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.
- 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