THE Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has graded the recently—opened Empire Suites as Bulawayo’s first four-star luxury lodge.
The lodge situated at George Silundika Street and 12th Avenue, opened its doors to the public in May this year.
In an interview with Southern Eye Business, the lodge’s designer and decorator, Nayna Patel said officials from the ZTA graded the lodge last month.
“Officials from ZTA were here last month and they graded Empire Suites to be Bulawayo’s first four-star accommodation suites. They said it ranks number one compared to other lodges and hotels in the city,” Patel said.
ZTA public relations executive, Sugar Chagonda confirmed to Southern Eye Business yesterday that Empire Suites had been awarded four-star lodge status.
The lodge can accommodate more than 50 guests at a time and boasts secured parking facilities, a restaurant, free Wi-Fi, coffee and tea facilities.
Patel said the opening of the lodge in Bulawayo would contribute significantly to the overall development of the tourism and hospitality industry in the country. She said the lodge was of a high class and people should come and experience convenience and simplicity.
“The personality of the lodge is centered on convenience, reliability, simplicity, value for money and freshness. We can cater for 50 guests with beautifully- decorated executive suites as well as single and double rooms,” she said.
“We offer best quality services at affordable prices. Since we opened some few months ago we have accommodated a number of guests including ambassadors and all of them really appreciated our services.
Simply put, the lodge will make you feel like you are in another world,” she added.
“What’s most special about this luxury lodge is that it brings you this world of hospitality with the gentle touch of nature.”
She added that it took them a long time to complete the lodge because they wanted to offer people the best services.
Patel said in the near future if things go as expected, they could consider upgrading the lodge from four-star to five-star.
She said they wanted to provide a gift shop for tourists and other interested individuals.