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“A true haven”
Review of Villa Habsburg B&B

Villa Habsburg B&B
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Villa Habsburg B&B
Ranked #1 of 4 Tete B&B and Inns
Pretoria
Level 5 Contributor
96 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“A true haven”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Arriving in Tete, the hottest city in Mozambique (both in terms of temperature and speed of development), the average non-African is invariably a bit exhausted - by the countless potholes when coming from Malawi, by the border when coming from Zim, and so on. For those who are looking for a refuge from sun, crowds, dust, there is the Villa Habsburg right on the Northern Bank of the Zambezi. A place you would expect to find in Europe (Austria, Germany, Italy to be precise), max in Cape Town, but definitely not in Tete.

It is a truly magnificent haven. I do not easily award five stars, but given the surroundings, what Monika achieved in Tete is just marvelous. Tastefully decorated, books everywhere, paintings and furniture produce a European atmosphere. The rooms are very well furnished, there is a decent WLAN, the breakfast is wonderful. As a result of all these atouts, you will meet the most interesting people - those who look a bit further.

When in Tete, there really is no alternative to the Villa Habsburg.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2013

I stayed in Villa Habsburg for 5 days in February 2013 and I can only say that I would come back any time. A real juwel in Tete and in the whole of Mozambique!
Monika is an incredible host and her staff has been equally hospitable.
The place is very clean, neat, serves great breakfast and has amazing views over the Zambezi where we managed to see a Hippo on several evenings of our stay.
Hundreds of interesting books as well as a working wifi eliminated any boredom.
Me being German as well I really enjoyed to talk to Monika and it was fascinating.
All in all - no better place to stay in Tete !

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Arusha, Tanzania
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60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Whether coming from the north, passing the huge coal mine, or the south - which looks like a bit of a wasteland - Villa Habsburg is an incredible experience if you need (or want!) to stay in Tete. It is on the north shore of the Zambezi River, to the east side directly before crossing the bridge. After bumping along the sandy road, arriving at Villa Habsburg is an oasis, with its extremely hospitable (and fascinating) owner/manager Monika von Habsburg and her staff. There is a choice of rooms, all with AC, books galore and atmosphere, the main/dining room is a work of art, and a sparkling swimming pool looked to be near completion. Internet access was good, although it was tempting to just sit in the garden along the Zambezi River rather than attending to work. Only breakfast was served at the time of my visit, but there are restaurants not too far away.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2012

A real surprise - a small European heaven in hot, ugly and uninviting Tete. The small B&B is located in a garden on the north bank of the Zambezy, with nice view of the river and the city. The rooms are impeccable, with air conditioning, nice bed with a mosquito net, up to date bathroom, and Wifi. The breakfast is excellent. You can relax in the garden in the evening looking at the sunset over the river. The owner is a charm, looking after the smallest detail. By far the best choice in Tete.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Villa Habsburg B&B

Property: Villa Habsburg B&B
Address: Bairro Matema, Tete 50100, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Tete Province > Tete
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Tete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Habsburg, our exquisitely designed Bed and Breakfast in Tete, Mozambique is a charming manor house, nestled on the banks of the Zambezi River. Our Bed and Breakfast offers four well appointed rooms each with its own unique decor and ambiance. The Basil Room and the Gardenia Room offer spectacular views of the Zambezi River, while our Lavender Room and Jasmine Room offer private access and garden views. All rooms are appointed with luxury linen, mosquito nets, wireless internet, desks and en-suite bathroom facilities. ... more   less 

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