The Retaj Moroni is perhaps the only clean and quiet hotel in Moroni, with 24 hour electricicty (unlike lower-priced establishments), running water most of the time and internet connection 12/24. As noted by other travellers the hotel is alcohol-free, but arrangements with taxi drivers can help stock up your mini-bar. The restaurant gets boring after a few days (you can overdose on lobster) and the service is very slow, but no tummy troubles after 5 weeks in residence. Good breakfat buffet (ne extra charge). Get to know the chef (Algerian), it helps. Management is Egyptian and still learning how to run a hotel ... clearly oriented to middle-eastern rather than western visitors. Published prices are just a guide ... depending on length of stay you can negotiate down to around €60.
But, all things said, unless you are staying with friends there is no better price/quality accommodation in Moroni. The Itsandra Beach is ludicrously overpriced and even though they have beer it is grudgingly delivered at €6 per can (Heineken). The Karthala is quite a way out of town and not easily taxi accessible (especially in the evenings). Other "hotels" are more down-market: if you can put up with the "traffic" the Arcades is ok, for a short stay, as is the Jardin de la Paix (one grade above backpacker but tolerable). The previously ok Villa Jessica no longer serves food in the evenings (formerly its main attraction). To chill-out the Itsandra Plage/Plongée is the place to go for a sunset aperitif and excellent food in the evenings (reservations needed at weekends). Otherwise try the Select (near all the banks and the museum, but avoid Friday nights if karaoke is not your thing).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome (Karibu) to the heart of the Comoros, and the remarkable Retaj Moroni, which is perfectly situated close to all the cultural attractions and business centers. Nestled in the shadow of the volcano on the expansive Island beachfront, nature-lovers, adventurers, families and honeymooners will discover a world apart. With the world of discovery that awaits, from the breathtaking views from our rooms and suites, to our famous pizza and the savory local sea food, you may never want to leave. If you are here for business, our hotel in Moroni is the perfect location as it is situated to all major local and international business centres, and close to the house of Parliament. Conference/Events organizers will be delighted with all our 6 meeting rooms including audio video facilities for the organisation of workshops, meeting, banqueting and outside catering. Retaj Moroni will take you out of your world and welcome you to ours. ... more less
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