The Brontë Hotel is an oasis in the heart of Harare. Attractive Cape Dutch buildings set back from the street in lush, peaceful gardens so when you step through our doors you instantly forget you’re in bustling Harare. And yet, we’re ideally located in the historic Avenues district, close to both the central business district and the Northern suburbs and only a short car ride to Robert Mugabe International Airport.
The Brontë offers a range of rooms to meet the needs of all travellers. From our up-market Executive Suites for those looking for a little luxury to our budget rooms designed with the value-conscious in mind.
We offer in house dining at The Palms Restaurant and Wild Date Bar so you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast in our gardens or have a lunch meeting on the veranda.
We’re a family owned and family managed hotel and have been a leading Harare hotel for more than 50 years
What’s in a name?
The word Brontë, originates from the Ancient Greek, meaning thunder. No one knows though why the Brontë Hotel got its name. It’s a mystery. Most people associate the name Brontë with the Brontë sisters, famous for their 19th century gothic novels. But aside from sharing a name we have no reason to believe the Brontë sisters are connected to Brontë Hotel.
The original Cape Dutch building overlooking the front garden was built as a private house in 1911 for the London Rhodesia Mining Company’s director. The house was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, a celebrated architect who designed the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa. The house was named Brontë. When boarding house morphed into hotel, the name was kept.