Maputo's Hotel Avenida is a modern, business oriented hotel with most of the expected amenities for a 5-star facility. Drawbacks are lack of free Internet access, very high prices in the restaurant, and a small rooftop swimming pool. The hotel has an airport shuttle but charges about $20 for the trip (their van has limited space for luggage, so you may end up with suitcases on the seat next to you).
Because of the tight urban location there is no outdoor space to speak of (except on the roof terrace), and traffic noise at the front of the hotel can be annoying. Rooms are well furnished with comfortable beds, but the minibar is empty - you have to request it to be stocked. The bathroom has a good supply of toiletries and maid service is efficient.
There are many much less expensive cafes and restaurants in the area, and during my stay I never used the restaurant other than for breakfast (included in my room price). The hotel doesn't offer anything quick and inexpensive (sandwiches or pizza) which is a big drawback. Maybe converting the underutilized high-end menu to something more accessible would be worth management's consideration. The breakfast choices are excellent so they have the potential to do much better during the rest of the day.
Overall this is not a bad choice, and the hotel was quite busy during my stay, but the prices across the board are very high (I paid a corporate rate of about $240/night with breakfast but not including Internet). Prices in general seem to be rising rapidly in Mozambique which is in the early stages of a major boom due to discovery of natural gas. More mid-range hotel options would be one welcome outcome of this development.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the 5 star Avenida Hotel, you have 159 fully equipped luxury Rooms, of which 7 are Suites and one Presidential Suite. Every Room is equipped with free Wi-Fi internet, Air-conditioning, Satellite TV, Radio, Internet, and many other details that will surely make for a very pleasant stay, including our Health Club, so that, even when on vacation, you can keep fit. At your disposal there's a Swimming-pool and a Panoramic Bar, and you can enjoy the local and international specialities at our luxury Restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avenida Hotel Maputo