3 Best Hotels in Maputo, Mozambique

Polana Serena Hotel, Maputo

$$$ | Av. Julius Nyerere, 1380, Mozambique

This is Mozambique's Grand Budapest Hotel, a gorgeous, supremely elegant Grand Dame that is among the elite of the world’s famous hotels. An iconic landmark, the Polana has been overlooking Delagoa Bay in Mozambique’s capital city since 1922 and has hosted royalty, presidents, politicians, ambassadors, film stars and other celebrities plus thousands of guests ever since. From the moment you are ushered through its gracious façade you’ll be surrounded by its stylish past from the deep winged armchairs, plump sofas, and crystal chandeliers to the stately pillared ballroom. Dark-paneled woodwork, thick carpets, a king sized bed, brocade curtains, textured wallpaper and soft furnishings will lull you back into an opulent past, but modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi, coffee making machines, and air-conditioning are on-hand. The Polana Hotel sits on the edge of the Indian Ocean surrounded by lovely gardens and boasts what was once the biggest swimming pool in all of Africa with tinkling fountains and marble surrounds. Their seafood is a must. High tea each afternoon is a longtime ritual.

Pros

  • Fabulous spa

Cons

  • If you prefer sleek and contemporary, stay away
Av. Julius Nyerere, 1380, Mozambique
254-732–123-Reservations
hotel Details
132 rooms 10 Suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Radisson Blu Maputo

$$$ | Avenida Marginal, Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo's most contemporary hotel, the Radisson Blu, ups the ante for fine modern lodging in this city. Its waterfront setting, just a short cab ride from the city center, is a plus, as is its convenience to shopping and restaurants (although construction disruption and noise in this rapidly developing area can be an issue). Rooms are streamlined, ultra-modern, and spotlessly clean, many with floor-to-ceiling windows and striking ocean views from terraces. For dining, the hotel's handsome Italian restaurant is in line with the city's better restaurants.

Pros

  • Sleek and contemporary
  • Wi-Fi in all rooms and common areas
  • Decent pool and fitness area

Cons

  • Smoking permitted in the hotel
  • Dingy unappealing beach out front
Avenida Marginal, Maputo, Mozambique
258-21–24–2400
hotel Details
151 rooms, 3 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Southern Sun Maputo

$$$ | Av. de Marginal, Maputo, Mozambique

A top-to-toe renovation in 2014 rescued this handsome colonial Portuguese-style lodging from a slide into dowdiness and reclaimed the hotel's glamorous past. All the rooms—including 111 new additions—and common areas have been upgraded. Welcome additions include a luxe new room design, updated bathroom fixtures, an expanded fitness center, attractive new dining room, and a fresh coat of paint on the pool.

Pros

  • On the beach and close to the airport
  • Breakfasts are plentiful

Cons

  • Wi-Fi is slow
  • Still working out some service issues
Av. de Marginal, Maputo, Mozambique
21-495050
hotel Details
262 rooms, 5 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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