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Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa
Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Fairly clean but extremely basic room with en suite. Toilet flooded the floor each time it was flushed. Antiquated air con which was very noisy. Old flat pillows. Prices in restaurant quite expensive. Wine not sold by the glass and bottle extorniately priced at 600 MT! Husband pleased with his choice of half chicken but I had to return my...

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Bangkok, Thailand
Reviewed May 31, 2015

I stayed here with a group .Room was ok and basic with outside bathroom.There is one bar however i didnt try any food but drink price not too bad. There has a pool but i didnt use .Hotel can call tuk tuk for you to go visit market nearby .But nothing to do much at market.Overall it was okay

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London
Reviewed May 22, 2014

Seriously in need of repair... Ants all over bed, pool was horrific, rooms are like cell blocks we left and went to the hotel next door that was not expensive - Just shocking! We were literally told well its africa - there are bugs!!! yes there are bot not all over our beds! Showers were cold and inaffective and honestly...

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United kingdom cheshire
Reviewed September 24, 2013

We called here for a meal on our first night in Vilanculos and we found the food ok but a little on the expensive side. We were going to order a crab starter until we were advised you only got one and in most places we visited you got three for the same price. We ended up ordering chicken and...

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Leiden, The Netherlands
Reviewed August 9, 2013

I was told they had no cheap rooms available anymore. As I persisted they eventually agreed to lower the price by 40% and give me a room for me and the kids. It turned out they were nowhere near fully booked, the place was almost deserted. Anyway, we only stayed there as a stop-over on our way north, so it...

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Moraira
Reviewed April 30, 2013

Luckily we only spent two nights at this revolting accommodation. There is a nice garden and pool but the run down, shabby rooms and facilities make this irrelevant. Showers and lavatory facilities A sensory experience, you can relax as mosquitoes swarm around your face as you sit on the loo under a flashing light (if you are lucky) and watch...

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InhambaneSmugglers, Owner at Smugglers, responded to this review

As the owner and operator of the property Smugglers i would firstly respect the opinion of this review and whilst it certainly is not favourable to us ,and i fully understand the negetative implications and the harm a review of this nature has on perspective customers in the future. In responce to the review i would like to point out...

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed April 25, 2013

There is literally nothing nice I can say about the hostel or the management. It is incredibly run down, the rooms (and bathrooms) were filled with mosquitoes, the bathrooms had moldy shower curtains, the sheets had stains on them, and that's just to start. The security is non-existent and in Mozambique this is a poor choice. There is a gate...

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Blantyre
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Bad experience! Stay away if you are a family. Back packers might enjoy it - not so sure. Very, very expensive for what you get. The bed felt like 2 cardboard boxes put together. We booked a chalet for a family of 5. The room with the 5th bed, was a creapy little place in the roof, with only a...

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Turin, Piemonte, Italy
Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stayed at Smugglers this summer for two nights and this is the only negative side of our experience in Vilanculos and in Barzaruto Island. At a first sight, the place seems very nice for his beautiful garden with a small swimming-pool, but rooms are very small and not so clean. The restaurant/bar is a bit too noisy and the...

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed October 2, 2011

Smugglers lodge was the 23rd hotel/resort/lodge we booked this year, and it was the worst by far. One should have been suspicious, given the dated website and lack of online booking options. However, at the time nothing else was available in Vilanculos. So I took a shot, thinking that if they can charge $110 for an en-suite room, it must...

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
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  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Smugglers

Address: | Dhow Harbour, Vilanculos, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Vilanculos
Number of rooms: 12
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“Cheaper rooms have shared facilities, the cottage-style rooms on the other end have their own. If you need to stay close to the car though, choose one of the cheaper ones where you can park under your rear window.”
  • View from the entrace toward the ocean, 7am
 of 5 bubbles wardtmar, Aug 9, 2013 | Read review
“Perhaps the other rooms are better than the barracks... I don't know. Stay as far away from the bar as possible.”
  • Grotty shared bathroom facilities.
  • This tatty curtain rail fell on our headsThis tatty curtain rail fell on our heads
  • One of the toilet/shower rooms. Note the wall.
  • Disgusting (hazardous) bathroom facilities.
  • Under the bed.
 of 5 bubbles julietyjuan, Apr 30, 2013 | Read review
“The only good room would be at a different hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles Travelbuggie1983, Apr 25, 2013 | Read review
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