Meikles Hotel Zimbabwe

Meikles Hotel Reception in Harare, Zimbabwe. Image via AFRIKTA ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe’s five-star hotel, Meikles, offers guests bathwater in buckets

Guests at Zimbabwe’s five star hotel in Harare, Meikles were offered buckets of hot bath water due to load shedding.

Meikles Hotel Zimbabwe

Meikles Hotel Reception in Harare, Zimbabwe. Image via AFRIKTA ZIMBABWE

Meikles, a five-star hotel in Zimbabwe made headlines this week for offering guests hot bathwater using buckets. 

The hotel said it had been operating on a generator since last Saturday due to a fault that developed within the Central Business District of the country’s capital city. 


For over 100 years Meikles has been acclaimed as Zimbabwe’s premier luxury five-star hotel with gracious charm and silver-service. 

Meikles is reportedly a legendary meeting place for international business executives, dignitaries, leisure travellers and celebrities.

May be an image of text that says 'MEIKLES Sembabans Aremicl Dear Guest, Please advised that the hotel has been operating on generator power since June 11th, 2022, due a that developed within CBD. Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority working around the clock trv fix the problem. Considering the above, the conditioning the rooms and public areas not working, and Ûherei hot water. you require hot water bathing, please contact our nousekeeping on extension 82, and bucket will be delivered to you. We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences caused. Thank BRMA Tinashe Munjoma GeneralManager DSTRET .om'
Photo: Facebook/Hopewell Chin’ono

“The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority is working around the clock to try to fix the problem. 

“Considering the above, the air conditioning in the rooms and public areas is not working, and there is no hot water. If you require hot water for bathing, please contact our housekeeping department on Extension 82, and a bucket will be delivered to you. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.” 

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The issue was however later resolved and services in the Meikles Hotel resumed back to normal. 

The hotel also thanked its guests and staff for their cooperation and understanding during what it termed a challenging time.


Shortly after the notice to the guests was circulated online, social media users did not hesitate to create memes and jokes from this very unfortunate situation.

“This is what we mean when we say Corrupt and Incompetent Rule has crippled everything in the country. Nothing works when you appoint incompetent and corrupt CEOs to run the country’s power company. Meikles Hotel is the best in Zimbabwe, but its guests are bathing in cold water.”

Award winning journalist and activist, Hopewell Chin’ono said

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