I um-ed and ah-ed between a 3 or 4* rating here. The hotel has a stunning location, overlooking the bay and downtown Maputo, and the gardens and pool area are beautiful. Also on the positive side, we were running a conference here, and after an initial hiccup with our booking (they placed us in a very small room - not the bigger one for which we had written confirmation) they very quickly and professionally dealt with the situation and moved us. The rooms are verging on the 4* side - very comfortable beds with duvets (although my colleague bemoaned the absence of variety of pillows), and small verandahs. I think we were unlucky with the room we had (118) - because it was very close to communal areas and on the ground floor (and near to the outside store where staff were in and out), and therefore very noisy. The walls seem to be very thin, and we could also hear people moving around in the neighbouring room, and the slamming of doors. The hotel is also tiled, so if you have someone noisy above you, you will know about it. In future I'll ask for a room higher up, and further away from the communal areas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting on a cliff top in the heart of Maputo, set in lush gardens with panoramic views over Maputo Bay, lies Cardoso Hotel, the perfect place to savour the true spirit of Mozambican hospitality. Boasting 130 spacious en-suite bedrooms and suites especially tailored for the most discerning traveler. Since opening in 1919, this majestic and iconic hotel has captured attention through its blend of Portuguese and Italian architecture positioning it as one of the most historic and finest buildings in Maputo, hosting guests from far and wide who seek a place to explore our cities´ colorful history. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cardoso Hotel Maputo