If you’re looking for the most stylish hotel in Lusaka, Zambia, let me recommend Latitude 15. After a seven hour coach drive from Livingstone to Zambia’s capital city, we wanted somewhere we could completely rejuvenate in luxury and in style. Latitude delivers both in droves.
Situated in Kabulonga, Latitude 15 sits in the same leafy suburb as Zambia’s equivalent to the presidential ‘White House’. It’s also home to many embassies and elite neighbourhoods.
Inside, the place is decked out with nouveau African antiques and art and ‘shabby’ Swahili style furniture. You’ll also find industrial style light fittings, two bright and colourful restaurant/bar areas and two ultra sleek swimming pools.
Travelling can take its toll on your fitness and wellbeing when you’re sitting down on planes and buses all day. So I tried out the bright and airy gym located on ‘The Other Side’ where residents and paying members can work out (I didn’t last very long). There is also a spa which I would definitely have checked out if we’d had more time.
The guest bathrooms are so stylish. I loved the simplistic style, beaded curtain and huge bath tub. You can select from an array of Latitude 15 branded toiletries too.
The guestrooms themselves boast a huge bed, beautiful fabrics and a gorgeous sofa alongside contemporary African artwork. Other home comforts include Nespresso machines, a mini-bar and snacks. There’s also a medium sized flat screen TV and two full-length windows where the sunlight streams in.
All the corridors are filled with brightly coloured art and they overlook a central courtyard and garden.
This is where you’ll find Latitude’s restaurant where you can kick back amidst more contemporary art, colourful seating and beaded chandeliers inside. Or sit on the wicker chairs and eat on the leafy patio.
The menu at Latitude 15 consists of a variety of imaginative dishes. From starters and light bites of mozzarella and parma ham and quinoa Pad Thai…
to delicious pâté and fresh and tangy mandarin pasta salads, this is food that you simply can’t label!
For mains, I ordered the South African kingklip, coated in a herb crust which was quite flavoursome and meaty. The tartare sauce was tasty and the chips were cooked to perfection.
BC tucked into a 300 gram lazy aged rump steak that arrived perfectly pink in the middle as he had asked and was served with al dente vegetables and a herb butter. Even he was defeated by this delicious but hefty piece of meat.
While the service seemed a bit chaotic at times, we couldn’t fault the smiley restaurant staff for their warm and welcoming approach and they asked how we were doing at every stage.
The dessert menu at Latitude 15 is equally as exotic and varied as the rest of the menu. So when we spotted the blueberry and salted caramel cheesecake and the dark chocolate tart with banana and white chocolate on the side, we couldn’t resist stretching to a third course.
Both were rich, sweet and decadent and once again, the presentation was super stylish. I’d go as far to say, the chocolate tart was outstanding.
You’ll also find a great menu of new world wines and local beers. And if we’d been staying longer, we would have definitely kicked back in the bar’s swanky surrounds and delved into their comprehensive cocktail list.
But as our flight from Lusaka to Kilimanjaro loomed near, it was time to take our last sip and say farewell to Zambia and ‘Jambo’ to Tanzania.
Latitude 15 is definitely a hotel we would return to, if we were lucky enough to come back to Zambia. It’s a reasonable 20-30 minute taxi drive from Lusaka airport, so is a great stop-over if you are flying into Zambia for safari. And while it definitely oozes a Hoxton Hotel kind of vibe (reception staff are dressed in ripped jeans and locals sit in super-sized sunglasses by the pool), there’s no real air of pretension – we sat amongst a real mix of guests, from ex-pats and families to older couples on holiday. They also have a sister hotel, Latitude 13, which offers a super exclusive retreat in the middle of Lake Malawi (check it out, it looks stunning).
We arrived at Latitude 15 hot, tired and sapped of traveller’s energy. And we left feeling relaxed, energised, and raring to go for the next part of our trip. Oh, and with a burning desire to hunt down Latitude 15’s interior designer to deck out my London apartment (if one day travel writing earns me my millions).
Latitude 15, Leopards Lane, Lusaka, Zambia / +260 211 268802/3/4