We stayed for one night at The Gallery and were delighted with the experience. We went to Mozambique for a one-night 'look-see' visit and were quite nervous after reading several negative reports. We chose this hotel as the well known ones were far too expensive and The Gallery looked the most interesting/best value in our budget. What a great decision! We really enjoyed our trip and had no problems at all. After a beachside lunch and tour of the highlights of Maputo (tatty, colourful, friendly, hectic) we took the 4.30 ferry to Catembe with our car. What a hoot! Talk about sardines! In no time we arrived at Catembe and negotiated the road to the hotel. The receptionist was extremely friendly (as were all the staff we met) and we were shown to a lovely room with a magnificent view over the sea to the Maputo skyline. The newly refurbished Lounge/Tapas Bar at the end of the jetty was the perfect place for sundowners and prawn snacks. We had to go back up to the hotel for dinner, which was a shame as we would have preferred to have dinner at the Tapas Bar but it does not have a full kitchen. Dinner was fine, our first choices weren't available, but that was all part of the charm and what we had was good (nothing in Moz is 100% - if that's what you are looking for - don't go!) We had been told by tourists on the ferry to get up early as the sunrise from the hotel is spectacular and they were right. The rising sun over the glistening sea in front of us with the twinkling lights of the city to the left is a view we will never forget. After an early stroll along the beach we had a very good breakfast at the Tapas Bar, followed by another beach walk in the other direction, to watch the fishermen sort their catch. Too soon it was time to leave and we caught the 10.30 (less busy) ferry back to the city. Just time for a crazy hour in the city market before making our way back to South Africa. We would not hesitate to stay at the Catembe Gallery Hotel again and will recommend it to others. Given the choice of one of the very expensive hotels or the Gallery we would still choose the Gallery as it is a genuine, quirky, different sort of experience. No other hotel in Maputu can match it for position and the lovely jetty with Tapas Bar really makes it extra special.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Catembe Gallery Maputo