MASVINGO is the oldest city in Zimbabwe and boasts the country’s historic ancient town of Great Zimbabwe, from which this country gets its name.
With unparalleled tourism tapestries, centred around the stone-without-mortar national monuments, Lake Mutirikwi and frolicking wildlife, Masvingo
has a history of architectural dexterity, probably borrowed from the grandeur of ancient builders of the Munhumutapa State.
A modern and new generation architectural splendour has manifested itself in the form of Lee’s Inn, a new baby in the tourism and hospitality industry of Zimbabwe.
In terms of travel, Masvingo is centrally located and is almost equidistant between Harare, Beitbridge, Mutare and Bulawayo, making it a transit nerve centre.
Tucked away on the edges of the plush suburb of Rhodene is the new inn that has changed the tourism and hospitality industry landscape of the oldest town.
Built away from the hullabaloo of screeching vehicle tyres, blaring hooters, symphony from blaring discos and nightclubs in the Central Business District, patronised by ladies of the night, Lee’s Inn has provided Masvingo with the prerequisite quiet, decency and comfort.
This is probably what the long distance traveller requires for a perfect and well-deserved rest. The multimillion-dollar hotel, which has been operating for about a year, has not only dwarfed traditional hospitality centres in the town, but has given them all, a run for their money.
It is amazing that with 150 rooms now operational, construction work is going on at lightning speed to get to the desired 200 rooms, after which the management will be seeking five-star status.
Lee’s Inn has literary overtaken every hotel in Masvingo and has become the epicentre of comfort and tranquillity for the traveller seeking a good rest and the family seeking a memorable outing.
Well-landscaped and smart, Lee’s Inn is an architectural splendour, which, from a distance, invites the visitor for a cocktail of memorable rest, comfort and good service. The reception is spacious and tastefully decorated, the rooms are spacious too, clean and fitted with accessories that guarantee comfort. Built as part of an indigenous group’s bid to tap into the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Lee’s Inn has effectively become the biggest hotel in Masvingo.
It has dwarfed Great Zimbabwe Hotel, Inn on Great Zimbabwe, Lodge at the Ancient City, The Flamboyant and Chevron hotels, the traditional autochthons of hospitality in Masvingo.
The hotel has standard rooms, executive rooms and a state-of-the-art presidential suite. The presidential suite is aptly named Hollywood.
The rooms are fitted with air-conditioners, have TV sets, hot water and shower and tubs ensuite, double beds and refrigerators. Conference facilities are abundant, with five conference rooms that can cater for up to 350 people, depending on the required configuration.
The hotel services continental, a la carte, English and traditional dishes from its two restaurants, the Amazing Grace and Andy. The management, led by acting general manger Mrs Spiwe Makoni, facilitates complementary tours to the various tourist attractions, including Great Zimbabwe National Monuments, Lake Mutirikwi Recreational Park, Kyle Dam, among others, in an attempt to add value to the hotel.
So far, the hotel has become very popular with travellers to South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Mozambique and has become the centre of attraction for local visitors. There is no doubt that this is the dawn of a new era in the country’s tourism and hospitality industry and the hotel which is trading as new generation hospitality has really send chills down the spines of old generation hospitality industry players in Masvingo.
by Isdore Guvamombe Tourism Matrix