“You can have room 14 for free tonight and breakfast in the morning,” offered Desiree.
I had met a Dutch girl, Lia, in Koh Samui in Thailand last year and she mentioned that, “If you’re ever in Malawi, look up my friend Desiree. You could probably stay on her couch.”
So when Malawi appeared on my route I figured it was time to take up Lia’s offer and, via the social powers of Facebook, I was introduced to Desiree and met up with her in Malawi’s capital of Lilongwe. She just happened to be the manager of a funky little hotel called Kiboko Town Hotel.
At first glance, the outside looks more like an old 2-storey office building. The downstairs entrance is a narrow corridor where Kiboko Safaris tours runs from (you can book via the hotel) and when you climb the stairway you reach a small sitting area where a corner desk provides the reception and a smiling receptionist to greet you.
The rooms are down a long corridor. Room 14 was by the book exchange, spacious plenty of cupboards and draws, a double bed, aircon, fan, mosquito net, cable TV and an ensuite bathroom that had a separate bath and shower, toilet and sink.
The hotel restaurant has a friendly vibe to it, is kid-friendly with a small play area in the shape of a Landrover Defender shell, a slide and see-saw.
The food is made fresh with produce sourced locally. The hummus is made there as are the beef patties for the burgers. Prices are quite reasonable and all the staff are friendly and approachable.
Although Lilongwe didn’t feel like there was much to offer me (I only stayed the one night) Kiboko Town Hotel would defiantly be the place to stay.