The beautiful hotel building was erected by the Delegoa Bay Land Syndicate, as part of a project by the architect Walter Reid. It took 19 months to complete, at a cost of two hundred thousand pounds sterling. The hotel was inaugurated on 1st June 1922. Since then, various refurbishments have taken place, culminating in the major renovations started in October 1990. This has resulted in the magnificent appearance that the hotel still presents today. The air-conditioned hotel comprises a total of 177 rooms and offers room service and an entrance hall with a 24-hour reception desk. Further facilities include a hotel safe, a currency exchange facility, a cloakroom, lift access, a café, a hairdressing salon, a bar, a restaurant, Internet access, room and laundry services and parking for those arriving by car. Fully equipped conference, banqueting and business facilities are available.
The hotel is situated in the heart of Maputo, on one of the city's most desirable avenues. Overlooking the Bay of Maputo, it is close to Maputo's nerve centre, the international embassies, the Presidency of the Republic, government ministries and popular restaurants, and is 10 minutes from Mavalane International Airport, the hotel is a majestic building with a history stretching as far back as 1922. The Municipality, The Iron House, The Fort, The Natural History Museum, the market and the CFM train station are all within 30 minutes away on foot or 5 minutes away by car.
The main hotel and Polana Mar offer stylish luxury, with a full range of accommodation from standard rooms to a presidential suite. Each of the rooms comes with an en suite bathroom with hairdryer, as well as a direct dial telephone, a satellite/ cable TV, Internet access, a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, a king-size or double bed, centrally regulated air conditioning and a safe. A balcony or terrace also comes as standard.
Guests can enjoy a stroll in the gardens or a dip in the pool, which comes complete with a children's paddling section, a poolside snack bar and sun loungers and parasols, a game of chess under the great rubber tree or an energetic work-out in the gymnasium. All the facilities are first class. Aqua aerobics classes are held in the pool, and aerobics is on offer in the gym. Guests can also play tennis, relax in the Jacuzzi, play beach volleyball or treat themselves to a massage. A programme of entertainment is organised for guests of all ages.
The cuisine served incorporates the spices and traditions of Portugal, Mozambique and Africa. The Terrace Restaurant offers a daily à la carte menu and themed buffets on Friday and Saturday evenings with a live band. The Salão de Chá serves homemade pastries and light meals, while two bars welcome guests with cocktails, snacks, live entertainment and breathtaking views of the African coastline.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and VISA are accepted as methods of payment.
The hotel dress code is smart/ casual, guests are kindly requested not to wear shorts after 6 pm. Hotel check-in time is from 2 pm and check-out time is by 11 am.
Direct dial telephone
Satellite cable TV
King size bed