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“Our Beds was hard like a table - nice enough for Malanje, though!”

Hotel Palacio Regina
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Hotel Palacio Regina
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Malanje
Reviewed July 14, 2011

We participated on a two day tour to Malanje, hosted by EcoTur. The Hotel Palacio Regina is supposed to be Malanje's finest; there aren't many choices. A double room cost $250 per night, including breakfast.

Look, from the outside, the building looks lovely, painted in a soft yellow color. The lobby is modern, air-conditioned, and the front desk staff seemed friendly enough. The inside is also well-maintained, and has a pleasant appearance.

The furnishings are probably brought in from China, as are the bathroom fixtures, as they are not like the ones used in the West.

In any case, my biggest complaint was the bed... it was so hard, that there would be no difference sleeping on the floor.

The bathroom was small, but functional, and clean! The shower fixture took some figuring out, and I had to call my husband to come help me turn on the water. He was left with the shower's handle in his hands.. we managed to put it back on and turn on/off the water, but it fell off again. We reported it to Management, and when we returned from touring, it had been repaired.

The bedroom has a small TV overhead, and there is a good selection of 2 local channels and 1 from another city.

The bedroom had an air-conditioner, which was noisy, but it provided a lovely white noise to drown the extremely loud music that was coming from the outside. Our bedroom faced the street, and the UNITAS building.

We had two breakfasts; the food was pretty basic but edible.
We also had dinner in the hotel's restaurant, and the food was surprisingly good, and just as expensive as Luanda!

In summary, you stay at this hotel because you are part of a tour, and there are no other choices. At least I can say the hotel is clean, the staff is somewhat friendly. There is a pool in the back patio, but it was not functional when we were there.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 23, 2008

I stayed here for two nights over Easter as part of a three trip from Luanda to Kalandula Falls and Pedras Negras.

It was very busy as many expats had the same idea. This created some confusion at the front desk, although our tour agent was able to sort this out.

This is a business hotel and along with the Planca Negra Hotel is the best Malange has to offer. The hotel is a renovated hotel in a city which saw a lot of fighting during the civil war (the hotel is opposite the UNITA HQ) and is still being rebuilt. The hotel is unprepossessing on the outside and the lobby area feels cramped because it is filled with over stuffed leather couches and the grey/black hand hewn rock effect and lonely water pool (with no water) doesn't quite work. Same story with the stairs and hallways leading to the rooms which are uneven and carpeted only in the center with a weird Chinese designed runner.

But once you get into the rooms it is very nice. Beige marble floors with matching bedspread and curtains. My single was small but comfy. The aircon was new and worked well. It was very clean. The bathroom was small and the shower stall didn't hold back the water but the tap was strong and the water hot.--a rarity in Angola. There is a small TV with one English channel, but no cupboards--just a metal rack on wheels with a few hangars on it. It's quiet too.

There's a bar, pool area (but covered with no greenery and so I never saw anybody use it) and the buffet breakfast and dinners are good and serve a mixture of Angolan and European food.

The one problem is the service. They were completely unprepared to deal with all the guests they had at meals times, leading to them running out of things like eggs for breakfast and long delays in the evening to get your food. In order to keep track of drinks, you also have to pay after your meal rather than at the end of your stay. Still, they tried hard and it really wasn't too much of an inconvenience--especially by Angolan standards.
The Palancar Negra hotel is a better place for a drink with a good view over the country side and a nice grassy pool area. The rooms are bigger than the Palacio Regina but more motel like and the hot water and back up generator is not always as efficient as the Regina.

  • Stayed: March 2008
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12  Thank poleinahole1
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Reviewed May 14, 2017
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  • Stayed: June 2016, traveled with friends
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Thank Leonel F
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Reviewed August 2, 2016
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  • Stayed: December 2015, traveled with family
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Thank Jacinto B
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Reviewed October 8, 2015
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  • Stayed: August 2015, traveled as a couple
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Thank ilercio b
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Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: October 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 28, 2015
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Stayed: February 2015
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Address: Rua Henrique de Carvalho | Malange, Malanje, Angola
Location: Angola > Malanje Province > Malanje
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Malanje

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