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
-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 :)
- 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