Luxury hotel mocked online for offering ‘bucket baths’ after power outage

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An upscale hotel in Zimbabwe became the butt of jokes on social media on Wednesday after offering guests buckets of hot water for bathing following a power outage in Harare.

In a notice to guests, the chic century-old Meikles Hotel said it had been running on a generator since Saturday due to an outage in Harare’s central business district. As a result, there was no hot water.

“If you need hot water for bathing, please contact our housekeeping department and a bucket will be delivered to you.”

The post quickly sparked offbeat reactions on social media.

“My to-do list includes spending a weekend in the Presidential Suite at the Meikles Hotel,” one person joked on Twitter.

Another message showed a half-naked man, his body covered in soap suds, rinsing himself off with water from a bucket.

But others chided the hotel for not finding a solution worthy of the hotel’s first class rating.

“A five-star hotel in a country that has been experiencing rampant power and water outages, which have been the norm for two decades, should already have appropriate measures in place,” one reviewer wrote on Twitter.

The hotel is the preferred location for business, international organizations and political meetings, as well as tourists in Harare.

Built during colonial rule in 1915, the hotel overlooks the famous Africa Square in the city center, where early British settlers raised the Union Jack.

The power outage was later repaired and the hotel posted a message on Twitter thanking its guests for their “understanding during this difficult time”.

Zimbabwe, with a struggling economy and decaying infrastructure, has recently experienced power outages in some areas that sometimes last up to eight hours. —AFP

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