On Zimbabwe’s border with Mozambique lies a verdant valley with what many say is the country’s most picturesque city – Mutare. It is Zimbabwe’s gateway to the east and the Indian Ocean and home to African Sun’s Amber Hotel Mutare.
n keeping with its promise, its clientele is a mix of the business traveller and the adventurous leisure seeker. Only a short distance from the border post with Mozambique, it is a favourite stopover and meeting place for Zimbabweans and Mozambicans.
Within an easy drive of the city is the added bonus of some of the most spectacular tourist attractions Zimbabwe has to offer. The country’s highest peak, Mount Inyangani is a half-hour away; the Hot Springs Resort, with its fascinating natural and, some say, health-restoring hot springs is also within easy reach. The magnificent Bvumba Mountains and the Botanical Gardens, luxuriant with remarkable plants, are half-an-hour in another direction.
Surrounded by spectacular scenery, in many parts reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, Mutare is at the centre of a collection of myths and legends of tribal origin as well as the history of the early European settlers.
Business and leisure travellers are well catered for by Holiday Inn Mutare’s 20 twin rooms, 49 deluxe rooms, 1 paraplegic room, 4 suites and 23 executive rooms, all superbly appointed and maintained. The Forester Arms Bar, paying tribute to the surrounding forest areas, is a favourite watering hole for locals as well as guests, who can also enjoy refreshments by the swimming pool and on the Sun Deck.
Healthy, mountain-air appetites are well catered for by the Inn’s Spur Restaurant, a ranch-style, full service, grill turning out succulent steaks and great burgers.
The Hotspring Restaurant, with its extensive and varied menu choices, served buffet-style, is popular with guests and locals alike. It also provides the famed Holiday Inn “great breakfast”, an ideal start to a day spent exploring the Eastern Highlands.
For guests not content with the exertions of hill-climbing and mountaineering, the Inn has a special arrangement for them to use the nearby tennis courts, gymnasium, bowling green and 18-hole golf course.
Efficient and qualified staff are adept at arranging all aspects of conferences or other functions with the Odzani and Murahwa rooms holding up to 35 people each, and the splendid Vumba Room able to accommodate 100 people.
The city of Mutare, in its spectacular surroundings, is well worth a visit in its own right. When the visit is combined with being hosted by the staff of Holiday Inn Mutare, it is not only memorable, but unforgettable. Services & Facilities
The hotel services and facilities available at African Sun Amber Hotel Mutare provide a perfect business and leisure experience for the guest. The service is complemented by the on-site parking available at the hotel. The business traveller is guaranteed a good experience with the full conference facilities available with audio visual equipment.
Guests can relax in the Forester bar or enjoy a delicious meal on the Hotspring Restaurant or better still if they do not wish to leave the comfort of their rooms, they can order in through the room service facility.
18-hole golf course
Vumba botanical gardens
Mutare Historical Museum
African Sun Amber Hotel Mutare has a total of two bars and one restaurant. Visitors can sometimes order from a snack menu when they are available. The restaurant offer a wide variety of delectable dishes to suit all the guests’ needs and guarantee a memorable eating experience.
This restaurant offers full English breakfasts every morning, delicious buffet lunches and dinners with a wide selection of dishes to choose from for guaranteed satisfaction.
This bar is located within the hotel where the guest can relax and have a drink while watching television. The Foresters Bar is conveniently located near the reception area and the lifts for the guests’ convenience.
This bar is located outside by the pool area which offers the guest an opportunity to relax in the refreshing outdoors while sipping on a drink.
African Sun Amber Hotel Mutare has three conference rooms in total that offer full conference packages which include food and beverage and also a wide variety of conferencing equipment and stationery. The rooms can accommodate up to 110 people and still remain spacious.
The conference packages at the hotel can be customised according to the client’s specification which gives them the advantage of being flexible. The conferencing department also organises cocktail parties and weddings which can be held in the conference rooms with all the catering being done by the hotel.
African Sun Amber Hotel Mutare has a total of 96 rooms all overlooking the city centre. The rooms are of different types depending on the facilities and services available in the room. The rooms therefore range from twin rooms, deluxe rooms, executive rooms, suites and one paraplegic room.
The twin rooms and deluxe rooms are suitable for people staying over for a conference because they have two separate beds and families can request for interlinking rooms which have a door that leads to the next room without having to go outside.
The rooms at the hotel are spacious and have facilities designed especially for the convenience of the guests like the coffee and tea making facilities, working desk and lamp and the satellite television.
African Sun Amber Hotel Mutare also considers the physically challenged in the sense that there are elevators and ramps to provide easy access to the rooms. Also porters and wheelchairs are assigned to assist physically challenged guests.
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Sitting at the foot of the famous Leopard Rock in the beautiful Bvumba mountains of Zimbabwe, Leopard Rock Hotel and Championship Golf Course is set in its own country estate and enjoys spectacular views up into the Mozambique mountains.
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