CHINHOYI University of Technology (CUT) Group of Hotels is redefining conferencing, banqueting and the tourism sector in the sprawling Mashonaland West province at their newly-refurbished hotels that have become a hit with discerning clients.
BY STAFF REPORTER
The tertiary institution owns and manages the elegant CUT Hotel sited above the meandering Manyame River and the garden and family Orange Grove Motel at the edge of Chinhoyi town as one drives towards Karoi.
CUT Hotel is a 34-roomed establishment, all rooms being ensuite, with free WiFi, a guest fridge and DStv on 32” plasma screens as well as tea/coffee making facilities.
The east-facing rooms enjoy the view of Manyame River, with the steel railway bridge giving a nice background for pictures from the rooms’ balconies.
The hotel has the Manyame Cocktail Bar and Valley View Restaurant for reasonably priced refreshments and sumptuous ala carte meals.
CUT Hotel has the Chirorodziva Conference Centre that has a capacity to host 150 people, breakaway room that can accommodate 40 people, a banqueting room and three boardrooms with a capacity to host 15 people each.
As part of conferencing facilities, the centre provides LCD projectors, flip chat stands and flip charts as well as a PA system on request.
The hotel staff is always immaculately dressed and is pleasant in nature and ready to assist.
If CUT Hotel looks too formal because of its proximity to the university, one still has a choice to visit their garden establishment, Orange Grove, which is situated on some 10 hectares of natural Savanna woodlands and well-sculptured gardens in the leafy suburb of Orange Grove.
Orange Grove has fewer but cosy rooms where one can hear the chirping birds early in the morning and can take a walk in the gardens enjoying the natural fauna before having a mouth-watering breakfast at Flamingo Restaurant.
The motel also has the Legends Cocktail Bar with a variety of local and imported beers, ciders, wines and whiskies.
One can also evade the summer heat by taking a dip in the Grove’s sparkling pool which has a gazebo next to it for those who like their drinks and braaing in an open environment.
The motel has a multipurpose conferencing facility that can also be used as a wedding venue or for church services.
CUT Group of Hotels offer more than accommodation and conferencing facilities as they can arrange transfers and bookings for tourists to enjoy day visits to Chinhoyi Caves — a natural heritage site dating back to pre-historic times, or Mazvikadei and Biri dams where one can do horse riding and other aquatic sports.
The group also has a relationship with Chinhoyi Country Club and Golf Course where its clients can go and play a round of golf on arrangement.
CUT public relations director Musekiwa Tapera says they are continuously seeking to provide customer satisfaction in their business.
“The hospitality industry is fast changing as the type of clients are fast varying by generation.
It is in these times that we are always trying to keep our clients satisfied as much possible by going out of our way to please them so they get hooked on our services,” Tapera said.
For now, those on the long Harare to Chirundu highway have some place to choose for a rest before they continue with their journey.