The hotel was called the Monomatapa when it was first opened. It contained a number of dining and drinking venues such as Prospectors, Bali Hai, The 12 000 Horsemen, The Homestead and others. In the early 2000s the hotel hosted for a time a well-known restaurant that moved in from the suburbs called Le Francais.
The hotel underwent renovations in 1997. Branding has changed too, with the hotel becoming Crowne Plaza Monomotapa in the 1990s and, more recently, becoming the Monomotapa again (but with new spelling). Management of the hotel was franchised out to Legacy Hotels of South Africa in 2015 but this was terminated in 2019.
Lalji Kurji Ltd was owned by Indian trader, Lalji Kurji (b.1898). Lalji arrived in Blantyre, Nyasaland in 1912. He soon opened a business as a wholesale and retail merchant. He also was an importer dealing in bed sheets, pillow cases, cotton blankets, bicycle spares, sundries and general merchandise.
Neil Motors (Pvt) Ltd were Austin dealers with their head office in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia.
On 30 December 1952, Austin Motor Ltd and Car Mart, Ltd., the largest Austin distributors in Britain, acquired controlling interest in Proctors Garage Ltd and Neill Motors Ltd. This was stated to be the first occasion that an Austin home distributor has acquired extensive overseas interests.
An assembly plant for 1-ton to 7-ton Austin and Fargo trucks was established in Gwelo by Neill Motors (Pvt.) Ltd in 1958. The plant began production in April and assembled trucks from parts shipped from Britain through Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.