The Best Hotels in Maputo, Mozambique, for Every Traveller

Maputo is an important gateway to Mozambique as a whole
Maputo is an important gateway to Mozambique as a whole | © Jacek Sopotnicki / Alamy Stock Photo
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7 January 2021

Although Maputo is rarely considered a destination in its own right, the Mozambican capital is, if nothing else, an important gateway to the country as a whole and neighbouring South Africa. It’s an earthy port city with touches of faded Portuguese grandeur, some elegant jacaranda-lined avenues and hotels largely geared to the tastes and requirements of their main clientele: businessmen, diplomats and a trickle of passing-through tourists.

Southern Sun Maputo

Hotel, Chain Hotel
4.4/5 (94 Reviews)
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From $229 per night per room

Swaying palms help frame the idyllic beachfront location of the Southern Sun on the southern edge of the city. Following a complete renovation and upgrade in 2014, the vaguely colonial-era feel of the hotel – including mosaic floors and vaulted ceilings – is somewhat masked by an understated faux-heritage exterior. A curvy infinity pool faces the Indian Ocean while the restaurant and bar are pleasingly stylish with much of the offerings oriented around Mozambican and Portuguese dishes, seafood in particular.

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StayEasy Maputo

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel
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Unavailable for the next 3 months

Simple and compact yet tasteful rooms seemingly honeycomb the modest glass and grey-cladded StayEast building beside the main coastal road. It’s clean and modern while a cheerful functionality is bolstered by a pool with beach views along with a small bar and breakfast-only dining room. The slightly far-flung location means guests are often directed to the large mall behind the hotel for the eateries and restaurants, gym and general shopping.

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Hotel Avenida

Hotel, Spa Hotel, Chain Hotel
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Unavailable for the next 3 months

Set among the broad avenues in one of the best neighbourhoods in downtown Maputo, the Avenida has a modern, if rather corporate, look in an angular bay-windowed high-rise. A small rooftop pool, solarium, Turkish bath and gym might offer relief to stressed-out business types if they’re not seeking solace in the piano bar’s cocktails or cosmopolitan restaurant. A recent refurbishment lends an air of polish and slickness.

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  • Afrin Prestige

    Hotel, Spa Hotel
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    Unavailable for the next 3 months

    A block inland from the docks and ferry jetty just where the Mbuluzi River joins the ocean, the Prestige offers comfortable, unfussy rooms and suites with stripped floors. There’s a bar, restaurant, tiny pool and a fitness centre, and a certain winning charm to the extraordinary metal sculpture in the lobby depicting a life-size fisherman hauling in nets.

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    Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence

    Hotel, Chain Hotel
    4.4/5 (266 Reviews)
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    From $178 per night per room

    The Radisson’s ultramodern faintly space-age architecture – a pair of oval towers perched atop a curving podium-like building – neatly reflect its sleek interiors matched by polished service and amenities. Rooms and suites are spacious, many featuring ocean views with floor-to-ceiling windows; apartments include kitchens and private balconies. Those yearning for Italian cuisine might find gastronomic dolce vita in the Filini restaurant.

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    Polana Serena Hotel

    Hotel, Spa Hotel
    4.4/5 (172 Reviews)
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    From $170 per night per room

    Completed in 1922, this palatial hotel was almost ahead of its time in the African continent, instantly becoming a national landmark. It remains one of the best hotels in the country. Patronised variously by presidents, royalty, spies and secret agents, the hotel’s aura and reputation was revived by a thorough yet sensitive renovation in the early 2000s. The alluring colonial-chic ambience is bolstered by superb facilities, from manicured gardens and a magnificent pool to tennis courts and a ballroom.

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    These recommendations were updated on January 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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