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Nampula Hotel by Montebelo
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Nampula Hotel by Montebelo
Ranked #5 of 12 Nampula B&B and Inns
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Restaurant only review”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

This review will focus on the restaurant only. The restaurant is on the first floor of the building the hotel is located in, the hotel itself is on the fourth floor. The restaurant is managed separately from the hotel, and has improved vastly from the days it was managed by the hotel. There is a downside that comes with this, their prices have more than doubled, a cheap meal is now $20. The atmosphere is very good, they seem to be targetting a certain class of clientele. The surroundings are very clean, the quality of the food is very good. Inside the restaurant itself, it is air conditioned and you will be hard put to find a fly there, flies are a common feature in most other eating establishments in Nampula. There is the option of sitting outside, where there is usually a cool breeze to cool off the hot Nampula weather.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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52 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2012

First of all: the hotel only accepts VISA card. So if you don't have that card, avoid this hotel !
The Girasol hotel is not the most exciting hotel I have ever been. It is in a building that looks like it has been designed by a former Soviet architect. The hotel itself is on the fourth floor. It has nice fews, the rooms are big, the bathroom is decent and the room where I staid even had some sort of a kitchen. And that is it. There is no garden or terrace, no bar, no swimming pool and no atmosphere. And that is quite a pity in a hot place like Nampula. The breakfast in the restaurant at the first floor is quite okay. Prices are around € 90 per night which is in my view quite expensive for the place. There is wifi for extra charge; in my room it worked excellent at the toilet, but nowhere else in the room.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Jinja, Uganda
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2012

I arrived in Nampula without arrangements for accommodation. I arrived at the Girassol, only to find them fully booked (probably a good sign!). They recommended another nearby hotel and called a taxi for me.

Great customer service!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Lugano, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

The hotel Girassol in Nampula is comfortably situated in the 3rd floor of a high building in front of the Cathedral of Nampula.

The hotel is international in quality and prices (read: expensive): anyways the rooms are very nice, comfortable and clean and the hotel has a nice restaurant on the last floor, from which you can have a very nice view of the city.

The restaurant has also quite expensive prices, but also a variety of international food which can be useful to find. Also, they serve very nice desserts, not so common in those latitudes (according to my tastes at least!). The restaurant has also some tables open air, but I suggest to stay inside, as the wind might be very strong.

The staff of the hotel has been also very helpful in helping us to find other places to eat and a car to rent.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Sandton, South Africa
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

I've been travelling to Nampula for business but recently was pleasantly surprised to discover a direct flight from Johannesburg. Would have described it as a 1 horse town - but it has become a hub in Mozambique. The hotel has a reliable internet connection and a good restaurant with a varied menu (even Halaal for Muslims!) which means if you arrive late at night you dont have to wander the city looking for food. The rooms are decent by out-of-capital African cities. It was clean albeit old. I was impressed that the appliances were green motion activated to save the little electricity there was. Please brush up on your portuguese to get the best out of your trip. US $ are no longer a currency of choice and one should try to carry Meticales outside of the hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Lilongwe, Malawi
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29 reviews
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

We stayed at this hotel as a stop-over on our way to the Mozambican north coast, travelling by road from Malawi. The rooms are of average quality, but clean with good bathrooms. Only one staff member at the reception was able to speak English, while all staff in the hotel restaurant struggled with the language. This hotel can work for a short stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2010

I stayed in Hotel Girassol several times during my stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique. On a volunteer's salary (oxymoron? lol), staying at Hotel Girassol was a pricey luxury, but I definitely needed the contrast from my home every so often. The rooms are great by Western standards: clean, comfortable and classic. I've stayed in a standard room and a junior suite. The junior suite had a sitting area and kitchenette. If I recall properly, there is also free breakfast included in your stay, and it is delicious--not just bagels and croissants! Lunch and dinner were also both delicious, and the portions are very generous. The staff at check-in speak English, and like most everyone I encountered in Mozambique, were gracious and friendly. There is a shopping center on the floors below the hotel, with some small restaurants and cafes, too. Very nice accommodations here!

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
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Property: Nampula Hotel by Montebelo
Address: Avenida Eduardo Mondlane 326, Nampula 3100, Mozambique (Formerly Girassol Nampula Hotel)
Location: Mozambique > Nampula Province > Nampula
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Nampula
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Nampula Hotel by Montebelo 2.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This hotel is part of a complex consisting of a Business centre and a Shopping centre in downtown Nampula, 3 km from the airport. The Nampula Hotel by Montebelo possesses an inviting restaurant with terrace, considered one of the town's best. The ideal spot for a pleasant evening, a cocktail or a sophisticated meal. ... more   less 
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