Meikles Limited will in March embark on a $7,5 million refurbishment exercise of its five-star Harare Meikles Hotel that would result in closure of the hotel’s north wing for nine months to allow a complete overhaul and refashioning of all suites.
Managing director Karl Snater said this was the biggest upgrading programme of the hotel in almost 20 years and would see the north wing achieve a state-of-the-art, international, five-star standard.
“The major refurbishment that starts in March will be the first phase of an exercise that will in due course also involve the hotel’s south wing,” said Snater.
During the past year the hotel has undertaken a number of upgrades and improvements, including installation of flat-screen televisions in all rooms and suites, acquisition of new banqueting furniture and equipment, painting of the exterior of the hotel and remodelling of the principal banqueting venue, the Stewart Rooms.
He said the refurbishment programme was based on a belief travel and tourism would expand and grow in the medium term.
“Along with our many colleagues throughout the sector, we look forward to increased interest in Zimbabwe as a destination for travellers of all kinds, especially in the upper end of the market, which is where Meikles is positioned as the natural and first choice.
“What must be acknowledged is that, although we have survived the past 12 very challenging years, we are ready to meet the future with strength and energy.
“Meikles Hotel, in common with all operators within the sector, must now address issues of a physical nature and must undertake investment and expenditure to bring its infrastructure up to the highest possible standard and create for itself a fresh new look for the 21st century that matches the keen and warm welcome extended to customers.”
He said refashioning of the entire hotel would prepare it for what “we hope is a brighter and busier future”.
In drawing up a new look for the hotel’s accommodation, the creative team has come up with designs that blend the boldness of Africa with the glamour of the 21st century.