Ratings based on 17 Verified Reviews
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.1 Service & staff
4.2 Room comfort
4.1 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from sheboygan, WI
Great location/beautiful viewPosted May 6, 2017
Pros: The view. the food. The bathtub.
Cons: Windows don't close completely.
Location: The hotel is at the top of a mountain and so one can just enjoy the views or go for a hike like the one to a waterfall.
The staff was very helpful and friendly. The location - atop a mountain - was beautiful. Food was exceptionally good.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
The hotel has a beautiful viewPosted Mar 28, 2017
Good for just chilling. The outside view from the hotel rooms are beautifull. The hotel services are not the best, but for the location they are good enough.
Posted Jun 20, 2016 on Hotels
by Jakob from Blantyre
Great hotel location, food a disappointmentPosted Feb 14, 2016 on Hotels
Beautiful hotel at the ridge of Zomba plateau with a fantastic view. We had a superior room which is one of the best rooms we had for a long time. Good place for some splendid walks around the plateau or just relaxing. The food was unfortunately not up to the standard for the hotel. Slow service in the evening for a dry and overdone beef, and at lunch we experienced a very ordinary buffet far too overpriced. A pity that the food is not up to par for the rest of the hotel.
by A verified traveler
worth a visitPosted Apr 29, 2015 on Hotels
It is in a lovely location with spectacular views. The hotel is very nice but the food is not great.
by A verified traveler
Posted Nov 19, 2014 on Hotels
for Everyoneby A verified traveler from London
Worth the climb!Posted Jul 29, 2014
Pros: Superb location, very comfortable rooms, friendly and helpful staff, attractive grounds, good food, TV and broadband.
Cons: No shortcomings. Reviews suggested service in restaurant was slow. Not so. Encouraged to place dinner orders in advance and food served without delay.
Location: At top of plateau, with superb views for miles. Plenty of attractive mountain walks available, with guides if necessary. Really relaxing environment.
Spent 2 nights at Ku Chawe on holiday from the UK, having previously stayed here over 25 years ago. Much of hotel had subsequently been rebuilt after a fire. Beautiful, peaceful location. Very relaxing stay. Good accommodation and service.
for Everyoneby Cheryl from Australia
Zomba Plateau Heaven!Posted Nov 18, 2013
Pros: The view! We had a lovely, spacious room, with a fridge and tea-making facilities. The peace and quiet was great, especially when sitting outside.
Cons: The lunch service should be faster.
Location: The location of the hotel is excellent. We did have a car, but I believe they do shuttle services from the airport. The town in reasonably close.
We spent two nights at this lovely hotel. The position is amazing - the hotel is on top of Zomba Plateau, at about 1900 metres. The view is incredible, although it was a little smoky due to a fire on the mountain. The gardens are beautiful and we loved having lunch outside. The lunch menu is varied, but the service was rather slow. The staff are friendly and well-meaning, but the food took a long time to arrive. Dinner was a very nice buffet, beautifully presented. We organised a guide to take us on a three hour walk to Emperor's View and Queen's View. We walked through a pine forest to the view sites, and the views were wonderful! We really enjoyed our stay.
by A verified traveler
Good choice, but best in warm weatherPosted Jul 2, 2013 on Hotels
This is certainly the best hotel choice in Zomba. However it works best when the weather is warm. It was cold when we were there and the hotel has very few heated areas. We were constantly fighting to stay warm. On the positive side the view is spectacular, food which was included was very good and exceeded our expectations. Wireless didn't work in the rooms. Overall we were happy.
for Everyoneby Wendy
Stunning views and a lovely tranquil settingPosted Sep 11, 2012
Pros: Surroundings, Views, Nice staff
Cons: Little bit slow and the desserts were pretty bad, give those a miss - they're not worth the wait!
Location: Stunning with pretty well-tended gardens and awe inspiring views out from the plateau
I read very mixed reviews about this place before I went but as it is really your only option on Zomba plateau I went ahead and booked it anyway. I was so pleasantly surprised. Turns out the original Kuchawe Inn burned down about 5 yrs ago so has been newly rebuilt. If you read bad reviews from 5 or more yrs ago, know it was not the same hotel then. Service was a bit slow at times, and I'm not an impatient traveller - I don't expect service in Malawi to be at the same speed as people demand in New York or London. For example we waited well over an hour for dinner but just learned to show up and order before we were in a state of starving and it was fine. The surroundings are so pleasant and peaceful and the staff so friendly and welcoming that waiting for things isn't an unpleasant experience anyway. The rooms are lovely and the staff will kindly light the fireplace in your room if you ask them to, which is very cozy on a chilly night. All in all, we had a thoroughly enjoyable stay here and would happily go back again.