The Meikles Blog

Treat your Mothers to a Magical experience at Meikles Hotel this Mother's Day.

2 May 2018 It’s Mothers’ Day Sunday, May 13, 2018... Here are some suggestions for you to really excite her by visiting us here at Zimbabwe’s finest luxury hotel, Meikles.

10 zinging reasons to visit Zimbabwe by Stuart Forster

12 April 2018 Zimbabwe is open for business . International travel journalist Stuart Forster travelled to Zimbabwe on behalf of MannedUp.com to seek the reasons to visit the country and the Meikles team just had to share it with everyone. Here are 10 things he suggests trying while in Zimbabwe: http://www.mannedup.com/travel/places/10-zinging-reasons-to-visit-zimbabwe/

Introducing the new Meikles Hotel Executive Chef - Bosco Govera

9 April 2018 The five-star Meikles Hotel in Harare has appointed a new Executive Chef, welcoming Bosco Govera to the post with his 28 years’ local and international experience in the culinary arts. He succeeds Chris Gonzo, who retired earlier this year after more than 40 years in the hospitality industry. Announcing the appointment, Meikles Hospitality Managing Director Carol White said the new chef was expected to provide the hot...

A wine training day for enthusiasts

12 February 2018 The Grapevine wine group is hosting a fun and informal, but informative, training event for members and the public, at which the focus will fall on such topics as: What is wine? What is the history of wine? What types of wines are there and where do they come from? How can I know wine better and get more out of my wine experiences? Can I get the balance right between knowledge and enjoyment? Can I just be a more knowledgeable wine...

Rest in peace, dear Jacquie!

9 February 2018 We write with sadness to inform friends, customers and colleagues that Jacqueline Fleming – Jacquie to all of us – has passed away after a short illness. She retired from Meikles Hotel in 2016 after 44 years’ service and was one of the most remarkable people in the hotel’s 100-year history. She won the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, the citation for which commended her for not only...

Exquisite Valentine's Day Dinner

7 February 2018 Pamper the love of your life with an exquisite dinner in the five star La Fontaine Grill Room this Valentine’s Day for $60.00 only per person. For more information and bookings please call Terence Chipunza on +263 242 707721-9 or email tchipunza@meikles.com

Make this Valentine's Day a memorable one at Meikles Hotel.

6 February 2018 World over Valentine’s Day is the day lovers remind and show each other their affection. In Harare, Meikles Hotel is offering a grand dinner celebration and if you subscribe to fine things in life, be there. It all happens from 6.30pm on the 14th of February, 2018 in our flagship restaurant La Fontaine Grillroom, with a delicious four-course meal, welcome drinks, roses and chocolates for the ladies, will be complemented by live music. Addit...

Scots celebrations par excellence at Meikles Hotel

5 February 2018 It’s not surprising that over the years Harare’s five-star Meikles Hotel has been host to all manner of Scots-themed celebratory events; after all, founder Thomas Meikle was born in Scotland and came to Southern Africa with his parents and siblings when young, but never forgot his roots. Tradition has it that he ordained there should always be something of a Scots flavour in the hotel’s festive season offerings, and to this day ...

Sensational Xmas pud as military surrounds city.

24 November 2017 Last Tuesday, as I passed the Celebration Centre en route to Meikles Hotel to sample Chef Gonzo s Christmas menu, I drove into heavy rain and a fierce hail storm. Just before State House the rain lifted and the sky was clear. With hindsight, the storm seems to have been a portent for the momentous events about to unfold later that afternoon. There was a buzz in the Can Can Bar at Meikles Hotel, where an unusual group of bloggers, journalists, ...

Christmas Lunch at Meikles

17 November 2017 HI All, Meikles is one of those top-drawer establishments that believes in giving their guests the very best quality in both accommodation and cuisine. Every year they offer a classy 5 course Christmas day Lunch in La Fontaine and in the Stewart Room. One of those occasions where gentlemen wanting to impress ask their special partner to put on her favourite outfit and join him with a hungry tummy for an afternoon filled with people and entertainm...

Meikles Hotel re-launches Sunday high tea talks

1 August 2017 Meikles Hotel has re-introduced its regular Sunday afternoon high teas with talks, a successful and popular venture started during its centenary celebrations in 2015. The hotel organised regular high teas for the public in the period before and after the commemoration of its 100th anniversary on November 15 2015. Accompanying the high tea was a talk on the history of the hotel, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel and surrounds, ...

Meikles High Tea

12 April 2017

Meikles Hotel Easter Delights

8 April 2017 You’re a proud Harare resident, right? When last did you visit the majestic and famous 101 year old five-star Meikles Hotel? There is only one Meikles and we are offering you a chance to enjoy and experience attractive “Urban Getaway” special offers on our luxury accommodation between April 14 and April 18, 2017. Spoil your partner, family or friend to our specially discounted accommodation rates and a surprise Easter treat! ...

The Decadence That Is The Meikles Hotel 2016 Christmas Menu

14 November 2016 I’ve always liked the Meikles Hotel, not just because it’s uber fancy and the only place I can drink my tea, pinky finger up BUT for two main reasons. For one it is an establishment of traditions… Fireworks for New Year’s, Christmas Eve Dinner, Kid’s Scavenger Hunts in April, it is one of the few local things I can count on for consistency. Number two leans closely to number one and it’s a matter of standards...

A Luxurious Summer at Meikles

27 October 2016 I have been told, “That you do not need magic to disappear, just a destination!” Meikles is one such destination that continues to push the luxurious and stylish boundaries in Harare. My love affair with Meikles is not something new to those that follow my blog. Earlier this year, I shared my top 5 must dos at Harare’s most iconic hotel (available here). One of the most captivating attributes of the hotel is that each visit off...

Here comes Santa for a cracking good Christmas at Majestic Meikles

18 October 2016 SANTA CLAUS is coming to town....to Harare....to Meikles Hotel! Yes, it’s already time to start planning YOUR family’s festive “fizz” and Meikles has conjured up several tantalising specials that allow Harare residents to experience a world-class five-star hotel, both for exquisite dining and accommodation. There are five Christmas Cracker festive-season packages to choose from: La Fontaine Grillroom: Enjoy Christmas...

Best City Hotel 2016 for the 23rd consecutive year

23 September 2016 Meikles Hotel has won the prestigious Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA) award as Best City Hotel 2016 for the 23rd consecutive year. The AZTA annual awards dinner was held at Meikles to reward and recognise airlines, hotels, lodges, agents, tour operators and other tourism industry players. “We are so very proud of our astonishing team,” said Meikles Commercial Director Tham Mpofu. We are honoured and inspired ...

Dazzling Harare jacarandas add lustre to magnificent Meikles!

21 September 2016 Harare is erupting into a blaze of colour and utmost beauty – it’s jacaranda time! Every year, around the end of September, the city transforms into a mesmerising display of purple-lined streets as the jacaranda trees start to blossom to signal the start of summer. And among the most iconic views of nature’s glory is from the North Wing of Meikles Hotel that overlooks the historic Africa Unity Square. It’s a photographer...

Bijou Beauty Salon at Meikles will pamper away the day's stresses

19 September 2016 Imagine! A 30-minute complimentary massage when you stay in the luxurious Meikles North Wing or in a deluxe or honeymoon suite. That’s our small gift to you, as a special guest, and one we’re sure you will really enjoy. Our Bijou Beauty Salon on the 12th floor of the South Wing adjoins and superbly complements the pool deck and pool cocktail bar in offering our guests total relaxation in a superb setting, with panoramic views of the...

Panoramic view of Harare from our new South Wing Luxury Business Lounge

14 September 2016 Here’s another smart reason for business people to stay at Meikles, Zimbabwe’s finest five-star hotel, so perfectly located in the heart of Harare’s city centre. Ever innovative, and thoughtful of guests’ comfort, Meikles Hotel has opened a delightful and luxurious Business Lounge on the 12th floor of the South Wing. A Royal Suite has been transformed into this exclusive guests’ only facility that is complim...

Meikles signature cocktails and “skyviews” await on the Pool Deck

23 August 2016 The welcome clear blue skies and summer sun have enticed many more of our Meikles Hotel guests to enjoy the delightful surroundings of the Pool Deck on the 12th floor of the South Wing. Early evenings are particularly convivial as some swim and relax, sip some of our signature cocktails, watch exciting sports on the TV or bring their laptops to finish off the day’s work. The pool area, that seats 40 and also has poolside loungers, has a...

Treat your family to the magic of Meikles on Heroes' Holidays

5 August 2016 As summer sunshine and blue skies make a welcome return, Zimbabweans eagerly look forward to two days of holidays – Heroes’ Day (Monday 8 August) and Defence Forces’ Day (Tuesday 9 August). And if you’re in Harare, planning to go to either or both important national events, why don’t you combine your outings with a visit to Meikles Hotel in the heart of the city? The best family treats would be to enjoy a sumptuous...

Meet at Meikles in Harare and enjoy the finest buffet lunch for just US$20

26 July 2016 “Meet me at Meikles” is a century-old invitation that has stood the test of time. Today it remains vibrantly true, especially when the meeting spot refers to the acclaimed Explorers’ Bar in Harare – the lively bar-lounge situated just off the Meikles Hotel ground-floor lobby. The inviting and warm ambiance reflects the era of Africa’s greatest explorers and it’s here, in this cosy bar that fits 60 people, th...

Barbara van Blomestein celebrated her 21st and 80th Birthday at Meikles Hotel

7 June 2016 Thank you for being part of my special day at Meikles Hotel in Harare. It was a great privilege to have my 80th birthday celebration at such a prestigious place and especially just after her 100th anniversary. Meikles is a five star hotel and deserves every star. The whole occasion was a wonderful surprise arranged by my dear Lynda and her cohorts sworn to secrecy. They suffered the stresses that go with arranging such a party. My thanks to all i...

Come and meet Gitta who will turn your event into something REALLY special!

3 June 2016 Looking to organise a world-class special event in Harare? Then you MUST come and meet Swiss-trained Gitta Khatai, Assistant Banqueting Manager at Meikles Hotel – whose credentials will fill you, our customer, with super-confidence! Born in Harare, when she left Marondera High School she was looking at various possibilities. “I picked up a flyer and saw a uniform someone had on – she was smiling, professional-looking an...

Treat your Mothers to a Magical Meikles experience this Sunday.

3 May 2016 It’s Mothers’ Day this Sunday (May 8)....what are YOU dreaming up to treat YOUR Mother? We have some suggestions for you to really excite her by visiting us here at Zimbabwe’s finest luxury hotel, Meikles. The Meikles Magic we call it. First, you may bring Mum and family to The Meikles Tanganda Lounge to experience our legendary High Tea – the most delicious teas and coffees complemented by a tiered silver tray of ...

Marvellous Meikles workers' can stand proud in celebrating Workers' Day

30 April 2016 There’s a happy team at Meikles. Walk through the door and you are met with bright smiles and an eagerness to go that extra mile and provide the finest service possible. In appreciation of our unique team Meikles Hotel proudly joins the nation in celebrating Workers’ Day on Sunday May 1. This annual international day has long been a noble celebration of the central role played by workers around the globe. In Zimbabwe various celeb...

Meikles Hotel proud to be key partner in Zimbabwe's Independence history

14 April 2016 Look out from the luxury North Wing at Meikles Hotel and you see the magnificent jacaranda trees and gardens of Africa Unity Square that occupies a special place in our nation’s history. It was here in this historic square, as in many places across our land, that the new Zimbabwe flag was hoisted for the first time on 18 April 1980. Thus it is a joyous 36 years of Independence, from Britain, that Zimbabweans celebrate with a public holi...

The Top 10 Restaurants In Harare

6 April 2016 http://theculturetrip.com/africa/zimbabwe/articles/the-top-10-restaurants-in-harare/?utm_source=direct utm_medium=embedded

SALAAMS TO SPARKLING SALMA - you can meet her at Meikles Pavilion Bistro!

5 April 2016 Meet Salma Phillips, the dynamic young manager of The Pavilion Bistro, Meikles Hotel, who is as stylish and as sparkling as the newly refashioned restaurant, open and ready to serve hotel guests and the discerning public alike. There is a team of 11 at The Pavilion Bistro, coping with breakfast and dinner shifts. “Breakfast is busiest and many non-hotel guests also come here,” says Salma. “Harare business people are fas...

FLOWER POWER DELIGHTS THE EYE AT MEIKLES HOTEL

22 March 2016 Walk into the stylish lobby of Harare’s exalted Meikles Hotel and your eye quickly goes to a single, regal bowl of fresh roses potted in antique silverware. This epitomises the meticulous and majestic style of Zimbabwe’s most famous luxury hotel. As you stroll around the hotel you will see such flower-power delights in many other stand-out and strategic places – the entrance of the Tanganda Tea Lounge, outside the signature ...

EASTER DELIGHTS TO TEMPT YOUR FAMILY TO VISIT OUR FAMOUS MEIKLES HOTEL

17 March 2016 You’re a proud Harare resident, right? When is the last time you visited one of our sunshine city’s most famous landmarks, the 100-year-old five-star Meikles Hotel? Here’s your chance to enjoy some Easter-holiday fun, exciting family experiences and very enticing “Urban Getaway” SPECIAL OFFERS on our luxury accommodation. Easter Sunday: It’s great Family Fun Time, including a visit by the Easter Bunny, ...

PAVILION BISTRO ADDS TO DINING DELIGHTS AT MEIKLES HOTEL

11 March 2016 “Meet you at Meikles” continues to be a growing clarion call with the recent opening of the Pavilion Bistro on the first floor of Meikles Hotel. America’s new Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Harry K Thomas Junior, was among many VIP guests to sample our casual yet stylish new restaurant at the official opening on February 29, 2016. It’s actually the former popular Pavilion Restaurant now re-opened with added panache after a to...

MEIKLES CHRISTMAS OFFERING

16 December 2015

COUNT DOWN TO 100 YEARS

13 November 2015 Fireworks and a vintage car parade will mark the centenary of Meikles Hotel this weekend, when the hotel marks 100 years of operation since its opening on November 15 1915. On Saturday November 14, the Vintage and Classic Car Club of Zimbabwe will have a run through Harare in celebration of the event, featuring cars from each of the 10 decades of the hotel s operational life. The run will feature more than two dozen vehicles, including one that d...

ANOTHER HISTORICAL LOOK AT MEIKLES HOTEL

13 November 2015 Another historical look at Meikles Hotel, as we share this delightful moment in Zimbabwe’s history, when leaders from across the world were hosted by new leaders of Zimbabwe, including the then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, to a superb banquet in Meikles Hotel’s Stewart Rooms, just hours before the country’s new flag was raised. The date was late evening on Thursday April 17 1980. In the picture if guest of honour Prince Charles...

MEIKLES HOTEL UNVEILS A NEW PRESENTATION FOR ITS HIGH TEA

16 October 2015 Meikles Hotel has unveiled a new presentation for its High Tea, available every day in the hotel s ground-floor Tanganda Lounge. Devised by the management team and finished by chef Geraldine Moyo, the presentation includes cucumber, smoked salmon and other sandwiches, as well as cakes, scones, pastries and chocolate mousse. Here a guest enjoys her high tea at a recent Centenary High Tea afternoon, running in celebration of the hotel s 100th anniv...

EVERYONE'S CELEBRATING MEIKLES HOTEL'S 100th BIRTHDAY

12 October 2015 Everyone’s celebrating Meikles Hotel’s 100th birthday, including sister company TM Pick n Pay, which has supermarket outlets throughout the country. Running until October 18 is a special celebratory in-store event in which customers spending $5 or more are entered into a lucky draw of prizes made up of accommodation vouchers from Meikles Hotel and other partners. Suppliers to the TM Pick n Pay group have joined in the fun, and have re...

MEIKLES AND MUSICA

12 October 2015 Meikles Hotel was delighted to share in the excitement and fun of the Italian Embassy’s Musica Festival 2015, a bringing together of musical performers from Zimbabwe, Italy and elsewhere for a week of spectacular music and the finest social interaction possible. Celebrating the diversity, originality, humanity and sheer joy of music, the performers (more than 50 from outside Zimbabwe and a further 150-plus from within the country) entertain...

BEST CITY HOTEL FOR 23 YEARS

21 September 2015 It’s 23 in a row for Harare’s five-star Meikles Hotel, which has won the 2015 Best City Hotel trophy at the prestigious Association of Zimbabwean Travel Agents annual awards ceremony. The hotel has been awarded this title each year since the awards started 23 years ago, with voting towards the nominees and winners coming from the members of AZTA across the country and based on their own experiences, as well as those of clients. Anothe...

Meikles Hotel enjoys feedback of any kind

4 September 2015 Meikles Hotel enjoys feedback of any kind – it’s the foundation of enhancement and improvement! But when that feedback is positive and informative, this makes it even more exciting, so when this posted piece was seen on the internet, the Meikles team just had to share it with everyone. http://jonaquestart.com/zimbabwe-harare-7-nights-at-the-luxurious-5-meikles-hotel/?utm_content=buffere399c utm_medium=social utm_source=twitter.com...

IT WILL BE ALL THINGS ITALIAN

1 September 2015 The famed cuisine of Italy will feature in a special series of themed evenings at Meikles Hotel’s La Fontaine Grillroom in mid-September. The cuisine will be devised and produced by Lorenzo Mottalini, a noted South African chef of Italian descent whose experience and achievements will make this one of the most entertaining of culinary events in Harare this year. Last year, Italy’s Ambassdor to Zimbabwe, Enrico D’Agostini &nd...

Meikles Hotel awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

8 June 2015 Harare’s five-star Meikles Hotel has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, in recognition of ‘consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor followers.’ The hotel has been advised of the honour by Marc Charron, president of TripAdvisor for Business, who sent the certification to Meikles’ general manager, Tinashe Munjoma as part of the website’s 2015 awards programme. United States-based Tr...

Tres bien!

13 April 2015 Tres bien! Following the success of the recent international French cuisine night in La Fontaine Grillroom, Harare’s five-star Meikles Hotel is hosting a second French night, this time featuring a unique menu focused on different uses of foie gras. The previous evening was a culinary success and feedback had come from diners to repeat the experience. A good quantity of top quality foie gras was brought in for the event and Development Chef ...

Meikles Hotel celebrates a century of excellence

10 April 2015 Marking a century of service to Zimbabwe and the world, Harare’s five-star Meikles Hotel is counting down to the celebration of its centenary on November 15 this year. As one of the landmarks of travel and tourism in Africa, the hotel will commemorate this prestigious anniversary with a number of celebratory events in coming months, culminating in a weekend of festivity surrounding the anniversary date itself. The hotel opened its doors on ...

BON APPETIT ... AT LA FONTAINE

11 March 2015 Gout de France Bienvenue to Gout de France … an evening of fine dining in the award-winning La Fontaine Grillroom, as we remind the world of the unrivalled place of honour of French cuisine in international food. La Fontaine Grillroom is proud to be one of only 1 000 restaurants around the world invited to join in this international celebration of French cuisine and partner proudly with the French Embassy in Harare for this exciting ev...

Valentine's Day with Liquideep

13 February 2015 Valentine’s Day is the worldwide celebration day for lovers … and a time to remind the love of your life how much he or she means to you. In Harare, there’s no finer celebratory event at which to do just that than at the five-star Meikles Hotel, where South African Airways is hosting a superb evening of style and romance. It all happens from 6.30pm in the Stewart Rooms, where a delicious three-course meal, accompanied by ...