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The Nesbitt Castle

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Seasonal outdoor pool
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Overview of The Nesbitt Castle

The Nesbitt Castle

4.5-star property
Suburban hotel in Bulawayo with restaurant and bar/lounge

9.4/10 Exceptional

19 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Internet access
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Air conditioning
6 Percy Avenue, Hillside, Bulawayo, 0002

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Bulawayo (BUQ-Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Intl.) - 28 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Canela - 14 min walk
  • Shangrila Chinese Restaurant - 5 min drive
  • Earth Cafe - 5 min drive
  • The Bon Hillside - 5 min drive
  • 26 on Park - 6 min drive

About this property

The Nesbitt Castle

A great choice for a stay in Bulawayo, The Nesbitt Castle features an airport shuttle. Guests can take a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool or grab a bite to eat at The Coach House, which serves lunch and dinner. A bar/lounge, a fitness centre and a sauna are other highlights at this luxurious hotel.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 10 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time starts at noon
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • WiFi in public areas*


  • Free on-site self-parking


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free English breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • Pool table

Working away

  • Business centre
  • Meeting rooms
  • Computer station
  • Conference space


  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Wedding services


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1930
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Fitness centre
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Sauna

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Television
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Sleep well

  • Free cot/infant bed

What to enjoy

  • Individually decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer


  • In-room safe

Special features


The Coach House – This fine-dining restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Reservations are required.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • WiFi is available in public areas for an extra charge
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge


This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Nesbitt Castle
Nesbitt Castle Bulawayo
Nesbitt Castle Hotel
Nesbitt Castle Hotel Bulawayo
The Nesbitt Castle Hotel Bulawayo
The Nesbitt Castle Hotel
The Nesbitt Castle Bulawayo
The Nesbitt Castle Hotel Bulawayo

Frequently asked questions

Does The Nesbitt Castle offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Nesbitt Castle does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Is there a pool at The Nesbitt Castle?
Yes, there's a seasonal outdoor pool.
Is parking offered on site at The Nesbitt Castle?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by The Nesbitt Castle?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Nesbitt Castle?
You can check in starting at noon. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at The Nesbitt Castle and nearby?
The Nesbitt Castle has a seasonal outdoor pool and a sauna, as well as a fitness centre and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Nesbitt Castle?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant, The Coach House. Nearby restaurants include Canela (14-min walk), The Bon Hillside (2.3 mi) and Shangrila Chinese Restaurant (2.9 mi).
What's the area around The Nesbitt Castle like?
The Nesbitt Castle is located a short 15-minute walk from Hillside Dams Conservation.







Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

Above expectations!
We had such a nice stay at the Nesbitt Castle! We love it all! The great service, friendly staff, amazing decoration in all the rooms (our bedroom, the different lounges,..), good restaurant and a beautiful garden. This is a very unique place in Bulawayo, even in the whole of Zimbabwe! We will definitely go back and bring some family as well.
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10/10 Exceptional

Classic elegance
This is a stunning hotel, originally a house, but designed like a castle, with terrific service. Hotel may not be for some, because it is not a modern hotel, but is an example of a bygone era with large opulent rooms. The design, comfort and service makes up for it feeling a little bit old-fashioned.
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8/10 Very good

Unique Experience!
We stayed here last week-end. We loved the grounds, old castle feel. The food was way above expectations, we had not planned on eating all our meals at the hotel but found the price and quality far above what we could have received elsewhere. The staff of wonderful! Our room was nice and clean but only had a tub, no shower. The mattress was old and we found it hard to sleep with two in the bed as we kept rolling into each other.
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10/10 Exceptional

Wonderful experience
I would highly recommend this very quirky 5* boutique hotel Cannot fault a thing
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10/10 Exceptional

Downton Abbey experience in Bulawayo
Excellent experience in this century old castle, run by the Nesbitt family. Very friendly staff and service, great food and room amenities; attention to every detail provided. I had a great time albeit for a day only. (The only downside is its a bit hard to find if you're driving around as a foreigner, but most folks won't have that handicap)
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8/10 Very good

Nesbitt Castle Christmas
We were the only people booked into Nesbitt Castle over Christmas and it was quite lovely. The room was clean, comfortable and en suite with an old fashioned bathtub, which I liked even though it was a bit impractical. The room was serviced daily, and any query we had was dealt with by the staff swiftly. The food was fairly average, not amazing, not terrible. The bar was severely under stocked, and no mixers were available for drinks, which I found a bit odd. Overall, even though the service was somewhat lacking in skill, this was made up for in enthusiasm, as everyone was super friendly. It was an experience, and pretty cool to stay in the castle but for the price it would not be something I would repeat. This place mainly gets used as a wedding venue (it really is beautiful), rather than as a high quality hotel. Still had a good time
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10/10 Exceptional

Nice castle atmosphere with oustanding service
Great hotel in very good condition, excellent service and a great castle atmosphere. Restaurant is serving very good food in a 5 star setting.
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10/10 Exceptional

Very nice for Zimbabwe!!!
We were suprised to find such a nice place to stay in Zimbabwe... As Hotels are normally very bad in Zimbabwe!!! You have to see it!!! Beautiful
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10/10 Exceptional

A total one -off
If you are planning to stay in Bulawayo then Nesbitt Castle is a must. It is simply one of the most remarkable and craziest places you will ever come across.
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10/10 Exceptional

First class old world charm
A delightfully different hotel experience! The staff were wonderful and the food superb. The attached restaurant, The Coach House, has been recently rated as Zimbabwe's best and our steaķ dinners backed up the honor.
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