We were at the 5 star Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo, Mozambique. Maputo, Mozambique is located in southeastern Africa just north of South Africa and faces the Indian Ocean. This magnificent hotel was built in 1922 in the Victorian style and reminded us of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. In 2011 the hotel was refurbished and everything is new. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful.
The food served here in their restaurant was outstanding. Everything was a Portuguese-African cuisine. Our favorite food at the Polana Serena Hotel was " Peixe Serra Grelhado" better known as Grilled Barracuda.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The “Grand Dame” of Africa, as the Polana Serena Hotel is widely known, is a must-see historical landmark when talking about the city of Maputo. The elegance and splendour of its façade are the living memory of bygone colonial times; its luxurious interiors whisper stories of the many generations who spent nights protected by the hotel’s majestic walls, kings and queens, ambassadors and presidents, princesses and common travellers; its gardens, perfect and romantic lookouts offer a breathtaking view over the Indian Ocean.Built in 1922 in the heart of Maputo, one of the most exclusive residential areas, the Polana Serena Hotel belongs to the elite of the most famous hotels in the world. The splendor of its colonial lines blend tradition and art, making your stay an unforgettable journey through the past, looking to the future. Faithfull to the Serena Group philosophy of integrating architecture with cultural heritage, the Polana Serena Hotel offers a mix of elegance, grandeur and ethnicity, in a space equipped with the most modern solutions, luxurious facilities and excellent service. ... more less
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