three rooms and a kitchen/living room area. Great place for a family or a group of...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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4 Thank Craig B
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2013

I spent 11 nights at the lodge and i enjoyed every single day! The staff are super friendly and so too the owners! Dinner was fab and the nature walks gave you the opportunity to really appreciate the beauty of Swaziland. The facilities are very clean, well kept and comfortable and i highly recommend the lodge to anyone wanting to visit Swaziland. :)

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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3 Thank Ricky B
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Bucharest, Romania
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2012

We spent two nights at this lodge, set in the hills near Mbabane. One of the best things was the option to do some nice walks on the very large property, with spectacular views. '
Dinner is also great, but needs to be ordered in advance.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Hillcrest, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2012

We had an amazing stay at Brackenhill Lodge in Mbabane, Swaziland in April. The facilities were clean and comfortable and the menu was tasty. There was so much to do in the area. The family who run the Lodge were very friendly and helpful. It was a wonderful choice of a place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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3 Thank Jane B
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2012

Recently stayed at Brackenhill on our way from Kruger National Park thru Swaziland to St Lucia. It is situated within Mbabane, but on a hill with amazing walks . The rooms were well kept, and maintained. The pool is big enough to do laps, and if inclined, you can play tennis on the court. There is also a gym onsite, for the fitness fanatics amongst us!
The staff were very helpful and happy to help with recommendations for dinner (at Ramblas - fantastic food - see separate review!) and the breakfast was memorable.
We enjoyed our peaceful stay, and are sure you will too. It really feels as if there is a peace about the place, and we all slept well to the cheerful sound of frogs. There is a stream built into the garden which flows down an attracts the frogs.

Room Tip: There are rooms closer to the pool and tennis court, to facilitate access - just ask for one of thes...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Brackenhill Lodge

Property: Brackenhill Lodge
Address: Mountain Drive | off Fonteyn Road, Mbabane, Swaziland
Region: Swaziland > Hhohho District > Mbabane
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Mbabane
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Brackenhill Lodge Swaziland/Mbabane

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