BEST WESTERN PLUS Lusaka Grand Hotel,  Lusaka

4.0/5  - based on 163 guest reviews.
Great East Road, Plot 8018A, 10101, Lusaka, Zambia - See map
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  • 24-hour front desk
    24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
    Air conditioning
  • Cocktail lounge
    Cocktail lounge
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
    Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Safe deposit box
    Safe deposit box
  • Sauna
    Sauna
  • Spa
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The Best Western Plus Lusaka Grand Hotel is located in the central business district of the city of Lusaka on the Great East Road. It is within a 20 kilometer radius of the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, three kilometers from the modern shopping malls and one kilometer from the city center. This gives the hotel a unique position for business travelers, government and leisure travelers to name but a few. The hotel offers value and benefits to the clients over and above the standards of the facilities at affordable rates. We provide our guests with an exemplary personal service, and comfort. We also provide high-speed Internet to our guests within a luxurious, relaxed environment where they can conduct their business efficiently. Our stylish restaurants include the Manna Restaurant which offers International crafted cuisine and the Mandarin Restaurant appeals to the authentic Chinese or Asian palette. For something more edgy you can enjoy "fifty shades of vodka" at the Wodka Piano Bar, or laze around our unique pool setting. Enjoy your stay.

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BEST WESTERN PLUS Lusaka Grand Hotel,Lusaka
  • 5
    « Great Hospitality, Food & Stay ! »

    Great Hotel to Stay, Enjoy & Work ! Hospitable Staff - From Sales Manager from Ms.Veronica to Maintenance Manager Mr.Bradley. Too much attentive and giving their best for the comfort of Guests. Food - Mr.Rawat (Chef), put their maximum to match your taste level and putting their all hard work just to listen that 'Its good' and up to your satisfaction. Cuisine : Indian / Chinese / Continental etc - all perfect. These are very rare phenomena at Hotels in Africa. Except few lower staff (room cleaning staff), all was perfect and appreciable or my 20 days stay. All staff in the hotel work as a Team to give their best which is very very rare. I would say the Staff of this Hotel is an asset for the Management, I have traveled more than 25 countries but this kind of staff is very very rare. Location - Best location nearby Business Hub, Embassies, Hospitals, Malls, Taxi Stand. Advise - Swimming Pool shall be converted to the proper swimming pool. - Gym shall be made available inhouse. - Weekend parties / Live Bands shall be organised to make stay more enjoyable. - Grill / Steak House food shall be made available. - Proper Massage & Spa center shall be made available with Russian and Chinese Staff. My recommendation to this Hotel is 100%.

    4
    « Business mans hotel - with friendly service »

    I've visited the Lusaka Grand a couple of times and have seen the Hotel improve over the year. The hotel is struggling to find it's market - at the moment it's midway between business traveler and select tourist. As a business man hotel the facilities fall short - lacking private meeting place or a entertainment/bar/lounge that is welcoming... as a tourist hotel it lack privacy in the swimming pool area and guest have to cress the parking lot. What is great about the Hotel is the appeal to those travelers for short stay (2-4days) in that it offer value, accesiblity and is well situated to the malls, and amenities for governmental business. It also has great access to the Airport and such. The Hotel shuttle services is excellent and like all the staff offer a great welcome. It's a pity the facilities and are aging and not well maintained - however, any compliant is addressed with minimum fuss. I return here often as the it's great to see the manage hands-on in constantly improving the facility with the service friendly staff.

    5
    « Night of a Star »

    I spent 2 nights here during the Zed Top 10 Presenter Search Finale of which I won. Awesome place to stay and great hospitality. Centrally located aswell. As it is near the airport, Zambia's best shopping malls and Lusaka's central business district.

    5
    « Great location, even better price »

    Zambia is a particularly expensive country so it is refreshing to find a hotel that doesn't burn a hole in your pocket! The BW is comfortable and exceptionally well located and I score them 5 as you get a decent bang for your buck. Their food is pretty amazing too - watch out for the HUGE portions! They have a combo menu with more western food mixed with Asian and, again, is very affordable. There are Chinese chefs wandering around so this probably explains the good quality. Decor is a bit disappointing but not enough to mark them down. The hotel used to be called the Golden Bridge and was decorated in Chinese style but has been revamped slowly but surely by the BW and is looking great! There is an excellent travel agent on the property too if you want to book elsewhere in Zambia. Just speak to Rachel. Staff are excellent! I loved the cold towels on arrival and the fact that the reception staff stand to greet you. Not even the Taj Pamodzi staff do that. There is always someone to walk you to the elevator in case you remember something you will need later. We also met Michael (GM) and Eric (Exec Chef) and they were super helpful and kind.

    4
    « Nice place to stay »

    I was there for 3 nights in this hotel. Actually checked in late in night after 9 pm. Staff were courteous enough to complete the formalities & accommodate me quickly, since I was pretty tired..Appreciate Ennes & Brian in Reception.. Wifi, pool, etc all are good. Complimentary Buffet breakfast needs change of menu daily. For all 3 days, more or less Menu was same.

    3
    « Reasonably priced and exellent service but »

    This hotel was pretty well priced and the service really was excellent. Everything i asked they helped with. There were though a few challenges - there was a bottle of doom in my bathroom which made me nervous as i am very scared of cockroaches and i wondered what the bottle meant. And on the second day of my stay there was a huge cockroach in the bathroom - the hotel cleaned it out but it was not pleasant. There were very few TV channels which was OK but there was also very little to eat for breakfast if you dont eat meat. As i say everyone was very helpful so its regrettable - i hope these issues can be addressed.

    3
    « Neither here nor there »

    It's an okay hotel. Lots of things are an issue though. The good: They have pretty good Wi-Fi in the rooms. The hotel is nice albeit dated. But the real asset this hotel has is friendliness of service. As found in many African hotels, service can be slow, but I have really enjoyed the kind natured and helpful attitude of staff. The bad: Power cuts in the evening are frequent, but very short. Have had some problems with cockroaches...two parents and a baby roach have left us this week! Watch out for Diwali as you will not sleep with all the fireworks that are literally right outside your window. Also I hear rooms facing the front of the hotel are much better. Overall, an okay stay for a week, but may not have stayed here if on a longer mission.

    5
    « Three nights in Lusaka »

    Excellent staff, always ready to help. Rooms are spacious, clean and silent at night. It's very easy to reach on the East Road also at peak hours, the perfect hotel for both travelling tourists and business men.

    5
    « Excellent staff!! »

    My husband and I stayed at the Best Western Plus for one night whilst travelling through and we were overwhelmed by how welcoming and friendly the staff were. The room was comfortable, bathroom was good (great shower) and breakfast buffet was delicious (great egg chef!). Highly recommend a stay here!

    4
    « A comfortable start to our Zambian adventure! »

    We spent our first night in Zambia at this hotel before embarking on our 11 day safari adventure. The room was very comfortable and the staff helpful and friendly. On the one occasion that we needed some assistance, the manager, Esmeralda was very helpful and looked after our request quickly and efficiently. We would certainly stay there again if necessary.

  • 5
    « Very Good »

    This is a very good hotel close to the city centre. The reception was very good. The ambiance is very good. The housekeeping is very good.The breakfast is average.The dinner was also average. The staff excellent.

    4
    « Great place to stay in Lusaka...but... »

    It was with trepidation as evening approached and it was time for me to go to my hotel for the first time after an 18-hr day. And as I entered the hotel I was still worried, even though after the great reception by Bryan, I shouldn't have worried at all. The staff is great and friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean, well appointed rooms. I had rooms on the 3rd floor. The beds are a little firm but it was fine with me. The in-room menu is not too bad, albeit limited. Limited TV channels, but hardly an issue since I don't care too much for TV when travelling. Good enough wi-fi. Once in a while it would drop- but in general it works.I had hot water when I needed, I love the idea of separate toilet and shower. The buffet in the morning is nothng to write home about but it suffices. The one thing though I can speak against this hotel is attention to detail. For example at reception the front desk glass top is is scratched and soiled- that doesn't inspire confidence for the first time guest like I was. In the rooms there's this...thing- like a bedside table with a felt top that hould either be replaced by something wooden or else be covered with stained glass. It is very dirty and ruins the rest of the room set up. Guys those towels don't belong in a hotel. All raggedy and dull, it's one thing I wish I had brought along. Finally- The pool area is very nice, but it really would make a big difference if they polished that beautiful wood platform at least twice a day. It's a great hotel and I will return there again- but I will bring my towels until new towels are purchased.

    4
    « A gem in Lusaka - if only for the well trained staff »

    I have seen this hotel over the last year (and a bit) develop in to a top notch facility at an affordable price. Although I'm not sure which market this Hotel is aiming at, our business has been using The Grand as a business venue for the past 12 month where it provides a suitable location for those doing business in city center and a little further the governmental agencies (only 10mins drive away) counting the notorious Lusaka traffic. It is not offering a vibrant nigth life in the pub - it is not really focusing on the tour group and amenities for tourists - but it does offer a function stay with staff and a management team that are focused on making every guest stay as comfortable possible. Although, the business center facilities could be drastically improved to offer the business traveler a greater service. Ask for a room on the 4th floor - way from the noise great east road.

    4
    « Nice, well located, friendly hotel. »

    Having previously stayed at Radisson and Inter-Continental on our recent visits to Lusaka and not being very impressed by either we decided to give this smaller hotel a try. Glad we did as we had a much nicer experience here. Rooms are small but perfectly adequate if you are out and about but what really makes this hotel are the very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff and the good choice of nice food. They also have a nice little pool area where you can sit. We will definitely be preferring this hotel over the "big 2" in future as their service levels are so much better.

    4
    « Very good value. »

    This used to be called the Golden Bridge Hotel and most people think of it as that. Nice friendly attentive reception staff. Needs some TLC and I take it that Best Western standards will make that happen. Spent three nights there but only had a light dinner on one evening. Breakfast was rather hit and miss but there was a very nice lady making omelettes to order.

    5
    « Good Hotel, Good value »

    I'm American so my review is from that viewpoint. Most important to me is security, cleanliness and limited critters. Previously, I've stayed at more expensive hotels to ensure these standards were met. This trip I was in Lusaka for a month and needed something more economical. This hotel was wonderful. Price was reasonable and all needs were met. Positives: The staff is the friendliest I have have ever encountered. Rooms are clean and were fumigated twice while I was there. I'd rate the beds a B. Atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable. Breakfast was great. Price was fair. Negatives: Rooms are simple and a bit smaller. TV channels are limited (about 10 - 3 news, 3 soccer, 2 local and 2 movie). Restaurant is a bit more "local" than some of the pricier hotels. (Example: Fish and chips was a whole fish with fries. For the record it tasted great and I didn't mind but some do.) In conclusion, I loved my stay and will go there again. I highly recommend it.

    4
    « Great value in Lusaka »

    I went here for business and, at 100 a night, Best Western is much more affordable than other options in Lusaka, with good rooms, air conditioning, nice grounds, restaurant/bar, great hotel staff and comfortable bed. It is pretty centrally located with a good fast food burgers and ice cream restaurant down the street. I would definitely come back

    3
    « Great staff/breakfast. Decent hotel for one night. »

    For Lusaka, the room rates were moderate. We stayed one night before flying on to Livingstone. Hotel will charge $30 per person transport to / from the Lusaka airport. Take a taxi for $20 total! Breakfast is included and very good. Rooms have air conditioning but need updating. We were fine for a one night stay over. You can walk to the mall about 10-15 minutes away, but that is about it. Not much to do in Lusaka. The pool area is nice but too many mosquitos to sit outside for a drink. Use your Deet ! Staff was fantastic. Note: don't lose your room card. $6 fee. Never had that happen at a Best Western before or any other hotel for that matter.

    5
    « Short Stay »

    I felt excellent @100 USD/Night budget as lusaka hotels are very costly. Staffs are friendly,Good buffet breakfast,nice location and peaceful environment with great service. Moreover they offer you free airport pick up.

    2
    « Was I in China? Hotel staff only highlight »

    I found out that the hotel was originally constructed by a Chinese company and it shows. The workmanship, design, furnishings, esthetics and overall appearance of the hotel is disappointing and resembled a hotel you would find in China. The bathrooms need a huge overhaul, especially the shower heads and new and warm lighting. The beds were a complete disappointment and I have 'NEVER' stayed at a hotel where mattresses were replaced by 2 inch foam and a mattress cover...embarrassing to say the least and totally unacceptable for a hotel chain like BW. The wifi was spotty and the hotel phone system non-existent (could not even make local calls from the room). The dining room looked cold and lacked any warmth and the food average and mediocre at best (especially the breakfast). In the evenings after 10pm the lights in the lobby were turned off and was pitch black until morning. If the hotel wants to conserve electricity they might want to consider installing light sensors in their guest room hallways which would reduce overall expenses substantially. I would like to mention that there was one 'HUGE POSITIVE' at the Lusaka Grand BW and that was the wonderful, friendly, professional staff working at this hotel. It is without a doubt not the staff's fault for the hotel's poor construction and present state of disarray. As a tour operator and wholesaler from Canada I sadly could not recommend this hotel until I return and see for myself that facilities have improved.

  • 3
    « Reasonably priced for Lusaka »

    I stayed at this hotel on a business trip recently having changed from another hotel which was a bad experience. The staff were friendly and helpful and check in was very quick. It is a fairly old designed hotel and the rooms are not very modern. The Wi-Fi is good but there is only a few satellite TV channels and no stopped mini bar. Food from the restaurant changes daily between Indian and Chinese and is very average. The breakfast has a good selection of European and African food and is ok. Did have a gym but I did not get time to use it when I was there. There is a large shopping mall on the other side of the highway which is a few minutes by taxi with a big supermarket, clothes shops, pharmacy, fast food etc. It's not very centrally located if you want to be near the city centre but did it is good for access to the universities full stop there are not a lot of amenities or shops in a short walking distance from the hotel. I would use this place again on my next visit to Lusaka.

    4
    « old style grandeur that promises more than it can deliver »

    Old-style spaciousness that promises grandeur, but doesn't quite deliver. The staff are so friendly and helpful and personable, and this makes up for a lot while you are away from home. The effort is there, but there are some things that need upgrading. The entire set of towels and bathmats needs throwing out - past their use-by date by a decade. The restaurant menu and the cooking need an overhaul. Breakfast is fine, but after two evening meals in-house, for the SAME price, we dined out at the Intercontinental Savannah Restaurant and had a superb meal, twice as classy. A huge negative - the hotel should warn every customer whenever they hire the ballroom out for a function. A hotel room is a place to retreat for a rest ... not to endure foundation-shaking music 'til 2am. This is not acceptable. Should have been given the chance to go elsewhere. Or should have been given a refund. That said ... we'd return because it's so central to the CBD of Lusaka and the staff are wonderful people.

    5
    « Top quality hotel in Lusaka »

    Stayed here at the end of our trip to Zambia during our second trip to Lusaka. This is hotel is newly renovated and everything is really nice. Would definetly place this hotel at the same level as really nice European-standard hotels. Rooms and bathrooms very large and nice. My fiancee works in a hotel and when hearing this the General Manager asked if we wanted a tour of the hotel. He showed us all the changes that have been made during the last months and we were really impressed. The hotel provided us with free shuttle to the airport because we became a free member of the hotel-chain and also let us check out late because of a late flight out of Lusaka. The staff really went the extra mile to ensure that we enjoyed our stay. Only 5-10 minutes walking to the best shopping center in town and really close to the longdistance bus-station. Will definetly stay here next time.

    3
    « Just about Okay!!! »

    While the hotel has a modern facade and layout, some of the amenities are ancient - like the air conditioning. Had to have my room changed twice - because of poor a/c, noise & mosquitoes. The pool & pool-side bar are A-class. B'fast is very sumptuous. No complaints whatsoever. One of the friendliest staff - in all of my worldwide travels. WiFi is indifferent. By evening/night, it is just about crawling.

    4
    « all round good packeag from hotel »

    Good friendly service, excellent value for money. WiFi on the slow side but other than that all is excellent and delicious food. The menu also has a Indian and Chinese option. Clean and refreshing pool area for relaxation. The bar inside is also of high standards stocking a variety of wines, spirits, beers etc. Rooms is of high standard and very comfortable beds and nice decor in the rooms. The hotel is also very quiet and relaxing. I will recommend to stay at this hotel as the package offered is excellent value for money.

    1
    « Wrong on so many levels »

    It's like visiting a house in a poor community . Marble and cheap imitation wood live side by side with ancient garish carpet. towel that are suppose to be white, but is gray and are stained. "mattress extensions" (refer to pictures) super slow internet and 5 working tv channels. friendly and helpful staff.

    4
    « Good Destination at Lusaka »

    Location: Situated at the great Eastern Road, Lusaka. Check In: Reception staff has good communication skills with quick check in time and welcome drink Lobby: Lobby area is good, big and quite. There is Bar as well on ground floor near lobby Room: Clean and respectable in Size Bathroom: Size of Bathroom was OK and Clean. But bath towel was torn (see pics) with brown stains. Another problem was with shower pressure which was very low. Internet: Hotel's internet was very weak in the room. It was almost impossible to find speed in the room. You need to go lobby area for good connectivity. Restaurant: Hotel has a good restaurant on Ground Floor. Food Quality was Good. Hotel have an Indian Chef for Indian Food / guests. The staff at the hotel were all very helpful and friendly.

    5
    « What an improvement! »

    I have been a frequent visitor to this Hotel over the last few years. From when it was the Golden Bridge Hotel and then changed to Best Western and owned by Chinese. The Hotel has always been very average, but convenient. Friendly staff but average to poor service. I have seen a major improvement in the last year. Updated lobby and bar. The pool area has been given new life and looks so inviting. Even the restaurant area has been given a face lift. I have seen the GM a Mr Pehlivan with so much energy and focus on the guests. He is truly an asset to this Hotel. I cannot wait for my next stay.

    4
    « allmost no. one »

    Professional hotel staff under the command of very Dedicated hotel manager that is doing evry thing for the costumer fill like he is no. one in the hotel you can get food 24 hr preperd by very good sheef hotel is very clean and in no time it will be no. one in lusaka

    4
    « Good hotel for fair prize - Good for business hotel »

    The hotel is situated at the great Eastern Road. Very busy (traffic), but you do not hear anything of it inside. Standard hotel with good clean rooms and beds. All facilities you expect are there. Pity my TV did not work when I was there. In all: an ok hotel and fair prized.

  • 5
    « Wonderful stay, will visit again! »

    The hotel were able to arrange a reasonably priced taxi from the airport and the driver had a bottle of water and a snack waiting for me, which was a nice touch after a long journey. I stayed in room 417 which, despite being on the front, was quite quiet in terms of traffic noise and so on. I never had any issues with noise and the hotel has back-up generators for any load shedding. The room was very comfortable and clean, with a decent TV and a safe which was free to use. The bathroom was pretty much what I wanted in a bathroom and there were never any issues with hot water or anything. All of the staff, from the cleaning staff to those on reception and in the bar and restaurant were permanently cheerful and professional. I'm sure I could name more, but names I recall are Mwanjo on reception, Precious in the restaurant, the waiting staff Rosena, Sandra and Lulu as well as Paul in the bar - they are helped make my stay enjoyable and are a credit to the hotel. I booked my stay via a travel agent but was able to confirm the booking by email and I was able to easily arrange the taxi this way. I dealt with Veronica and having this contact made things much easier. I didn't use the pool (I stayed in April and the water looked a bit chilly) but the area by the pool was a very nice place to sit and relax with a book and something to eat. I found the prices very reasonable and the food very good. There is a shopping centre (Levy Junction) a ten minute walk away which came in very handy. I really enjoyed my stay and very much hope to stay again!

    5
    « Excellent And Pleasant Stay »

    In last 3 months i came to Lusaka 3 times and every time I stayed in Best Western. Infact last stay was of 3 weeks. Whenever u enter in the hotel the staff always greets you with a smile, always on their feet to help the guests and very cooperative. Beautiful Exteriors, maintaining cleanniness 24/7. This is the only place where I have seen a wide varie of Breakfast (for Nonveg and Veg both). Also has a good restuarant with the Indian and chinese menu. One wont miss Indian food as Indian Chef (Rawat) makes tasty Indian and Indochinese food. If U r looking to visit lusaka best Western is the place to stay. Worth for the money...

    3
    « Super staff - torn towels »

    Fairly good location but based right on a busy road. The restaurant has a standard menu (steak, sandwiches, chips etc) but there's also a menu with Indian and Chinese food - I sampled both and it was very good in both instances. The breakfast is pretty standard for this type of hotel - nothing to write home about. The room was ok, but the hotel's internet was very weak in the room. There was only one towel in the bathroom when I checked in - a large and very worn bath towel (see pics) with tiny orange and brown stains. It seemed clean but very old and worn. If it was my towel I would have thrown it away a long time ago. The shower had a rail on which you could place the shower head and adjust the height to your preference. However, the piece that holds the shower head - which normally slides up or down - was glued onto the rail. Whereas the height was actually fine, the hose was only just long enough to reach resulting in the shower head sitting almost up right and spraying out water at a horizontal angle - i.e. straight in your face, neck. And if you did not obstruct the water with your body it would hit the wall and the other end of the bathtub and then trickle onto the floor. The wall and the floor was clearly marked by having been covered in water for a long time. I find it weird that a hotel of this standard does not come up with proper solutions for issues such as this. At night there was one set of lights that I could not find a switch for - three spots by the window. So I had to take out my room card of the slot that activates the electricity in the room - after which I was in total dark. This could be me overlooking an obvious light switch, however as I did put in some effort looking for it, I do believe there wasn't one. The staff at the hotel were all very helpful and friendly. And I was allowed to stay in my room after the official check out time to wait for my shuttle bus to the airport. Excellent service indeed.

    5
    « stunning hotel »

    after a long trip in South Laugwanga area it was great to rest at this hotel...we were directed to your hotel by local police. Thankyou Dogukan Pehilvan for your hospitality and great service and to have my birthday here on the 8th Smith family

    4
    « Top Service »

    Went on a business trip to LUSAKA and stayed at Best Western Plus for several nights. Best of all " THE HOTEL " STAFF ' !!!!!! 24 HRS SMILE AND SERVICE. Thanks to all of u guys . You were great ! Reception ,restaurant, bar and housekeeping 5 star service. Room as expected with all amenities. Morning delicious breakfast ,great choices and attentive service. CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT EXPRESS ( after a long flight super ). Many thanks to the deputy general manger MR. Pehlivan who was at his best to have always an answer to my problems I needed to resolve. Thx so much !! See u back on the 25 of July !! Already did my booking . GERT S............

    4
    « Brilliant Service! »

    The rooms were quite big with decently sized bathrooms. Everything was clean and tidy. The breakfast was also decent. Best Western Plus is located in a very central part of Lusaka, only a 10 minute walk away from Levy Mall and there are taxis located close by for easy and reliable transportation. However the highlight of the trip was how friendly and welcoming all of the staff were. Everyone had smiles on their faces, greeted you whenever they saw you, and were more than willing to assist in anyway possible.

    5
    « Nice Lusaka Experience »

    We are pleased with our 4 nights here. Great staff, nice breakfast, clean and comfortable rooms. We felt safe while exploring this city. Easy taxi access to get places. Enjoyed trying Shema for the first time in their restaurant. We ate here two nights and there are plenty of food choices. It is open 24/7 so we were able to relax and play games around a large table. Can't say enough about the friendly and eager to please staff. They take their jobs seriously.

    5
    « Lovely Staff »

    We stayed in The Lusaka Grand for 5 nights. The rooms were quiet and very comfortable, the breakfast buffet was varied and delicious and all the staff were extremely friendly and efficient...always met with a broad smile and greeting.

    5
    « Usual Best Western with great staff »

    This was a last minute stay - arrived late and departed early. I can't fault the staff. The room was clean with the usual amenities, and the house keeping were quiet and diligent in the morning. Big thanks the reception staff who orientated me in an unfamiliar city and located a couple of sites I needed to visited - calling colleagues and translating for me. And the doorman, who called me the same trusted driver each time I needed to leave.

    3
    « Comfortable stay »

    Decent stay and reasonable value for money. Staff particularly helpful, friendly and attentive - thank you. Some rooms a bit noisy. Food no better than average but good enough. Room could have done with a revamp - a little tired and in need of decoration. Overall not bad but I might shop around a bit more were I to travel there again.

  • 3
    « Trying hard to become a pleasant value for money hotel »

    Good central location. Facilities average. Breakfast average. Rooms not properly checked such as finding a locked safe. Safe and clean, will visit again. Poor coffee. Friendly staff but not very efficient.

    4
    « Comfortable Stay »

    Good hotel with all required eminities. Good restaurant, good rooms, good location. the service a bit slow, but the hotel manager does give you good response if you need quick service. The bar is open late night and good place to spend some time also at the pool side. The restautan has a good menu and service is good. the staff are friendly and do give attention for all your needs to make it a comfortable stay.

    2
    « Embarrassment to the Best Western Brand »

    I stayed at the Best Western Plus in Lusaka for two nights on a recent business trip. I was incredibly disappointed, to say the least. I have stayed in Best Western hotels all over the world, and this one was by far the worst I have ever stayed in. First of all, the hotel website was incredibly misleading. The hotel advertises a 24 hour gym - but the hotel does not actually have a gym. They only give you a pass and a ride to a gym that is 15 minutes away. The website also has photos of a beautiful swimming pool. But the pool was totally empty and in the middle of a parking lot. Wifi did not work the entire time. The first room they gave me smelled like chemicals and raw sewage. They moved me to another room the next day, thankfully, but that smell was totally unacceptable. Room decor is incredibly dated - it looks like a cheep, gaudy Chinese hotel from the 1970s. The only redeeming qualities were a decent breakfast and a few nice staff members (especially Brian) who was apologetic for the hotel's shortcomings. If Best Western is even a little concerned with their brand, they should drop this hotel as soon as possible. Stay somewhere else in Lusaka.

    5
    « Clean, quiet, friendly, luxurious and central hotel »

    The friendly staff alone would make me come back for a second stay! The breakfast buffet is plentiful, the rooms are luxurious and the location provides great access to go anywhere with ease. Thor, Once Upon A Saga

    5
    « Seven fabulous weeks at Best Western Plus Lusaka Grand Hotel »

    I stayed at this hotel for almost two months and was very sad to leave. The staff - from the managers right down to the cleaning ladies - are second to none. They're friendly, genuine and helpful, and go above and beyond to ensure you feel at home. The rooms are spacious and well-equipped, breakfast is delicious and the hotel has all of the amenities that a businessperson could possibly need. I'd definitely recommend this hotel and will definitely be returning when I'm next in Lusaka. Thank you to the wonderful team at Best Western Plus who made my extensive time there so comfortable and memorable.

    3
    « Good hotel, friendly staff »

    The Best Western is a good business hotel at comparatively affordable prices, internet worked reasonably well (for skype ok, not for streaming), staff very friendly and helpful, lighting in the rooms, esp bathroom needs to be improved (as is the case in many hotels...), breakfast is ok, but lacks fruit and i did not understand why the floor was cleaned every morning during breakfast time which made it dangerous and slippery, food (dinner) quite good (had a phantastic steak and average indian food for dinner), would come back!

    4
    « Very Good Hotel »

    A very good hotel in Lusaka. Very Spacious Rooms, Lot of Parking Space. Large Lobby. In house restaurant. Complementary breakfast. Very helpful staffs and front office people. Food is good in the restaurant.

    4
    « 4 night business stay »

    The rooms are spacious and clean and it's fairly quiet at night. Plumbing / waterproofig in bathrooms needs to be looked at. They are clean but stagnant water stench. Breakfasts selection good with option of bacon and eggs. Evening meals at restaurant fine. Staff friendly and efficient. Prices reasonable considering what else on offer. Fitness centre either not there or being renovated. Was given the option of visiting a gym 10mins away which in Lusaka terms is 30mins away. You have to get in a car to go to outside restaurants....Nothing nearby but on site restaurant adequate. Would definitely go back.

    4
    « Convenient for downtown and the airport! »

    Room was spacious and clean. Air conditioning worked well enabling us to get a good night's sleep. Room service was first class and the burger delivered was terrific. At $145 for the room, I felt it was good value. There were a few lights that didn't work. The public areas are spacious and well laid out but lack character. A hoarding outside the hotel offers rooms at $85 but when you try to book it is a different story!

    3
    « Good staff , poor facilities »

    friendly staff and a helpful and supportive manager. The hotel though needs a major renovation. Rooms are very poor , can hardly justify the price per night although rate was higher than usual due to a fair.

  • 3
    « Comfortable but average »

    For a 4-star hotel I expected better. The room were cozy and considering I was in Zambia on business the room was adequate. However I expect much better from a 4-star hotel. Breakfast buffet was average, nothing remotely Zambian and the lobby bar likewise had not choice and closes early. Wifi was playing up too. For the service and the cost of living in Zambia, the hotel was overpriced! Saw some bugs in the room but I guessed that it was normal due to its climate. The hotel restaurant is great though!

    1
    « Best western »

    I stayed at this hotel for 5 days. The condition of the bathroom was horrible. The smell of the toilet was unbearable, despite complaining numerous times nothing was done to remedy the situation. No interest from management. Breakfast is very poor as well. Will never go back

    4
    « Decent and well priced »

    FInding well priced accommodation in Lusaka isn't easy. Most of the market is expensive or basic and not much in between. The Lusaka Grand fits that category. The rooms are comfortable, the staff well trained and helpful and the location is good if you have business in town. You can't walk anywhere of interest and the traffic around it can be horrendous - but that's Lusaka nowadays.

    3
    « Comfortable stay in Lusaka »

    The first room that I was given smelled of smoke so the staff gladly assisted with changing my room and were very accommodating when I told them a second time that I didn't want the new assigned room as it was close the elevator. Once I finally had my perfect room I was able to settle in. The breakfast was good, but the same selections was available every day which gets boring after 9 nights. There was no gym on site, but the Hotel has an agreement with a gym close by (I decided not to use this gym though). The rooms were clean and tidy, but a little too dark for my liking with no proper lights in the room (only bedside lamps and similar in the room). The bathroom had the best lighting, but the mirror was too far which made applying make-up quite challenging. Hotel's location was convenient with malls in the same road. Was an average experience all around.

    4
    « Comfortable hotel with great staff »

    Stayed here for a night in April 2016. Airport shuttle was easy. There doesn't seem to be much within walking distance but some nice malls are a short drive away. Staff are so friendly and helpful. Room was clean and very comfortable with a nice bathroom.

    4
    « Nice and Clean hotel at a convenient location »

    BWP Grand is a nice hotel at a convenient location. The rooms, toilet and the other areas were spotless. The only negative was the missing Gym (was getting renovated), but the staff offered us to take to another Gym at 10 min driving distance. The breakfast was fine but could do with some more fresh fruit selections.

    4
    « Convenient and comfortable location »

    I stayed 2 nights at this hotel, which was comfortable, at a convenient location. One of the best breakfast buffets that I experienced in Africa, the meals were also good, although I definitely recommend the Indian cuisine as the kitchen is not strong on Italian food. The staff were helpful, actually the Operations manager went out of his way to help me out with some internet and computer issues, although it didn't work. For a big hotel which probably has more business clients than a tourist like me, their internet connection is appallingly slow. Also for budget travelers, it will be pricy. But if you need the comfort and convenience for a day or two, this can be your choice

    4
    « Helpfull Manager »

    Just want to say thank you to Mr D Phelivan. I stayed at this hotel and experienced slight banking troubles when it came to settling my bill. He quickly took charge and sorted it out for me in a swift and professional manner. Very helpful and made my stay worth while. Great service

    3
    « Chinese style but good enough for business »

    Stayed there for a few nights on business. Very friendly staff and clean rooms. good value for money for a hotel in Africa. Built by the Chinese and used to be run by them as well before it as taken over by Best Western Group. The decor is typical Chinese with plenty of cheap bling and Golden cushions and dark wood furniture. Wifi worked, but only on the ground level. Breakfast was good especially the omelette was delicious and prepared with a smile. The biggest bonus of the place is the location. Not too far from the airport but close enough to all the main businesses and to the CBD. However not in the CBD which is a total nightmare for traffic in the morning and afternoons. Decent bars and restaurants are in close but not walking distance.

    1
    « Nice hotel but they lied. »

    Clean with a very nice breakfast. But they lied to me/us. First of all they tried to rescind on the deal made with my friends on a separate booking. My friends, who I were travelling with, arranged a discount for their room as they work for a trust in Zambia. After paying they were called back and asked to pay the extra as management changed his mind. I had booked the first two nights through Wotif but I knew I had to return the following week after going up North with my friends. The ladies at reception told me it was cheaper to book direct with them than going through an agent so I made the reservation with them. I paid AUD 135.00 a night through wotif. I just got my bank statement and I find they charged me AUD243.00 for my room the second stay. DO NOT book them direct. Always do it through Wotif or Hotels.com etc. Also it is definitely not a 243.00 a night hotel.

  • 3
    « Getting there »

    Friendly staff members.. loads to improve in food variety. . Have weekly meetings here and food usually ends up being the same .:( For the price. . Less is more Need to improve bathrooms however. All in all.. decent place

    5
    « it was a business visit actually and later on i came for a visit due to the fact i love the peaceful city.. »

    my experience in this hotel had been sweeter than honey that is why i came to visit twice..starting from the good speaking guest relation lady Mapalo Mulenga she is good at her job and love to see her again , less i forget the bar boys i love them especially paul phiri, innocent and chabwe basically i come to drink after meeting because of their chat and jokes.. good hospitality...less i forget i watched the hotel maintainance manager how he moves up and down to make sure every one is satisfied that is Bradley. in short the hotel got the right worker for the job....so am satisfied.

    2
    « Not the experience one would expect »

    Rooms were smelling, toilet flush was not working, lighting was dim, toilets were not planned well, breakfast was horrible. Internet worked well. Staff was trying to be helpful but couldn't cover the shoddy

    4
    « While in Lusaka... Stay Here »

    This is one of the best Hotels, very affordable but excellent in Quality of service and Stay, while in Lusaka, Stay here only... it gives the BEST return and Value for your money, it is located on the way to airport, on the East Road

    4
    « Love this Hotel »

    I often stay at this hotel. Staff ever so friendly and help full. Very affordable. Internet brilliant. Breakfast menu in need of attention. Need more variety please, not the same every day. I love what you did with the reception introducing a refreshment/welcome drink table. Very nice indeed.

    3
    « Hotels needs an upgrade »

    This hotel is in serious need of a refurbishment. The decor is old and outdated, even though the rooms are clean. Staff is very helpful and friendly. The breakfast is not the best for people who are vegetarian as there is hardly an option except for fruit or cereal. An average hotel that is closer to a 3 star grading rather than 4.

    3
    « No hot water, pool was empty, staff don't have change when you pay, management lurk around anonymously. »

    I booked this hotel because of the photo of the lovely looking pool. Unfortunately the pool was half a foot deep when I arrived, as it was just being filled after repairs. The pool is beautiful, but do bear in mind it surrounded by car park and road, not really in a gorgeous garden setting like you'd imagine from the photo's. The hotel is renovated and modern in a Chinese nouveau rich way, no complaints there. My room had no hot water at night so I skipped a shower until the next morning, expecting there to be hot water, alas, no. The breakfast spread is a rather dull affair, a few hot cooked food items and some sweltering cheese/ham on a tray with some bread products. Local staff are as warm and friendly as most Zambians, but they seem to be stymied by the Chinese owners (who seem to lurk around looking suspicious at everyone) and who apparently don't trust them enough to leave basic change in local currency at the bar/restaurant/reception so they can provide change to guests who want to pay cash for their food and beverages. Even on check out, after trying to pay for extras that were signed for, because of the above issue, the staff couldn't give proper change. This hotel is a sad example of bad management. A modern day Chino-Africa Fawlty Towers. Worth watching the ratings to see if it will improve, the potential is there. And that pool, man, when it's filled up, that's a drawcard right there. Check other latest reviews before bookign, it's a bit iffy right now and I'd rather have chosen somewhere else based on my experience.

    5
    « Grand western plus »

    Very nice stay, staff is very helpfull and friendly. I would recomend the hotel to any person seeking accommodation in Lusaka. Rooms are comfortable and the resturant is the place to hang out in the mornings with fresh coffie. It is an unrushed and relaxed experience, Ideal for business or pleasure

    3
    « Good for business meetings »

    Nice and clean room though a bit tiny.... the location is good for those who want to be close to town and the levy park shopping mall. The water pressure in the shower is very impressing. The only disappointment was the food as I ordered fish and chips to my surprise I was served a fish with bones and it was too dry to my liking... And you might see some kind of a pool in the pictures, thats just a pond filled with dirty water and its in the middle of the car park. Apart from the food and pool or the the rooms being tiny I couldn't sleep as to the noise of the gen set which was on the whole night due to power cut.

    3
    « Overpriced and mediocre »

    Staff very friendly and management obviously making an effort to get the place up to standard. Looks like it was constructed by the Chinese (like almost everything else in Africa these days, sadly) - shoddy workmanship is evident behind the "flash". Not one of the printers in the business centre had ink, and no new cartridge could be found. Although I booked a no-smoking room, I was taken to the second floor, which stank of smoke. got moved to room 326 with virtually no view (looked into a wall). Shower in the bath worked OK but the glass "wall" makes it impossible to turn taps on and off unless you are standing under the shower - you either get a blast of cold or hot water initially. Soap dispensers didn't work. Waited at the airport for over an hour for the shuttle bus! Wifi was pathetic, as was the TV.

  • 3
    « Mediocre at best »

    Booked on line and was charged, quite an expensive rate in US$. If I booked inwithout prior reservation, I would have paid a lot less, as the receptionist confirmed. Would have prefered to pay in Zambian Kwacha, as a SADEC citizen.

    5
    « Great place for expats to stay in Lusaka »

    The new GM was in his first week when we arrived and he exceeded all expectations, as did the lovely staff members. We were honeymooning there and got a chance to experience the pimped-out penthouse. We've been in over 45 countries around the world and nothing compares to this room. The location is great, the air conditioning consistent, the food on site is good, and we loved the unique pool layout. We will be back!

    3
    « Steadily improving »

    This is a good value hotel in a convenient location. Staff very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, the hotel is still suffering from build quality inherited from previous owners and this may impact the experience.

    5
    « Great »

    It was my second time being at the Hotel. All was well for me. the manager was just good. and of course my Angela. She was so great. the rooms are very well. neatly done. the food, i enjoyed the morning breakfast. of course afternoon and evening i was normally out. The first time i was with my wife and she liked the place. The second time i was with my boss, he too liked the place and even commented that its well ahead of the 2 other hotels he has been to in Lusaka before. I strongly recommend anyone to this hotel. its also startegically located.

    2
    « Disappointing... »

    We checked in to the Best Western having stayed at a (very good) backpackers for a few days - we wanted a treat for one night. We were sadly disappointed. The room was nice enough, but the bathroom stank of drains, and the toilet didn't flush. Actually, the public toilets in the foyer also didn't flush, and were blocked and flooding with waste matter. I approached 2 members of staff about this, who shrugged and walked off. Nothing was done about it. The food in the restaurant was really bad. My "Caprese baguette" (mozarella, tomato, and pesto - topped with crispy bacon) came out as a floppy, butter filled, bit of bread with a few bites of processed cheddar, and dripping with oily bacon. Equally, the staff had essentially hidden the breakfast menu so we had to ask what was available - they replied only vegetable omelette (we subsequently found out there was a full on-demand menu). The pool that looks so lovely in the pictures turned out to be, essentially, a pond. Outside the front of the hotel, half filled with dirty, murky water. And all this, for a really quite high-end price.

    4
    « Great customer relations »

    I was there for quite a while and i loved how friendly the staff are, always smiling and ready to assist when called upon. I loved my room, it was spacious, really neat and well equipped plus the food is great, i always enjoyed my breakfast. I will definitely come back!

    5
    « Excellent Customer Service »

    Very friendly staff and quick response to customer service. Excellent room facilities and the food is absolutely amazing :)! The pool area is a great place to relax and they have a gym where you can work out.

    5
    « Fantastic assistance! »

    As Lusaka was planned for a two day stop for my safari, I have been recommended by fellow friends of mine in Lusaka to stay here. From the moment I entered the lobby area I could just feel a great 'coming home' vibe from the reception Staff. A lady called Veronica gave us an upgrade to a junior suite which was just fabulous! As we had some issues with the Landrover and refill of fire distinguisher we were assisted by the Hotel's Security officer. Overall, great breakfast with a fantastic choice (included in room rate), friendly Zambian waiters ( Little more training will help) I can only conclude thumbs up and keep it personal!

    3
    « Inconsistent »

    BW Lusaka Grand Hotel was formerly the Golden Bridge Hotel, this is not a new hotel just a remodeled and re-marketed one. It is located at the bridge between old Lusaka and new on Great East Road in a relatively safe area about 2 miles from the nearest mall (Manga Hill mall). Located on a very noisy and busy street, the noise in rooms on the frontside of the building can make sleep difficult during rush hours of 5-8am and 4-6pm (create some white noise with the AC in your room). This is currently a 3 star hotel (my husband thinks 2.5) from US standards. Here is my overall review and my experience with this hotel, I apologize it is rather long and detailed. My experience: I booked an executive room, paying a fair amount more than a standard room, as we would be here for a week and I wanted a little more space. Upon check-in we were assigned Room 409 which immediately I knew could not be an executive room, (it was small and cramped with broken lights, had a non functioning phone, clock and hair dryer that the bell hop could not get to work, and worst of all a horrid smell in the room). I went down to the front desk to report the mistake, but was told by Prudence, the young woman in charge, that ALL rooms on the 4th floor were executive rooms and that was what I had paid for. However, 2 of our associates were also on the same floor and had booked a standard room, so she, I will assume, was misinformed. However, she SHOULD have known not all rooms on the 4th floor were executive rooms and she should have immediately come up to the room to assess the situation, I never got an apology for her error during my stay. As I was not accepting of her response, I allowed my husband to take up the matter. He went downstairs and asked for her superior, Martin, who then came up to our room and when he walked in, he immediately knew we were not in an executive room (in fact this room was not only smaller than a standard room, the ?closet? was about 6 inches deep and you could not fit even a hangar in the closet and there was NO additional storage for clothing anywhere in this room). So after a little discussion we were moved to room 427, which was just like the photo on the website, and about what we expected. However this room had an issue with the key card, so we were given a brass key and told it would be fixed the following day (sadly after a week it still wasn't fixed and we were still using the brass key, but they had been trying to fix it). So now to the review: Executive Room: Nice and spacious. You have room to move around in the room. There is a writing desk to work on. There is a step-up platform area where there are 2 chairs and a table looking out a large window. The room has a small refrigerator stored in a cabinet and a good size safe also hidden in a cabinet. There is a flat screen TV (with a couple of English speaking channels) on top of the cabinet. The bed was large and comfortable (hard bed, but I like it that way). Linens nice and comfortable. Overall décor very nice. Dark wood furniture with white duvet and gold coverlet. There was a tea and coffee station that was on a bar-like shelf of the room and housekeeping kept it very well stocked. Bathroom is a decent size. Bath towels were large and soft and they have wash cloths. Tub was a large soaking tub and it was always clean as a pin. Toiletries are in dispensers that were at times difficult to access (not ergonomically made). Often there was no water pressure, however, in defense of the hotel, there have been issues with water supply in Lusaka, as well as power outages that last for up to 6 hours at a stretch, this is not the fault of the hotel, and they do in fact have a generator for power outages, but water pressure is another story. It was nearly impossible to get cold water, mostly when we had sufficient pressure to shower, it was so hot you felt as though you were being burned. Free bottled drinking water is provided in your room daily and was also available anytime at the front desk. There is also a blow dryer in the room over the writing desk next to a large mirror. This hotel is advertised as having WiFi, however 90% of the time the only place you could get WiFi was in the lobby (and keep in mind we were here for an entire week, and only Saturday did we get Wifi in our room) and you could not open or send any large files on the WiFi, so this does pose an issue for the many business travelers that absolutely need WiFi. The hotel does have complimentary computers in the lobby for customers' use, however again opening and sending large files are an issue. Gym: Wow? please just take the fact you ?have a gym? off the website. The gym consisted of a treadmill that was old and narrow and isn't designed to go over 4 mph, an elliptical with a broken foot pedal, a bicycle also broken foot pedal and a ?weight machine? also broken and missing parts old and rusty? really until the ?remodel? is done, just let your customers know that they can get a ride to the nearby gym, which had plenty of good equipment and even has a room of rowing machines and bicycles, a cross fit style workout area and lots of machines and free weights including kettle bells. Don't bother with advertising a ?gym? in the hotel, it doesn't really exist. Restaurant: This was where inconsistency was the worst. Breakfast is included in your room rate. There is a buffet in the AM set up but you can ask to have eggs made although it may take quite a while and they may get it wrong (and as it turned out certain days they can even make pancakes). Service was horrid in the AM in the restaurant, and yes I mean horrid, most of the time. Employees would be everywhere but you had to get their attention to get coffee or anything else most days I am not sure what they were ?doing? but they were not taking care of the hotel guests most of the time. Please, please, educate your staff on customer service here. Midday and evening meals here were a little better, however, again, staff needs to be re-trained in customer service as there were chronic inconsistencies. There is a difference between slow service and poor service (or no service). This is after all a service industry and we either had great service (principally at night) or it was basically non-existent service. The chefs were fine, the food was consistently reliable and tasty and sometimes even very tasty. But most of the waiters and waitresses need to be better trained (there were a couple of exceptions). Flies are definitely an issue in the restaurant, also something that needs to be improved upon. Some days the AC was not on in the restaurant and it was HOT, other days the staff would turn it on and it was at least comfortable. Food was plentiful and extremely reasonably priced. We were told there were 2 restaurants on premise, but that was not the case, however you can ask for a Chinese menu or an Indian menu for some variety. This however, was not posted anywhere that this was even an option, and that information was never volunteered to us by staff, it wasn't until our 3rd day another American staying here informed us of this fact. Again staff needs to inform the clients about their options. Additionally at times the chef or waitress didn't understand due to speaking vernacular, and since this is now being marketed as an ?American chain hotel? the staff should be able to speak and understand English in the restaurant, as food requests should be clearly communicated and understood just in case a person has food allergies. Bar: Nice small bar area off the lobby and has a nice selection of South African wines very reasonably priced. The bartender staff was attentive and really sweet. Pool: The pool area is somewhat unsafe, floor boards are broken all over the pool area or missing completely. The pool is entirely shaded and there is nowhere to sunbathe here. The pool itself did not look clean although a man was cleaning it regularly, frankly it looked as though there was soap in it and water was dirty looking. Additionally the location of the pool is very poor being at the main entrance. You must enter the pool from the area directly opposite the main hotel entrance lobby, this can be quite uncomfortable with Muslim men running around and business clients being in the lobby area at all hours. On a final note, our last full day here I was ill, and music started playing loudly in the corridors before 7am, so loudly there was no way to ?drown it out?. Now playing music had been normal during daytime hours in the hallways, normally a soft jazz Kenny G style of music, but on this morning a very loud, very unpleasant music began exceptionally early in the hallways on a Saturday morning no less when some people might want to sleep in a little, this is NOT acceptable. If staff needs to hear music to clean starting that early then they need to wait until a reasonable hour to play music loudly while cleaning rooms. This hotel has changed management over the past 6 months, it is still owned by a Chinese company although it is being marketed as a US chain hotel (supposedly an upscale version of the Best Western chain). However, there are simply TOO many inconsistencies in the hotel staffing. I want to note that housekeeping was exceptional! They are doing a marvelous job and I must mention Chiluba head of housekeeping keeps in contact with her guests to be sure they have all they need, she offers excellent customer service. Martin likewise at the front desk, he was always smiles and he attempts to do what he can so guests are as comfortable as he can make them. Likewise Brian, the daytime bellhop, he was extremely helpful and accommodating he helped a number of our group make some arrangements during our stay. Note to management IF you can get more employees like these 3, you CAN and WILL achieve a 4 star rating, but as it stands now, the general staff need more training and education in ?what is good customer service?. What helps to distinguish a 4 star hotel from a 2.5-3 star hotel IS customer service and doing it with a smile. Oh, and please do something about your WiFi internet issues, this will not work for your business clients, it made things very difficult during our stay. Perhaps over the next 6 months you can improve in these areas. If not, I will be at the Radisson down the street next visit or the Intercontinental. I hope the new hotel management really want to improve this hotel, it does have great potential, if it can be tapped.

    4
    « Decent Deal »

    I was on a business trip to attend a conference at Lusaka and got a decent deal at this place. Rooms were spacious, well equipped and maintained. Breakfast at the restaurant was also quite lavish to start the day......although they can improve on their lunch & dinner offerings. Service is good with friendly staff and the travel desk was also helpful in arranging sightseeing tours. Location is good as well.

  • 4
    « Best price quality relation in Lusaka »

    Comfortable, well situated hotel in central Lusaka. Front rooms can be noisy. Very friendly staff. Spacious well equipped rooms. Nice restaurant / breakfast room. Very good for business traveller. Internet weak, PC / printers in lobby not working. During my stay at day of departure no water which I hope is a one time exception.

    2
    « Average rooms but poor service »

    I stayed at the Hotel for approx. 2 weeks. The rooms were clean and approriately equipped. Nevertheless as I have been told the hotel had just recently undergone major changes. Once a purely Chinese visited and owned hotel it now became member of the Best Western Group. You can still see and feel the Chinese impact, especially at 7am in the morning when they start playing music throughout the whole day. A speaker was right infront of my room. Upon my request to turn down the volume or switch it off I was told this is not possible due to company policy. The A/C was broken twice, same as the toilett flush. At least the toiliett has allways been repaired immediately upon request. The service in general was very poor. Laundry was a complete mess. One time it took 3 days and several requests. I ended up calling the responsible guy myself to get it sorted. My colleagues laundry was mixed up the other time. Breakfast service was a disappointment, nothing was arranged and for everything one had to get up to the staff and ask for it (then I can also refill my coffee myself and get me toast and eggs. No need to bother someone with it). My room was located in the 5th floor and I had no Internet at all. You always had to go down to the lobby because the connection was so bad, that even Whatsapp messages were lacking! All in all there is a lot of room to improve, since the hotel is located in quite a central location with competative pricing.

    3
    « Not a bad place to be... »

    I've stayed for over one month there. Rooms are OK, king size bed, decent bathroom. Problems: Internet is slow; sometimes no connection at all. Be aware about power cuts. Restaurant is the main issue : you need patience, a lot of...

    3
    « Average Hotel »

    Visited Lusaka and my expereince at this Hotel was average. I must however give credit to one of the staff members. I have had some complaints, but it was quickly resolved by the Operations Manager Mr Pehlivan. Friendly, professional and made my stay pleasant dispite the initial problems I experienced.

    4
    « Adventure in Zambia »

    After a VERY long flight it was great to get to the hotel and have the pleasant staff great me with a cold juice and towel. The rooms and bathrooms looked like they had been upgraded recently and the pool area is tropical and inviting. It is handy that the local mall is very near by and a quick trip by Taxi. The continental breakfast was one off the best I have had in a long time and hands down the best in all my stays in Zambia and Malawi. Also free wifi! The manager Veronica made us feel like one of the family If I go back to Lusaka, I will be booking again with Best Western Grand Hotel.

    4
    « My Experience »

    Love its oriental feel and the pool was awesome especially this hot season, love their breakfast service, but most important their location is proximate to a lot of places around that i needed to be in.

    4
    « Great potential with a Chinese heritage »

    The Best Western Plus is a hotel with great potential. Very well located almost in the city centre, yet close to Levy Junction and Manda Hill malls and with a good connection to the East and North. Yet my room (at the back) was one of the quietists I've stayed in in Lusaka, much quieter than, say, the Proteas at Arcades. Even the rooms closest to the nearby railway line do not suffer from this potential noise source. This former Golden Bridge hotel still breathes China from the huge vases and mural in the lobby to the smallest details such as the wall signs and AC remote control in both English and Chinese, the lush red and gold carpets in the hallways and the (tasty) Chinese treats at the breakfast buffet. I would prefer to see African interior decoration however, but I can understand this will take time. Management is very open for suggestions and the staff has been very very friendly and helpful throughout my stay (3 days). The outdoor pool in front of the hotel lobby is beautiful and a great place to sit in the shade during the day. The restaurant is open 24/7 and serves Western, African oriented, and Chinese cuisine thanks to three chefs. There were some flaws however, such as the low water pressure during peak hours, failing WiFi when I arrived, and two short power cuts. Load shedding is a serious problem at this moment in Zambia, but I feel a hotel in this league should be able to cope with that seamlessly. The hotel is trying to attract new customers with very low prices at the moment and they succeeded as far as I am concerned: I will surely stay here again when I'm in Lusaka.

    2
    « Nothing is as advertised »

    The rooms were clean and the water was hot. The power was on most of the time. However, the front desk staff were less than helpful in addressing matters. They could not add my loyalty card, they openly argued with our traveling companions when they put them in a low grade room when they had paid for a suite. The front desk said the room they were in was a suite even thought it lacked all the amenities and space of a suite. It took the manager to fix the issue and he had to tell his staff what a suite was and was not at a hotel. The restaurant rarely had half of what was listed on the menu. Service was terribly slow. I had to send one meal back 3 times before it was correct. It brags it has 3 chef: american, chinese and indian and the food was available at all hours. They never had all 3 there at the same time. I recommend you stay at the Hotel Intercontinental or the Radison. Only stay here if you expect slow and incompetent service. Prepare to be dissapointed

    5
    « lovely hospitality »

    my room with nice and clean, the hotel is affordable and does not over exaggerate is prices of services.the pool is beautiful and looks marvelous at night with the lights. the food is delicious all the time, shows that they have well trained staff. the staff is very friendly and are always willing to help.

    4
    « Definitely returning! »

    Brilliant service, such friendly and helpful staff. My family and i had great fun; had a beautiful breakfast, the food was fresh and nicely prepared, even enjoyed drinks by the pool :) Serene environment, nice scenery - this family is definitely returning for more!

  • 4
    « Good base for business trip »

    I have given this a 4 star just because I know that hotels in Lusaka are generally less than they promise - if this hotel was in another city it would get a 3 star from me. The location is excellent, although the hotel can only be accessed from the one side of the East rd, meaning if you are coming from an easterly direction you have to do a huge circuit through traffic in the CBD to get onto the East rd from the Westerly direction. The welcome was good and staff friendly. The room was comfortable and clean. The hot water pressure was poor (a trickle), meaning that my shower was not all that it promised to be. I was not worth complaining about as I was only there for 1 night. The breakfast was a little disappointing and had many confusing dishes (chinese & Indian) on the buffet - no staff members offered to explain what was available for breakfast or offered to take any orders for eggs and bacon. Another diner at breakfast saw me looking confused at the breakfast buffet and informed me that you need to ask for eggs/bacon if you want it as it would not be offered to me. It was too late by then as I was halfway through my breakfast. I did order a dinner with room service and the food was very good and of a generous portion. I will return as the price is reasonable, the hotel is comfortable and location convenient. The Wifi (my room was 307) was quite good and I managed to work efficiently using it.

    5
    « Excellent and perfect time ever »

    being a football player with experience for both local and international, I have moved or should I say stayed in different hotels, but my experience with this hotel is extra ordinary. The perfect hotel with quality standards, their services are to the best perfection and talking of the food believe you me its delicious. I could not believe myself, knowing the past about this hotel and it being a chense hotel, the standards have changed to that of an international hotel and yes they still have a Chense tounch and talk of the local culture its never left out " Africa Zambia at large" the staff are friendly yes am Zambian and a star but hey I had the chance to meet guest from different countries right here at this hotel who expressed their views to me. My experience here I should say was a call again and for sure am going to call back again, I mean coming back to stay at this hotel, but this time with my wife and children.

    5
    « friendly and helpful staff »

    Best trip ever to Zambia and South Africans can learn a thing or two when it comes to Hospitality ... Flavia you the Best!!!! since the first day we arrived the managment and staff welcomed us. Staff friendly at all times . food and resturant was clean and service excellence upon services. outdoor and pool was excellent gym is a bonus add on keep it up!!!!

    1
    « Terrible Experience: Worst Stay I ever had at a Hotel »

    Before I start, I should make clear that my expectations of this hotel were much amped by the great reviews I read here. Sadly, my expectations for a decent stay during my business visit were thoroughly quashed. This is my first ever negative review on Tripadvisor but, sadly, it's true. And, for the record, my expectations aren't that high, I am Malawian, I know what to expect of such a hotel in these parts. The shower head kept sliding down (tacky, low quality fittings). Constantly adjusting it with soap on my face made me wet all the towels and the bathroom floor on the first day. It was very frustrating having to constantly push the shower holder up its rail when showering, and it would tilt up suddenly sending water beyond the tub. There was no stopper for the bath-tub either, so there was no alternative. Glad my wife wasn't with me, it would have been a huge disappointment to see a bathtub and not be able to use it (well, maybe she'd have plugged the drain with a plastic bag ? I wasn't feeling that committed to a bath). Stopper didn't find its way any time during my stay even after telling staff checking up on me, asking me if everything was ok the first two days. I told one guy on the second evening he checked up on me that he still hadn't brought the stopper he said he would bring, to which he answered emphatically ?I'm coming? and gave a bemused shrug and chuckle (as if I was being impatient, he had only taken one day so far after all). I knew he wasn't going to bring it at this stage, somehow it dawned on me at this point that none of them were going to improve anything I complained about. They were going to simply listen, act concerned and promise to get back to me. I had raised this and other issues to different staff for 5 times within the first day of being there. After his answer, I stopped raising any complaints. I was it, I had already paid. Sucker! Man up. Their focus was on customers coming in who hadn't yet paid. It was a sad and frustrating dawn of reality but accepting it helped me focus on my work and get less annoyed with everything at the hotel. After all, it wasn't a holiday trip. Oh, and the towels were too coarse. Free wifi offered throughout stay but it only worked the first 10 minutes of my stay in my room - and for some hours on penultimate night there. I discovered it always worked well in the restaurant and reception area. So, I guess the 3rd floor is a problem (tried standing in the corridor of the 2nd floor, didn't seem to get more signal there either) ? put simply, internet didn't work at all in my room and I had to do some deal of work online which meant having to make my way to the reception area each time I needed internet. Maybe the hotel should tell its guests: ?free wifi ?on the first floor'. I explained this several times to various staff (at reception and elsewhere). Once, a lady at reception told me ?go pack your bags, I'll move you to first floor', after I complained about the internet, the shower and the stopper, and after telling her I had reported these several times to other staff and I had been told they'd be fixed (the stopper ?was coming', plumbers were supposed to come fix my shower). She then told me a minute later ?rather, let me get back to you after I've seen what I can do. If not today, we will move you tomorrow'. I wasn't surprised, I hadn't flinched a bit; I was getting accustomed to the drill. 4 or 5 hours later, the guy who was supposed to fetch me a stopper would chuckle and shrug at my reminding him, and I would conclude the lady at reception wasn't going to get back to me on my room change either, on this, the next day or any other day. And they both proved me right. In between the two encounters, another receptionist took my complaints, ?wrote a report' and filed it for it to be looked into the next day. I didn't expecting that to result in anything either, and it didn't. The dimmer switch on the side of the bed didn't work for my bedside lamp. It's not a must for a hotel to offer a dimmer switch but I guess like most things, once you've fitted something, it becomes part of the deal and when it doesn't work, it means the hotel failed to deliver on something it intended to. There was no option for more lighting in the centre of the room which made working in the night a big task and a big strain on my eyes. The only light was the bedside lamps and desk lamp (bedside lamp on the desk). This is inadequate lighting for business travellers that might need to do some work in the night (a lot of work in my case ? and yes, I had planned and scheduled my work properly ? sometimes there's just not enough hours in your days). I had to ask staff to allow me to remove the lamp shade to tease out a bit more light to work under. Found a cockroach in the bathroom. I thought it was a once-off thing, then saw another one in the restaurant at the ordering bar. There were always a few flies around at the breakfast buffet, particularly near the yoghurt (which wasn't covered). I left some unfinished beverages twice or thrice coz a fly had landed on the brim of the cup/ glass. I woke up several times to the sound of a mosquito the second night. Don't get me wrong, I get it, we are in the tropics, the home of all kinds of insects in their gazillions but hotels (and homes)have generally found effective ways of controlling where such insects shouldn't be such that this is my first time to see this in what is supposed to be a middle range hotel in the sub-Sahara. Beds sunken in the middle ? probably tired mattresses: slept ok though, but then I'm a good sleeper. Although I did wake up 3 times, twice to ?sex-like lady sounds', from some nearby room; once to the sound of drunk in the corridor. There were several conferences and seminars going on. I don't know if I should blame the hotel for this bad night. Maybe the walls could do with better sound-proofing. Then again, I don't know how loud the original sounds were, so maybe it was just a bad night at a hotel. One of those. The second night I kept waking to the noise of the aircon changing pace though, and couldn't sleep without it because it was too hot. This night I blame on the hotel for installing yet another cheap item. Aircons have never woken me up in other hotels in the sub-Sahara. Pool at the front entrance, no changing room. Need I say more. Food that was in warming dishes at the buffet was cold on one of the days (and sausages hard on this day). On the last night, I was leaving my room to meet a business contact, my room wouldn't lock. I tried and tried, it wouldn't work. I called reception for someone to help me. It took too long for someone to come that I just packed my valuables in a bag and handed it to reception for safekeeping while I was out as I was delaying in meeting my contact otherwise. When I came back, I was told the door lock was broken. I was told I was to be moved for safety reasons. Ironic, to finally get my room change on the last night. I was not having it. I refused to change rooms. I was checking out at dawn anyway and couldn't be bothered. If I were to speculate, I would blame this brocken door lock on another cheap fitting, a cheap door lock (the card never worked to unlock the door, i had to use the key all the time). Positives: - 24 hour restaurant, meant I didn't have to plan my work around their meals. This was very needed flexibility for my crunch ?time work mode during my stay. - Wifi (in the reception) is quite fast. - I recommend Chef's salad for those brave souls planning to stay at this hotel. It is quite a good one. - Most staff are polite and friendly My advice to future guests: stay out of room 330, or check it thoroughly if they say they've fixed it. My advice to the hotel: Put proper quality fittings that won't fail on your guests. Short-cuts are recipe for blow-ups. Unkown brands (?Wei Dun' safes, ?Aux' air-conditioners, ?Konka' tv screens, ?Yigao' blow dryers) are likely to disappoint at some point given repetitive use by different customers. Take better care of your customers by investing in good quality. And improve your handling of complaints by guests. It's frustrating to keep reporting the same issues over and over and to even be reminding staff you talked to before about what your issue was. And only offer and promise what you can deliver. I'll be back in Lusaka several times in the near future for more work. Unfortunately, I probably won't be returning to this hotel (I never say never ? it might be the best out of the rest, it's currently number 1 on Tripadvisor for Lusaka hotel accommodation after all). This was not worth the money, even though I was on a 'special deal'!

    3
    « Gust »

    Cleanness of the room was not adequate. The house keepers do not take time to clean thoroughly the room. some dirt stay on the floor and she /he will not notice that the room is not totally clean. Need more traing

 

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·From: North. After entering Lusaka from the north you will find yourself in the Industrial Area on Great North Road (T2). Continue on this road until you get to a roundabout. The Revenue Building will be on your right. Turn left at the roundabout and go over the bridge. You will find the BEST WESTERN PLUS Lusaka Hotel on your left as you come off the bridge. ·From: South. After entering Lusaka from the south you will find the Downtown Shopping Center on Kafue Road (T2). Continue on this road until you get to a roundabout, where you will continue straight. The road changes its name to Cairo Road. Continue until you get to another roundabout, turn left onto Great East Road and go over a bridg...

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