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.
- 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