In 1913, Thomas Meikle decided to pursue his vision (originally conceived with brother Stewart before he died) of constructing a hotel on the influential site of Cecil Square (now Africa Unity Square) in the heart of Salisbury.
Meikle’s Hotel was officially opened on 5th November, 1915. By 1916, an annex was added bringing the capacity to 160 rooms. Thomas maintained his permanent home in Bulawayo but kept an apartment at the hotel for his travels to the capital.
In 1953 refurbishments were made to the front entrance, hotel foyer and dining room. A new East Wing was constructed over the old hotel’s beautiful garden in 1956 as an addition to the existing hotel. This was completed two years later in 1958 just in time to accommodate a French rugby team on a visit to the country. The new wing had seven stories with 120 bedrooms.
In 1969 plans were created to build and new hotel and in 1974 the old buildings were demolished. The new building was opened in November, 1976. In 1995 The Leading Hotels of the World invited Meikles to join its prestigious group, the first hotel in Zimbabwe to be given such notable international acclaim.
In 2013, the hotel underwent a $9 million upgrade and holds a number of unique African hotel awards.
- James Gavin
- Walter Herdzik