MASVINGO – There is a new kid on the block after the opening of an upmarket $200 000 lodge in Masvingo.
Stallion Guest House which is owned by Alex Mushonhiwa, a mining engineer by profession became the second lodge under his stable after Stallion Chiredzi opened in 2014.
The lodge which is located at 17 Rhus Avenue in the low density suburb of Rhodene is for the visitor looking for an exclusive executive place to rest and relax. Stallion which was officially opened on Saturday has five bedrooms with three having en-suite facilities and comfortable amenities.
Speaking to The Mirror during the official opening, Mushonhiwa said the idea of opening a guest house in Masvingo came after demands from customers who frequented their Chiredzi entity. He said he plans to invest $100 000 more into the project in order to increase the number of rooms available.
The plans are also to construct a swimming pool, erect a mobile conference centre and other services which are critical to visitors.
"We opened in Chiredzi in 2014 and some of our customers did ask us to open another place here in Masvingo and we considered the request. "Our customers said they frequently travel through Masvingo before coming to Chiredzi and they wanted to use the same brand on that route. We listened to our clients and this is why we are here today.
"We have so far used $200 000 to buy and renovate the property. I have plans to invest $100 000 more to increase the number of rooms available as well as build other facilities like swimming pools and a mobile conference facility which we can erect outside the building," said Mushonhiwa.
Mushonhiwa said he is grateful for the support he continues to get from people of Chiredzi and various organisations which make his business successful. Masvingo City Council Deputy Mayor James Chiwara hailed the opening of Stallion Guest House saying it came at the right time when the City is expected to play a major role in receiving tourists coming to Great Zimbabwe and the Low-Veld.
"This is a welcome initiative and we hail the owners of this place for bringing such a big development to our City. We are expecting growth in tourism and there is need for sufficient rooms to accommodate those who visit us," said Chiwara.
Stallion Masvingo Business Unit head, Veronica Masaga said bookings are now underway with the lodge taking in its first customers on Sunday, a day after the official opening. She said they have three different categories of rooms which cost $50, $80 and $100 and offer breakfast and food on request by clients.
"We are raring to go as a new player in the hospitality sector in the City. We have already registered our first customers and all were impressed by our service which competes with the best available in the country. We have three categories of rooms which creates affordability to all our client. We offer food to our guests on request and we have a good kitchen which meets all the best standards" said Masaga.