The Best Boutique Hotels in Lilongwe, Malawi

Poolside at Kumbali Country Lodge
Poolside at Kumbali Country Lodge | © Kumbali Country Lodge

Known as the ‘warm heart’ of Africa, Malawi is popular with those who visit to experience its natural beauty and renowned Lake Malawi National Park. If you’re planning a trip and want to know where to rest your head in the capital Lilongwe, take a look at our round-up of the best boutique hotels around.

1. Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel

Chain Hotel

Sunbird Hotel Lilongwe gardens
© Sunbird Hotel Lilongwe

Nestled within a beautifully landscaped garden, Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel is a perfect spot from which to explore the wealth of treasures to be found in the capital city. Bright and airy, its spacious rooms are decorated in subtle tones that create a haven to enjoy a dreamy night’s rest. The hotel offers a variety of international and local Malawian dishes, as well as opportunities to relax with a drink – sip on an exotic cocktail mixed at the cocktail bar located next to the executive lounge, or chill out in the more informal bars exuding a friendly laid-back atmosphere.

2. Latitude 13° hotel

Boutique Hotel

Latitude 13° is a grand, modern hotel which has 20 apartments as well as six garden suites. Two-storey apartments are available for guests who want to book a longer stay. There is also a restaurant and bar with an international cuisine. The hotel offers workspaces, as well as a gym which includes an 18-metre heated pool, and conference facilities. A new spa has also recently opened. The hotel is also a great place to listen to music, meet new people, and party. The hotel brand also prides itself on its sustainable design and business practices.

3. Kumbali Lodge

Boutique Hotel

© Kumbali Country Lodge

‘Kumbali’ translates as ‘relaxing atmosphere set aside from other places’ in the local language. Built on a 650-hectare forest reserve and dairy farm in the capital city of Lilongwe, Kumbali Lodge is a perfect place to relax. The hotel is fashioned in traditional Malawian style. Set aside from the hustle and bustle of the city, its forest reserve provides incredible views and an array of wildlife, making it a unique and stylish stay in a tranquil environment.

4. Kiboko Town Hotel

Boutique Hotel

© Kiboko Town Hotel

Situated in the centre of the Old Town of Lilongwe, Kiboko Town Hotel was opened in 2005. Its setting is ideal for the sightseeing opportunities and the growing range of services available in this part of the capital. The simple looking but elegant hotel is close to the famous crafts market, which is often visited by tourists in search of African print clothes, sculptures and different artworks. The hotel has 14 comfortable en-suite rooms decorated in an attractive African ethnic style. Within the hotel there is a safari booking office, making it easy for guests to go on tours within Malawi, such as visiting the famous South Luangwa National Park or Victoria Falls.

5. Madidi Lodge

Boutique Hotel

Madidi Lodge Hotel in Lilongwe Malawi
© Madidi Lodge

Madidi Lodge is a delightful spot surrounded by a private, leafy courtyard, where guests find themselves in an eco-friendly environment that provides peace and tranquility. Located in Area 9 in the capital city of Lilongwe, this solar-powered hotel has 13 private, animal-themed en-suite rooms for visitors to choose from, each uniquely decorated in the local style and with charming character. Although the hotel is secluded from the suburbs, it is in proximity to three shopping malls, coffee shops, restaurants and main access roads. The hotel also prides itself in only buying local, organic produce and supporting local artisans. There are also yoga classes held four times a week at the hotel.

6. Crossroads Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Located right in the heart of Lilongwe, Crossroads Hotel offers excellent services for both business and leisure travellers. The peach hues and striking bamboo furniture add to the modern-yet-relaxed atmosphere and the panache of the hotel’s fabulous restaurant, where guests can choose from the international and Oriental cuisine menu. Guest can also enjoy the tranquil garden setting, laze around a sparkling swimming pool, and can take time to relax in the sauna or Jacuzzi.

7. Korea Garden Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Garden Hotel, Golf Hotel

Surrounded by gardens filled with indigenous plants, Korea Garden Hotel is the perfect venue to enjoy a tranquil gateway. From budget rooms with en-suite or shared bathroom facilities, to luxurious and executive rooms with self-catering facilities, this place ensures a comfortable stay. Feast on an array of delectable Korean delights in the lovely restaurant, or have breakfast next to the large dazzling swimming pool while taking in the peaceful garden vistas. The hotel gives easy access to a wildlife sanctuary, golf course, and local nightclubs.

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