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“Eclectic and very friendly”
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Villa 33
Ranked #3 of 20 Blantyre B&B and Inns
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Eclectic and very friendly”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Had a wonderful 10 weeks at the Villa late in 2013, whilst working mostly in Blantyre. One of the happiest hotels I have visited anywhere.

The place was a wonderful mix of friendly people with a family atmosphere between staff and guests. Self-catering bungalow was spacious and tidy - don't expect luxury but do expect a really helpful team on-site.

My attempts to film the genet that lives in the palm tree became part of the local folklore and I was treated with every courtesy by everyone who worked there.

Nothing was too much trouble and it was like staying with unobtrusive friends. The grounds are home to a host of wildlife and lots of visiting birds. Everything from land crabs to chameleons. It is like living in your own personal miniature wildlife reserve - and totally safe.

Room Tip: If staying more than a few nights - choose one of the self-catering bungalows
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Zein D, Owner at Villa 33, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Thank you so much for the review. It was really nice having you stay with us. Your great sense of humour and stories are missed by us all!

Looking forward to seeing a photo of the ice-cream tricycle sometime soon!
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Delhi
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

I stayed at Villa 33 in February 2013, when i was traveling on business. Its a lovely set up, with an assortment of rooms for long and short stays. My stay was a week long and the rooms are cozy and very homely because the very tasteful decor. But the home like feel does not come at any compromise in the quality of services there - it has all the facilities any hotel would offer with an amazing restaurant that has a wide range of good food to choose from. The breakfast is wholesome and enjoyable because of the way the restaurant seating is designed....with a lot of outdoor options. The chef even offered to make us Indian food (because he thought we were bored by the fifth or sixth day). Zein, the owner is extremely warm and helpful and plays a perfect host - helping you with information when needed and at the same time not intrusive....A lovely place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Zein D, Owner at Villa 33, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
It was a very nice surprise to see your review as you stayed with us over a year ago. We really enjoyed having you and I hope that you and your family are all well. Should i ever plan to visit visit your part of the world as promised i will get in touch.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

I stayed in Malawi for a week on a business trip and read the good reviews for Villa33 on TripAdvisor. Let me assure you it's a great place to stay and the staff is super.

After a long day of business meetings this also is the best place in Blantyre to cool down and have a drink & meal in their restaurant.

WiFi Internet (Skyband) and Cellphone (Airtel) has always been working good.
Credits for this are also available at the reception.

Thank you Zein & Matthew (and of course all the other staff that makes things happen) for making my time in Malawi very comfortable.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Zein D, Owner at Villa 33, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Thank you so much for the review. I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay with us, and also that your business trip to Malawi was successful. Please do get in touch if you plan to come back or if you need me to assist in any manner.
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Villa 33 was a great place to stay. The owner, Zane was so friendly and helpful and had lots of helpful tips on places to go/what to see. The breakfast that was included was excellent...as was the other food. The location was just far enough away from the busier city but close enough you could walk. And the staff were all very friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend villa 33 and would stay there again on my next trip to Malawi.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Zein D, Owner at Villa 33, responded to this review, 2 April 2014
It was so much fun having you stay at the lodge, and all the staff pass their regards to you! I do hope that you will come back to Malawi to climb Mulanje Mountain. If i get any information on any exciting expeditions i will let you know.
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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
Reviewed 20 March 2014

Great simple, cost affordable property with beautiful gardens, great food, friendly attentive staff! I have struggled finding hotels properties in Africa I consider good value for money. This is one of the first!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Zein D, Owner at Villa 33, responded to this review, 25 March 2014
Hi Stacie,
Thanks so much for the lovely review.
It was nice to meet you and i do hope that work brings you back to Malawi on a regular basis!
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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

My wife and I stayed in Villa 33 for three months while I was working as a volunteer. We had lived and worked in Blantyre for five years during the late 70s and early 80s, when such establishments did not exist. It was nice to be back. Zein and his staff were most friendly and helpful. It was a very relaxing place to return in the evening, and there was always a pleasant mix of fellow guests.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Zein D, Owner at Villa 33, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
It was so nice to have you and Fern at the lodge. It was an interesting 3 months with so much stuff happening. I'm sure you have lots of stories to tell all your friends!

You will be happy to know that the building work is finished, and the new structure complements the lodge really well. Thanks for the review and i hope all is well on your end.
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Benoni, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

4 nights in Blantyre Villa 33 made every one of them a pleasant experience, where would you find such helpful and friendly staff and they are genuine, nothing appears to be too much trouble for them , the food is good , rooms comfortable , rates affordable nicely located quiet and comfortable. So pleasant to sit and just chat with other guests who feel as comfortable as you.
Zain all credit to you and your staff who make the task of guests comfort seem so natural and effortless thank you , I will certainly consider nowhere else on the next trip

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Zein D, Owner at Villa 33, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
Thanks Alan for your very gracious review.
Reading your review makes what we do all the more meaningful.
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Additional Information about Villa 33

Property: Villa 33
Address: 33 Chilomoni Ring Road | Namiwawa, Blantyre 01, Malawi
Region: Malawi > Southern Region > Blantyre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Blantyre
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa 33 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa 33 is the perfect location for business and independent travellers who need short to medium term accommodation in Blantyre. The lodge is set in 1.7 acres of beautiful tropical gardens in the quiet suburb of Namiwawa and is easily accessible from the centre of town.We have a nice, small restaurant on site and provide free laundry services to all guests. ... more   less 
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