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Catembe Gallery Hotel
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua B 77 Catembe | Catembe, Maputo, Mozambique   |  
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Ranked #5 of 22 hotels in Maputo
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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“New generation, attitude free zone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We arrived in KaTembe after a hard drive from Ponta de Ouro. The views of the city of Maputo is the best. You can see the city, but you don't hear the noise. Best if you have a couple of days to spend in Maputo and can afford the time it takes to take the ferry ride to and from the city. The ferry ride in itself an experience that might soon belong to days gone by as a bridge might be built across the harbor of Maputo soon (I am writing in July 2013). Also if traveling to or from the holiday resorts of Ponta de Ouro this is a great place to relax a bit.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is a beautiful, tranquil retreat from the chaotic capital of Maputo. The restaurant is very good as well. Thank god because it seems there are no other options unless you want to go into Maputo. Know before you go that getting to and from Maputo is not an easy process. From the hotel you must take a 250 meticais cab on the worst road in the world and then take a cramped, hectic ferry or small boat to the Maputo port. The good thing is if you want to see the (limited and lackluster) sights of the city, most are in walking distance of the port. The ferries run from about 5:30 am to 10 pm I believe so keep that in mind when booking busses or flights.

The rooms leave a little to be desired, especially the compact room, namely reliable hot water and water pressure.

Isabel, the manager, couldn't be more sweet and helpful. She hasn't been there long but she is a good source of information and she always goes above and beyond.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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White River, South Africa
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The new beach villas are appealing and beautiful to stay in, but due ot the proximity to the beach they can be quite noisy in the morning with the fisherman leaving / returning as well as the port noises. Recommend a room in the main hotel building which are stunning and full of character and beautiful furniture being a "gallery" hotel with a museum.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Summary:
If (1) Travel time (30-60 min) is not an issue, (2) You don't have the budget to stay at the Palano or Cordoso hotels ($200-450) (3) you have accepted you are in Africa so things don't always work/go the way you want, then this is where I would stay

Great:
-The views were spectacular both down on the pier and from my room. I woke for the sunrise and was able to take pictures from my room even. Wow!
-The front desk went out of their way to make it a pleasant stay. They provided a plate of food the night before because I was leaving before breakfast started. The were always willing to help and spoke English when needed. They provided an extra bed in the room for my daughter to sleep in. Electrical adapters were provided when requested. Isabel met me on the Maputo side to welcome me. Thanks Rui and Isabel!
-The trip on the taxi boat/ferry was a fun adventure (I was trying to show my daughter the 3rd world and this added some color) as were the road conditions and taxi cab to the hotel (it is Africa after all). Note this involves a taxi to the ferry/boat, taking the boat as a pedestrian, and catching a different taxi on the other side.
-The hotel organized travel to and from the airport for $30 and it went well (I was able to catch a 7:30 AM flight even).
-The rooms had mosquito netting
-The bath, though not functional, looked cool. :)
-Beach was great!
-I enjoyed going out on the pier to have a drink and sit and watch see the city.

Not so ideal:
-My room had limited light.
-The bathtub didn't work and the shower didn't drain adequately to the point that it flooded.
-The light over the bathroom mirror didn't work.
-The curtain rod was a little rusty and hard to open/close.
-The light was broken. There was no garbage can.
-They forgot to provide ferry tickets/fare on the way home
-Breakfast was minimal (bread, cheese, yogurt, ham)
I think these items would take minimal expense to fix and I strongly believe they will get done in the near future as there is clearly renovation going on. Furthermore, there are some higher end rooms that I believe have already been renovated where these things would no longer be an issue.

Finally, don't forget, you are in Africa after all... embrace it :)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We had a nice stay in this hotel and found the ferry trip across the river quite an experience. The rooms were lovely and we had the use of the penthouse with great views. The food was nice but had to be ordered well in advance. When it arrived it was nice and staff were helpful too. Cats do wander around the restaurant but didn't bother us really. The breakfast was actually very good with great choices. One small negative was the shower was broken.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Tapas lunch, reclining on a couch, looking out over the bay towards Maputo: what could be more heavenly??! Water lapping the shore beneath the deck, fabulous prawn and calamari salad with fresh pao, cold beer and cheerful staff - this is the stuff that beach holidays are made of. Don't bother to take your car: catch the ferry across from Maputo for 10 Meticais, then a chapa (taxi) for 7 Meticais - and you're there! An easy round trip from Maputo for a lunch out - or stay over in one of the stunning new chalet type rooms....

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The hotel is located on the other side of Maputo bay so the only way across is to use a car ferry. The queue for the ferry can be very long especially at the weekends when we travelled. We were in a vehicle so the waiting wasn't too bad though people selling everything from curios to mats swarmed around the car so if you are planning to queue up on foot be prepared for a pestering that you will find difficult to deal with.
The ferry itself is crammed with vehicles and passengers everywhere and is an experience which adds to a stay in Maputo. The journey itself once it gets going lasts only about 15mins and appears to just move a little bit up along the same side of the bay as opposed to actually cross the bay but anyways it apparently takes up to 4 hours to drive around the bay in a car if you wanted to avoid the ferry.
The hotel itself doesn't look much from the exterior but the inside has comfortable rooms with mosquito nets over the beds.The walls of the stairwell are adorned with interesting paintings and historical facts.
If you want food from the restaurant we had to place our order 2hours before ever sitting down for the meal so be prepared. The meal itself was ok not outstanding just OK edible but plain and i had the catch of the day. The food is also priced ok but avoid dessert, very dear i.e. 300metcais for a kinda stale cake.
The views from the hotel are stunning of the city at night-time.
The breakfast is good and the hotel has access to a nice beach and has its own pool.
To recap my stay was short but taking into account the poverty of the surrounding area this hotel is good.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua B 77 Catembe | Catembe, Maputo, Mozambique
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Location: Mozambique > Maputo Province > Maputo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Maputo
#4 Business Hotel in Maputo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Catembe Gallery Hotel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small independent Boutique hotel on the beach with stunning views of the Indian Ocean islands and city skyline. Rooms are tastefully decorated with art featuring local artists. The hotel has 2 restaurants, one famous since 1958 for the best seafood and LM prawns, the other is the new Marisol Baia, a cocktail and tapas bar at the end of the hotel's private jetty. Ideal for romantic getaways as well as family stays. Swimming pool, large garden and direct access to a safe beach. With free wireless and transport to any place in town, we are hosting a growing number of international consultants and business travellers. Easily accessible in 10 minutes from downtown Maputo by car ferry or private boat of the hotel. Safest and most inspirational place to stay in Maputo. ... more   less 
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