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“Cardosa Hotel and Maputo”
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Hotel Cardoso
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Maputo
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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28 reviews
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“Cardosa Hotel and Maputo”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

The Cardosa hotel is very pleasant, especially if you get a pool and sea-facing room. The room we stayed in had a lovely view and an open balcony. Free internet is available and a good breakfast. Quite centrally situated and within reasonable walking distance to the city centre and harbour (if you are a walker). The city itself is very dilapidated, buildings with peeling plaster, litter everywhere and mounds of rubbish all over. Pavements are difficult to walk on because of the holes everywhere, lifted cement tiles etc, plus used for parking. Strange anomaly between the fancy cars parked outside the dilapidated buildings. The area towards the Polana is, however, in much better condition. We were also confronted twice (in short succession) by police wanting a bribe, while driving in a car, belonging to a fellow traveller. Nonetheless, we enjoyed our 3 day stay in Maputo (of which one we spent on Inhaca Island). Interesting experience. Although you are constantly bugged by persistent hawkers, I felt very safe walking around.

Room Tip: Choose sea facing. In summer, might be some noise from the pool but the view of the bay is worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This is a good business travel hotel. Rooms are comfortable and the showers having been recently renovated were great. The pool looks absolutely inviting with great views of the ocean. Food was good consisting of a buffet. Not really orientated towards couples or family stay this more a business hotel. The corridors are starting to show a bit of wear and even though I was on a non smoking floor there was the mell go smoke in the air.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Stayed at the Cardoso with a delegation of 12 well-travelled business people. Nobody complained. It is a non pretentious hotel, with a nice lawn, good views and at an ok price. Outside terrace is perfect for lunches. Buffet is varied and of quality. Finally rooms are of decent size, clean and well equipped. Would recommend.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in mid May 2013. Check-in was handled efficiently and front desk as well as concierge were quite helpful. Room was adequate size overlooking the street and was well equipped with coffee etc. Bathroom was fine except for the shower which leaked water onto the bathroom floor. Laundry was picked up on time and returned same day. As others have stated the hotel has a beautiful view of the harbour. I have not seen mentioned by others the park next to the hotel maintained and guarded by the hotel. There is ice cream shop and cafe here where one can sit and watch the children enjoy the park. We dined several times at the hotel and both times when we added the server's tip to the bill, the servers asked assertively that we pay them in cash. Sounds like the hotel is confiscating the tips rather than passing them along.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

We spent a week at the Cardoso recently and found the staff helpful and friendly, the room clean and well appointed, the internet good (and free), and the breakfast plentiful and tasty. (A fuller menu for room service would be nice though). We walked west out the door and saw a bit of old Maputo -- pretty grotty and dilapidated but lively -- and to the east as far as the Polana hotel -- which was a more pleasant walk. The city has improved a lot since the 1990s, except for the rubbish everywhere. What ever happened to Frelimo's regular neighbourhood clean-ups? It was too cold to use the pool, so in-hotel exercise meant using the gym. Sorry to say it's a tiny dungeon smelling of disinfectant and with incomplete and broken machines. They told us they are building a new gym as soon as they complete their bathroom-rebuilding project.... I would suggest they start sooner than that, for a gym is important for people who need to unwind after work. Overall though, it was a pleasant place to stay and we'd come again....

Room Tip: Fifth floor suites looking toward the sea are nice... get cheaper prices off the internet than throu...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Nampula, Mozambique
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

I stayed at Hotel Cardo for several times with a relative frequency starting 2012 to 2013. I have been very pleased with the accommodation offer at Hotel Cardoso. The facility is good for who wants a relaxed and tranquil environment in the Maputo city. The view to the seas is explendid and marvelous, this is acompanied with a beutifiul swimming pool and a good restaurante - the fiama.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms at the upper floors are beutiful
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Oslo
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Came back to Cardoso for a few days' business trip this easter week. I have stayed at the Cardoso before and it is steadily improving. Was upgraded to a large sea view room on the top floor. Incredible view and sunset! A bit more shiny than last time, cleaner, with better toiletries (moltonbrown).

What is most important is perhaps what has NOT changed; There is something particular about this place that all others I have tried in Maputo misses; a certain charm.

Food is good, but make sure to enjoy it sitting on the terrasse outside the restaurant or in the garden by the pool at night overlooking the bay of Maputo.

Room Tip: Sea view, as simple as that
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel Cardoso
Address: Avenida Martires de Mueda 707, Maputo 1100, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Maputo Province > Maputo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Maputo
#5 Luxury Hotel in Maputo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Cardoso 4*
Number of rooms: 130
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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