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“Great hotel in a quiet area of Maputo”
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Hotel Cardoso
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Maputo
Cape Town
Level 4 Contributor
13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great hotel in a quiet area of Maputo”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Travelled on a business trip in February, this great hotel is located in a quiet area of “old’ Maputo, but only 15 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes to the centre of town the hotel offers all modern amenities. Free internet access, a business centre, 24hr security and room service, swimming pool and gym as well as guest relations desk and shuttle services are of offer. The rooms are spacious, with satellite TV and tea & coffee facilities. Some of the rooms have balconies with views over the garden and Maputo town. The best views are enjoyed from the restaurant , where I enjoyed the hotel’s delicious seafood buffet

- Martina Schacke (Jenman Safaris; Agent Series Teamleader)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Card0s0, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Cardoso, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Dear Martina from Jenman Safaris

Thank you very much for your posting to TripAdvisor. We are very pleased to see that you enjoyed your experience here and wish you many happy returns

Yours sincerely

Eugenio Dos Santos
GRM
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

The hotel is located in the city of Maputo. Beside the fact that the of town of Maputo is not well looked after hygenically due to lack of public trash bins this place is well maintained and I really had a great stay at this hotel. It is an older hotel, but that adds to the charm. The rooms were nice, the Suite was fantastic. The hotel made it their goal to make my stay completely relaxing and enjoyable. Small thing - an electrical convertor is required when using your electrical devices. Internet and bottled water was a treat. Very nice place.
I enjoyed the view of the bay from the hotel pool area and when walking to and from the dinning room.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Card0s0, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Cardoso, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Dear Gerald M

Thank for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor

We are very pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay at the Cardoso and wish you many happy returns

Warm Regards

Eugénio Dos Santos
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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2013

The hotel is located in the city of Maputo. The town of Maputo is not a place you might want to walk around after dark, you can spend the evening at this hotel. It is an older hotel, but that adds to the charm. The rooms were nice, the Suite was fantastic. While traveling long distances, it is the small things that make such a difference. The hotel made it their goal to make my stay completely relaxing and enjoyable. Small thing - an electrical convertor is required when using your electrical devices. This hotel had a strip of outlets on the wall, each one different. Making it possible to use your device with out a convertor. Internet and bottled water was a treat. Very nice place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Card0s0, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Cardoso, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Dear Ginssa

Thank you so much for your review to Trip Advisor. We are all delighted that you and your family had a pleasant stay at the Cardoso. We wish you many happy returns

Yours sincerely

Eugenio Dos Santos
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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105 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Not a bad hotel, no hot water for three days is a bit much. Notification only came from management after three days. Food was not bad the Pastrami on Rye from room service menu was very good. I though the cost of the room an a Bed and Breakfast basis was a bit high.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Card0s0, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Cardoso, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Dear Sabieriverlodge

Thank you for taking the time to send your review. I’m terribly sorry about the hot water problems you experienced and our tardy notification. Our new heat pump was severely damaged and unfortunately our back up was simply not able to cope. The situation is now resolved . We’re very glad you enjoyed the food and apart from the hot water issue , your stay in general

We hope to welcome you back again in the future

Yours sincerely

Eugenio Dos Santos
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Bangkok, Thailand
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118 reviews
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

I last stayed at the Cardoso a year ago, and found it much the way I left it. Last time around they forgot to pick me up at the airport, but this time they were there waiting. Also, now that the Polana has raised it rates, the Cardoso is more attractive within its price point. The breakfast is solid, the views from the seaside rooms are great, and the free internet worked well. The bed was also comfortable, although the pillows were too fat and hard, which made for a somewhat uncomfortable sleep.

On this trip, my luggage did not arrive with me, and the guest relations woman had a driver take me (for free) out to buy new clothes and also sent the driver to recover my bags once they arrived at the airport, both of which I appreciated.

Room Tip: Go seaside
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Thank MrTravelsAround
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2013

I hate to write this review of the Cardoso. I've been coming here for years, but since my last trip, three years ago, the rooms and service have deteriorated to such an extent that I will never stay here again. The stately old building remains as beautiful as ever, with its white paint and mahogany woodwork. But the Cardoso has the stink of a property in which management has simply stopped investing and is reaping whatever profit it can from past laurels, before selling it and moving on.

The internet worked about 25% of my last stay, and then so slowly it was barely useful for email. *** If your business depends on the internet, go elsewhere.*** The guest rooms are worn and shabby, with bathroom tiles missing, mildewed grout, and chipped paint. The sheets in my room have holes in them. All the rooms on the first three floors are subject to the floor-shaking beat of the disco that denies guests any hope of sleep.

But the lack of investment in staff training and supervision is the saddest part of the experience. Space doesn't allow me to list the problems with the service, but a sample: when booking three weeks in advance for a room high up, I was given a ground-floor room at the parking level with diesel truck and disco noise all night long; when after 48 hours of hard travel, contemplating an important client meeting the next early morning, I asked for help pressing a suit and shirt only to be told "we don't do that, do it yourself." When ordering a simple sandwich, was sent the wrong food twice, delivered each time by a slovenly employee in dirty pants and an untucked shirt. When I asked about the internet problems I was told "no, it's working" even though every other guest I asked was having the same problems. I asked three times to have my room cleaned, to no avail. And each employee I dealt with was indolent at best, making it clear I was annoying them with my "complaints."

There are other good hotels in Moputo, at equivalent prices. Please look elsewhere.

Room Tip: Get one high up if you can to avoid noise from the parking lot and disco.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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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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