I somehow managed to find myself in room 1015, which is a massive suite decorated in African theme! I was really quite a surprise and when you are travelling for business it was really quite different to what I am used to!!
Only a couple of points. When I turned up and put my key in the door, there were no lights on inside at all which is fine except that it was night time and so pitch black!! I couldn't find the switches feeling the walls for them and instead finding african masks, which when you haven't seen your room yet was a little bit of a surprise (and probably not in a good way when you are groping around in the dark!!), I went back to the hotel desk to ask them where the switches were and she started walking with me but then realised (the english/german miscommunication barrier) it was just the lights she said they are next to the door, I said I had "looked" but couldn't find them and she said they are next to the door on the left or the right and went back to reception......so I went back and fumbled around a bit more and found them eventually....I thought she might have come and shown me where they were!! THe other light issue is that you basically have to get out of bed to get to the lightswitches which was a bit annoying when you have to get up to go to work early and it is still dark.
The other issue was that there was no wifi at all!! You could connect thought the phone line or get a box from reception.....this is 2010 not 2000 and I would expect more in a hotel that size!!
Anyway, overall they are minor issues and I really did enjoy my stay. The food in the hotel was nice too....they claim it is african but I have been to africa and I am not so sure about that, but it was tasty anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The African themed hotel Matamba welcomes its guests deep in Africa! Fragrant spices, rhythmical rattles, original handmade African masks and sculptures and lovely created mural paintings create the authentic atmosphere. Joyful, guest-friendly and exotic - that is Africa! While children experience their own African safari parents and others can enjoy a cocktail in the Jafari Bar. The hotel fulfils the adventurous dreams of the fascinating continent. The rooms and suites underline the African culture and offer a special atmosphere. So do the restaurants: they offer a wide variety of meals for an African culinary delight! ... more less
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