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    Lion City Lodge, new kid on the block



    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    MASVINGO –
    Talk of a comfortable lodge, Lion City Lodge is the place to be in Masvingo Central Business District (CBD).
    Talk of the proverbial new kid on the block with a lot for the client to explore and experience, Lion City provides just that having opened its doors to the public in April this year.
    The Lodge is right in the CBD and it's a stone-throw away from the major banks and supermarkets. One does not need a taxi to get to an ATM or a fast food outlet; they are all within five minute walk on foot.
    The lodge is located in one of the quietest parts of the CBD.
    For unique and modern experience Lion City Lodge is the place to be. It has facilities that are next to none.
    The 12 roomed lodge has modern standard, executive and presidential suite rooms fitted with cream European porcelain tiles, fully subscribed satellite television and WIFI.
    "We have three categories of rooms to cater for different tastes and affordability and our facilities are one of the best as seen by the response we have received since we opened our doors this year," said Osmond Mhere the proprietor.
    The standard rooms come with an option of twin beds or only one double bed with modern fitted wardrobes and beautiful outside room bathrooms.
    The executive has almost the same facilities as the standard but has ensuite bathrooms, wardrobe fittings with table and chair and more spacious.
    The last category which is the suite are the premier rooms at Lion City Lodges which come with two options, the suit room and the presidential suite with more space, mounted bedside lamps, bathrooms with installed bath and shower choices, walk in glass shower and a dining room for both eating and for small impromptu executive meetings.
    There is a Lion Bar for drinks and a lounge which can accommodate over 30 people and acts as a leisure centre as well for those who may want to go on the internet or relax.
    "Guests can dine and wine on international and traditional foods and drinks by a well-trained five star service team," said Mhere.
    There is also the lawn centre where delegates can relax while sunbathing especially during the sunny winter days.
    All the pavements at the lodge are fitted with tiles and there is no way guests will get muddied even during the rainy season.
    The car park at the magnificent lodge can accommodate up to fifteen cars with 24hour security for both guests and their valuables.
    The reception area is manned by well trained workers that make the place home away from home; they also answer their telephone in record time which is rare in the country.
    The Lodge is only 5mins walking distance from some of the best food outlets and all the major supermarkets in the city, while those who want party are not deprived as it is in the same street with top night clubs in Masvingo.
    For those who want to stay fit or sports enthusiasts the Masvingo Sports Club is only a kilometre away with sporting facilities like rugby, tennis, cricket, squash and golf.
    Guests who are into site seeing are also not left out as the lodge management can arrange for them to visit any of the province premier tourist attractions.
    "For the site seeing fanatics we can arrange at an extra cost trips to Great Zimbabwe Monuments, Mutirikwi National Park, Mutirikwi Dam Wall and cultural trips to nearby villages," Mhere added.
    The lodge is manned by 10 staff members including interns who are doing hotel and catering courses from various top hotel schools in the country.
    Going through the CV of the proprietor one is left with no doubt as to why Lion City Lodge is the place to be when in Masvingo.
    Mhere is a hotelier of note having trained at one of the best hotel schools in the world and worked for world class hotels as well.
     He holds a Masters in International Business Management from the Swiss Hotel Management School in Switzerland one of the best hospitality schools in the world before coming to Zimbabwe to set up this lodge which has raised the bar high for those who may want to venture into the same business.
    Before coming back to Zimbabwe Mhere worked for Premier Hotels in South Africa, Disneyland Paris, Cesar Ritz College Switzerland, Mar Golf Resort and Spa and World Trade Centre Accor Hotels in Dubai.
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