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All 8 Vilanculos hotels


| Dhow Harbour, Vilanculos, Mozambique
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Ranked #7 of 8 hotels in Vilanculos
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    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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83 reviews 83 reviews
30 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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Groningen, The Netherlands
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
35 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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11 helpful votes 11 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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57 hotel reviews
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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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7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Milan, Italy
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27 hotel reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2009

I was at Smugglers for only one day, it was all booked (so do book in advance). The place is very nice, near the city where you can find shops and just in front of the beach where the Dhow trips start. The place has a lot of green areas (and when I say green I mean green) and a... More

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Address: | Dhow Harbour, Vilanculos, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Vilanculos
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 8 hotels in Vilanculos

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