Bu­l­awayo Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel com­pletes ren­o­va­tions

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Peter Matika

BU­L­AWAYO Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel in Ku­malo sub­urb has com­pleted a ren­o­va­tion ex­er­cise at an es­ti­mated cost of $80 000. The ren­o­va­tions took four months to com­plete. The Zim­babwe Tourism Au­thor­ity ac­corded the ho­tel a two-star rat­ing a month ago.

In an in­ter­view the ho­tel man­ager Mr Ed­ward Ngar­ava said they saw them­selves as a com­pet­i­tive player to con­ven­tional ho­tels.

“We pretty much keep the ho­tel low key, but it is sur­pris­ingly busy, ob­vi­ously owing much to the good word spread by most of our clients.

“We have done ma­jor ren­o­va­tions to the ho­tel at a cost of about $80 000 and as a re­sult one of our high­lights, the con­fer­ence cen­tre can now hold up to 130 peo­ple.

“It is a blend of tra­di­tional thatch­ing, steel and glass walls.

“Our rooms are made up of chic colour schemes of the stan­dard guest rooms to state-of-the-art apart­ments, where tele­vi­sion sets are mounted on walls and are air-con­di­tioned,” he said.

“This is an ec­cen­tric but yet lux­u­ri­ous es­tab­lish­ment. We are a ho­tel like no other in the city. All the rooms have en­suite, plasma TVs, con­nected to Dstv and have fully func­tional air con­di­tion­ing sys­tems.”

Mr Ngar­ava said the ho­tel com­pleted its quest to be con­sid­ered a key player in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try by erect­ing an ad­di­tional 10 fully fur­nished, en­suite and air con­di­tioned rooms.

He said not only did the ho­tel add more rooms, but it also ex­tended its con­fer­ence cen­tre to cater for about 130 peo­ple com­pared to 60 that were pre­vi­ously ac­com­mo­dated.

As a re­sult of the ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment pro­gramme, Bu­l­awayo Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel also es­tab­lished a fully func­tional restau­rant of­fer­ing hot cui­sine.

Be­fore the ren­o­va­tions, the ho­tel had 30 rooms but now has 40 state-of-the-art rooms.

“All the rooms are slightly dif­fer­ent, but fol­low a strik­ing de­sign. We have fam­ily, stan­dard and ex­ec­u­tive rooms to cater for peo­ple’s choices.

“Our ser­vice is of the ut­most qual­ity,” said Mr Ngar­ava.

The hos­pi­tal­ity con­cern was es­tab­lished about four years ago and has grown to be one of the more pop­u­lar fa­cil­i­ties in the city.

The two-star ho­tel was orig­i­nally a tiny res­i­den­tial house that was ex­tended and ren­o­vated into a guest­house in 2013.

Mr Ngar­ava said their fo­cus was on of­fer­ing ex­clu­sive ser­vices, tar­get­ing pro­fes­sion­als such as busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives.

He said plans were in the pipe­line to es­tab­lish an­other branch in Vic­to­ria Falls in 2017.

“We are presently work­ing on es­tab­lish­ing an­other branch in the Vic­to­ria Falls. We want to be con­sid­ered as one of the key es­tab­lish­ments in the coun­try to have con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to do­mes­tic tourism,” he said.

Guests cool off at the ho­tel swim­ming pool re­cently

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