The Michelangelo Lodge and Restaurant is designed to be a home-away-from-home for visitors to Zambia. This boutique property offers 20 beautifully decorated, air-conditioned rooms and a very popular restaurant in Ndola, just five minutes from Ndola International Airport. Every room is equipped with Internet connections, a direct-dial telephone, in-room tea and coffee facilities, a mini bar, satellite TV, a safe, a hairdryer and mosquito nets.
Sergio Giorgi, who owns and operates the hotel with his wife, Mariateresa, explains that the restaurant came first. He and his wife opened Vanilla Bread, a convivial café now adjoined to the hotel. It serves light meals, homemade cheese and gelatos along with wines. It was such a success that he decided to open a few guestrooms. These original accommodations were so sought-after that he expanded to 20 rooms and now achieves an impressive 85% occupancy rate.
Explaining the Michelangelo Lodge and Restaurant’s popularity, Sergio Giorgi says, “We want our guests to feel comfortable and at home. Our visitors include national soccer teams, government officials and executives from all over the world. When they come to Zambia, they want the same standards they are used to anywhere else in the world, plus a great cappuccino!” All guestrooms overlook the hotel’s garden, swimming pool and fountains.
Fresh, homemade dishes and Zambia’s best coffee
Building on Sergio Giorgi’s Italian heritage, Michelangelo Restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine, including homemade cheeses and gelato, as well as traditional Zambian and international dishes paired with wines from a carefully chosen list. Guests can also enjoy a full English breakfast every morning. Sergio Giorgi says, “We make everything fresh. From our sauces to our desserts, it is all made in-house and upon request. And it is a well-known fact that we serve the best coffee in Zambia!” The hotel’s bar is a popular choice for drinks.
To meet demand, Sergio Giorgi plans to expand the hotel to 30 rooms and to continue to add new amenities and services. He is open to working with international investors and partners and anticipates attractive returns on investments. He says, “Everyone who comes to Ndola knows about the Michelangelo. The city has a shortage of good accommodations now because of rapid development in the area and games held at Ndola Stadium. For an investor looking for a high-potential project in Ndola, look no further than Michelangelo Lodge and Restaurant.”