The Hotel Cardoso is a large, long building in a decent neighbourhood of Maputo; on one side it faces the street behind the main entrance, while on the other its gardens look out over the water. The premises boast a nice pool, some limited off-street parking, and a really lovely lounge containing lots of hardwood furniture tastefully upholstered in muted greens and turquoises. I stayed here twice -- in March and again in April 2013 -- and on both occasions was given a 'sea-view' room; one was much larger than the other, and in the smaller room the bathroom opened directly off the bedroom and had only a sliding door. In the larger room, the door to the bathroom closed properly and opened opposite the entrance door, which is the more usual configuration of an hotel room. While not huge, the rooms were both of a reasonable size, were impeccably clean and were nicely furnished. Each had a sliding door onto a large balcony on which it was pleasant to sit in the evening and watch the sunset over the water. The rooms were well equipped with a full range of bathroom amenities, a tea and coffee tray, and a hair dryer (although beware with this latter: on my second visit this accessory was turned on when I entered the room and had almost set fire to the desk drawer in which it was situated -- I presume that it must have somehow switched itself on while the room was empty). The rooms both had a/c, but in March and April it wasn't necessary to use it as Maputo wasn't hot at that time of year.
Breakfast was served in the Fiamma restaurant and was really excellent, comprising a range of fresh fruit, pastries, hot dishes, etc. The evening buffet dinner wasn't bad, but it looked a lot more interesting than it turned out to be! Still, not a bad option if you fancy a decent meal on a terrace overlooking part of the city and the water. Snacks and light meals are also served in the garden. Service is slow but very friendly; but who's in a hurry in Mozambique, anyway?!
My one issue with the Cardoso is the simply *ghastly* 'musak' that is played all day long in the bar / garden / pool areas. I noticed this particularly during my second stay as I had a room on the pool / bar side of the hotel, and even from inside I could hear the horrible racket emanating from downstairs! OK, so the hotel has an international clientele and it must be tough to know what sort of music they might like to listen to, but surely it must be better to play nothing than bludgeon everybody's musical sensibilities with some cheap supermarket soundtrack! There's a nice water feature in the garden, and this tinkles and splutters along in an agreeable fashion, so why not just let guests enjoy that and the peace of the garden? Really, this horrendous noise has got to stop!
Other than the 'musak', all in all a really nice hotel, with friendly service (that gets even friendlier once you start to speak Portuguese!).
- Also Known As:
- Cardoso Hotel Maputo
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The famous Cardoso, whilst situated in the heart of Maputo, commands sweeping views over Maputo Bay and the City below. This is the perfect base from which to do business, host a conference, explore Mozambique's colourful history or merely relax and enjoy all the pleasures which come with a stay at Hotel Cardoso.Fresh, vibrant and stylish the internationally acclaimed Hotel Cardoso sits on the Maputo cliff top with spacious gardens, large swimming pool and idyllic terraces. All bedrooms benefit from being individually decorated and contain all the amenities you would expect of a deluxe international hotel. Upgrade to a suite to enjoy your own private, luxury lounge and balcony running the full length of your suite. ... more less
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