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| Dhow Harbour, Vilanculos, Mozambique
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
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    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Seriously in need of repair... Ants all over bed, pool was horrific, rooms are like cell blocks we left and went to the hotel next door that was not expensive - Just shocking! We were literally told well its africa - there are bugs!!! yes there are bot not all over our beds! Showers were cold and inaffective and honestly... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We called here for a meal on our first night in Vilanculos and we found the food ok but a little on the expensive side. We were going to order a crab starter until we were advised you only got one and in most places we visited you got three for the same price. We ended up ordering chicken and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I was told they had no cheap rooms available anymore. As I persisted they eventually agreed to lower the price by 40% and give me a room for me and the kids. It turned out they were nowhere near fully booked, the place was almost deserted. Anyway, we only stayed there as a stop-over on our way north, so it... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Luckily we only spent two nights at this revolting accommodation. There is a nice garden and pool but the run down, shabby rooms and facilities make this irrelevant. Showers and lavatory facilities A sensory experience, you can relax as mosquitoes swarm around your face as you sit on the loo under a flashing light (if you are lucky) and watch... More 

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InhambaneSmugglers, Owner at Smugglers, responded to this review

As the owner and operator of the property Smugglers i would firstly respect the opinion of this review and whilst it certainly is not favourable to us ,and i fully understand the negetative implications and the harm a review of this nature has on perspective customers in the future. In responce to the review i would like to point out... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

There is literally nothing nice I can say about the hostel or the management. It is incredibly run down, the rooms (and bathrooms) were filled with mosquitoes, the bathrooms had moldy shower curtains, the sheets had stains on them, and that's just to start. The security is non-existent and in Mozambique this is a poor choice. There is a gate... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Bad experience! Stay away if you are a family. Back packers might enjoy it - not so sure. Very, very expensive for what you get. The bed felt like 2 cardboard boxes put together. We booked a chalet for a family of 5. The room with the 5th bed, was a creapy little place in the roof, with only a... More 

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Turin, Piemonte, Italy
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stayed at Smugglers this summer for two nights and this is the only negative side of our experience in Vilanculos and in Barzaruto Island. At a first sight, the place seems very nice for his beautiful garden with a small swimming-pool, but rooms are very small and not so clean. The restaurant/bar is a bit too noisy and the... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

Smugglers lodge was the 23rd hotel/resort/lodge we booked this year, and it was the worst by far. One should have been suspicious, given the dated website and lack of online booking options. However, at the time nothing else was available in Vilanculos. So I took a shot, thinking that if they can charge $110 for an en-suite room, it must... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

I stayed at Smugglers over the new year period with a bunch of my mates for a few nights. The rooms are cheap and clean, clean sheets, mozzie nets etc all provided! and underpriced if you ask me, its great value for money! Not to mention the great parties we had in the pub! If you are looking for a... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2010

We booked rooms at Smugglers for our last night in Vilanculos. The air-conditioned, ensuite rooms were small and basic, beds had clean sheets and mosquito nets. Good for one night, but if you're looking for anything more than a place to sleep you should probably search for alternatives. We paid 2400 MZN for the room, which is a bit much... More 

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