Described on its own site as "one of the best hotels in Mozambique" it's true, this hotel used to be great. It's now under new ownership, along with its sister hotel the Monte Carlo. After a disasterous stay at the Monte Carlo we opted for the Terminus not realising that the same problems would be there. What is advertised and what you get are 2 completely different things. The internet doesn't work, the rooms are really dirty, the bed linen is worn and towels have holes in. When we asked for more towels (normally one gets 2 towels each in a 3 star hotel) we were told that the 2 tiny towels we had were enough for 2 guests. In fact they were because there was no water - when we asked about that we were told that it was turned off at night to save money and would be turned on again when the technical staff came to work at 7.30. The restaurant has closed, breakfast is a disaster - old food, dirty cutlery. Staff are surly and rude which may be because they are sad at seeing their once lovely hotel being run into the ground
Hotels in Maputo centre are not cheap. Expect to pay more than 50 USD a night for a hotel with OK standard. I asked the taxi driver at the airport, and he drove to some alternative Hotels. I liked Monte Carlo Hotel, but the price was 90 USD a night. 100 meter up the street was Hotel Escola Andalucia. The building was a bit taller than Monte Carlo Hotel, and looked more shabby. The price was 1250 Metacais a night with breakfast incl., which is a bit less than 50 USD.
The hotel is located in a quiet side street from ave 24 Julho (the main avenue in Maputo). The rooms have big beds (see photo). And it is a swimmingpool in the garden behind (se photo). Make sure to get a room at a higher floor, with view to the ocean (see photo). The staff was very friendly and helpful.
The only bad thing about this hotel was the bathroom. It was a bit dilapidated and the walls had broken tiles. The worst was the toilet which was flushing all the time. I had to turn off the water to sleep at night.
I stayed in this guesthouse for 3 weeks.
Overall I was satisfied. The guesthouse has a limited number of rooms and is located in a quiet neighbourhood. Rooms and bathrooms are very spacious, although rather dark.
Due to its location there are no shops nearby and only one restaurant.
Breakfast should be more diversified (how many days can you have eggs and bacon) and also more generous
A small swimming pool is available
free internet in the reception area
I have to admit that I have never stayed at a Hostel before or since. I had always avoided them, but my stay at Fatima’s was fantastic. The vibe is great, loads of hot water and toilet facilities, and a large cooking area you can use. There is an air of excitement as you sit in the chill out area outside or just have an ice cold beer just across the courtyard.
Parking is a bit strange, but they have security 24 hours a day right on the gate and you can park just outside safely.
Accommodation varies from en-suite doubles, single rooms to dorm rooms. I had a dorm room and everyone was so quiet.
In addition to beer, they also have food or there are some good, but inexpensive restaurants nearby.
Even if you do not stay here, stop in for a beer and a chat with other travellers. Take the guided foot tour for a few dollars. Lasts about 4 hours and you see ALL the sights in Maputo. We even went to dinner with our guide!
They also have a location at Tofo Beach not to be missed for captivating views of the beach from the outdoor bar area.
Terminus Hotel -
five star comfort at a three star price
... this is its slogan.
Rates for their 47 air-conditioned Rooms :
- Economy - $60 USD
- Standard - $100 USD
- Executive - $120 USD
- Suite - $135 USD
The hotel is centrally situated within walking distance of the city's main commercial, shopping and entertainment district as well as ministries and embassies.
One of the top hotels in Maputo with a lovely view over the ocean and within walking distance of the centre of town.
Very popular with backpackers and the aird workers from poorer countries such as spain! very basic rustic accomodation with chances to talk to other backpackers, you can cook your own food. mosquito nets. shared bathrooms. reasonably safe place. guards very friendly.
The Base backpackers is in the city centre. It is a small hostel, run by a real friendly local , Mandla. It has a good kitchen & dining area (selling beers). The rooms are clean and the best part is the patio out the back, great for chilling out with a great view of the harbour. They are making plans for extending the hostel and creating a bar. A double room costs just $1.50.
Small but nice swimmingpoll, with excelent treatment and ambient, good prices, good location, they take you where you want yo go at anytime. Comfort is a must.
The facilities and prices.
Free internet in the rooms.
Any cheap hotel where they DON'T speak English - you aren't going there to pretend you're at home!!
Or make a friend in the street & use their floor!
An experience youll never forget.
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